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Connect a Bluetooth device to your Samsung TV

A soundbar connected to the TV with Bluetooth

Some Samsung TVs come with Bluetooth capabilities, which means they can wirelessly connect to speakers and other devices. Connect a Bluetooth Soundbar to your TV to get the most out of your favorite movie, or connect headphones so you can have a private screening. You can even pair a Bluetooth keyboard or gamepad to make searching for movies and shows easier than ever.

How do I know my TV supports Bluetooth?

If your TV came with a Smart Remote, it supports Bluetooth because that's how it pairs to the TV.

No matter what remote came with your TV, you can still check by looking in your settings menu. From Settings, select Sound, and then select Sound Output. If the option Bluetooth Speaker List appears, then your TV supports Bluetooth.

If this doesn't match with your TV and you still aren't sure, you can always consult your user manual.

What can I do if my TV doesn't support Bluetooth?

If your TV does not support Bluetooth, but you still want to connect a Bluetooth speaker or headphones, you can get a Bluetooth adapter. These can be connected to a 3.5 mm audio port or a standard left/right AUX audio port (red and white cables).

If you want to connect a game controller or keyboard, you won't be able to use Bluetooth, but there are plenty of wireless options available.

What products can be connected?

Your TV is your center for entertainment, but you can make it even better by connecting Bluetooth devices. On some QLED, UHD, and SUHD TV models, you can connect the following devices:

  • Bluetooth speakers, soundbars, and headphones

  • Bluetooth keyboards and gamepads

Pair Bluetooth soundbars, speakers, and headphones

Wireless Bluetooth speakers amplify your movies or music, while Bluetooth headphones can block out any unwanted sounds and let you enjoy programs without disturbing anyone around you.

Make sure your audio device is on and in pairing mode. If needed, check the device’s manual.

On your TV, navigate to Settings > Sound and then select Sound Output Bluetooth Speaker List or Bluetooth Audio Device depending on your TV model. Select the Bluetooth audio device that you would like to connect to your TV and then select Pair and Connect. When the devices are done pairing, select OK.

Sound Output settings displayed on TV

Note: If your TV has Connection Guide as an option, navigate to Sources, and then select Connection Guide. Select the device type you would like to pair, and follow the on-screen instructions to connect it via Bluetooth. 

Pair a keyboard or gamepad

On a remote, selecting letters one by one to search for movies on Netflix or other apps is tedious. You can make it easier by connecting a Bluetooth keyboard or gamepad.

Navigate to Settings using the directional pad on your remote, and then select System. Next, select Input Device Manager, and then select Add Bluetooth Keyboard Gamepad.

Select the Bluetooth keyboard or gamepad that you would like to connect to your TV. Make sure your other device is on and in pairing mode. If needed, check the device’s manual.

External Device Manager TV settings menu

Select Pair and Connect, and then wait for your device to connect. When the devices are done pairing, select OK. Your Bluetooth device will now be connected to your TV.

Get help when devices won’t connect

Here are some things to check if Bluetooth devices will not connect to your TV.

  • Make sure the device is compatible with Bluetooth.

  • Check that the TV and device are turned on.

  • Make sure the device is in pairing mode when you select Pair and connect.

  • Turn the TV and the device off and on again.

  • If it is battery powered, make sure the device is fully charged.

  • Make sure the device isn't too far from the TV.

  • Unpair the device from any other TV or device.

  • Consult the Bluetooth device’s user manual for further assistance.

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