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How to Connect a Soundbar to Your PC or Laptop?

How to Connect a Soundbar to Your PC or Laptop?

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You just bought yourself a new soundbar, and you’re ready to start enjoying theater-quality sound with your movies or music. 

Only problem is, you’ve never hooked up a soundbar before. You may be wondering, is it possible to connect it to your PC or laptop? And if so, how do you do it?

There are several different ways you can connect a soundbar to your computer. You can make the connection via Bluetooth, auxiliary ports, HDMI ports, or optical ports.

Read on for a step-by-step process showing you how to use each of these methods!

Via Bluetooth

Using Bluetooth is one of the simplest ways to connect your soundbar to your computer. Bluetooth allows you to easily connect various devices to your phone or computer, such as speakers, headphones, and more.

Most newer computers are Bluetooth enabled. Some will require a Bluetooth adapter, which we’ll discuss below. 

To get your soundbar connected, follow these steps:

Windows OS

1. First, turn on your soundbar and make it discoverable by switching it to the BT (Bluetooth) setting. This will allow your PC or laptop to detect the soundbar.

Change connection methods on an LG soundbar to BT

2. Click on the Start button on your computer’s taskbar and go to Settings, then select Bluetooth & Devices.

select Add device option in Bluetooth & Devices section

3. Change the Bluetooth setting to “on”, then choose Add Device. A menu will pop up.

select Bluetooth option in Add a device section

4. Select the Bluetooth option from the menu, find your soundbar, and click on it to connect it to your laptop.

select the LG audio soundbar in Add a device section

5. Alternatively, you can connect to your soundbar via Quick Settings. On your taskbar, click on the Network, Sound, and Battery symbols. Select Bluetooth from the menu, turn it on, and select your soundbar to connect it to the computer.

select the Bluetooth icon on the quick settings section

Mac OS

1. Turn on the soundbar and make it discoverable by switching it to the BT setting. This will allow your Mac to detect the soundbar.

2. Click on the Apple Menu and select System Settings. A sidebar will pop up.

3. Scroll through the settings on the sidebar until you find the Bluetooth icon and click on it. A list of devices will appear.

4. Hold the arrow over your soundbar until a list of options appears, then choose Connect.

highlight the LG audio soundbar connected to Apple device

5. Alternatively, find the Bluetooth option in the menu bar, bring up the list of connectable devices, and select your soundbar from the list.

Bluetooth Adapter

Some older computers are not automatically Bluetooth-enabled. You can still connect Bluetooth devices to these types of computers, but you will need to follow an extra step.

For non-Bluetooth PCs or laptops, you will need a Bluetooth adapter, such as the TP-Link USB Bluetooth Adapter  (available for Windows only).

Simply plug in the adapter to your computer’s USB-A port and the Bluetooth options should appear in your settings. From there, follow the steps outlined above to connect your soundbar to the computer.

If you still cannot connect via Bluetooth after plugging in the adapter, you may need to use a driver updater tool or contact the manufacturer for more specific instructions on installing the Bluetooth driver.

Via AUX Ports

You can also connect your soundbar to your computer using auxiliary (AUX) ports. These are the 3.5mm audio jacks used for plugging in speakers or headphones.

Follow the steps below.

  1. You’ll need a 3.5mm cable, such as the Syncwire 3.5mm Aux Cable 
  2. Plug one end into your computer’s AUX port, and plug the other end into the corresponding port on your soundbar.
  3. The soundbar may switch automatically to AUX; if it doesn’t, you can manually change it to this setting.  

Via HDMI Ports

An HDMI cable, like this one from Amazon Basics , will also enable you to connect your soundbar to your laptop. HDMI cables are fairly inexpensive and versatile, so you may already have one laying around your house.

To connect your soundbar using via the HDMI ports, follow these steps:

1. On your laptop or PC, locate the port labeled HDMI. Plug one end of the cable into this port. 

2. On the soundbar, you will see two similar-looking ports; one is labeled HDMI IN and the other is HDMI OUT. Plug the other end of the cable into the HDMI IN port. This will allow the soundbar to receive input from the computer.

different ports on the soundbar

3. The soundbar may automatically detect the connection; if you need to switch it manually, change it to the HDMI setting. 

switching soundbar to HDMI setting

Via Optical Ports

Some computers may have an optical port, also known as an S/PDIF port. This is pretty rare, but sometimes newer or more expensive computers have this option.

If you want to hook up your soundbar using optical ports and cables, follow these steps:

  1. Select your optical cable. If you don’t have one already, you could find one online such as this WARRKY 6ft Optical Cable 
  2. Plug one end of the cable into the S/PDIF port on your computer or laptop.
  3. Plug the other end into the corresponding port on your soundbar.
  4. In your soundbar’s connection settings, switch the connection to the OPT (optical) option.

switching soundbar to Optical setting

Following any of the methods above, you may need to check your computer’s audio settings if you don’t hear any sound at first. Check to make sure everything is turned up and that the soundbar is turned on and properly connected. 

And that’s it! You’re ready to enjoy better sound quality from your PC or laptop.

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