How to Hook Up Headphones to a TV

By James Clark

When you want to enjoy private listening during a television program, hooking up a set of headphones offers a simple solution. Some TV sets are equipped with a headphone jack for a direct connection, but if your set does not have a dedicated jack, you can still use headphones. Televisions equipped with stereo output jacks can be used to accommodate a headphone connection with an audio Y-adapter. The two stereo plugs on one end of the adapter hook up to the TV, while the jack on the other side of the adapter fits the headphones.

Things You'll Need

  • Stereo Y-adapter

Step 1

Turn off the power to the television.

Step 2

Plug in the two 1/4-inch connectors on one end of the Y-adapter into the left and right audio outputs on the back of the TV. The white connector plugs into the left jack. Insert the red connector into the right jack.

Step 3

Connect the plug on the end of the headphones cable to the jack on the Y-adapter.

Step 4

Turn on the TV and press the "Menu" button on the remote control. Press the down arrow key to reach the audio settings and select "Speakers." Press the left or right arrow key to turn off the TV's built-in speakers for listening exclusively through the headphones.