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How to connect AirPods & AirPods Pro to Samsung TV?

In this guide, we will show you how to pair your AirPods or AirPods Pro to a Samsung Smart TV.

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Apple devices are notorious for their exclusivity, but fortunately, that doesn’t extend to the company’s AirPods and AirPods Pro.

Why is that? Because you can connect them to any Bluetooth-compatible device, including a Samsung smart TV

Paring your AirPods or AirPods Pro to Samsung TV can be handy if you want to watch a show or movie without disturbing others in the room.

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Additionally, it can be helpful if you’re trying to follow along with a show with a lot of dialogue, as AirPods can make hearing easier.

In short, it is a great way to improve your TV-watching experience, and it only takes a minute of your time to set up.

In this guide, we will show you how to connect your AirPods or AirPods Pro to a Samsung smart TV in a few easy steps.

The instructions below also work for other Bluetooth-supported smart TVs from Vizio, Hisense, and LG.

Pair AirPods or AirPods Pro to Samsung smart TV

Follow the step-by-step guide below to learn how to pair your AirPods:

Check your Samsung TV’s manual

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The first step is to check your TV’s manual to see if it supports Bluetooth.

A simple Google search will do the trick if you know the model ID. Most Samsung smart TVs released in and after 2016 support Bluetooth connectivity.

Place the AirPods in their case

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Next, you will need to put your AirPods in their case.

Once placed, press and hold the button on the back of the case until the light on the front starts blinking white.

Open your Samsung TV’s Bluetooth Settings & connect AirPods

Once your AirPods are in their case and ready to connect, head to your Samsung TV’s settings menu. Look for the Bluetooth setting and turn it on.

For models produced in 2016 and onwards

  1. Open Settings and navigate to SoundSamsung led on the background

  2. Select Sound Output > Bluetooth Speaker ListTv screen showing instructions for bluetooth connection

  3. Your Samsung TV will now start scanning for nearby devices. Your AirPods or Airpods Pro should appear on the list of devices within a few seconds with small text that reads (‘Needs Pairing’) next to them.

  4. Press the ‘OK’ button on the remote and select Pair and ConnectLed tv on purple background

  5. A small notification will appear on the screen to let you know whether the connection is successful or not.Tv showing connection status on screen

  6. You can now enjoy listening to content on your Samsung TV via Airpods/Airpods Pro.

The sound quality is likely to be suitable for most. However, you can’t control the volume from the AirPods themselves. Instead, you can use your Samsung TV remote for this. 

AirPods Pro features like Siri Access, Battery Status, and Customizable Double Tap Gestures won’t work when paired to your Samsung TV.

Wrapping up

Thanks to Bluetooth, connecting your AirPods or AirPods Pro to a Samsung smart TV is super straightforward. It’s also a great way to watch any of your guilty pleasures discreetly.

While pairing is quick and easy, there are a few limitations to keep in mind. Mainly, they just deliver audio, and that’s it. No advanced features like Siri or gesture controls.

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