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How to Connect Apple AirPods to Samsung TV?

Last Updated May 23, 2022
Person putting in airpods into case.

One of the features of the Apple AirPods is that they can connect to any device that supports Bluetooth; this includes smart TVs, such as the Samsung TV.

To connect your Apple AirPods to a Samsung TV, simply put your AirPods into pairing mode, wait for your smart TV to recognize them, and connect.

Connecting your AirPods to your Samsung TV is simple as long as your TV has Bluetooth; read on to learn more.

Are AirPods Compatible with Samsung TV?

Around the same time that the AirPods came out, Apple removed the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. Consumers might have taken this to mean that because of that, the AirPods would only work with Apple devices. Contrary to that belief, Apple AirPods work well with any device that supports Bluetooth headphones, including Samsung TVs.

What Other Devices Are Compatible with Apple AirPods?

AirPods are compatible with many different devices as long as they support Bluetooth headphones; for devices that Apple does not manufacture, they work as a normal Bluetooth headset.

With that said, Apple AirPods are also compatible with:

  • Android Phones
  • Windows Phones
  • Mac Devices
  • PCs
  • Game consoles (if they support Bluetooth headphones)
  • Any other device that supports Bluetooth headphones

How to Connect AirPods to a Samsung TV

Connecting the AirPods to a Samsung TV is similar to connecting them to any other non-Apple device. The AirPods are just like any other Bluetooth headset; they just have more features for people who pair them with Apple devices.

To connect your AirPods to your Samsung TV:

  1. Check and make sure your Bluetooth is turned on.
  2. Press and hold the button on the back of the AirPods case with both earbuds in the case until you see the LED light flash; this will put them into pairing mode.
  3. When you see the AirPods’ name on your TV, select it, and it should be ready to use!

A word of caution when using AirPods (or any other in-ear headphone) to watch TV: Be mindful of the TV’s native volume. If the volume is too loud for a long amount of time, it can damage your hearing.

Troubleshooting Connection Issues with Samsung TV

If, for some reason, your AirPods do not connect correctly to your Samsung TV, try this:

  1. First, try to reset the AirPods; put them back in the case, and close the lid. Wait about 30 seconds before trying to connect them again.
  2. Next, make sure your TV volume is up; this can affect how the sound is transmitted through the earbuds.
  3. If that does not work, try disconnecting them and then pair them within 2-3 feet of the TV.

One Apple Community Member suggested going into your AirPods settings (for AirPods Pro) and change the “Press and Hold AirPods” setting to “Noise Control” for both earbuds, as well as turning off the Bluetooth setting to your iPhone to stop the AirPods from trying to automatically pair.

Another user suggested turning off the iPhone completely (if you have one) when trying to pair the AirPods to the TV to keep the AirPods from trying to connect to your phone automatically.

Using AirPods with a TV with Soundbar

Many people have soundbars connected to their TV to boost the sound of TV shows. When using AirPods with a TV already connected to a soundbar, it is important to know that only one Bluetooth device can be connected to the TV at the same time.

If you want to use the AirPods, you must disconnect the soundbar. If you want to use the soundbar, you must disconnect the AirPods.

Features Using AirPods on Non-Apple Devices

Although you cannot use Siri with non-Apple devices (because Siri is Apple-specific), AirPods will still allow you to utilize the basic functions like talking on the phone, playing music, listening to TV audio, and controlling music (go back, skip forward).

As with other headphones or Bluetooth headsets, using the Apple AirPods with a Samsung is very similar: you can use them to listen to your program on TV, but you cannot use the go back or skip forward feature for your TV.

Final Thoughts

AirPods are fantastic headphones with many great features, and they work with any device that supports Bluetooth headphones! Most users have had nothing but positive things to say about the AirPods, and the small issues they have had are easily fixed.

Apple can cost a lot to purchase, but the saying “you get what you pay for” seems to ring true here. Apple puts a lot of thought into their devices, and the fact that you can use their high-priced AirPods with non-Apple devices like your Samsung TV says a lot about them.

Have a different brand of smart TV you want to connect your AirPods to? Check out these guides:

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