How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to Apple TV

Listen in peace with the right wireless connection

Using the Apple TV with a home surround sound system is great, but sometimes you need to use your Apple TV without making noise. In that case, Bluetooth headphones can help. The Apple TV works with virtually all Bluetooth headphones, so, here's how to connect Bluetooth headphones to Apple TV.

The tips in this article apply to Apple TV models running tvOS 9 and up, and virtually all Bluetooth headphones.

Why Use Apple TV With Bluetooth Headphones

You may prefer to use 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).

How to Connect AirPods to Apple TV

While they offer some really cool advanced features, technically Apple's AirPods are basically just Bluetooth headphones. That means you can connect AirPods and AirPods Pro to the Apple TV, too.

How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to Apple TV

To connect any other 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 make sure that 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 of the ones it finds.

  6. Click 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.

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. Click the headphones you want to unpair.

    Screenshot of Apple TV Bluetooth devices screen
  3. Click 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. That's a lot of steps. Luckily, you don't have to!

Screenshot of Apple TV audio output screen

Instead, go to the homescreen 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.

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