You find yourself setting the TV volume to the lowest when you watch at night.
It’s because you’d rather ask yourself “What?” every 5 minutes…
Than to wake someone else up in the house.
Well, those days are over.
Because it’s extremely easy to pair a Bluetooth headphone to a smart TV like Samsung.
Continue reading to find out:
- 7 easy steps to connect a Bluetooth headphone to a Samsung TV.
- Effective fixes if a Samsung TV and Bluetooth headphones aren’t pairing.
- 7 reasons why your Bluetooth headphone won’t connect to your Samsung TV.
- And a lot more…
7 steps to connect Bluetooth headphones to Samsung TV
Note: The steps below apply to Samsung TV models from 2017 to 2022. If you own a 2014 to 2016 Samsung TV model, jump to the Bonus section instead.
#1: Go to the Settings menu on your Samsung TV
Press the Home button on your Samsung remote. And from there, click the gear icon to launch the Settings menu.
#2: Select Sound
#3: Select Sound Output
#4: Select Bluetooth Speaker List
#5: Make your Bluetooth headphone discoverable
How to do it will vary depending on your headphones. But for most models, you can make them discoverable by pressing and holding the power button.
#6: Select your Bluetooth headphone from the list
Once your Bluetooth headphone is discoverable and ready for pairing…
It should appear on the Bluetooth Speaker List. So just click it.
#7: Select Pair and connect
This should connect your Bluetooth headphone to your Samsung TV. You should see a message box on your TV indicating the successful pairing.
You may then try to play an audio or video file to test.
And if you don’t hear any sound from your Samsung TV to your headphone…
Check the volumes of both devices.
Ensure that they’re not muted. And try to turn up the volume level.
Now, for those who want a video guide on pairing Bluetooth headphones to a Samsung TV…
You may check this out:
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Bonus: How to connect your Bluetooth headphones to older Samsung TVs
How to connect your Bluetooth headphone to 2016 Samsung TVs (K models)
- Press the Home button on your remote.
- Select Settings.
- Navigate to Sound and click it.
- Select Expert Settings.
- Select Wireless Speaker Manager.
- Select Bluetooth Audio Devices.
- Set your Bluetooth headphone to pairing mode.
- Click your Bluetooth headphone from the list.
- Select Pair and connect.
How to connect your Bluetooth headphone to 2015 Samsung TVs (J models)
- Click the Menu button on your remote.
- Select Sound.
- Select Additional Settings.
- Click Bluetooth Audio.
- Make your Bluetooth headphone discoverable.
- Select your headphone from the list.
- Click the Pair button.
How to connect your Bluetooth headphone to 2014 Samsung TVs (H models)
- Press the Menu button on your remote.
- Select Sound.
- Click the Speaker Settings option.
- Select TV Sound Output.
- Select Bluetooth Headphone.
- Set your headphone to pairing mode.
- Click your headphone from the list.
- Click Pair.
Why won’t my Bluetooth connect to my Samsung TV?
Your Bluetooth won’t connect to your Samsung TV because it’s too far from the TV. Or it’s not discoverable and set to pairing mode. Also, your Bluetooth device or TV may be experiencing a temporary malfunction. In addition, it’s also possible that your TV or your headphone has outdated firmware.
There are several possible reasons why your Bluetooth won’t connect to your Samsung TV.
But fret not. I’ll discuss in detail each of them. As well as what you can do to resolve these issues.
#1: Your Samsung TV isn’t Bluetooth-compatible
You first need to check if your Samsung TV’s even Bluetooth-compatible.
Most Samsung TV models since 2014 are. But you can also verify by going to your TV’s Settings. And checking under the Sound menu if there’s an option for Bluetooth.
Now, what if your Samsung TV doesn’t support Bluetooth?
Is there a workaround you can do?
As a matter of fact, there is. And that’s by using a Bluetooth adapter. Otherwise known as a Bluetooth transmitter.
“What exactly is a Bluetooth adapter?”
It’s a device that you can plug into your TV’s audio jack. And it acts as a medium for your headphone to receive audio from your TV via Bluetooth.
Now, if you’re wondering how much it costs…
I assure you it’s really affordable.
You can buy a high-quality Bluetooth adapter for less than $30. Here are a few examples:
And aside from being cheap…
Bluetooth adapters are extremely easy to set up. Here’s how:
Step #1: Plug the adapter into your Samsung TV’s 3.5 mm audio port.
Step #2: Set your Bluetooth headphone to pairing mode.
Step #3: Move your headphone to within 30 feet of the adapter.
Step #4: Wait for the headphone to pair with the adapter. You can check if the pairing is successful by playing audio from your TV.
Note: Before using a Bluetooth adapter, charge it first. You may do that by plugging it into your TV’s USB port.
#2: Your Bluetooth headphone is off
This may sound obvious. But it’s still worth pointing out.
