It's surprisingly easy

How to Connect AirPods to Your Apple TV


November 19, 2019 Tech By

Did you know that you can connect your AirPods to your Apple TV? It’s the ideal solution for anybody who wants to watch something without disturbing the other people in the room. The best part is that it’s surprisingly easy.

Is it your Apple TV?

There are two ways to connect your AirPods to an Apple TV. The first and easiest solution is if the Apple TV and your AirPods (through your iPhone) are linked under the same iCloud account. If so:

• Make sure you’re either wearing your AirPods or the charging case’s lid is flipped open.
• Turn on your Apple TV and go to the Home screen.
• Hold down the Play/Pause button on your Apple TV Remote.
• Select your AirPods when they appear as an option on the screen.

Not your Apple TV?

If you’re trying to connect your AirPods to an Apple TV that isn’t the same iCloud account, it’s still a pretty simple process.

• Make sure you’re either wearing your AirPods or the charging case’s lid is flipped open.
• Hold the pairing button on the back of the AirPods case until its light starts flashing white.
• Turn on your Apple TV and open the Settings app.
• Select Remotes and Devices and then Bluetooth.
• Select your AirPods when they appear as an option, and then select Connect Device.

With either of these pairing options, you want to make sure that the Apple TV you’re connected to is running the latest tvOS software. These solutions work with either Apple’s AirPods or the AirPods Pro.

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Tucker Bowe

Tucker Bowe has been on Gear Patrol's editorial team since 2014. As a Tech Staff Writer, he tracks everything in the consumer tech space, from headphones to smartphones, wearables to home theater systems. If it lights up or makes noise, he probably covers it.

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