How to Use Bluetooth Headphones with Chromecast (2022)

Google Chromecast or Chromecast is a streaming device that you can insert into your HDTV (High-definition Television). It lets you stream from popular streaming services, like Netflix, YouTube, Disney Plus, and others. This device can also be powered using a USB-cable adapter.

Google Chromecast

Besides that, the Google Chromecast can also be connected to a Bluetooth device—for instance, Bluetooth or wireless headphones. Whether you’re using it for privacy or focus, a wireless headphone is one of the ways that you can get the best out of your Chromecast.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to link your Chromecast to Bluetooth headphones, as well as how to connect Chromecast to Bluetooth speakers. We will also include some fixes to some of the most common problems with having a Bluetooth to Chromecast connection.

Does Chromecast Support Bluetooth Devices?

Yes. Google Chromecast devices that were made in 2019 or greater will most likely be Bluetooth-supported. This means that a Chromecast-Bluetooth audio setup—speakers, headphones, and other audio devices will work seamlessly. 

However, if you bought your Chromecast before 2019, chances are it does not support any Bluetooth devices. In this case, you can connect your Bluetooth device directly to your smart TV, since most smart TVs have Bluetooth support—just make sure that your wireless device is compatible with your smart TV.

Another way is to use a wireless Bluetooth transmitter. It is a tool that wirelessly transmits audio from one device to another. All you will need to do is to insert the cord into the AUX (Auxiliary plug) of your smart TV and pair the device to the transmitter. This method works well with older versions of smart TVs.

How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to your Google Chromecast

As long as your Chromecast device was bought in 2019 or greater, it will be easy to connect to other external wireless or Bluetooth devices. It includes phones, speakers, headphones, and other devices that have Bluetooth support.

To pair your Bluetooth device to your Chromecast, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to your Google profile on the Home Screen.
  2. Select Settings and choose Remote & Accessories.
  3. Turn on your wireless headphones and put them into their Pairing mode.

Note: Procedures for placing your Bluetooth device to its Pairing mode will vary. So, it’s best to refer to the device’s instruction manual.

  1. On your Chromecast, choose Select and Pair Accessory.

By this point, you will have now successfully connected your wireless headphone, or another Bluetooth device. Remember however that you can only connect one Bluetooth device at a time to your Chromecast. It means that you cannot listen to your wireless headphones and Bluetooth speaker simultaneously.

Connecting a Smart Home Device or Assistant to your Chromecast

When connecting to your smart home device, you will need to download the device’s app first. Most smart home devices, like Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Nest, will have a mobile app available depending on your phone’s app store.

  • If you own an Amazon Echo with Alexa, its Bluetooth connection settings can be accessed through the Alexa app. It is available on both the App Store and the Google Play Store.

 

  • If you have a Google Nest device, you can change its Bluetooth settings via the Google Home app.

If you actively use your smart home assistant, you won’t have to always connect them with your Chromecast, since it can only connect with one Bluetooth device at a time.

Connecting your Bluetooth Headphones to your Smart TV

When you have an older version of the Chromecast, chances are it does not have Bluetooth support. What you can do is directly connect your Bluetooth headphone to your smart TV. Once you have connected your headphones or another Bluetooth device, your smart TV can easily remember it—so, you won’t have to repeat this process all over.

Note: Connecting your Bluetooth device to a smart TV will vary depending on the TV’s manufacturer.

Here’s how you can pair your wireless headphones to a Samsung smart TV:

  1. Open your smart TV and press the Home button on your remote.
  2. Navigate to Settings > General > External Device Manager.
  3. Choose Input Device Manager and select Bluetooth Device List. Your smart TV will now scan for nearby Bluetooth devices.
  4. Next, turn on your Bluetooth headphones and place them into its Pairing mode.
  5. Once the device name shows up in the Bluetooth Device List, select it and choose Confirm to link both devices successfully.

We also have a great article on streaming your phone to TV without wifi, which uses a similar method to the one presented here.

Why are my Bluetooth Headphones not Connecting to Chromecast?

Similar to other wireless connections, your Bluetooth headphones or other wireless devices can have connection issues to Chromecast. This problem may be caused by various reasons; here are the most common fixes to issues with connecting to Chromecast.

Fix #1: Make sure your Bluetooth device is not connected to another source

Once your Bluetooth device is turned on, it can automatically connect to other nearby devices. What you can do is turn off the Bluetooth feature on other smart devices that are potentially competing with Chromecast. This way, you can link them both without any interference from nearby smart devices.

In other cases, the audio may go through other Bluetooth devices in the area; for instance, the sound can go out on a smart home assistant or Bluetooth speaker in another room. Hence, it is best to turn off the Bluetooth setting on these devices as well.

Fix #2: Reset your Chromecast Device

Once you cannot establish a stable connection between your Bluetooth device and Chromecast, you can try resetting your Chromecast device. It is similar to a factory reset, where all configurations are returned to their default state.

You can reset your Chromecast by pressing and holding the button on the back of the Chromecast until the LED light starts to blink a yellow light. After a while, it will return to a solid white, by then you can release the reset button to let the Chromecast reset.

Once the process is done, try connecting your Bluetooth device once again and see if this solves the issue.

Final Thoughts 

Most newer Chromecast devices have upgraded features, this includes improved Bluetooth support. You can use it to connect a wireless audio device—like headphones and speakers—and to sync your smart home device or assistant. 

Hopefully, this guide will be a great help in guiding you to connect your Bluetooth headphones—and other Bluetooth devices—to your Chromecast.