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Can you use AirPods with Android tv?

As an Android TV owner, I had been looking for a way to use my AirPods with my TV and was frustrated to find that it was not so simple. After doing some research, I’m excited to share how I solved this problem and other solutions I discovered. In this blog post, I’ll explain how you can use AirPods with Android TV and the different ways available to do so.

Quick Answer:

You can use AirPods with Android TV. You need to put the AirPods in the case, open the lid, press and hold on the pairing button until the white light appears then connect to them in the Bluetooth settings on the Android TV.

AirPods CompatibilityAndroid TVs with Bluetooth capabilities can generally connect to AirPods.
Connecting AirPods to Android TVPut AirPods in the case, press the pairing button until the white light appears, and connect in the Bluetooth settings.
Listening to Android TVOnce connected, you can listen to movies, television, music, videos, and more through your AirPods.
Adjusting AirPods VolumeControl the volume through the Android TV, as AirPods have no physical volume controls.
Connectivity IssuesEnsure your AirPods are charged, update the software of both devices, or reset your AirPods if necessary.
Connecting Multiple AirPodsTypically, only one pair of AirPods can be connected at a time, but using a Bluetooth transmitter may allow more.
Alternatives to AirPodsGoogle Pixel Buds are a popular alternative to AirPods and may provide a more comfortable fit for some users.

Can you use AirPods with Android TV?

The good news is that, since your Android TV has Bluetooth capabilities, you should have no issue getting your AirPods working with it.

While not all TVs are capable of connecting with AirPods, even some TVs with Bluetooth, this is not the case with Android TVs.

Read more: Can you charge AirPods with an 18W charger?

How to connect AirPods to Android TV?

Another good piece of news is that connecting your AirPods to your Android TV is a pretty simple process. All you need to do is to have your AirPods and charging case on hand.

First, put your AirPods into the case, and hold the button on the back of the charging case until the status light begins to flash white.

Next, go to your Android TV’s settings, and then go into the Bluetooth settings. In the list of pairable devices, you should be able to see your AirPods there. Select that, and you should be able to hear your TV through your AirPods.

Read more: How to control the volume of AirPods with Firestick?

Can I listen to my Android TV using AirPods?

Once you have your AirPods connected to your Android TV, you should be able to listen to whatever you can play on the TV through them. This includes movies, television, music, videos, and much more.

Can you adjust the AirPods volume with Android TV?

AirPods have no physical means by which to adjust the volume. There is no button, dial, or slider that could be used for this function.

Normally, you would control the volume of your device the same way you would normally, which in turn, will affect how quiet or loud the sound is coming through in your AirPods.

Why won’t my AirPods connect to my Android TV?

If your AirPods are having connectivity issues, there are multiple things that may be causing this. The first, and easiest, thing to check is the charging level of your AirPods. This can be done by looking at the light on your charging case.

If the light is green, that means your AirPods are fully charged. If the light is amber, that means they are in need of charging, but it should not prevent you from being able to listen before they ultimately run out of battery.

Ensuring that you regularly charge the AirPods whenever they are not in use is the best way to avoid this problem occurring.

In the event that your AirPods are fully charge and yet still not able to connect, it may be to do with a software issue in either your Android TV or your AirPods.

In order to deal with potential software issues, make sure that both devices are up-to-date with the latest software updates. If this has not worked to fix the problem, you may need to reset your AirPods.

This can be done by placing your AirPods in your charging case, and, after 30 seconds with the lid close, open the lid. Then, with your iOS device nearby, go to your Bluetooth settings, select your AIrPods device, and click More Info. Then you tap Forget This Device, and the AirPods will no longer be paired.

Once this is done, hold the setup button on the charging case for approximately 15 seconds. Let go once the status light flashes white, and then amber. Finally, go back to your iOS device and follow the instructions that come up onscreen.

If resetting your AirPods hasn’t fixed the issue, this may mean that there is something wrong with your AirPods. Contact Apple to talk about potential issues that may be preventing them from working. If necessary, you may be able to get a replacement for them if they are still under warranty.

Can I connect multiple AirPods to my Android TV?

An issue with the Android TV, one that arises with many different kinds of smart TVs, is that you can usually not connect multiple AirPods to it at one time.

While the Android TV does allow you to connect multiple Bluetooth devices, you should expect to be able to connect only one pair of AirPods (or similar wireless headset device) at any one time.

If another person has already paired their AirPods to the Android TV, then you will have to either use those or disconnect that set of AirPods to pair your own.

While you cannot typically connect multiple AirPods, there are roundabout ways to get this working. The most popular way to get around this limitation is to use a Bluetooth transmitter.

You can get this transmitter connected to your Android TV, and then connect an extra set of AirPods to that in order to allow two people to listen to the TV through AirPods at the same time.

Unfortunately, if you want more than two people, that limitation still proves to be a barrier.

Are AirPods the best option to pair with my Android TV?

While AirPods are among the most popular Bluetooth headphones in this day and age, that does not necessarily mean that they are the only, or even best, way you can get wireless headphones set up with your Android TV.

After all, Google — the creator of the Android TV — has their own AirPods alternative, called the Google Pixel Buds.

This naming convention aligns with the one used with their Pixel line of phones. Much like how Apple and Google are common competitors in other technological fields, the Google Pixel Buds tend to be their biggest competitor.

Both the AirPods and Pixel Buds have similar design concepts; wireless earbuds that use a charging case. Both devices are designed to be “one size fits most,” but the Pixel Buds tend to be more likely to fit comfortably than the AirPods, at least when the A-series and third generation are concerned, respectfully.

However, it is important to know that AirPods and Pixel Buds are about as good as one another for use with the Android TV. There are different features available, but those features will not make much of an impact on your Android TV viewing experience.


  • Easy to connect and use
  • Compatible with multiple Bluetooth devices
  • Great sound quality
  • Can use with multiple people in a roundabout way


  • No physical means of adjusting the volume
  • Can only connect one pair of AirPods at a time
  • Potential software issues