Bluetooth speakers are becoming increasingly popular for their convenience and portability. Roku TVs are also gaining popularity for their user-friendly interface and high-quality picture. If you’re looking to enhance your viewing experience by connecting Bluetooth speakers to your Roku TV, it can be a bit confusing at first.
Fortunately, it’s not as complicated as it may seem.
In this article, we’ll show you how to connect Bluetooth speakers to Roku TV, so you can enjoy your favorite shows and movies with high-quality sound. Whether you’re a tech-savvy person or a beginner, you’ll find these five steps simple and straightforward.
So, let’s get started!
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How To Connect Bluetooth Speakers To Roku TV
To connect Bluetooth speakers to Roku TV all you need is the Roku smartphone app.
Here are the 5 steps you need to follow to connect Bluetooth speakers to Roku TV:
Step 1 – Download the Roku app
Download the Roku app for your iPhone or Android phone. Type ‘roku remote control’ into the App Store or Google Play and make sure to download the ‘Roku Official Remote’:
Step 2 – Pair your Bluetooth speaker with your smartphone
Make sure your Bluetooth speaker is paired with your smartphone.
Step 3 – Launch the Roku app
Then, launch the Roku app on your smartphone and tap on the ‘Remote’ icon at the bottom of the screen.
You’ll then see the remote version of the Roku app, which looks like this:
Tap on the back arrow, and on the next screen, tap on the ‘Devices’ icon at the bottom right of the screen:
Step 4 – Let Roku find your Bluetooth device
The Roku app will now search for available Bluetooth devices. Find your Bluetooth speaker in the available devices and tap on it. Now go back to the remote screen on the Roku app and tap on the private listening option, which is a headphone icon:
Step 5 – Activate ‘Private Listening’
Tap OK on the Private Listening Activated message:
Your Roku TV will now play through your Bluetooth speaker.
You can control the volume on your Bluetooth speaker using the volume controls on your smartphone or the using the controls on the speaker itself.
To recap, this is what we just did: we used the Roku smartphone app as a ‘middleman’ between the Roku TV and the Bluetooth speaker:
The Roku TV won’t connect with your Bluetooth speaker but your smartphone will. And so we use the smartphone Roku app to play the Roku TV through the Bluetooth speaker.
It’s a nifty workaround and it solves the problem that Roku TVs and Roku streaming devices don’t have Bluetooth connectivity.
Can I connect Bluetooth headphones to Roku?
To connect Bluetooth headphones to Roku, follow the same steps as you would to connect a Bluetooth speaker:
- Download the Roku app for your smartphone
- Make sure your Bluetooth headphones are paired with your smartphone
- Launch the Roku app on your smartphone and tap on the ‘Remote’ icon at the bottom of the screen and tap on the ‘Devices’ icon.
- When the Roku app on your smartphone has paired with your Bluetooth headphones, tap on the private listening option in the Roku app.
You will now be able to play Roku TV through your Bluetooth headphones.
Can multiple people use Private Listening at once?
Yes, they can!
According to the Roku website, you can use private listening with up to four devices at the same time. So you and three other people could connect your Bluetooth headphones to the Roku app and listen to the same content from your Roku TV.
However, everyone listening must have the Roku app and be connected to the same WiFi network.
Do any Roku devices have Bluetooth?
The only Roku devices that you can connect directly to your TV using Bluetooth are Roku TV Wireless Speakers and the Roku Smart Soundbar.
Amazon Firestick – another solution
Another solution is to switch from Roku to Amazon Firestick. The Firestick does have Bluetooth connectivity, so you’ll be able to connect your Bluetooth device without using a workaround.
Given that your Bluetooth speakers were much more expensive than the cost of a Firestick, it may make sense to pick up a Firestick for $30 to $40.
However, the downside of switching from Roku to Firestick is that Roku has more features, device options, and channels than Firestick. And it also offers more free content than Firestick.
This article has shown you how to connect Bluetooth speakers to Roku TV. I hope it helped.
Although Roku devices and Roku TVs don’t have Bluetooth connectivity, there’s a simple workaround: using the Roku smartphone app.
Follow the steps outlined above, and you can listen to Roku content on your Bluetooth peripheral device.