If you own Roku TV, you probably often wanted to listen to a movie or song through headphones, or just watch a TV series without disturbing others at a late hour. Then this article will help you how to properly connect wireless headphones to your Roku TV.
How to connect Bluetooth headphones to Roku via the app
In order to listen to audio from the Roku device through your wireless headphones, you need to download the Roku app, where you can pair your headphones with the Roku device. Here’s an instruction on how to do so:
- Open the Roku app on your smartphone or tablet. In case you don’t have the app, you can download it for free from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store
- After that pair your Bluetooth headphones with your smartphone or tablet
- Next, tap Devices in the Roku app. You will see the tab in the bottom-right corner of your screen
- Then select your Roku device and select Remote
- Finally, tap the headphones icon
You can check if your headphones are plugged into the unit when you see the headphone icon in the upper right corner of your TV. This means that they’re paired and you can turn on the audio.
You may have successfully plugged in your headphones, but they might often disconnect, which could indicate a bad signal. In that case, make sure your smartphone and Roku are on the same WiFi network. To see your Roku’s WiFi network, press the home button on your remote and go to Settings > Network > About. For changing your Roku’s WiFi network, go to Settings > Network > Set Up Connection and follow the on-screen instructions.
How to connect headphones to a Roku TV using the Roku remote
Some models have a remote control with a 3.5 mm jack that allows you to connect wired headphones. This way you connect via remote control to the Private Listening mode. You will find this jack on the opposite side of the remote’s volume buttons.
In case you experience unusual noises in your headphones, make sure your headphones are securely connected to your remote.
What to do if Private Listening isn’t working
If you have problems with the Private Listening mode, or the headphones don’t sync with the TV, then wait a couple of minutes for the error to go away or reload your movie or TV show. Another option is to try resetting the device itself. After that, it can be a technical problem that is better to solve through support.
How to turn off the TV screen while listening to Bluetooth audio
If you often listen to the Roku Streambar, Roku Streambar Pro, or Roku Smart Soundbar, you have the ability to turn on the TV without disconnecting the audio that is transmitted via Bluetooth. That is, you can easily listen to audio on other devices when your TV is turned on. Just make sure to connect your Bluetooth device to your Streambar or soundbar before you begin.
To stream audio via Bluetooth to your Roku wireless speakers or Roku TV Wireless Soundbar when the screen on your Roku TV is off, you must find and activate a feature on your Roku TV called Fast TV Start.
To enable Fast TV start go to Settings > System > Power > Fast TV Start
After you have enabled Fast TV Start, you can now stream audio without the screen is turned on. Simply press the Start button on your Roku remote, then in the Bluetooth channel, scroll up or down, and find Turn off display. When it’s time you want to turn the TV screen back on, simply press the power button on your Roku remote or use a certain voice command.
And that is all on how to watch your favorite films or series or listen to music through headset on Roku TV.