Not all not TVs come with Bluetooth built-in, but that doesn’t mean you can’t access some of the benefits of Bluetooth audio functionality regardless. If you want to know how to connect Bluetooth speakers to a tv, you’ve got a couple of simple, inexpensive options that are easy to set up.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Connecting with a Bluetooth transmitter via your TV’s AUX ports is the easiest and most inexpensive way to connect to a non-Bluetooth TV
  • An optical port-Bluetooth transmitter connection offers better audio quality than an AUX connection
  • Bluetooth-enabled Smart TVs should be able to detect Bluetooth Speakers and be selectable in the sound output settings menu

Depending on what level of audio quality you’re looking for and the ease of setup and price point you’d prefer, these two options are both good for letting you enjoy the benefits of Bluetooth speakers or headphones with your top-rated TV.

Insider Tip

If your TV has Bluetooth connectivity built-in, connecting to external Bluetooth speakers is as simple as making sure they’re powered on and selecting them in your TV’s audio output settings menu.

Smart TVs

If your TV has Bluetooth connectivity built-in, connecting to external Bluetooth speakers is as simple as making sure they’re powered on and selecting them in your TV’s audio output settings menu. This is as simple as how to connect chromecast to tv. If you’re not sure if your TV has Bluetooth built-in, here are a few indicators:

  • All designated “Smart” TVs have Bluetooth connectivity built-in
  • Any TV that comes with a smart remote should also have Bluetooth built-in

Once you’ve determined if your TV is Bluetooth capable, these general steps should apply to most TVs:

  1. Make sure your Bluetooth speakers (or headphones) and TV are both powered on
  2. On your TV’s settings menu, select “Sound Settings” or “Advanced Settings”
  3. Select “Sound” or “Sound Out/Sound Output”
  4. Select your Bluetooth speakers from the list of audio outputs

Bluetooth Transmitters

If your TV doesn’t have Bluetooth, you can still connect it to Bluetooth speakers or headphones using a Bluetooth transmitter, which can be found starting for as low as $18 online. You’ll then be connecting the Bluetooth transmitter to a physical audio output on your TV and connecting your Bluetooth speakers to the transmitter wirelessly via Bluetooth signal.

Here you’ll have two options- connect the transmitter to the TV’s AUX audio out port with a stereo RCA or 3.5mm audio jack, or connect the transmitter to the TV’s digital audio/optical audio port with an optical cable. There are advantages and disadvantages to each option:

  • Connecting the AUX port with an analog 3.5mm or RCA jack is the easiest, most inexpensive, and given the wide availability of such cables, most convenient option
  • Connecting via the digital audio/optical port will provide superior audio to using the AUX port, but optical cables are more expensive, not as widely available, and can be more finicky to connect properly

Currently, Bluetooth transmitters are the only practical and non-cost-prohibitive way to add Bluetooth functionality to non-Bluetooth TVs, but they’re an effective and inexpensive way to connect Bluetooth speakers. You can also check out how to connect a tablet to a tv if you’d like to mirror your tablet.

Insider Tip

If your TV doesn’t have Bluetooth, you can still connect it to Bluetooth speakers or headphones using a Bluetooth transmitter,

F.A.Q.

Can I use surround sound with Bluetooth speakers on a non-Bluetooth TV?

Using a Bluetooth transmitter via your TV’s AUX outputs, no, but connecting a transmitter via optical/digital audio should allow you to use surround sound settings, though with compressed audio.


How do I know if my TV supports Bluetooth?

If your TV came with a Smart Remote or is a designated Smart TV, it should support Bluetooth, and your TV should be discoverable on a Bluetooth network.


How do I use Bluetooth speakers if my TV has Bluetooth?

If your TV has Bluetooth support built-in, it should be as simple as going to the “sound out” or similarly named sub-menu on your TV’s settings menu and selecting the Bluetooth speakers as your audio output device.



STAT: Bluetooth was first introduced in 1999 by IBM and Ericsson (source)

STAT: In 2020 the market size value of Bluetooth speakers was $1.44 billion (source)

STAT: All modern flat-panel TVs come built with optical and AUX audio outs (source)

Jed Smith

I'm a musician and recording engineer and live in Queens. I have a cat. Her name is Elsa. I love to write about consumer tech and musical instruments.

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