Using AirPods

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by kat.hayes, May 4, 2019.

  1. kat.hayes macrumors 65816

    Oct 10, 2011
    1. if I hook an AppleTV directly to a tv will AirPods work with the AppleTV regardless if which app is being used on the AppleTV?

    2. Is there a way to get the AirPods to work with other devices connected to a tv like a Blu-ray player?

    3. Can AirPods work if everything is run through a stereo receiver? Ex; the AppleTV is connected via hdmi to the receiver and not the tv.

  2. BODYBUILDERPAUL macrumors 65816

    Feb 9, 2009
    Hi Kat!
    I guess if you can contact your AirPods to your TV via Bluetooth, then they will work on anything that is being fed through your TV. BUT, with it being Bluetooth, watch out for lip sync issues with say a BluRay player.

    Certainly for Apple TV, the AirPods are a dream and are flawless! They really do work beautifully together with zero lip sync issues!
  3. waw74, May 4, 2019
    Last edited: May 4, 2019

    waw74 macrumors 68040

    May 27, 2008
    Don't have the AirPods, but the powerbeats3 which use the same chip.

    They will work with any app.
    but selecting them can vary,
    most apps let you drag down the menu from the top, and select the audio output there.
    If that's not available, you must go to the main menu, hold the play button, and you'll get an audio output selection there. It should keep that setting once you launch an app.
    I normally do this when vacuuming, or riding my bike on an indoor trainer (both of which i don't do frequently enough)

    pairing to the aTV is really easy, as the paring info is passed from your phone to the aTV using your apple ID.
    you actually don't even have to pair them to the aTV, just open the case, put them in your ear and select from the audio output menu.

    If your TV has bluetooth support, you can pair the AirPods directly to your TV so you can listen to sources besides the aTV
    But it requires a couple extra steps.

    as for #3,
    yes, the audio is sent to the AirPods before it goes out the HDMI port, so doesn't matter what you have connected.
    You can listen on either the AirPods, or the HDMI port, but not both at the same time.
  4. kat.hayes thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 10, 2011
    1. Can more than one pair of AirPods be used with an Appletv? So multiple people can have their own AirPods and use them as desired?

    2. How does the appletv know to use the AirPods if there are other devices such as iPads and iPhones also being used? Is there someway to tell them which device to work with?

  5. Donfor39 macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2012
    Lanarkshire Scotland
    My original AirPods fail to connect to 2015 Sony 4K android t.v.
  6. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    1. Yes, you can have the audio go to any number of output devices. You can have two pairs of AirPods paired with the AppleTV, and select both of them for output.

    2. It knows because you select them. Then if you want your iPhone to use the AirPods, you select them in your iPhone.
  7. waw74 macrumors 68040

    May 27, 2008
    I'm 99% sure on this, but there may be a software upgrade that changed it.
    You can only send to one bluetooth device at a time (AirPods are bluetooth)
    You can have multiple AirPods paired (meaning they show up as outputs when they are in range of the aTV and powered on)
    I'm not sure how pairing works if the AirPods are paired to another appleID (ie Wife's AirPods/iphone and husbands appleID used to sign in on the aTV)

    you can send to multiple airplay2 devices at once,
    I think, If you're sending to bluetooth, you can't send to airplay.

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