If you own an LG TV, you may be wondering if it has Bluetooth or not. After all, Bluetooth allows you to connect a whole host of wireless devices that enhance your viewing experience.
The good news is yes, LG TVs do have Bluetooth, depending on what type of LG TV you own. The following 2021 LG TVs all support Bluetooth out of the box; all OLED, all QNED MiniLED, all NanoCell and 4K Ultra UHD.
To enable Bluetooth on your LG TV go to Settings > Sound > Sound Out > Bluetooth and then select your device. Make sure the device you’re connecting is in pairing mode, otherwise it won’t appear!
Your LG TV will play the sound from your TV through the native speakers that are built-in by default. Enabling Bluetooth allows you to connect and pair different devices like separate speakers and soundbars. This will mute the LG TV speakers.
How To Enable Bluetooth Pairing On Your LG TV
The first thing you need to do is to make sure that your device is in pairing mode. Most Bluetooth devices require you to hold down a pairing button, for example. Once your device is in pairing mode, you can pair it with your LG TV.
- Click on Settings.
- Then select Advanced Settings.
- Navigate to the Sound menu and then select Sound Out.
- Select Bluetooth Device List.
- Pick your device (that should now be showing as available) from the list to start pairing.
Once the Bluetooth connection is enabled, it can take a minute or two before your device is linked with your LG TV.
How To Check If Your LG TV Has Bluetooth
As mentioned, not all LG TVs actually have Bluetooth so the best thing to do is either check the documentation that you got with your LG TV or visit the LG website and search for your LG TV model. You’ll want to go over the ‘specs’ tab and see if Bluetooth is listed. Another way to check if your LG TV has Bluetooth or not is to go to the Advanced Settings on your LG TV. If Bluetooth is not present, you know your LG TV does not have Bluetooth.
If an LG TV does not have Bluetooth, it usually means the TV is an older model.
What To Do If Your LG TV Does Not Have Bluetooth
If your LG TV is an older model or a cheaper model, you can still use your Bluetooth devices. The primary way to do this is to use a TV Bluetooth adapter. Bluetooth adapters require you to plug them into your TV’s sound port. However, you can connect your Bluetooth devices to the adapter wirelessly like you would if you were connecting your Bluetooth device directly to your LG TV. Bluetooth adapters act as exterior Bluetooth TV connectors allowing you to connect your wireless devices to your LG TV. Want to use your Bluetooth soundbar without wires? No problem!
Many Bluetooth adapters come with various different ports so you can connect different devices with wires at the same time if you want to.
Here’s how to set up your Bluetooth adapter;You’ll want to start by getting a Bluetooth transmitter that’ll work with your TV. Something like Avantree’s Oasis Plus is a versatile option, as it can transmit to two devices simultaneously, supports low latency audio, and can take audio inputs from USB, optical, RCA, and 3.5mm AUX outputs on your TV or computer monitor.
You’ll need to connect the transmitter to a power source unless it has its own battery. Then you’ll have to connect it to one of your TV’s audio outputs.
To pair Bluetooth headphones or speakers, you’ll want to put them close to the transmitter and set each device to pairing mode. Activating pairing mode will be different for each device, so be sure to check the specific instructions included with your transmitter, speaker, or headphones.
You’re ready to listen!
Setting up a Bluetooth adapter on your LG TV couldn’t be more simple. Sure, it involves a few wires between your LG TV and the adapter but it means you can then move your speakers or soundbar around your room where you want them. A good Bluetooth adapter for LG TVs will set you back around £50 so you won’t be breaking the bank if you choose this option.
Connecting Bluetooth Headphones To LG TV Without Bluetooth
If you have Bluetooth headphones but your LG TV does not support Bluetooth, you can use your Bluetooth adapter to connect your headphones. All you need to do is press the pairing button on both your headphones and your Bluetooth adapter and you’ll be able to listen to your audio through your headphones.
Use A Bluetooth USB Adapter
Something else you can use if your LG TV doesn’t have built-in Bluetooth is a USB Bluetooth adapter that will add Bluetooth capabilities to your LG TV. The beauty of one of these devices is in its simplicity. All you have to do is plug it into one of the USB ports on your LG TV and you’re good to go!
LG TV Bluetooth Drawbacks
Of course, there are some drawbacks to using Bluetooth through your TV. For a start, the connection is not as stable as using a wire. There can also be issues with latency so you could experience lag. You’re also limited to the number of devices you can connect to your LG TV at one time as your TV will prioritise connections.
These Bluetooth drawbacks aren’t exclusive to LG TVs though, Bluetooth can be unreliable on many devices.
LG TVs And Bluetooth Conclusion
Luckily, most LG TVs have Bluetooth built-in so you don’t need to pay out for any extra devices. However, if you don’t have a recent LG TV model, buying a Bluetooth adapter won’t break the bank.