It’s possible your Samsung TV couldn’t discover your Bluetooth device because it’s off.
So ensure that it isn’t the case.
Regardless of the brand and model of your Bluetooth headphone…
There should be an indicator light that’ll let you know if it’s powered on.
And if you don’t see any light at all…
It’s likely because your headphone has run out of battery charge.
So try to charge it first. And ensure that it has enough battery supply before connecting it to your Samsung TV.
#3: Your Bluetooth device isn’t in pairing mode
Another reason your Samsung TV can’t find your Bluetooth device is that it isn’t in pairing mode.
Now, the way to enter pairing mode differs per headphone brand.
How to set your AirPods to pairing mode
Step #1: Place the AirPods back in their charging case.
Step #2: Open the lid of the case.
Step #3: Press and hold the case’s Setup button.
Step #4: Release the button once the LED light flashes white. You can now connect your AirPods to your Samsung TV.
How to set your Galaxy Buds to pairing mode
Step #1: Put the Galaxy Buds back in their case.
Step #2: Wait for around 5 to 10 seconds.
Step #3: Flip the case’s lid open. The Galaxy Buds should then enter into pairing mode. And you’ll be able to see it on your Samsung TV’s Bluetooth menu.
As for other Bluetooth headphones with cases…
The steps should be very similar to AirPods and Galaxy Buds.
And for models without cases…
Going into pairing mode usually involves pressing and holding the built-in Power button. But you may always refer to the user manual on how to do it.
#4: Your Bluetooth headphone is too far from the TV
Now, if your Bluetooth headphones are already turned on and in pairing mode…
And yet your Samsung TV’s still not able to discover it…
It might be because it’s too far from the TV. So try to move it closer.
How close, you ask?
Well, the ideal Bluetooth distance range differs per device.
For instance, AirPods will work well up to 60 feet or 20 meters.
But for other devices, it has to be within 30 feet or 10 meters to connect.
So to be sure…
Just bring your headphone within 30 feet of your Samsung TV. And move even closer if possible.
#5: Glitch in the Samsung TV or Bluetooth device
A glitch in your Bluetooth headphones or Samsung TVs may also keep them from pairing.
As with any gadgets, your TV and headphone are also prone to the usual malfunction.
And the fastest way to fix it?
By performing a power cycle. Which is another term for restarting or soft resetting your device.
You may follow these steps to power cycle your Samsung TV:
- Unplug the TV from its power source.
- Press the TV’s built-in power button for 10 to 15 seconds.
- Wait for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Reconnect the TV to the outlet.
And as for your Bluetooth headphone…
If it has a built-in power button, just press it to switch it off. And then turn it back on after 1 or 2 minutes.
Then, after powering both your TV and headphone back on…
You may attempt to pair them again.
#6: Outdated firmware
When was the last time you updated your Samsung TV’s software?
I’m asking because it’s also possible that it’s outdated. And that’s why you can’t pair it with your Bluetooth headphone.
But even if it has been a while since you last updated it, don’t worry.
Because it only takes a few steps to install software updates on a Samsung TV. Here’s how:
- Press the Home button on your Samsung remote.
- Navigate to Settings and select it.
- Scroll down and select Support.
- Select Software Update.
- Click the Update Now option.
From there, your Samsung TV will start downloading and installing updates. The duration should depend on the file size of the update.
But just ensure you don’t interrupt the process by turning off your TV. Otherwise, the updates won’t install correctly.
#7: Your Samsung TV needs a reset
If you’re still unable to pair your Bluetooth headphone with your Samsung TV…
It’s might be because of a glitch that you can only fix by factory resetting your TV.
Now, it’s important to note that a factory reset will delete all your downloaded apps. As well as your personal settings and preferences.
In addition, your Samsung account will be unlinked from your TV. So you’ll have to sign in again.
And with that, here are the steps to factory reset your Samsung TV:
- Click your Samsung remote’s Home button.
- Select Settings.
- Select General.
- Select Reset.
- Enter your PIN. If you don’t have one, enter 0000.
- Click Reset again.
- Click OK to confirm.
Note: If the Reset option is grayed out, it’s because there’s an app running in the background. So ensure that you close all apps before performing a factory reset.
Bonus: Your Samsung TV or Bluetooth device is defective
If you still have Bluetooth issues even after trying out all the fixes…
Then there might be a hardware issue with your Samsung TV or headphone.
It’s, therefore, best to contact the manufacturer for support.
For Samsung, you may call them at 1-800-726-7864. They’re open 7 days a week. From 8 AM to 12 AM EST.
Their chat support, on the other hand, is available 24/7. You can contact a chat support representative through their official support page.
As for your Bluetooth headphone…
You may visit the manufacturer’s official website. And from there, look for the Contact Us page.