Day and night, you can be found listening to music, podcasts, and shows through your trusty AirPods. Wireless headphones aren’t only more convenient, they’re also more comfortable. So, when you got your LG smart TV, you knew you had to find a way to connect your AirPods to it.
But, how can you connect AirPods to an LG TV? Is there a way to connect AirPods to an LG TV without Bluetooth, and if so, how? What should you do if your AirPods won’t connect?
Keep reading to find out!
- How to Connect AirPods to an LG TV?
- Can You Connect AirPods to an LG TV Without Bluetooth?
- Can You Connect Two AirPods to an LG TV?
- How to Control Volume on AirPods Connected to an LG TV?
- Why Aren’t My AirPods Connecting to My LG TV?
- Wrapping Things Up
How to Connect AirPods to an LG TV?
Follow the instructions outlined below to connect your AirPods to a Bluetooth-compatible LG TV.
Step 1: Hit your remote’s Settings key.
Step 2: Click on All Settings.
Step 3: Select the Sound option.
Step 4: Head to Sound Out.
Step 5: Go to Use Wireless Speaker.
Step 6: Open the kebab menu (፧) beside Bluetooth Device.
Step 7: Now, open your AirPods case and press the back button to enable pairing mode.
Step 8: On-screen, click Search to prompt your TV to find your AirPods. Once your AirPods name appears on-screen, select it to pair them.
Step 9: Then, go back to the Settings menu.
Step 10: Click on Sound Out.
Step 11: Click Bluetooth Device to start playing your TV’s sound through your AirPods.
Watch the video below demonstrating how to connect AirPods to your LG TV.
Can You Connect AirPods to an LG TV Without Bluetooth?
Yes, you can connect AirPods to a Bluetooth-incompatible LG TV.
However, to do this you must use an external device, such as a Bluetooth adapter or a streaming device.
Let’s learn how!
Bluetooth adapters, like the Avantree Audikast Plus Bluetooth 5.0 Transmitter , allow you to connect your AirPods (and other Bluetooth audio devices) to a Bluetooth-incompatible LG TV. They connect to your TV via one of its audio ports and only take a few minutes to set up.
Step 1: Connect the adapter to power using the included USB cable and a USB adapter. Alternatively, you can plug it into one of your TV’s USB ports.
Step 2: Plug your adapter into your TV’s optical, AUX, or RCA port(s) using the appropriate cables.
Step 3: Enable pairing mode on your AirPods by flipping open the charging case before pressing its button. Place your AirPods near the adapter before long-pressing the case’s button once more.
Step 4: You’ll know your AirPods are ready to pair when the status light begins blinking white. Then, you can put the AirPods in your ears and start listening to your TV’s content through them.
Step 5: If your AirPods do not connect to your adapter, close the case lid and repeat Step 3. You may also want to disable Bluetooth on your other devices to ensure your AirPods do not automatically connect to them.
Note: Since LG TVs don’t have a 3.5 mm/audio port (and if they do, it’s for diagnostics or RS232 control, not for audio), you must select a Bluetooth adapter that can connect to its audio ports. For instance, the average Bluetooth adapter (e.g. Bluetooth V5.3 Transmitter Receiver ) only supports 3.5 mm jacks, making it incompatible with LG TVs.
Streaming Devices (Chromecast, Apple TV, Fire TV Stick, Roku Players)
Streaming devices connect to your TV via its HDMI port or HDMI adapter. They display a smart interface with supports Bluetooth, allowing you to connect your Bluetooth headphones to it.
Let’s learn how to connect AirPods to the most popular streaming device brands.
Chromecast With Google TV
Step 1: Once you’ve set up the Chromecast with Google TV device on your LG TV, press its remote’s Home button.
Step 2: Head to Settings.
Step 3: Click on Remotes & Accessories.
Step 4: Select Pair remote or accessory.
Step 5: Now, put your AirPods into pairing mode by opening its case and pressing the pairing button.
Step 6: When your AirPods name appears on-screen, select it.
Step 7: Click on Pair.
Watch the video tutorial below to see how to pair AirPods to a Chromecast with Google TV.
Step 1: Set up your Apple TV device on your LG TV. If your AirPods are linked to the same iCloud account as your Apple TV, they should connect automatically when you turn both devices on.
Step 2: If your Apple TV and AirPods do not connect automatically, press and hold your Apple TV remote’s TV button.
Step 3: Head to Your Apple TV.
Step 4: When you place both AirPods in your ears, you should see your AirPods name pop up on-screen. Click on it to connect.
Step 5: If your AirPods and Apple TV aren’t connected to the same iCloud account, head to the Settings.
Step 6: Go to Remotes & Devices.
Step 7: Open Bluetooth.
Step 8: Choose your AirPods’ name to pair them.
Watch the video below demonstrating how to connect AirPods to an Apple TV device.
Amazon Fire TV Stick
Step 1: Once you’ve set up your Fire TV Stick on your LG TV, open the Settings on the Fire TV Home screen.
Step 2: Head to Controllers & Bluetooth Devices.
Step 3: Choose Other Bluetooth Devices.
