How to pair Bluetooth headphones with the Apple TV

By , Oct 31, 2015

Bluetooth headphones Apple TV

One of the great things about the new Apple TV is that you can pair Bluetooth headphones for wireless audio. This is especially nice for those times when you wish to watch a game or play a movie, but don’t want to disturb others in your household.

With the new Apple TV, Apple has made it easy to quickly connect a pair of Bluetooth headphones, such as its own PowerBeats 2 earbuds…

Step 1: Open Settings

Step 2: Click Remotes and Devices

Step 3: Click Bluetooth

Step 4: Turn on your Bluetooth headphones and place them into pairing mode

Step 5: When the name of the Bluetooth headphones appear under Other Devices, click on the name and the headphones should pair with the Apple TV

Apple TV Bluetooth pull down

Once your headphones are paired, you can use the on-device controls to operate volume, and you can also play/pause content if you headphones feature the necessary input options. My PowerBeats 2 wireless earbuds work great with the Apple TV, and are capable of pausing/playing, and adjusting volume. Unfortunately, I’m not able to invoke Siri via the headphones like I can when I’m paired to the iPhone.

It can’t be overestimated how nice it is to be able to use Bluetooth headphones with the Apple TV. It’s perfect for watching TV, and even better for gaming. In fact, it’s worth investing in a pair if you don’t own any already. Have you used wireless Bluetooth headphones with your Apple TV?

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  • Eikast

    I have. Still wish that you could plug into the remote so that you could more types of headphones. BT audio works fine with my v-moda cross fade wireless.

  • That_Fruitarian

    Mine are paired right now as I watch ‘Cartel Land’.

  • lemonhead

    is there an app which acts as a bluetooth audio receiver?
    would be cool as you would be able to listen over any earpods then…

    • cdlenfert

      Look into Airfloat on Cydia. Makes the iPhone an AirPlay audio receiver and the Apple TV can send audio to it. Beats bluetooth in range and quality.

      • Vince Reedy

        Airfloat is my shiz

      • what happened to Airfloat; can’t find it anywhere

      • Vince Reedy

        It’s in cydia search

      • good when I was jailbroken; no longer, on 9.1

      • cdlenfert

        Its a dedicated app. Might be able to side load with X-code.

      • Cedric

        Do you know something similar for the chromecast and a jailbroken iphone?

      • cdlenfert

        Chromecast has very specific and limited functionality so I very much doubt it.

  • Lockywood

    Is Apple going to add this to the old Apple TVs with a software update? It is ridiculous if they have the ability and don’t.

  • Lordrootman

    How to solve this

    • SkyFall

      It Depends..

  • bthoven

    Any noticeable sound delay?

    • usually turning off/on your device or headphones will solve any delay

  • Finally!!!

  • Joe Medina

    can you stream to more than 1 pair of bluetooth headphones at the same time?

  • walk0080

    My Plantronics BackBeat2 Bluetooth headphones will pair and the play/pause and volume controls work fine on the headset.

    However the volume buttons on the Siri Remote stop working when headset is connected. Seems others are able to control volume both through headphones or via Siri Remote?

  • cm332

    Paired my Beats Studio Wireless and when they work they are great, hear so much more detail. Unfortunately they keep dropping off when I fast forward or rewind in a movie. Very annoying.