How Do Wireless Headphones Work?

Music is such a big part of our lives and it has been for many decades, but back “in the day” it used to be a huge hassle. Although owning physical copies was the popular thing to do, over the years it became a chore. It has come to the point where we can not go one day without music. Many technological inventions (iPhone, iPod, Spotify, Wireless Headphones, etc.) have allowed us to have access to music anywhere and at any time of the day. Since technology never stops improving, we have entered a world that is fascinated by anything that is wireless.

With wireless headphones, you can connect to a wide selection of devices very easily without wires. They are very popular with fitness and gamer communities. Listening to music while are the gym and having clear audio while gaming has become an important aspect of the two, but the unrestricted movement is also key. So having wireless headphones instead of those with wires has become very popular. The three different ways to connect to devices are Bluetooth, radio, and infrared. Bluetooth is the most popular way of connecting wireless headphones since it is the most suitable wireless transmission. Devices like your smartphones, TVs, speakers, and tablets are all Bluetooth-enabled.

How Do Wireless Headphones Work?

How Do Wireless Headphones Work?

Using wireless headphones seems like a simple process since there is not much to do on our part, but there is a lot more to it behind the scenes. To start out, depending on the device, radio or infrared signals help the wireless headphones send out audio signals. Since the majority of devices we have in our homes use Bluetooth, those devices exchange data with radio transmissions. Most wireless headphones will also allow you to connect to multiple devices at once. With this technology, you can walk away from the audio source and enjoy an area not filled with wires. 

To get a better understanding of Bluetooth, we can expand on the subject. All products enabled with Bluetooth have small computer chips installed inside them, which contain a Bluetooth radio. Along with Bluetooth, radio is software that makes it possible for devices to connect. In this case, when headphones and a smartphone are close, they pair together. This permits you to listen to music, watch videos, or talk on the phone without wires. Depending on the device, how you connect wireless headphones can vary, but it can be simple once you know how.

How Is The Sound Transmitted?

How Is The Sound Transmitted?

It is easy to understand how things connect, but since there are no wires, how exactly does the audio go from one device to the next? The short answer is the codec. The process of codecs works by compressing data, so the transmission is faster, and then decompressing it once it is accepted. So in this case, the digital audio signal coming from your phone is compressed, transmitted through the air, and to your headphones. Just make sure your devices support the same codec so they work correctly.

How To Connect Wireless Headphones 

How To Connect Wireless Headphones

If you are new to wireless headphones and do not know how to connect them to your iPhone or TV, here are some instructions.

Connecting Wireless Headphones to iPhones

  1. Open “Settings” on your home screen.
  2. Click on “Bluetooth”.
  3. Slide the “Bluetooth” button so it is on.
  4. Your iPhone should find your headphones on its own. The name of your headphones should pop up on the screen. When it does, click on the name.
  5. You may need to put in a four-digit password given to you by your headphones.
  6. Hit “Connect” and then they should be working properly.

Connect Wireless Headphones to TVs

  1. Make sure your headphones are fully charged.
  2. Place your TV and headphones close to one another.
  3. Turn on your headphones and TV.
  4. Open the “Settings” on your TV.
  5. Turn on “Bluetooth”.
  6. Find the name of your headphones on your TV and click the name.


At the end of the day, wireless devices are more common than ever and are fairly simple to use. It is very possible that you have a lot of Bluetooth-enabled devices in your home already. Take a look at your devices and you may just be surprised.

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