Smart TVs are becoming the norm within modern households. In fact, according to Consumer Reports, 70% of all TVs sold in the year of 2018 had “smart” capability. Smart TVs are incredibly popular because they make it easier for you to connect your TV to a variety of streaming services and peripheral devices, via WiFi or a Bluetooth connection.
Almost all new LG TVs come with “smart” capability, meaning that the majority of its TVs do have Bluetooth connectivity. LG has a wide selection of TVs in their current range, from OLED TVs to high-end 8K TVs.
In this article, we’ll be giving you everything you need to know about using Bluetooth with your LG TV. We’ll show you what to do if you don’t happen to have a smart TV but still want a Bluetooth connection, and we’ll walk you through the various smart TVs that LG currently sells and show you what each of them has to offer.
Can I Connect a Bluetooth Device to a Non-Smart TV?
Unfortunately, non-smart TVs don’t support Bluetooth connectivity in most cases. A non-smart TV might be able to connect to certain Bluetooth audio devices, but you’ll need the correct adaptor to make this work.
Luckily, there are plenty of Bluetooth adaptors available that are designed to work with older TVs. These adaptors plug into your TV’s audio output ports, and allow you to connect a variety of audio devices to your TV. You can potentially connect headphones, speakers, or sound bars to a non-smart TV this way.
You can find adaptors designed to fit several different audio output ports, including optical outputs, coaxial outputs, 3.5mm outputs, and RCA outputs. Just be sure you know what kind of audio output your TV has before buying an adaptor.
If you’re trying to connect a different type of Bluetooth device to a non-smart TV such as a wireless keyboard or mouse, then we’re afraid you’re out of luck. While some non-smart TVs do come with USB ports, and while USB Bluetooth adaptors are available, the majority of non-smart TVs don’t have the internal hardware to support a Bluetooth connection.
Bottom line, there’s no way to directly connect a Bluetooth device that isn’t an audio receiver to a non-smart TV. However, there is one way to work around this; you can connect a PC or a laptop to your non-smart TV via the HDMI port, and then connect your Bluetooth devices to your computer.
How Do I Connect a Bluetooth Device to My LG Smart TV?
Connecting a Bluetooth device to any kind of smart TV isn’t always a self-explanatory process. In this section, we’ll walk you through how to connect different types of devices to your LG smart TV via Bluetooth.
Connecting an Audio Device to Your LG Smart TV
This applies to headphones, speakers, and sound bars. While the specific product you own may require some slightly different steps to get it connected to a smart TV, in general this is what you have to do to connect any audio device to your LG TV via Bluetooth:
- Open the Settings menu on your TV.
- Within the Settings menu, open the Sound Output menu.
- In the Sound Output menu, scroll down to the Bluetooth option and select it. This will allow your TV to connect to any available Bluetooth devices.
- Locate the pairing button on your Bluetooth device and hold it down until it enters pairing mode. Some devices may use different methods for turning on pairing mode, so do whatever applies to your specific device.
- At this point, your Bluetooth device should show up on your TV’s list of available devices. When it does, select your device from the list, and it should connect to your TV.
- To unpair a device, navigate to your list of paired Bluetooth devices in your TV’s settings, find the device you want to unpair, and hit the unpair button.
Connecting a Wireless Keyboard to Your Smart TV
The overall process of connecting a keyboard to your LG TV is largely the same as the process of connecting an audio device to your TV, but there are a few differences. Here’s how to connect a wireless keyboard to your TV via Bluetooth:
- Put your keyboard into pairing mode. Again, the correct method of doing so will depend on the specific keyboard you own.
- Open up the Settings menu on your TV and navigate to Advanced Settings.
- In the Advanced Settings menu, navigate to the General menu and select Keyboard.
- In the Keyboard menu, select Connect. You should then see a list of available devices.
- Select your keyboard from the list to pair it with your TV.
Current LG TVs: An Overview
As we’ve mentioned, LG features a large variety of different TV models within a range of four categories. These categories include OLED TVs, NanoCell TVs, 4K TVs, and 8K TVs.
The difference between these four categories isn’t exactly obvious, so in this section we’ll break down the differences between each category and what each category can offer you in terms of performance.
LG OLED TV
OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) technology is relatively new, having been introduced to the market in 2013. In an OLED TV, each pixel that makes up the on-screen picture is independently controlled, which enables the screen to produce deeper blacks and colours with higher contrast.
When compared to standard LED LCD TVs, OLED TVs are able to run more smoothly, which is helpful when watching something that involves a lot of fast movements (like an action movie or a sports match). If you tend to watch TV in a darkened room, an OLED TV will provide you with a more vivid picture than an LED LCD TV.
LG NanoCell TV
NanoCell technology is a proprietary technology developed by LG. Long story short, NanoCell technology is used to generate purer red and green colours by absorbing unwanted light wavelengths. If this is still too complex, basically all you need to know is that NanoCell technology can provide you with a wider range of colours than a standard LED LCD TV.
In terms of overall picture quality, NanoCell TVs are positioned above standard LED LCD TVs, but below OLED TVs. However, they also tend to be less expensive than OLED TVs.
LG 4K TV
First, a bit of a clarification; in terms of TVs, 4K only refers to the resolution of the screen and not to the actual technology used to create the picture itself. A 4k resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is four times as many pixels as you’d get from a full HD resolution (a.k.a. 1080p).
LG produces and sells a variety of 4k TVs, some of which use OLED technology and some of which don’t. The difference between these TVs is not the level of detail each can provide, but rather the quality of the colours.
LG 8K TV
Once more, 8K only refers to the resolution that the TV is capable of displaying. 8K TVs have four times as many pixels as 4K TVs, with a resolution 7680 x 4320 pixels.
The main advantage of a higher resolution is that it can provide a sharper picture than a lower resolution, and a higher resolution also makes individual pixels far less noticeable. Of course, 8K TVs are also among the most expensive TVs you can buy right now.
With more and more people demanding increased connectivity from their devices, it only makes sense that smart TVs are becoming more popular than ever. A good smart TV should allow you to connect to a variety of devices via Bluetooth or WiFi, and the best ones allow you to pair your TV to a virtual assistant device like an Amazon Alexa or a Google Home.
Even if you don’t have a smart TV, however, odds are you’ll still be able to connect it to a Bluetooth audio device or a media player such as a Roku, which should give you a lot of the functionality of a smart TV for considerably less money.