A few years ago, TVs didn't have Bluetooth. In fact, they barely had any features at all. But now, TVs are becoming more and more like computers. You can even buy Smart TVs that allow you to stream content from the internet without a separate device. If you have an old TV that you don't use anymore, or if you just want to add Bluetooth to your current TV, we're going to show you how to do it.
If you want to be able to control your TV with a Bluetooth-enabled device—like a phone or a tablet—your best bet is to buy a Bluetooth transmitter. All Smart TVs and all TVs that come with Smart remotes are Bluetooth-capable, so all you need is the transmitter to add the functionality. There are currently no practical or economical consumer-level methods of installing Bluetooth in a non-Bluetooth TV, so a transmitter is your best bet.
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Check Your TV for Bluetooth Functionality
Before you go out and buy a Bluetooth transmitter for your TV, you should first check to see if your TV already has Bluetooth functionality. This can be done in a few simple steps. If your TV came with a smart remote, it almost certainly has Bluetooth built-in. All Smart TVs, for example, LG’s line of models, have the Bluetooth function. If you’re not sure whether your TV is a Smart TV or not, consult the manual or the manufacturer’s website. If it turns out that your TV doesn’t have Bluetooth, here are your options: you can either buy a new TV that has Bluetooth functionality or buy a Bluetooth transmitter that will enable your old TV to connect to Bluetooth devices.
Use a Bluetooth Transmitter with Aux
The easiest way to add some Bluetooth functionality to your TV is to buy a Bluetooth transmitter or adapter with a 3.5mm or RCA analog port. This type of transmitter will plug into the audio ports on your TV- usually an AUX in, red and white RCA audio out, or optical audio out. Once it's connected, you can pair it with any Bluetooth-enabled speakers, headphones or devices. If you're looking for a transmitter with more features, some models also offer volume and track controls as well as a mic for hands-free calling.
Bluetooth Transmitter with Optical Audio
The other main option you have is to buy a Bluetooth transmitter with an optical audio port and connect it to your TV’s optical/TOSLINK audio out. This functions similarly to the AUX port option above with the main advantage that optical/digital audio offers better sound quality. The transmitted audio will be in its original uncompressed format, and many transmitters even support compressed surround sound formats like Dolby Digital and DTS. If your TV doesn’t have an optical audio output, you can also buy a Bluetooth transmitter with an HDMI output and connect it to the HDMI input on your TV.
There are a few different ways to make a TV Bluetooth, and each one has its own benefits and drawbacks. By following the instructions in this post, you should be able to find the best way to make your TV Bluetooth for your specific needs.
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