We get it, technology is complicated sometimes, especially when instructions aren’t clear or we don’t have the luxury of using Bluetooth. Whether you’re using the headphones to keep your house quiet at night or you’re trying to block out background sound while watching your favorite show, connecting your wireless headphones to your television shouldn’t be a tricky thing. Regardless of what TV you have or the brand of headphones, there are numerous ways you can go about connecting your headphones to your television.
Take a look at how you can connect your headphones to your television.
Dedicated Wireless Headphones
Like most people, wireless televisions without built-in Bluetooth is a thing. With that being said, there is a way to work around that so you simply connect your headphones to your television. The easiest and most straight forward way to connect your headphones is to purchase dedicated wireless headphones. Usually these headphones come with a base station that plugs into your television with a 3.5mm analog jack or optical and works over radio frequency instead of Bluetooth.
Doing this comes with one significant advance; range. With Bluetooth headphones, you’re usually limited to 30 feet for the range. RF headphones typically have a way better range than the Bluetooth headphones, generally around 300 feet when unobstructed.
These headphones may seem like a paradise, but there is a catch. With these types of headphones, you cannot have another audio device connected to your television through the jack, like a soundbar. If you have a soundbar connected you will need to remove it before using your headphones. If your soundbar is connected through optical or digital outputs, leave the wireless headphones connected without interfering with normal audio playback.
Depending on what you like, you can find a dedicated wireless headphone almost anywhere, and they range between $20 to $300.
Some apps like Roku, Apple TV, and Android TV boxes allow you to connect headphones and listen to your show in private. This is a hassle-free and straightforward way to help connect your headphones to your television.
Bluetooth can be a hit or miss with Android TV. Using a keyboard and mouse, Bluetooth connection is easy. If you get lucky others can support Bluetooth and easily pair to your headphones. To see if this is an option, put your headphones into pairing mode, to go Settings, Bluetooth, and select the headphones when they appear.
The Nvidia Shield Controller also comes with a headphone jack built-in. You can always use wired headphones with the controller if you don’t have Bluetooth available on your wireless headphones.
If your headphones are Bluetooth, then you can easily connect them to your Apple TV. Put the headphones into pairing mode and go to Settings, Remotes and Devices, Bluetooth. Wait until you see the headphones pop up and select them. From there, you can pair and connect.
When it comes to connecting your wireless headphones to your Roku, it really depends on your model Roku and Roku remote. You have a few options as well; you can private listen through the Roku app or plug wired headphones into the jack on the remote.
Download the Roku app to your device and the same wireless network to begin listening in private mode. Open the app and connect either wired or Bluetooth headphones to your phone, and that will enable private listening. In order to disable private listening, all you need to do is disconnect your headphones.
Pair your wireless headphones to your television with the help of a gaming console. The downside to doing this is the spotty Bluetooth connection you get, which makes it easier to use a wired connection.
With the PlayStation 4, it only supports a specific Bluetooth headset. To work around this you can get a USB Bluetooth adapter that circumvents the restriction, but it doesn’t work with all Bluetooth headphones and headsets.
Your best option is to use a wired headphone and plug them into the 3.5mm headphone jack on the controller to get around the problem. Make sure you have the proper audio device by going to Settings, Devices, Audio Devices, Output to headphones.
Shockingly, the Xbox One does not support Bluetooth. Like the PS4, you can plug your headphones into the 3.5mm jack on the controller. This won’t give you a wireless experience though.
The newer models of the Xbox One controller have the 3.5mm jack built-in, but the older wireless controllers do not. You will need to purchase the Stereo Headset Adapter. This plugs into the bottom of the controller and gives it a 3.5mm jack, plus volume and microphone controls.
Bluetooth headphones have their advantages when it comes to pairing to a television. These headphones also come with a big price tag. If your TV does not support Bluetooth headphones, you will need to purchase a Bluetooth transmitter for them. Transmitters are found online or at local electronics retailers for around $15.
A Bluetooth transmitter will take the 3.5mm or RCA output from your television and transmit it as a Bluetooth signal. You will also need a power source for this to work. Use a USB, which you can use to tap from the USB port on the television or plug into a power strip. You will need to pair the transmitter to your headphones. Make sure the setup is complete before you begin to watch your shows.
A pair of Bluetooth headphones also have similar issues like the dedicated wireless headphones. If you’re not using another 3.5mm output device, like a soundbar, you might have to disconnect the Bluetooth transmitter from the 3.5mm or RCA jacks to restore the volume to the television’s internal speakers.
It might seem like a lot of work, but setting up your television is a lot simpler. All you need is a little time and patience. Manufacturers website are also a great source of help. Check out your headphones website for assistance. If you still need to purchase a wireless headphone for your TV, we created a list to help you pick the perfect one.