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How to Pair Your Wireless Headphones to Your Television

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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 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.

Media Streamers

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.

Android TV:

Bluetooth can be a hit or miss with Android TV. Using a keyboard and mouse, the 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.

Apple TV:

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.

Roku:

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 privately 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.

Gaming Console: 

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.

PlayStation 4

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.

Xbox One

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

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 with 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 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. The manufacturers’ website is 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.

Wireless Headphones for TV with Charging Dock,Over The Ear Stereo Headset with RF Transmitter,Adjustable,Lightweight,Cordless Design for Gaming PC,iPhone Ipad 25hr Battery
ARTISTE Wireless TV Headphones Over Ear Headsets - Digital Stereo Headsets with 2.4GHz RF Transmitter, Charging Dock, 100ft Wireless Range and Rechargeable 20 Hour Battery, Black
Android 9.0 TV Box 4GB RAM 64GB ROM, NinkBox N1 Max TV Box Android RK3318 Quad-Core 64bit Dual-WiFi 2.4GHz/5GHz, 3D Ultra HD 4K H.265 USB 3.0 BT 4.0 Smart TV Box
Apple Streaming TV 4K (32GB, Latest Model)
Roku Express | Easy High Definition (HD) Streaming Media Player (2018)
PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console
Wireless Headphones for TV with Charging Dock,Over The Ear Stereo Headset with RF Transmitter,Adjustable,Lightweight,Cordless Design for Gaming PC,iPhone Ipad 25hr Battery
ARTISTE Wireless TV Headphones Over Ear Headsets - Digital Stereo Headsets with 2.4GHz RF Transmitter, Charging Dock, 100ft Wireless Range and Rechargeable 20 Hour Battery, Black
Android 9.0 TV Box 4GB RAM 64GB ROM, NinkBox N1 Max TV Box Android RK3318 Quad-Core 64bit Dual-WiFi 2.4GHz/5GHz, 3D Ultra HD 4K H.265 USB 3.0 BT 4.0 Smart TV Box
Apple Streaming TV 4K (32GB, Latest Model)
Roku Express | Easy High Definition (HD) Streaming Media Player (2018)
PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console
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$66.64
$70.49
$54.99
$230.25
$26.86
$272.99
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25 Hours
2.4GHz Technology
3D Ultra HD 4K H.265 Android TV BOX
4K High Dynamic Range (Dolby Vision and HDR10) for stunning picture quality
Simple setup with an included High Speed HDMI Cable
Incredible games; Endless entertainment
Long Distance Transmit, Zero latency This wireless headphone can transmit signal up to 50m/164 feet
Rechargeable Batteries
DUAL-BAND WIFI & BT 4.0
Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound
Easy to use remote, intuitive navigation
All new lighter slimmer PS4
Wireless Headphones for TV with Charging Dock,Over The Ear Stereo Headset with RF Transmitter,Adjustable,Lightweight,Cordless Design for Gaming PC,iPhone Ipad 25hr Battery
Wireless Headphones for TV with Charging Dock,Over The Ear Stereo Headset with RF Transmitter,Adjustable,Lightweight,Cordless Design for Gaming PC,iPhone Ipad 25hr Battery
$66.64
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25 Hours
Long Distance Transmit, Zero latency This wireless headphone can transmit signal up to 50m/164 feet
ARTISTE Wireless TV Headphones Over Ear Headsets - Digital Stereo Headsets with 2.4GHz RF Transmitter, Charging Dock, 100ft Wireless Range and Rechargeable 20 Hour Battery, Black
ARTISTE Wireless TV Headphones Over Ear Headsets - Digital Stereo Headsets with 2.4GHz RF Transmitter, Charging Dock, 100ft Wireless Range and Rechargeable 20 Hour Battery, Black
$70.49
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2.4GHz Technology
Rechargeable Batteries
Android 9.0 TV Box 4GB RAM 64GB ROM, NinkBox N1 Max TV Box Android RK3318 Quad-Core 64bit Dual-WiFi 2.4GHz/5GHz, 3D Ultra HD 4K H.265 USB 3.0 BT 4.0 Smart TV Box
Android 9.0 TV Box 4GB RAM 64GB ROM, NinkBox N1 Max TV Box Android RK3318 Quad-Core 64bit Dual-WiFi 2.4GHz/5GHz, 3D Ultra HD 4K H.265 USB 3.0 BT 4.0 Smart TV Box
$54.99
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3D Ultra HD 4K H.265 Android TV BOX
DUAL-BAND WIFI & BT 4.0
Apple Streaming TV 4K (32GB, Latest Model)
Apple Streaming TV 4K (32GB, Latest Model)
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$230.25
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4K High Dynamic Range (Dolby Vision and HDR10) for stunning picture quality
Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound
Roku Express | Easy High Definition (HD) Streaming Media Player (2018)
Roku Express | Easy High Definition (HD) Streaming Media Player (2018)
$26.86
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Simple setup with an included High Speed HDMI Cable
Easy to use remote, intuitive navigation
PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console
PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console
$272.99
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Incredible games; Endless entertainment
All new lighter slimmer PS4

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