How to Connect Apple AirPods to LG TV

LG TV Remote with Airpods and Case OpenLG TV Remote with Airpods and Case Open

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Listening to your LG TV through your Airpods is very useful if you don’t want the sound to be too loud around you. We show you how to quickly connect your Apple Airpods to your LG TV.

Go to your LG TV, Settings > Sound Out > External Speakers with TV Speaker > Bluetooth Device + TV > Connect One Speaker.

Newer LG TVs will be Settings > Sound Out > LG Sound Sync/Bluetooth > Device Selection.

Then put your AirPods in pairing mode by hard pressing the button on the back until it flashes white and select it on the TV.

In most cases, you should be able to connect the devices. However, you may not be able to use certain features on your AirPods, such as volume control. And, if your LG TV cannot pair with your AirPods, there are other options available.

Pairing Apple Airpods to a Smart LG TV

The steps are pretty simple to pair your Airpods to your LG TV:

  1. Press “Settings” or the cog icon on the LG Remote
    LG TV Remote Settings
  2. Go to Sound Out on the LG TV (Faster than “All Settings”)
    LG TV Sound Out Settings
  3. Click to the right until you see “Bluetooth Device + TV
    LG TV Speaker Settings
  4. Click “Device List
    LG TV Bluetooth Device
  5. This will open the Bluetooth Device screen and begin searching for devices to connect
    LG TV Device List
  6. Open your Airpods case
    Front of AirPods with Case Open
  7. Press the white button on the back of the Airpods
    AirPod Button with Case Open
  8. Airpods should flash white (Pairing Mode)
    Airpods Blinking White
  9. Airpods should show up as a Connectable Device on the LG TV, Select it (Click Search if not listed)
    Airpods on LG TV Screen

Your AirPods should be successfully paired to your LG TV now.

To connect AirPods to newer LG TVs, the menu would be All Settings > LG Sound Sync/Bluetooth > Device Selection. Once here, you would put your AirPods in pairing mode (flashing white light from hard pressing the button), and then select the AirPods on the LG TV under Device Selection.

Can’t Connect Airpods to LG TV? Try these other tips:

  • Disconnect Your AirPods from your phone
  • Turn off your Bluetooth on your phone
  • “Forget” your Airpods from your phone
  • Restart your TV and phone

Your AirPods may be trying to sync back to your phone and needs to be refreshed. Try these steps above and then repeat the steps to pair your AirPods to your LG TV.

We made a quick video in case you prefer to follow along:

Connecting AirPods to LG TV Through Apple TV

By Apple TV, we mean the physical Apple TV device, such as the Apple TV 4K. Downloading the Apple TV app to your LG Smart TV doesn’t give you the connection advantages of the hardware version.

Pairing your AirPods to Apple TV is the single best way to get the most from your audio experience:

  1. Start by placing your AirPods in pairing mode.
  2. On the Apple TV, go to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Bluetooth.
  3. When your AirPods appear, select them with Connect Device.

That’s it. Now you will have full control over your AirPods without worrying about competing settings getting in the way.

As a side note, Apple’s HomePod—and any other smart speakers that connect to your TV—won’t work with AirPods or any other truly wireless headphone options. So while you may be able to connect your AirPods to smart speakers, it won’t work when the speaker is connected to your TV for audio.

Connecting AirPods to LG TV Through Roku

Sure, it’s an added expense but, if your LG Smart TV just isn’t playing nice with your Apple AirPods, consider a Roku Streaming Stick. This is a tidy little workaround that Roku calls “private listening.”

  1. Once your Roku is inserted into an HDMI port, download the app on your iPhone.
  2. Once your AirPods are connected to your phone, launch the Roku app, and select Headphones. That’s it.

When you’re ready to drop the audio connection, simply place your AirPods back in the case, or select Headphones again in the Roku app.

Keep in mind, this is only a streaming solution. Whatever you stream through the Roku Streaming Stick, it will transfer the audio to your AirPods. Until they develop an HD antenna directly embedded in the Roku Stick, or the same with cable, live TV isn’t an option.

Connecting AirPods to LG TV Through Fire TV

Of course, Amazon has its own streaming stick/cube because it’s Amazon. Fortunately for you, that’s another option for connecting your AirPods. Unfortunately—like the Roku Streaming Stick—you won’t be able to listen to live TV. Also, Amazon doesn’t give you the option of using your AirPods to adjust the volume. You’ll have to do that with the Fire TV remote and a whole bunch of finagling.

To pair your AirPods with the Fire TV, make sure you’re in pairing mode. Then:

  1. On the Fire TV, select Settings > Controllers and Bluetooth Devices > Other Bluetooth Devices.
  2. Once you see your AirPods on the drop-down menu, select them to pair.

The bad part about using the Amazon Fire TV Cube or Stick is that AirPods don’t have physical volume buttons, which don’t compute with Fire TV. So, you’ll have to do some additional meddling or throw up your hands and get a Roku Stick.

You may also need to download an app called Precise Volume, then sideload it. You’ll have to jump through quite a few hoops to get it done, but if you’re dedicated to listening with your AirPods, it’s the only way forward using Fire TV.

Final Thoughts

Most of your modern smart TV sets are shipping with the latest version of Bluetooth. This bodes well for Apple enthusiasts. On the flip side, not every Bluetooth headset is created equal. Apple has always tended sleek, high-end, and glamorous tech, and they’re obsessed with eschewing physical buttons in favor of touch controls. Sometimes that creates an issue—such as with the Fire TV.

Ironically, Apple’s primary smartphone competitor, Samsung, is completely on board with Apple’s latest streaming and connection moves. Like Samsung, LG is joining the party as well—including major updates of older smart TV models to accommodate Apple.

That being said, you may occasionally have an issue with LG smart TVs as well, depending on the model and year. However, LG TVs are generally compatible with Apple AirPods, and connecting your AirPods with LG TVs is a simple process.

Check out our other articles to learn how you can connect your AirPods to a smart Vizio or Sony TV or SamsungTV!

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