As an owner of both AirPods and a Smart TV, I’ve often wondered if it was possible to use the AirPods with the TV. After doing some research and testing, I’m here to provide an answer and share the different solutions I’ve discovered.
You can use AirPods with a smart TV as long as it is a smart TV with Bluetooth. To use AirPods with a smart TV, you need to put the AirPods in the case, open the lid, hold the pairing button on the case, then you should be able to see your AirPods in the Toshiba’s Bluetooth settings where you can then pair your AirPods with the TV.
However, there are some things that can be tricky when your AirPods are connected to the TV such as adjusting the volume of the AirPods and it does not always work properly.
|Using AirPods with a Smart TV
|– Ensure the Smart TV has Bluetooth capability
|– Put AirPods in case and open lid
|– Press pairing button on the AirPods case
|– Pair AirPods with TV in Bluetooth settings
|– Adjust volume using the TV remote
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Can you use AirPods with a smart TV?
Yes, it is possible use AirPods with a smart TV provided that it is one that has Bluetooth. AirPods can be paired with most Bluetooth devices, and this includes smart TVs.
How to connect AirPods to a smart TV?
To connect your AirPods to a smart TV, you need to put the AirPods in the case, open the lid then press the button on the case. This will put the AirPods into a pairing mode.
Next, you need to go into the Settings of your smart TV, and then navigate to the Bluetooth section.
If you did everything correctly, your AirPods (whether regular AirPods or AirPods Pro) should show up in the list of pairable devices. If not, refer to the section below about issues with pairing your AirPods with a smart TV.
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With AirPods, there are multiple ways to adjust their volume, depending on the kind of device your AirPods are connected to.
Often, when connecting to a device, users have found their AirPods are either too loud or too quiet. When it comes to a smart TV, you have to control the volume using the remote tied to your television. You cannot use Siri to do it.
How to adjust AirPods volume when using a smart TV
To adjust the volume of your AirPods when connected to a smart TV, you need to adjust the volume on the TV itself or a remote that is connected to the TV. It is not possible to adjust the volume by just using your Apple device.
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Can I listen to my smart TV using AirPods?
Whether you can connect to a TV or not is one thing; ultimately, getting your AirPods working as they should with the TV is the most important thing.
This may sound wild, but some TVs, despite having Bluetooth capabilities, are not actually meant to work with Bluetooth audio output devices (the functionality is meant for Bluetooth remotes).
Thankfully, most smart TVs do not have this issue, and you should be able to listen to it using your AirPods.
In order to ensure that your television is one of those that are compatible, check online and read about your specific model’s compatibilities with your AirPods.
Why won’t my AirPods connect to my smart TV?
There are many reasons why your AirPods may be having trouble connecting to your smart TV.
AirPods not charged
One of the most common reasons for this to happen is if your AirPods are not charged. To check the charge on your AirPods, check the light on your charging case. The light will either show green, amber, or blank, to indicate status.
If the light is green, the AirPods are fully charged. If the light is amber, that means that the AirPods are either in need of charge or are in the case charging.
If the light is blank, that means the AirPods are either completely uncharged, or the charging case is uncharged, which can be fixed by plugging it in to charge.
Other earphones are connected
Another cause may be that someone’s AirPods (or other Bluetooth headphones) have been paired with the smart Smart TV, which would prevent you from connecting them. To fix this, you have to unpair the other AirPods from the television.
A bad connection
Another issue is that your AirPods may be working, and may be connected to the television, yet it is still unable to work. To fix this problem, unpair your AirPods from the Bluetooth items list on your smart TV.
Next, put your AirPods back into the charging case, and then close the case. Wait 15 seconds, and then reopen the lid.
Press and hold the setup button for 10 seconds. After you’ve done this, follow the steps necessary to pair it posted above.
If this does not work, you may try resetting your AirPods. To do this, put your AirPods in the charging case and wait 30 seconds. Open the lid, go to your Bluetooth settings on your iOS device, and tap the More Info button.
Next, tap Forget This Device, and then tap again to confirm. Hold the setup button on the open charging case for 15 seconds until your light begins to flash amber and then white.
Finally, bring your iOS device near your charging case, and then follow the steps on your device’s screen.
Can I connect multiple AirPods to my smart TV?
If you are looking to have a watch party with your friends late at night but need to keep the volume down, you are inevitably going to want to connect multiple AirPods to your smart TV to enable that.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to connect multiple AirPods to the smart TV. Typically, your AirPods will not be able to connect to your TV if there is another set of Bluetooth headphones set up with it, AirPods or otherwise.
However, there are other options you can explore, such as a Bluetooth adapter.
The major issue with using a Bluetooth adapter is that it is still somewhat limited; you will only be able to connect two AirPods at any one time to your adapter.
So even if you do get this working, you will only have one person with you to watch television.
Pros of using AirPods with a smart TV
- Wireless convenience
- Excellent sound quality
- Pairing is easy
- Volume can be adjusted using the TV remote
Cons of using AirPods with a smart TV
- Cannot connect multiple AirPods at once
- Can be tricky to adjust the volume
- Connection issues may occur
- Bluetooth adapters are necessary for certain models