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How to Use Bluetooth Speakers on a Non-Bluetooth TV

How to Use Bluetooth Speakers on a Non-Bluetooth TV

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

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Deepak Hamal

Saturday 2nd of October 2021

I have non smart tv ie LG 32 . But i have LG Sound bar with optical wire. I cannot use this sound bar due to opposite connection. In TV there is no optical wire option and bluetooth but in soundbar these options are available. So please tell me howcan i make TV bluetooth so that i can run Sound Bar.

Bruce Goodwin

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

What to do I’ve got Samsung series 6 no blue tooth and doesn’t have RCA is there a way to use head phones?

Crist Knoop

Tuesday 21st of September 2021

@Bruce Goodwin, I have the same problem !! Did you get a answer ?

Kia S Price

Friday 22nd of January 2021

What if I want to connect my bluetooth speaker to my TV with the headphones jack that connects to the speaker while I am waiting for my transmitters


Monday 18th of January 2021

On a boat, can I play TV sound on a Bluetooth enabled stereo ( Fusion) ? Using my I phone I can play music through the boat stereo. How can I do that with the TV. The TV is a smart TV but has no Bluetooth


Monday 28th of December 2020

Good morning, I am beginning to become a bit deaf, in that the quality of sound through my Panasonic tv seems muffled rather than quiet. I have tried a sound bar, and that is slightly better. I would like to be able to use my Bluetooth earbuds, whilst leaving the sound coming through the speakers for my wife. The tv doesn’t have Bluetooth so before buying a new piece of kit such as those suggested in your comments, is what I am trying to do feasible?