How to Use Bluetooth Speakers on a Non-Bluetooth TV

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Do you want to add some modern speakers to your older TV but want to avoid all the wires? Then you should definitely use bluetooth speakers! But what can you do if your TV is not Bluetooth-enabled? Read on our tutorial and you’ll see how easy it is to turn a non-bluetooth TV into a bluetooth one that can solve your problem!

Few people know that you can indeed use bluetooth speakers on a TV that doesn’t have bluetooth. As long as that TV has at least one classic 3.5mm jack (the audio jack), then you’re all set to go!

What you need in order to achieve turning your TV into one that can connect to bluetooth speakers or headphones is a simple product called a Bluetooth transmitter which can be found on Amazon.

This easily connects to your TV using a 3.5mm jack (or RCA jack if that’s what you need) and makes it Bluetooth-compatible. It is plug and play and extremely easy to use.

What it does is that it transmits the audio signal wirelessly now and you can connect your wireless speakers or headphones to it easily. And basically, that’s all that you need to do: just purchase this tiny and very affordable device!

I would recommend getting the most popular option out there at the moment of writing: the TaoTronics Bluetooth Transmitter / Receiver combo (affiliate link) is the #1 best selling Bluetooth transmitter on Amazon right now and it has an amazing rating there: 4.3 stars out of 5 from over 4,300 reviews. Now that’s something you know is of high quality!

The TaoTronics bluetooth transmitter is small and has a ton of extra features when compared to older models. It comes with a simple 3.5mm jack to plug in to your TV, but also has a 3.55 female to 2 male RCA cable in needed.

It can easily be charged with an USB cable and works up to 10 hours on one full charge (but also works while charging). It also transmits the bluetooth signal up to 30 feet away, which is really nice.

It’s extremely easy to use, being basically plug in and play. All you have to do is to connect it to your TV, press the power button and pair your bluetooth speakers or headphones to it. That’s all that you need to do!

The nice thing about the TaoTronics is that it can connect by default with two, not just one, devices – for example, both speakers and headphones. We’ve had some readers ask for this in the past and I am happy to be able to share such a simple solution to this problem.

How to make non bluetooth speakers / headphones bluetooth compatible

If you don’t have bluetooth speakers either nor bluetooth headphones, it might be easier to get a bluetooth receiver instead. Using a combo of a transmitter for your old TV and receiver for your non-bluetooth speakers or headphones is a cheap way of turning all your devices into bluetooth ones.

In terms of a bluetooth receiver to turn your speakers or headphones into bluetooth ones, the product recommended above works great: you have a button to switch and turn it from a transmitter into a receiver (have in mind that you still need two of those if you want to make both your TV and speakers/headphones bluetooth compatible).

Another very solid option – extremely portable due to its tiny size – is the Kindrm Bluetooth Receiver (affiliate link) which works like a charm (and can be used in the car too). It has a battery life of around 8 hours and takes a bit of time to fully charge (around 80 minutes), but it gets the job done and is really portable.

It will receive the Bluetooth signal from your transmitter and you can plug in it your speakers, amplifiers or headphones. And voila! You have saved some nice dollars on getting new Bluetooth enabled speakers (and or a brand new TV as well).

So, as you can see, it’s actually pretty easy to turn your non-bluetooth TV – or any non-bluetooth device, actually, as long as it has a 3.5mm audio jack or RCA jacks – into bluetooth-capable devices. You just need the transmitter and you can easily enjoy wireless sound at a great quality!

Also, if you don’t have bluetooth enabled receivers like speakers or headphones – we’ve shared an equally simple solution to fix that too.

UPDATE notice: This article was updated in January 2020 with additional information and updated products that work better than the older ones

24 COMMENTS

  1. Have a Philips headphone system that I need to convert to a speaker the speaker is a bluetooth/ Barrel xl 2.0.

    The TV has no bluetooth so I am going to try your suggestion and go get a plug in.Bluetooth

  2. I am trying to hook up a bluetooth speaker for my mother who has hearing loss. The goal is to get the tv sound to play through heaphones or a bluetoorh speaker. I bought a transmitter but no sound.

    • Did you manage to pair it with the bluetooth speakers or headphones, whichever you use? Also, when you plug the transmitter into the TV, does the sound stop or you can still hear it on the TV?

  3. Hi. I have a Creative zen x fi mp3 and I want to retrieve audio recordings from it. (My Macbook pro doesn’t recognise the mp3.) The mp3 isn’t Bluetooth so I tried connecting the TTBA09 but the Mac still doesn’t recognise it. My Samsung S7 edge can’t connect either. Any ideas please?

  4. I want to get s karaoke machine that is Bluetooth. And have the lyrics show up on my tv which is non-bluetooth and also use the speakers I have hooked up to my tv for sound. So. Would This way work for my situation ?

    • Unfortunately, I am not familiar with how karaoke machines work. However, if there is any sort of video involved, I don’t think it would. If it is only the text and music, it could work though as long as you can connect a Bluetooth transmitter to your TV.

  5. Question: NON-bluetooth Roku TV with NON-bt surround sound system hooked by an audio cable. I want the surround sound to become BT along with the TV. So I need a receiver AND a transmitter, right? Additionally, I have a bluetooth soundbar to add, so by putting that transmitter in the TV and pairing to the BT soundbar, ALL speakers should work?

    • You would indeed need both a transmitter and a receiver. However, in this particular case, it won’t be able to make both the soundbar and the surround sound system work, because the transmitter can only pair up with one other device. Even if you get the transmitter only for the TV, I don’t think it would work pairing up both, as all the TV’s sound will be sent to the transmitter and only the soundbar will work.

  6. Hi Calin,
    Thanks for getting back to me.
    From looking online at MEE at Youtube, i am given to understand that my bluetooth transmitter needs to be plugged into an Audio Out only. It will not work on Component red and white sockets.
    On my tv i have no Audio Out, but i do have a (DAO) Digital Audio Output socket. Do i need to perhaps purchase a Bluetooth transmitter with a DAO and a lead. I am hard of hearing and it would make a great difference to have a speaker i can move around without any leads.
    Many thanks again Mike.

    • That is correct, the transmitter goes into the Audio Out socket. If you can find one to fit what you need – and also transmit on two channels, that could work. But unforutnately, I can’t make any product recommendations to meet these specifications.

  7. Hello,
    I am trying to connect my non bluetooth LG tv to a bluetooth speaker. The Tv doesn’t have audio out and has 2 hdmi to which i have connected the roku and other device. Please advise. Thanks

  8. I hv a blaupunkpt smart TV that has no blutooth. I want a blutooth device that can be fitted to my TV and charging automaticly. I can be able to connect more than the three speakers with blutooth to my TV alongwith any extra device. Is there any such device available? please suggest

  9. Issue:non Bluetooth Samsung TV, connected a bluetooth transmitter, BOSE bluetooth headphones and transmitter ready to pair but will not pair. Thanks.

  10. I bought the Bluetooth transmitter that you suggested. Works great. Now I am looking for a small Bluetooth headset that will pair with this set so I can listen to the TV in ben and not bother my husband. I found a sleep headband but it doesn’t pair. Any suggestion would be appreciated.

  11. Hello, The audio on my Toshiba 32bv501b has recently began to cut out on me. But nowhere sells replacement speakers or Audio professor’s for my tv. So I thought about using your method for my tv. But, I was just checking that it would work seeing as the audio on my tv isn’t working it might not process the audio through a speaker. I didn’t want to buy any of the tech that I need to follow your method before checking it will work. Thank you.

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