How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to Apple TV

Listen in peace with the right wireless connection

What to Know

  • Put your Bluetooth headphones in pairing mode. On your TV, go to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Bluetooth.
  • To switch between Apple TV and headphone audio, go to the home screen and press Play/Pause on the Siri Remote.
  • To unpair the headphones, go to the Bluetooth settings screen, select your headphones, and select Unpair.

This article explains how to connect Bluetooth headphones to an Apple TV. The tips apply to Apple TV models with tvOS 9 or up and virtually all Bluetooth headphones.

How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to Apple TV

To connect any type of Bluetooth headphones to Apple TV, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth headphones and put them in pairing mode.

    How you enter pairing mode may differ based on your headphones. Check the manual. Also, ensure your headphones have a good amount of battery life.

  2. On the Apple TV, click the Settings app.

    Screenshot of Apple TV Settings app
  3. Click Remotes and Devices.

    The Remotes and Devices option in the Settings on Apple TV.
  4. Click Bluetooth.

    Screenshot of Apple TV Remotes and Devices screen
  5. The Apple TV will search for wireless headphones. After a few seconds, it will list all the ones it finds.

  6. Select the headphones you want to connect to Apple TV.

    Screenshot of Apple TV Bluetooth devices screen

    If your headphones require a PIN for pairing, enter that PIN now.

Why Use Apple TV With Bluetooth Headphones?

Using the Apple TV with a home surround sound system is great, but sometimes you need to use your Apple TV without making noise. You may prefer to use some of the best wireless headphones with your Apple TV if you want to:

  • Watch TV without disturbing others (think staying up late to watch a movie or sporting event).
  • Have a more intense gaming experience that brings the game audio closer to you.
  • Use an app that supports voice input and you need a microphone to speak into (this assumes your Bluetooth headphones have a mic, of course).

Since Apple's AirPods are basically just Bluetooth headphones, you can also connect AirPods to an Apple TV.

How to Unpair Bluetooth Headphones From Apple TV

Need to unpair your Bluetooth headphones from Apple TV? It's pretty simple:

  1. Go to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Bluetooth.

  2. Select the headphones you want to unpair.

    Screenshot of Apple TV Bluetooth devices screen
  3. Select Unpair Device.

    Screenshot of Apple TV Disconnect Bluetooth devices screen

    You can also choose to Disconnect Device if you want to send audio to a different speaker or headphone but leave these headphones set up with your Apple TV.

  4. On the confirmation screen, click Unpair Device again.

    Screenshot of Apple TV Disconnect Bluetooth devices confirmation

How to Quickly Switch Apple TV Audio to Bluetooth Headphones

After you've paired your wireless headphones to Apple TV, you don't want to have to go through the Settings app every time you want to switch the audio output. Luckily, you don't have to!

Instead, go to the home screen and press the Play/Pause button on the Siri Remote. After a few seconds, a screen pops up that lets you select the audio output. Click your wireless headphones, and the Apple TV will send audio to them.

Screenshot of Apple TV audio output screen
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