Bluetooth is a useful short-range wireless technology but far beyond mandatory to enjoy using your Hisense TV. That said, having it is better than not, especially when you want to use headphones, Air Pods, soundbars, and other similar gadgets. And it may surprise you to know that some Hisense TVs don’t come with Bluetooth functionality.
At the very least, they may have compatibility issues.
The good news is that determining if your Hisense TV has Bluetooth is pretty straightforward. The same goes for establishing Bluetooth connections and troubleshooting connectivity issues. Here’s what you need to know about Hisense TVs and Bluetooth.
Check the Model
As previously stated, not all Hisense TVs have Bluetooth functionality. But enough of them do that chances are yours has Bluetooth too. However, you can check the model to quickly figure it out if you don’t remember its technical specifications.
The following Hisense TV series feature built-in Bluetooth connectivity:
- A6, A70, A6G
- U6, U7, U8, U9
- H55, H65, H8, H8G1, H9
- Laser TV
Here’s how to check the model of your Hisense TV:
- Power the TV.
- Press the “Menu” button or house icon on your remote.
- Highlight and select the “Settings” button with the gear wheel.
- Use the “Down Arrow” button to navigate to the “Device Preferences” page.
- Go to “About.”
- Next, Choose the “Status” option.
- Write down the serial number and Search for the number online to determine the Hisense TV series.
Of course, you can also read the number and determine its series and other details if you learn to read the string of characters.
The first number after “Hisense” tells you the screen size. The first letter indicates the country or region of provenance.
Following the first letter, you have another number representing the Hisense TV series and another number displaying the TV’s design afterwards. The letter at the end will indicate the year the TV was manufactured.
It’s important to remember that this serial number format only applies to Hisense TVs manufactured for the U.S., Australian, and Canadian markets. The model number may look different if you have a European Hisense TV.
In that case, performing a Google search is the fastest way to determine if it has Bluetooth functionality.
Alternative Ways to Check the Hisense TV Serial Number
There are three more ways to find out the model number for your Hisense TV so you can cross-check it against known Bluetooth models.
First, you can check the back of the TV. Most Hisense TVs come with a white sticker attached below the barcode. The sticker should contain the serial number. But if you don’t have a new TV or the sticker ink faded, you can try something else.
The Hisense TV paperwork is generally listed in the paperwork. Check the device registration documents or the warranty paperwork for a serial number.
Another method you can try is to look for the serial number on the Hisense TV packaging. Similar to the sticker on the TV’s back, the original packaging should also have a sticker imprinted with the model number.
These methods are helpful when you don’t have power, the remote doesn’t work, or your Hisense menu navigation is frozen. That’s why while you may throw away the packaging and peel off stickers, misplacing the warranty and device registration paperwork is a bad idea.
Hisense TV Operating Systems With Bluetooth Functionality
Hisense offers a wide range of models and tackles almost every operating system you can imagine.
Each smart TV platform comes with its own pros and cons. Ultimately, choosing between them comes down to personal preference. For example, some users prefer the Google ecosystem, while others like the Fire TV platform and Alexa integration.
But other users may prefer the extensive premium library with a Roku TV ecosystem or the ease of use associated with Vidaa TV platforms. Regardless of your pick, you can rest assured that most of these Hisense smart TVs have Bluetooth functionality.
Naturally, you should still read the product page carefully before buying your first Hisense TV to avoid running into incompatibility issues later. While a Bluetooth adapter may fix some things, why buy more gadgets if you don’t have to?
How to Add Bluetooth to a Hisense TV Without Bluetooth Functionality
Imagine your Hisense TV doesn’t support Bluetooth connections. It can be frustrating when you can’t use your favorite speakers or headphones to play games or watch shows. The good news is that you can add some Bluetooth functionality.
To add Bluetooth functionality to a TV that doesn’t have one, you need a Bluetooth adapter and an open 3.5mm port or AUX audio port. Once you have an appropriate adapter, it only takes a couple of steps to connect it to the TV.
- Plug in a Bluetooth adapter in a compatible port.
- Pair your speakers or headphones with the Bluetooth adapter.
It doesn’t get any easier.
Unfortunately, you can’t use anything other than Bluetooth audio devices with a Bluetooth adapter. That means you may use headphones, speakers, in-ear headsets, etc. But you can’t use a Bluetooth controller, keyboard, and other accessories.
How to Enable Bluetooth on a Hisense TV
Your Hisense TV won’t automatically pair to Bluetooth devices, except maybe the remote. But connecting other devices and accessories is simple if your TV has Bluetooth.
Follow these steps to add speakers, headsets, and other devices to your Hisense TV.
- Power the TV.
- Go to the “Home” menu.
- Select the gear wheel icon in the upper right corner of the screen to access “Settings.”
- Navigate to “Remotes and Accessories.”
- Select “Bluetooth” or move straight to the next step, depending on your TV series and model.
- Choose “Add Accessory.”
- Put your Bluetooth device in its pairing, recognition, or discovery mode.
- Select the correct device name from the detected gadgets list on your Hisense TV.
- Pair the devices and follow any additional on-screen prompts.
Hisense TV Bluetooth Troubleshooting
If you’re sure your Hisense TV supports Bluetooth, but you can’t use it, you may need to do some troubleshooting. Issues can range from distance to network problems to bad firmware and everything in between.
Here are some common DIY solutions you can try.
- Pair the Bluetooth device with your Hisense TV again.
- Turn off your Bluetooth devices and accessories and start them after a few seconds.
- Perform a power cycle on your Hisense TV by unplugging it for a minute and holding the power button for 10 seconds while it is powered down.
- Check the range of your Bluetooth devices and potential obstacles in their paths. Hisense TVs rarely establish Bluetooth connections with devices further than 30 feet. The closer the device, the easier it is to create and maintain a connection.
- Upgrade your Hisense TV and Bluetooth device to its latest firmware version.
- Contact Hisense customer support for your region as a last resort.
What is the best Hisense TV?
If you’re interested in maximum audio and video quality and performance, the Hisense U9DG is arguably the company’s flagship offering. It has dual-panel technology that squeezes near OLED quality from a LED TV and offers a wide viewing angle for a complete cinematic experience.
How to check what operating system is installed on a Hisense TV
Each platform comes with some unique features and apps. For example, if you see Google Play Store on your Hisense TV, it definitely has an Android TV or Google TV OS. Alexa may indicate a Fire TV platform, while the Roku streaming service almost always signifies a TV with a Roku OS.
Figuring out the operating system is important for learning what files and apps you can install.
Are Hisense TV remote controls universal?
Just because your Hisense TV’s remote easily connects via Bluetooth to your TV doesn’t mean it will work with other Hisense models.
Hisense remotes tend to be sold for particular models and TV series. Generally, they require a TV with a compatible operating system to work. But you may use a Hisense TV remote with TVs from other brands, provided they are compatible. That said, you can expect limited functionality for some remote commands and buttons.
The Brand That Unlocks Almost All Smart TV Platforms
If you’re looking for a new smart TV, Hisense is a brand that won’t disappoint. You have many options regarding operating systems and platforms, screen size, and display technologies. The Hisense lineups work great for all applications, from casual streaming to gaming to at-home cinematic experiences.
And don’t worry about Bluetooth issues, either. Chances are your TV has Bluetooth functionality. You just need to pair your devices correctly.
But now we want to hear about your experiences with Hisense TVs. How often did you encounter Bluetooth connectivity issues, if any? Did Bluetooth adapters or other fixes in this article help you use your favorite devices? Let us know in the comments section below.