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Can Bose Headphones Connect to Apple TV?

As an owner of both Bose headphones and Apple TV, I was recently frustrated to discover that they weren’t connecting. After doing some research and testing, I’m here to share how I solved this problem, as well as some other solutions I discovered. In this blog post, I will explain how to connect Bose headphones to Apple TV so that you don’t have to go through the same hassle.

You can connect Bose headphones to your Apple TV  as long as the TV has Bluetooth capabilities. If your TV doesn’t have Bluetooth, you can use intermediary devices such as Bluetooth audio transmitters.

This article will take you through, among other vital information, how to pair your Bose headphones with your Apple TV.

Quick Tips for Connecting Bose Headphones to Apple TV:
– Connect your Bose headphones to Apple TV via Bluetooth or an intermediary Bluetooth device.
– Go to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Bluetooth to select your headphones from the list of devices.
– Use the Siri Remote’s Play or Pause button to automatically connect your headphones to Apple TV.
– Ensure that your Apple TV has Bluetooth capability before attempting to connect your Bose headphones.

Can Bose Headphones Connect to Apple TV?

You can connect Bose headphones to your Apple TV via Bluetooth or by using an intermediary Bluetooth device.

A significant advantage of connecting the headphones to your TV is that the audio sound is louder, well balanced, and the headphones are noise canceling.

You can control the volume through the Apple TV remote control when the headphones are connected.

Additionally, you don’t have to be concerned about viruses infecting your devices as this connection is safe and secure.

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How to Connect Bose Headphones to Apple TV

If your television has built-in Bluetooth, connecting to Bose headphones is as simple as configuring them on the Apple TV interface.

If your TV doesn’t have Bluetooth, you can still use your headphones by connecting them through Bluetooth audio transmitters or other third-party devices.

Here’s a quick reference guide to assist you with the procedure:

STEP 1: Turn on your headphones and press the Power button once. A blue light will flash rapidly.

STEP 2: Press and hold the Power button for a few seconds. To find out if your device is on, you will hear the ‘Ready to Pair’ tone or see a steady blue light. They alert you that the Bose Bluetooth headphones are in pairing mode.

STEP 3: Turn on your Apple TV and select the Settings app from the home screen.

STEP 4: From the Settings Menu, go to Remotes and Devices and look for the Bluetooth option.

The Bluetooth menu will take some time to search for Bluetooth devices. Once the scan is done, it will display a list of Bluetooth devices discovered.

STEP 5: Select your Bose headset from the list of devices on the screen. Click the “Rescan Device” button if your device does not appear in the list.

That is all there is to it. You may now listen to any audio or video on Apple TV through your Bose Headphones.

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How to automatically connect your bose headphones  to Apple TV

You don’t have to go to the Apple TV Settings app every time you want to change the audio output.

Use the Siri Remote’s Play or Pause button. A screen appears after a few seconds, allowing you to select the audio output.

The next time you use your Bose Headphones after pairing them with your Apple TV, they will automatically connect.

Why won’t my Bose Headphones connect to the Apple TV?

Bose headphones may fail to connect to Apple TV if the TV lacks Bluetooth capability. 

So far, there are six different Apple TV models, some of which do not support Bluetooth. As a result, check to see if your television model supports Bluetooth before attempting to connect to your Bose headphones.

To see if your Apple TV is Bluetooth-enabled, follow these steps:

STEP 1: Go to settings from your Apple TV’s home screen.

STEP 2: From the settings menu, choose general.

STEP 3: Navigate to “About” and click the “Enter” button on your TV remote to open the general menu.

If your Apple TV’s model number matches one of the models mentioned below, it is Bluetooth compatible.

  • A2169
  • A1842
  • A1625 

If your Apple TV does not have Bluetooth, you can still purchase Bluetooth audio transmitters.

However, if your Apple TV has Bluetooth capability but your headphones are still not working, follow these steps to reconnect or reactivate your Bose headphones.

After each step, check to determine if they gain a connection.

STEP 1: Check if your Bose headset is fully charged and turned on or in pairing mode.

STEP 2: Check if the distance between the headphones and the Apple TV is not too far to work together. If necessary,  bring the headphones closer to the TV.

STEP 3: Make sure nothing is blocking the connection between your Apple TV and your headphones.

If the above technique does not work, try a factory reset on your Bose headsets to see if the problem is fixed. Make sure the firmware on your headphones is up to date as well.

If the situation is persistent, the final option is to contact Apple or Bose customer service for professional assistance. Chances are there is a more technical problem that requires a tech guru.

How to unpair Apple TV and Bose Bluetooth Headphones?

What if you buy new headphones and you want to connect to your Apple TV? First, you will need to unpair the old headphones.

Unpairing is just as simple as pairing your Bose headphones to your Apple TV.

It is often a three-step process as indicated below:

STEP 1: Select Bluetooth from the Apple TV’s setup menu.

STEP 2: Click Unpair after selecting your Bose headphones.

STEP 3: On the confirmation page, click Unpair Device once more.

However, select the Disconnect Device option if you wish to send your Apple TV audio to a separate speaker or headphones while keeping your headphones linked to your Apple TV.

How to free up memory of linked Bluetooth Devices on your Bose Headphones?

You’d expect the headphones to start playing audio wirelessly after connecting to your Apple TV.

However, the headphones may occasionally fail to create sound after being connected. Often, you’ll try pairing your Bose headphones with another device to see if the results are the same.

If this doesn’t work, the next step you ought to take is to clear the memory of any Bluetooth devices connected to your headphones. You can do this through the headphone buttons or the Bose Connect App.

Follow these steps to get started:

STEP 1: Make sure your headphones are completely charged before you begin.

STEP 2: Press the Power Button on your Bose headphones to turn them on.

STEP 3: Keep your headphones’ power/Bluetooth button pressed until you hear the voice that says the memory has been cleared.

Can I Connect Two Bose Headphones to Apple TV? 

Two Bose headphones will not connect to your Apple TV simultaneously.

However, audio from your Apple TV can be shared using two compatible Bluetooth headphones, such as AirPods or Beats Pro.

Can Bose 700 Connect to Apple TV?

Yes. Bose 700 can connect to Apple TV.

However, the Bose Noise Cancelling 700 headphones work best when connected to an iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch.

Pros of Bose headphones with Apple TV

  • Better sound quality and noise cancellation
  • Easily change audio output using the Siri Remote
  • Secure and safe connection
  • Automatically reconnects after initial pairing

Cons of Bose headphones with Apple TV

  • Not all Apple TV models have Bluetooth capabilities
  • Intermediary Bluetooth audio transmitters are needed if Apple TV does not have Bluetooth
  • Bose headphones cannot be connected to Apple TV simultaneously with another device
  • Bose Noise Cancelling 700 headphones work best when connected to iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches


Connecting your Bose headphones to your Apple TV ensures your comfort and the comfort of people around you. Take care to follow the instructions indicated above.

While troubleshooting any connection issue, ensure not to mess up any other settings that could potentially do more damage. You should read the Bose headphones and Apple TV manuals to avoid errors. Some problems can be easily fixed by reading the manual.

Lastly, ensure that you store headphones in a safe place to avoid breakage or any damage.