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How To Use Headphones With Roku

Last Updated Oct 26, 2021
bluetooth headphones laying on table.

Rokus are extremely popular Smart TVs and have been known as one of the most affordable Smart TVs on the market. They are also known for how well they work with multiple streaming services and that you can have the Roku remote installed as an app on your smartphone. 

One downside of many Smart TVs is that you can’t easily use headphones with them; however, you can easily use different types of headphones with a Roku Smart TV. Setting up different headphones with a Roku Smart TV is very practical, and you won’t have to worry about disturbing the other people in your home with what you’re watching.

Using Headphones with a Roku Smart TV

Back in the time before Smart TVs, if you wanted to use headphones with a TV, you had to find a pair of headphones with a long cord and plug it into the audio jack in the TV. You can still technically do that with a Roku Smart TV, but there are much easier and practical ways to connect headphones to a Roku Smart TV.

One major benefit of Roku Smart TVs is that you can use wired or wireless headphones with them. Most headphones are compatible with the system as well. Setting the headphones up with your Roku Smart TV is a simple and quick task.

If you have a Roku TV or Roku streaming device, the connection process won’t be any different. 

How to Use Wired Headphones with a Roku Device

If you have wired headphones, you can still use them with a Roku device. While it’s not the most popular option, it still is one that you can use to be able to listen to what you’re streaming on your Roku without everyone in your house hearing.

If you have a Roku TV with a Roku Remote, all you have to do is plug your headphones into the jack on the remote. If you are going to use headphones this way, remember that you’ll have to keep your remote with you if you want to walk around while streaming music.

What to do if the Headphones Won’t Play Sound

Sometimes there may be connectivity issues. If you’re having problems with getting sound to come out of your wired headphones, here are some things you can check:

  • Make sure the headphones are in good condition and can work with another device

How to Use Wireless Headphones with a Roku Device

Wireless headphones are the more popular option to use with a Roku device. Using wireless Bluetooth headphones enables you to walk around and move while being able to listen to what is streaming on your Roku because Roku Smart TVs don’t just stream videos; they can also stream music. Setting up Bluetooth headphones with a Roku is simple.

Some Roku TVs don’t have Bluetooth capabilities built-in, but you can purchase a Bluetooth adapter to plug into your Roku Smart TV. Follow the instructions to your Bluetooth adapter to correctly connect it to the Roku TV and then pair your wireless headphones to the adapter. You can also purchase an adapter and headphone set.

Other Roku TVs have Bluetooth built-in, such as the Hisense. To connect your wireless headphones through a built-in Bluetooth, simply open up your settings on the TV and go to Bluetooth settings. Turn on pairing on your headphones, and it should show up on the TV. Allow the headphones to pair with the TV, and you’ll be good to go.

What to do if the Headphones Won’t Play Sound

If there are any issues with sound coming out of your headphones when they’re connected to a Roku device, try some of these troubleshooting steps to make sure everything is connected properly:

  • The battery to the Bluetooth headphones is completely charged
  • You’re not too far away from the streaming TV
  • Your smartphone and Roku TV are connected to the same WiFi.

If you find that it’s a connectivity issue, you should unpair the headphones from the device and start the pairing process again. This is a common fix for many devices that connect through Bluetooth. If you’re using a Bluetooth adapter, you should go into your Roku TV settings and change the audio input to “PCM-Stereo” to get the sound to work.

Can I Use Wireless Headphones With the Roku App?

The Roku app is a great feature that comes with a Roku Smart TV on your smartphone. Not only can the Roku App serve as your remote, but you can also stream videos and music from the app on your smartphone.

You can use headphones with the Roku app. All you have to do is connect your wireless headphones to your smartphone as you would normally connect them. After this, you need to open the Roku app and follow these instructions:

  1. Select the Roku device you will be connecting to.
  2. Select “remote”
  3. Select the button with the headphones on it.
  4. Here, the headphones icon should show up on the TV if you’re using your smartphone as the Roku remote.


Using headphones with a Roku Smart TV and the app on your phone is an easy and practical way to keep what you are listening to yourself. You won’t have to worry about getting caught up in cords and can be comfortable and enjoy your streaming from your couch or as you’re moving around your house.

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