Step 4: Click on Add Bluetooth Devices and immediately put your AirPods into pairing mode by pressing the pairing button while the charging case is open.
Step 5: Wait a few seconds for your AirPods’ name to pop up on-screen before clicking on it to pair it.
See the video tutorial below to learn how to pair AirPods to an Amazon Fire TV Stick.
Step 1: Connect your Roku device to your LG TV and set it up following the on-screen instructions. Then, install the Roku app on your Android or iPhone and connect it to the Roku device.
Step 2: Launch the Roku app and go to Remote.
Step 3: Tap the Headphone icon. Now your LG TV’s audio will play through your smartphone.
Step 4: Then, connect your AirPods to your smartphone. This will allow you to indirectly connect your AirPods to your LG TV.
Can You Connect Two AirPods to an LG TV?
Yes, you can simultaneously connect two AirPods to your LG TV.
However, only select LG TVs support this feature. Follow the steps below to verify if your LG TV supports dual headphone connections and connect two AirPods to it.
Step 1: Repeat the steps outlined in this article’s first section How to Connect AirPods to LG TV twice to connect both AirPods separately.
Step 2: Next, head to the Bluetooth Device menu and open the Speaker Connection Settings.
Step 3: Select 2 Devices.
Step 4: Click on the set of AirPods that hasn’t paired to your TV yet, followed by Connect.
Watch the video below demonstrating how to connect two headphones to a compatible LG TV.
How to Control Volume on AirPods Connected to an LG TV?
You should be able to adjust your AirPods’ volume using your remote’s Volume buttons. But if you can’t, follow one of the two methods below to control your AirPods volume.
Step 1: Follow the instructions outlined in the first section How to Connect AirPods to an LG TV. Then, select your AirPods.
Step 2: Go to Bluetooth Speaker Volume and adjust it accordingly.
Step 1: Once you’ve connected your AirPods to your LG TV, head back to the Sound Out menu.
Step 2: Go to Use Multiple Speakers.
Step 3: Find and select the kebab menu next to Bluetooth Device + TV Speaker.
Step 4: Navigate to Connect One Speaker, and then select Next.
Step 5: Click on your AirPods. Then, go to Next and Start.
Step 6: Click Apply before going back to the kebab menu you opened before.
Step 7: Click on Bluetooth Speaker Volume and adjust it accordingly.
Watch the video below to see how to control your AirPods’ volume through your TV settings.
Why Aren’t My AirPods Connecting to My LG TV?
If your AirPods aren’t connecting to your LG TV, try our tips listed below.
- Ensure your AirPods and LG TV aren’t paired to any other Bluetooth devices. If your AirPods keep automatically connecting to another device, disable the device’s Bluetooth settings or turn it off completely.
- Reset your AirPods by closing and then re-opening the charging case lid. Then, reset your LG TV by following the steps below.
- How to Soft Reset Your LG TV
Step 1: Find your LG TV’s Power button along the front, bottom, or sides of the bezel. Long-press it for 5-10 seconds to power your TV off.
Step 2: Then, unplug your TV from power for one minute before plugging it back in and powering it on.
- How to Factory Reset Your LG TV
Note: This will clear all customized settings and apps, prompting you to set the TV up from scratch. Once completed, this process can not be reversed.
- How to Factory Reset Your LG TV
Step 1: Launch the Settings.
Step 2: Open General. (If your TV doesn’t have this option, press the remote’s Settings key before navigating to All Settings, and then System.
Step 3: Head to Reset to Initial Settings.
Step 4: Click OK.
Watch the video tutorial below outlining how factory reset an LG TV.
- Finally, you can update your LG TV’s firmware, as the old firmware may be preventing your TV’s Bluetooth function from working normally.
|webOS 5.0, 6.0, and 22||Settings → All Settings → Support → Software Update → Check for Updates → Download and Install → Turn your TV off for 10 seconds and then restart it|
|webOS 4.0, 4.5, 3.5 and older||Settings → All Settings → General → About this TV → Check for Updates → Download and Install → Turn your TV off for 10 seconds before restarting it|
Wrapping Things Up
Connecting AirPods to your LG TV couldn’t be easier if your model supports Bluetooth. However, if your LG TV is Bluetooth-incompatible, you will need to use an external device to listen to audio wirelessly.
Bluetooth adapters are great if you love your LG TV’s native interface. If you’re willing to adjust to a new OS, consider using a streaming device. They can display thousands of built-in apps, including all of your favorite video/audio streaming platforms, such as Netflix, Spotify, Hulu, etc.
Some LG TVs even allow users to connect two AirPods to them at once, which is great if you’re watching TV with a friend.
If your AirPods aren’t connecting to your TV, make sure they’re not already connected to another device. You may also need to reset your AirPods and install any pending firmware updates on your TV.
What’s your experience connecting AirPods to an LG TV?
Let us know in the comments below!
Yesenia Achlim is a technical copywriter and editor with a focus on AV equipment. She aims to break down complicated topics and make technology accessible, no matter your technical expertise. When she’s not teaching you how to replace a projector lamp, you can find her reading and baking.