Pair Bluetooth headphones to your TV

Man watching TV with Bluetooth headphones while woman is on laptop

Keep the sound to yourself with a pair of headphones. They're useful when you don't want to bother others around you. Some hearing aid devices are Bluetooth as well, and can be set up to increase the volume for one person without having to raise the volume for everyone.

Read before using Bluetooth headphones

Here's some things to keep in mind when using Bluetooth headphones:

  • You can only pair one Bluetooth audio device at a time.

  • You can't use Bluetooth devices and the Wi-Fi Speaker Surround Setup feature (also called Surround), or TV SoundConnect simultaneously.

  • Compatibility issues may occur, depending on the Bluetooth device. For instance, some Bluetooth headphones are designed for mobile devices exclusively and won't pair with a TV.

  • Lip-sync errors may occur.

  • The TV and Bluetooth device may disconnect, depending on the distance between them.

  • A Bluetooth device may hum or malfunction:

    • When a part of your body is in contact with the receiving or transmitting system of the Bluetooth device or the TV.

    • When the device is subject to electrical variation from obstructions caused by a wall, corner, or office partitioning.

    • When the device is exposed to eletrical interference from same frequency-band devices including medical equipment, microwave ovens, and wireless LANs.

Pairing Bluetooth headphones

  1. Put the headphones into Bluetooth pairing mode and make sure they are discoverable. See the product's user manual for how to do this, if needed.

  2. Navigate to the Bluetooth audio device list on your TV and select the headphones to pair with. The process is slightly different depending on what model of TV you have.

    • 2019, 2018 and 2017 Smart TVs (R, N, and models): Home > Settings > Sound > Sound Output > Bluetooth Speaker List

    • 2016 Smart TVs (K models): Home > Settings > Sound > Expert Settings > Wireless Speaker Manager > Bluetooth Audio Devices

    • 2015 Smart TVs (J models) - Samsung SoundConnect devices: MENU > Sound > Additional Settings > TV SoundConnect

    • 2015 Smart TVs (J models) - Other Bluetooth audio devices: MENU > Sound > Additional Settings > Bluetooth Audio

    • 2014 Smart TVs (H models) - Samsung SoundConnect devices: MENU > Sound > Speaker Settings > TV SoundConnect

    • 2014 Smart TVs (H models) - Other Bluetooth audio devices: MENU > Sound > Speaker Settings > TV Sound Output > Bluetooth Headphone

Using Bluetooth hearing aids (Multi-output Audio)

You can turn on both the TV speaker and a Bluetooth device designed for the hearing impaired at the same time. The hearing impaired person can then set the volume of their Bluetooth device higher than the volume of the TV speaker without affecting the volume of the TV speaker, allowing both the hearing impaired person and their family to listen to the TV at comfortable sound levels.

The process is slightly different depending on what model of TV you have:

  • 2019, 2018 and 2017 Smart TVs (R, N, and models): Home > Settings > General > Accessibility > Multi-output Audio

  • 2016 Smart TVs (models): Home > Settings > System > Accessibility > Multi-output Audio

  • 2015 Smart TVs (models): MENU > System > Accessibility > Multi-output Audio

  • This feature is not available on older TVs.

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