t is likely that many people use Bluetooth functionality on their mobile devices to connect up to headphones, microphones, and even speaker systems. If you look on the market, there will be a whole host of different Bluetooth devices. As a result, a lot of people wonder whether their Smart TV has Bluetooth functionality too. After all, connecting up all these devices to a TV could really increase the functionality. We are going to answer that question for you.
So, do Smart TVs have Bluetooth?
Yes, most Smart TVs nowadays do have some sort of Bluetooth connectivity. You may stumble across the rare Smart TV that doesn’t have it. The TVs that don’t have it tend to be the ‘budget TVs’, but even they are starting to have Bluetooth functionality introduced.
We do want to want to answer this question in a little bit more depth for you. This way, you will be able to know for sure whether your Smart TV really has Bluetooth. We also want to share some of the functions you may be able to enjoy if your TV does have Bluetooth built into it.
Do Smart TVs Have Bluetooth?
In most cases, yes, nowadays it is exceedingly rare to find a smart TV that doesn’t have at least some Bluetooth functionality. This is because Bluetooth is seen as a ‘staple’ piece of technology.
There are so many devices nowadays that utilize Bluetooth e.g. speakers, headphones, gamepads, etc. that people want that if a TV manufacturer didn’t include Bluetooth on their TVs, most people wouldn’t really want to buy their devices.
That being said, we cannot say 100% for sure that all smart TVs will have Bluetooth. There are a lot of smart TVs out there. If you are shopping for budget TVs, then you may find that they cut out some features. One of these features could be Bluetooth.
The only way to tell whether your smart TV has Bluetooth functionality is to check. You can accomplish this in several different ways.
How Do You Check Whether or Not Your Smart TV Has Bluetooth?
There are a few different methods that you can use to check whether your smart TV has Bluetooth.
Check the Manufacturer’s Website
The simplest method is to check the manufacturer’s website. Do not use an online store to check. Sometimes they won’t include all of the information that you need.
Find the TV that you own on the manufacturer’s website and it will tell you whether it has Bluetooth or not. It may also give you a bit of a hint about what type of devices you can hook up to the TV.
Check Product Packaging
If you still have the box for your television, then check the packaging. If it has Bluetooth, then you will almost certainly see the Bluetooth logo somewhere on it.
Check Remote Control
Right off the bat, we can tell you that if you have a modern Samsung smart TV, then it will have Bluetooth. This is because all their remotes work via a Bluetooth connection. In fact, a lot of TV manufacturers have started to go down that route.
If you have a Bluetooth remote control, it will have the Bluetooth logo somewhere on it.
Check TV Labels
Again, you are going to be looking for any sort of label that includes a Bluetooth logo. This will likely be on the back of the TV.
Check ‘Settings’ Menu of the TV
If you still can’t find any sort of logo, then open up the ‘settings’ menu on your TV. Browse through the menu until you find a section that looks as if it involves ‘connections’ to your smart TV. If you have activated Wi-Fi on the TV, then it will probably be in the same section.
If it says Bluetooth on the connections page, then you have Bluetooth on your smart TV.
If you have gone through all of this and you cannot find a mention of Bluetooth anywhere, then chances are that you do not have a Bluetooth-enabled television.
What Are The Benefits of Bluetooth on a Smart TV?
The main benefit of having Bluetooth on your smart TV is the sheer number of devices that you will be able to hook up to it.
We are going to go through some of the more popular devices you can connect up to your smart TV. However, do bear in mind that we are only scratching the surface here.
It is also worth noting that your smart TV may not be compatible with all of these devices. For example, there are some smart TVs that do not have audio out via Bluetooth. This means that you won’t be able to connect speakers or headphones up to the system. Thankfully, this is becoming increasingly rare.
Speakers are probably one of the main reasons why people want to pick up a Bluetooth smart TV. More and more speakers are now hooking up to the TV via Bluetooth.
The Bluetooth speaker range is massive. You have everything from a single speaker all the way up to surround sound systems available. The range is only going to get more extensive.
Want to watch your TV but don’t want to disturb anybody else in your home? Why not connect up a pair of headphones via Bluetooth? This is probably the second most-used reason for smart TVs.
More and more smart TVs now have voice chat options available. This isn’t really surprising. A lot of them run on Android. This means that you may be able to use apps such as Discord, Skype, and Zoom.
In some cases, you may even be able to add a webcam to the set-up. However, Bluetooth webcams are a bit rarer as they require more bandwidth than Bluetooth can provide.
Gaming on smart TVs is incredibly common, and it is set to become even more common.
Microsoft is looking to bring their Game Pass service to smart TVs. This means that you can play Xbox and PC games without owning either of the formats. Of course, to play these games, you need a game controller.
Most game controllers nowadays have a Bluetooth function. So, you don’t even need to buy a specific controller if you own either a PS4, PS5, Xbox One, or Xbox Series S/X.
As we said before, a lot of smart TVs will have chat apps. A Bluetooth keyboard will go hand in hand with them.
You can also use the keyboard for browsing the internet, playing games, etc.
A Bluetooth computer mouse may make navigating some of the features of your smart TV a lot easier. Trust us, browsing the web on a smart TV is much easier with a mouse!
If your cellphone or tablet computer has a Bluetooth function, then you can pair it up to your smart TV.
Once you have done this, almost all smart TVs will allow you to stream audio and video from your smart device.
In some cases, you may even be able to use your mobile device as an extra remote control for your smart TV.
As you can see, with the wealth of Bluetooth-enabled devices available, it is probably going to be in your best interests to ensure that any smart TV that you do buy includes Bluetooth connectivity.
How Do You Connect Your Bluetooth Device to a Smart TV?
Sadly, we cannot tell you exactly how to pair your Bluetooth device up to a smart TV. This is because there are a lot of different TVs and Bluetooth devices on the market.
What we will do, however, is give you a brief overview of the steps. You will need to consult the manual for your TV and Bluetooth device to know exactly what needs to be done.
- Switch on ‘pairing mode’ for your Bluetooth device.
- Open up the ‘settings’ on your smart TV
- Navigate to ‘connection settings’.
- Select Bluetooth and switch it on.
- If there is a ‘scan’ button, press it. If not, wait for the smart TV to find your device.
- Select your device and enter the pin number used to connect (you will find this in the instruction manual)
- Test the freshly paired device out on the relevant app.
We doubt the process to pair your devices will be much different from this.
Can You Use Bluetooth Speakers on a Non-Bluetooth TV?
Surprisingly, yes. You will need to purchase an extra device, though.
You can purchase Bluetooth transmitters. These plug directly into the 3.5mm jack on your TV. Once they are plugged in, they will emit a Bluetooth audio signal. Your speakers will then be able to pick up on this.
Do bear in mind that these Bluetooth transmitters are only for sending audio to speakers or headphones. You cannot use them for any other sort of Bluetooth connectivity with your smart TV.
Most smart TVs will have Bluetooth nowadays. However, there are still some budget smart TVs without it. Do bear in mind that the Bluetooth functionality can vary from TV to TV, so do your research to ensure that you end up with the TV that does everything that you need it to do.