Bluetooth is one of the connectivity standards that is used to send signals from one device to another. In streaming devices, it lets users connect a Bluetooth headphone for private listening or a Bluetooth speaker for better sound quality.
As such, many streaming devices will come equipped with Bluetooth connectivity. But if you try to find a Bluetooth option in a Roku TV, you are out of luck. So does Roku TV have Bluetooth?
Does Roku TV have Bluetooth?
Roku TVs don’t support Bluetooth. In fact, most Roku devices don’t support Bluetooth except for Roku audio devices like the Roku TV wireless speakers or the Roku smart soundbar.
This means to use Bluetooth devices like headphones or Bluetooth remotes with your TV, you have to do it through the Roku TV wireless speaker or the Roku smart soundbar that is connected to your TV.
However, Roku does offer users another option to listen to the TV content privately through headphones. Users will need to connect the TV and the personal devices to the same Wifi network.
Listening to TV content privately through headphones
Roku allows private listening of TV content via the official Roku mobile app.
About the app
The Roku mobile app allows users to use devices like smartphones, tablets, etc. as a control center for navigating around the UI of the Roku streaming devices. The app is available on both Android and iOS devices.
It also has a feature called Private listening, where users can listen to audio from content on your TV, whether it is from a streaming service or a live broadcast of an online TV channel, with connected headphones, earbuds, or earphones.
To use the Private listening feature, first, try to install the latest version of the Roku mobile app. You can check for updates in the My apps & games section in the Play Store and the Update tab in the App store.
Notes when using Private listening
The Private listening feature streams audio through the Roku mobile app, so users won’t hear audio coming from the TV speakers.
Make sure that the Roku device connected to the TV and the device with the Roku mobile app is connected to the same Wifi network.
Not every device supports Private listening with the Roku mobile app. Users can check the chart that compares many Roku devices to see which one is compatible with Private listening.
How to activate Private listening?
Side note: Check the volume level of your headphones first and adjust it to the safe level before putting them on your ears.
With an Android or iOS device
Here are the steps to activate and use Private listening:
- Step 1: Download the Roku mobile app on your smartphones or tablets.
- Step 2: Open the Roku mobile app, then plug in your headphones, you are now able to listen to audio through your headphones.
There are 2 ways you could disable the Private listening feature: unplugging your headphones, or tapping the headphone icon while the headphones are still connected. You can reactivate the feature with the icon as well.
With the included remotes
With some top-spec Roku devices and many high-end models of Roku TV, users can use the Private listening feature without having to download the Roku mobile app.
Instead, most of those devices’ included remotes will come with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Users only have to connect their wired headphones into the jack and use Private listening right away.
Wireless speakers on Roku TV?
So how can users add a wireless speaker to work with Roku TV for a better sound experience? Roku offers users the Roku TV Wireless Speaker.
Even though at the time when the Roku TV Wireless Speaker can only work with Roku TV, it is still a great deal for many reasons:
Roku TVs are popular enough, accounting for 1/4 of the US TV market. So the Roku TV Wireless Speaker already has a decent potential amount of customers.
It is good on its own
The Roku TV Wireless Speaker has a solid performance at its price and size, with multiple types of content sounding relatively well on it. Although it has some troubles with volume scaling, it is a still decent choice.
This is the Roku TV Wireless Speaker’s main and powerful selling point. Roku makes sure that getting the speaker ready to use can be done painlessly.
The setup process is extremely simple (note that your Roku TV firmware needs to be on the latest version):
- Step 1: Plug in the speakers.
- Step 2: Get the remote, then press and hold the Home button for 5 seconds. This will make the Pairing menu appear.
- Step 3: Select the speaker, then the pairing process will happen automatically.
The process includes recognizing the speakers as left and right channels and making sure that the remote works well with the speakers.
Surround sound setup for any TV with the Roku TV Wireless Speaker
Roku TV Wireless Speaker used to only work with Roku TVs. But through a recent software update, it can be used with any TV with the help of the Roku Smart Soundbar or the Roku Streambar.
The Roku TV Wireless Speaker will act as a rear surround channel together with the Roku Smart Soundbar or the Roku Streambar at the front to create the surround sound effect.
And since the Roku Smart Soundbar can work with any TV thanks to the Roku player integration, the Roku TV Wireless Speaker can work without a Roku TV.
So, does Roku TV have Bluetooth? Most Roku TVs and Roku streaming devices except for the Roku Smart Soundbar or the Roku Streambar with speakers built-in don’t support Bluetooth.
However, Roku offers users listening audio of content from streaming services or live TV with the Roku mobile app and connected wired headphones. For speakers, users can opt for the Roku TV Wireless Speaker.