How to Listen to Roku through Bluetooth Headphones


The Roku Private Listening feature originally just let you connect a pair of wired headphones to your Roku remote to hear the audio on your Roku device. However, Roku has expanded the Roku Private Listening feature to now be available through the Roku app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, which lets you listen to the audio from your Roku device on up to four Bluetooth headphones. This feature is available on the latest Roku devices, which includes the Roku Streaming Stock and Roku Ultra.

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Steps to Listen to Roku Through Bluetooth Headphones

  1. Launch the Roku app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. If you don’t have the Roku app installed on your device, you’ll need to do that and set it up before you can move forward. You’ll land on your Roku home screen.
  2. Tap “More” in the menu on the home screen. The More menu will be displayed.

  1. Tap the name of the device you’re currently connected to in the Device section. A list of your connected Roku devices is listed. Tap the name of the device you want to control with the app and use the Roku private listening feature on in this list. You’ll return to the More menu, where the Roku device you selected will now be displayed in the Device section.

  1. Make sure your wireless Bluetooth headphones are connected to your iPhone, iPad or Android device.
  2. Tap “Control” in the menu on the screen. The Roku Control screen is displayed.

  1. Tap the “Private Listening” icon on the Roku Control screen. The Private Listening icon looks like a pair of headphones.

You’ll see an audio wave now appear between the two headphone cups, indicating Roku Private Listening is now turned on.

Additionally, you’ll also see a Roku Private Listening icon appear in the upper right corner of your Roku screen immediately after you turn the feature on. Now, any audio coming from your Roku device will be played through your connected headphones.

You can turn Roku Private Listening off at any time by tapping the Roku Private Listening icon on the Control screen. This will remove the audio wave between the two headphone cups on the icon, indicating the feature is turned off.

Reasons to Listen to Roku through Bluetooth Headphones

1. Privacy Assurance

Listening to a Roku device through Bluetooth headphones ensures privacy. It’s about creating a personal viewing or listening space. This choice guarantees that your entertainment won’t disturb others around you. It’s especially beneficial in shared spaces. Headphone use protects your viewing choices from becoming public information, adding an extra layer of confidentiality. It’s the perfect option if you’re fond of watching guilty pleasure shows or movies that you’d prefer to keep private.

2. Elevated Sound Quality

Headphones often surpass the sound quality of typical TV speakers. The audio output is directly into your ears, offering an immersive, high-fidelity experience. Bluetooth headphones, particularly, feature advanced sound technologies. They often have features such as noise cancellation, deep bass, and high-resolution sound. This enhanced audio experience could elevate the enjoyment of your favorite music, movies, or shows.

3. Late Night Viewing

Late-night viewing becomes effortless with Bluetooth headphones. Without them, you may need to lower the volume to avoid waking up others, possibly missing some dialogues or sound effects. With headphones, you can maintain an optimal volume level without worry. It transforms late-night TV sessions into an enjoyable, guilt-free experience. It’s all about enjoying your late-night entertainment while being considerate to others’ sleep.

4. Personalized Volume Control

Everyone has unique hearing capabilities and sound preferences. Bluetooth headphones allow for personalized volume control. You no longer need to struggle with finding a suitable volume for everyone. With headphones, each person can customize the volume to their comfort. This freedom removes the frustration of constant volume adjustments and ensures a pleasurable viewing experience for all.

5. Accessibility for Hard-of-Hearing Individuals

Hard-of-hearing individuals often struggle with TV speakers. Bluetooth headphones can significantly enhance their viewing experience. With the audio being delivered directly into the ears, dialogues and sound effects become clearer. The availability of personalized settings, like enhanced bass or treble, allows further audio customization. This technology provides an inclusive entertainment experience for everyone.

6. Avoiding Background Noise

Background noise can interfere with your entertainment experience. Using Bluetooth headphones with your Roku device can solve this issue. The direct audio delivery helps isolate the sound of your show or movie. Features like noise cancellation take it a step further, actively reducing ambient noise. Consequently, the clarity and quality of your entertainment remain uncompromised, even in noisy environments.

7. Enhanced Multitasking

Multitasking with a Roku device is easier with Bluetooth headphones. If you’re working or doing chores while watching or listening, headphones allow concentration on both tasks. They deliver clear audio directly to your ears, without needing a high volume. This way, you can enjoy your favorite content without it overwhelming your environment, making multitasking more manageable and enjoyable.

8. Wireless Convenience

Bluetooth headphones eliminate the hassle of wires. This wireless convenience offers freedom of movement and comfort during extended viewing sessions. You can walk around your room or perform tasks without being tethered to your device. Enjoy your Roku device content without the worry of accidentally pulling any wires. Wireless listening transforms the overall entertainment experience with flexibility and comfort.

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