How to Connect Airpods to Apple TV

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Connect AirPods to Apple TV

Apple’s wireless AirPods, launched in 2016, are essentially compact computers designed for your ears. Apple has continuously improved them, ensuring they offer unmistakable quality. Besides connecting to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, you might be surprised to learn that they can also be connected to your Apple TV.

At first, connecting AirPods to an Apple TV may seem unconventional, but it offers several advantages. For instance, the noise-canceling feature of AirPods makes them ideal for use in noisy environments or for those seeking an immersive audio experience.

All AirPod models can connect to any Apple TV model. However, for an optimal experience, pairing an Apple TV 4K with AirPods 3 or AirPods Pro 2 is recommended, as both support Dolby Atmos and provide enriched sound. With AirPods Pro 2 or AirPods Max, you can even adjust the level of noise cancellation directly from the Apple TV’s menu.

While AirPods can automatically connect to nearby Apple devices, connecting to an Apple TV requires manual setup. This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to pair your AirPods with your Apple TV through iCloud.

Connecting AirPods to Apple TV 

1. Ensure your AirPods are in their case. This is crucial, especially if your AirPods are already paired with another device, as they won’t connect to your TV otherwise.

2. On your Apple TV, navigate to Settings using the Apple remote or iPhone. Look for the silver gear icon on the home screen and select it.

3. In the Settings menu, scroll to Remotes & Devices. The Bluetooth option is under the “Other Devices” section in the Remote settings.

NOTE: AirPods that were previously paired and within range will appear in the “Not Connected” list.

4. Open the AirPods case and place the AirPods in your ears. Press and hold the button on the back of the case until the white light on the front begins to flash.

Your AirPods should be visible in your TV’s “Other Devices” section. Use your remote to select them, and they will move to the “My Devices” section, indicating they are “Connected.”

You can manage your AirPods from this menu, including disconnecting or completely unpairing them and any other device linked to the owner’s Apple ID.

Using AirPods Already Paired with an Apple TV

Once paired, your Apple TV will remember your AirPods for future use. To switch audio to your already-paired AirPods, follow these steps:

1. Go to Settings and select Video and Audio.

2. Choose “Audio Output,” which is located at the top of the “Audio” menu. This is usually set to your TV speakers by default.

Scroll down to “Temporary Audio Output” and select it.

3. Open your AirPods’ case. Your AirPods will appear in the list of available devices, allowing you to select them. A volume bar will also display, helping you adjust the volume comfortably.

How to Use Two Sets of AirPods with an Apple TV

The “Share Audio” feature allows you to share Bluetooth audio with a second pair of wireless headphones, perfect for watching movies with a friend without disturbing others.

To use this feature:

1. Connect your first pair of AirPods to your Apple TV via Bluetooth or your Apple ID.

2. Prepare the second pair of AirPods by connecting them to an iPhone or iPad or placing them near the Apple TV.

Then, pair the second set by following these steps:

1. Press and hold the Home button on your Apple TV remote.

2. Click on the AirPlay icon.

3. Select the first pair of AirPods and choose Share Audio.

4. Bring the second set of AirPods close to the Apple TV.

5. Opt for Temporarily Share Audio.


AirPods offer a versatile audio experience, especially when paired with an Apple TV, providing high-quality sound directly to your ears without disturbing others. The Share Audio feature also enhances late-night TV watching with a friend, ensuring everyone in the room remains undisturbed.

See Also

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How to Connect 2 AirPods to One iPhone

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How to Connect AirPods to Windows 10

How to Sync AirPods

Can You Connect AirPods to Android

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