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How to add bluetooth to a tv

Updated April 17, 2017

Bluetooth technology emerged in the 20th century as a wireless connection device that revolutionised the way people communicate. As of 2010, the technology now exists to connect a Bluetooth ready device to your television, allowing you to talk, text, view video and picture slideshows with the use of Bluetooth. Some televisions even come with Bluetooth options already installed. However, if your current TV does not have built-in Bluetooth options you can quickly upgrade your television with a Bluetooth adaptor.

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  1. Purchase a Bluetooth adaptor for your television that has a 3.5mm port. You can find one of these on Sourcing Map. Other electronics stores like Best Buy, RadioShack, Circuit City, or Amazon.com also sell Bluetooth adaptors for your TV. As of 2010, Bluetooth adaptors range from £19 to £32 in price.

  2. Charge the Bluetooth adaptor for 2 to 3 hours. Adaptors use different chargers. The Bluetooth from Sourcing Map uses a USB charger, which you plug into your computer USB port to charge. Others come with power adaptors that plug into the wall. Once charged, your Bluetooth adaptor can work up to four hours with your television.

  3. Connect your Bluetooth adaptor to your television through the stereo plug. Once plugged in, your television will emit a Bluetooth signal and is ready to connect to your other Bluetooth-enabled device.

  4. Turn on your television. After plugging in your Bluetooth adaptor, turn the volume up on your TV and set the input to a video or DVD channel on your television's options. This is so your Bluetooth sound and video does not interfere with a TV show or other sound.

  5. Turn on your second Bluetooth device, such as your mobile phone or laptop computer. Set the device's Bluetooth settings to discoverable and check to see if your adaptor is properly working with your television. It should pick up your second Bluetooth device and start streaming automatically.

  6. Tip

    Check your television's menu to make sure that you do not have Bluetooth ready options. Most televisions as of 2010 do have Bluetooth enabled.

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Things You'll Need

  • Television with stereo/audio input
  • Bluetooth adaptor with 3.5mm audio/stereo plug
  • Bluetooth devices

About the Author

Karen Adams

Karen Adams has been writing professionally since 2003. At the University of Florida, she worked on the school's newspaper while earning her Bachelor of Arts in English. She contributes to many different publications regularly. Currently she lives and works in Florida and is a member of Florida University's Fiction Collective and "Tea Magazine."

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