How To Connect Headphones To The TV Without Headphone Jack

Modern TVs do not have headphone jack because they use latest technologies like HDMI and Bluetooth etc. Still, you can connect your headphones to TV even without a headphone jack/socket.

As you know headphone jack is a 3.5mm AUX jack that is not liked today because it cannot deliver surround sound and high definition audio in good sound systems. However, it is very popular and most widely used by many devices. It is the same jack used in your mobiles and tablets.

How To Connect Headphones To The TV Without Headphone Jack

Modern TVs provide other outputs by means of which you can connect external sound systems and hear more powerful sound and bass rather than the low cheap of built-in TV speakers.

But audio outputs except headphone jack cannot connect your headphones to TV directly. There are various converters/adapters that let you convert the output and connect the headphones.

There are several methods available that can help you do this. We have discussed them briefly.

3.5mm Socket To Dual RCA Plugs

Check your TV for analog audio output that you can find on the back. These will be two RCA sockets mostly red and white. Make sure they are for output and not for input.

If the sockets are for audio output the next process is simple and straightforward. You need to buy TRSF to Dual RCA Adapter which has a 3.5mm socket (female 3.5mm) and two RCA plugs.

Convert 3.5mm Socket To Dual RCA Plugs

The arrangement will be such that your headphone will be plugged into 3.5mm socket of adapter and two RCA plugs will be plugged into two RCA sockets on TV.

This method is not only simple but also very cheap. You don’t need any technical knowledge. When the adapter will come before you, you will understand what you have to do.

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1/4″ Female to 2 RCA Male

Many headphones have 1/4″ plugs instead of 3.5mm jack and if you are also one of those people then you have 2 options to connect your headphones to TV if the TV does not support direct connection with your headphone jack.

connect headphones to TV using 1/4

First, you can buy a 1/4″ TRSF to Dual RCA Adapter that will give you a simple arrangement. Just plug your headphone into 1/4″ socket and RCA plugs into RCA socket on the TV. It is more reliable way than the next one.

If for some reason, you cannot find the above cable, you have another option as well.

You need to buy a 1/4 Inch Female to 3.5mm Male Adapter. Now you have an arrangement like on the top#1. In the next step, you will need to buy a 3.5mm Socket To Dual RCA Plugs Adapter.

The arrangement will be such that 1/4″ male jack will be plugged into 1/4″ female socket and the male 3.5mm jack will be plugged into the female 3.5mm jack of the 2nd adapter. The male RCA plugs of second adapter will be plugged into RCA sockets of TV.

The second step although not very complex still seems strange. However, when you have no other option, you will surely adopt it.

If your TV has only Digital Audio Output

3.5mm jack or 1/4″ jack used in your headphone are analog audio. But what if have to connect your headphones to that TV.

In such a case, you will need to buy a Digital to Analog Audio Converter but it is a bit expensive than adapters.

Digital to Analog Audio Converter

There are many converters like this are available so you have to make sure that required inputs and outputs are available.

Make sure that inputs available on the converter are similar to those digital outputs on the TV. These are mostly optical and coaxial.

Also, check the output of converter if it is possible to plug your headphone into the converter either directly or by using an adapter.

If these two requirements are met, you can buy that converter.

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If your Headphone is Wireless/Bluetooth

Today wireless products are most loved. No one likes wires so wireless/Bluetooth audio products are most liked by audio lovers.

Wireless and Bluetooth is the latest technology that you cannot find in old systems. If your TV and headphone are also modern and support this feature, you don’t need to worry about anything because you can pair them directly.

In case one of your devices is old and lacks this feature while another supports it. The better will be to use a wire connection. You can also find some wireless kits that can connect wirelessly on one side and with wire on another end.


Here are some people asking you to modify the wiring of TV and give headphones access directly. Although it works, we don’t recommend it if you are not fully expert of it. You may get an electric shock and the warranty on TV if available will also get invalid.

Ending Thoughts

These were almost 4 different ways you can use to connect your headphones to TV without headphone jack on TV. We hope one of these methods will work fine for you. How you connect depends upon your choice. If you still face any difficulty let us know.