How to connect AirPods to my TV

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I love my soundbar while watching sports and shows on my Samsung smart TV. But sometimes there’s too much noise in the house to truly enjoy the sound – like when kids are playing. So I wondered, is there a way to connect AirPods to my TV?

And, of course, there is. On my Samsung, I had to go to:

  • Settings
  • Sound
  • Bluetooth Speakers
  • Ensure AirPods are in discover mode – open the case and push the button on the case.

This process will likely look slightly different on other devices, but in a nutshell, this is what you should be looking for:

  • How do I pair Bluetooth headphones to my device? (For example, on a PC, I can search for Bluetooth in the search bar, which gets me to the setup.)
  • Make sure your AirPods are in discover mode (open case, keep button pushed)
  • Ensure that the TV is looking for new pairable devices. On the Samsung, I had to click on Bluetooth Speaker List and refresh to get it to search.

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How is the experience connecting AirPods to my TV?

I was pleasantly surprised by the audio experience of listening to a Yankees game on my TV through my AirPods. It maybe even got me to pay closer attention because the announcers were correct in my ear, and I had noise cancellation turned on, so I didn’t hear any noise around me in the house.

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Now – at least on the Samsung – you can only have one set of AirPods connected simultaneously. So sharing audio – like you can do when streaming from iPhones – is impossible.

Overall, I loved the experience and liked that it’s an easy way to enjoy a game or show even with other noises around me.

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