How to Stream Songs From Phone to Computer Over Bluetooth

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speakersLet me tell you an incident that happened a few days back. I went to my sister’s house and while talking about the latest movies, I remembered an amazing song which I thought of playing to her. When I played the song on my HTC One X, both of us were very disappointed by the quality of the inbuilt speakers.

I told my sister that I will transfer the song to her computer so she could listen to it on better speakers, but later I recalled that I was not carrying my data cable. This is the kind of challenge geeks like me love, and I started thinking about how I could play the song on my phone using the laptop’s speaker. Finally, after an hour-long struggle, I was able to play the song wirelessly using Bluetooth on both the devices.

So let’s see how I did it.

Note: I have tested this guide on my computer bundled with Microsoft Bluetooth Emulator, which is the default Bluetooth device driver/software that’s shipped on most of the laptops and desktops these days. The Android phones I used for testing were HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S and HTC Sensation XE. It worked like a charm on all of them. Basically, this guide will work for all the phones having A2DP (The Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) support.

Streaming Songs to PC Over Bluetooth

Step 1: Download and install Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 on your computer. Users who are on the 64-bit operating system should download the appropriate version.

Step 2: Now turn on Bluetooth on both the devices – the computer and the phone – and make both of them visible.

Bluetooth on phone  (3)

Step 3: Right-click on the Bluetooth icon in the Windows system tray and select the option Add a device. Now search for your mobile you want to stream the music from and add it. When you add your mobile, Windows will install all the necessary peripheral drivers for your phone.

add a device

Step 4: After both the phone and your computer are paired with each other, right-click again on the Bluetooth icon in the system tray and select Show Bluetooth Devices this time.

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show bluetooth device

Step 5: On the Devices and Printers window, right-click on your paired phone and click on the Bluetooth Operations. Windows will now scan your phone for the types of services available. If A2DP support is available on the phone, it will show an option to Play Music under Audio and Video operation section. Click on the link to activate the control.

play music

connection established

Step 6: After the service is connected, a small player control will appear on your taskbar. If it does not appear automatically, right-click on the taskbar and select Bluetooth Remote Control under the Toolbars menu.

Bluetooth remote control activate

bluetooth remote control

That’s all. All the music you play on your phone, you can now listen to it on your computer’s speaker as long as both the devices are connected to each other. You can manage the phone’s music player using the remote control on the taskbar. When you want to stop playing, just disconnect Bluetooth on either of the devices.

Conclusion

So next time you want to hear songs on your mobile phone using your laptop’s speaker, no need to look for PC connectivity wires. Just switch on the Bluetooth and stream the songs.

Top image Credits: Keoni Cabral

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  • armate arjun

    Good post

  • Jatin Anand

    Badhiya….

  • baldev

    Gud one….Thank u soooo much….geeks..hehehe

  • Amit

    Is it required to install this softwarw…!???????????

  • http://www.facebook.com/gilbert.s.ibanez Gilbert Salvador Ibanez

    pisti…

  • http://www.facebook.com/swordsx48 Akash Arora

    this didnt work for me. im using a one x too and i installed the windows mobile device center but its just showing up as a phone and thats it.

    • rolz_07

      maybe your bluetooth version is not capable…

  • leon187

    Is the possible combination available? Open audio file on pc and stream it to phone?

    • Optimus_Prime

      yup, u can check out “SoundWire” app… u hav to install them both on ur android phone and ur pc….it streams via wifi

  • abhishek

    what about window 8????

  • Kirk Rexin

    I do not have an option to enable the Bluetooth Remote Control toolbar. Instead, I have a remote control icon in the systray with a status window that pops up and takes away focus from what I am working on every time the song changes. Do you know how to add the option for Bluetooh Remote Control toolbar?

    Thanks for the how to guide.

  • how are you a geek?

    My GOD what a idiot! if you had bluetooth , does the cable matter to transfer the song file? you wasted a full hour DUMBO! better luck next time!

    and by the way as soon you pair the device you can see the option for audio stream!

    GOD!

    • Cartman

      Wo wo wo…. dude… you have to do something about that sand in your vagina… it’s making you really cranky..

    • Abhinav Chaudhary

      True That

  • Diego

    Obrigado!!!!

    • http://www.techpanache.com/ Ashish Mundhra

      Bemvindos :)

  • JazJon

    How do we enable bluetooth audio in Windows 8?

    • http://www.techpanache.com/ Ashish Mundhra

      Will look into it and get back to you shortly.

      • JazJon

        “Step 4: After both the phone and your computer are paired with each other, right-click again on the Bluetooth icon in the system tray and select Show Bluetooth Devices this time.”
        >>>This brings up Windows 8 Metro interface. I can add my iPhone 5 as a new device, but I’m not able to right click any devices to get to
        “Step 5: On the Devices and Printers window, right-click on your paired phone and click on the Bluetooth Operations”

        • http://www.techpanache.com/ Ashish Mundhra

          Right now I have no idea but I assure you I will look into it and get back to you ASAP.
          Sorry about that.

          • Kashit Arabian

            any idea yet? or maybe from one android to another android?

          • ankit chauhan

            ad solution for vin 8 or any soft for win 8 to play music in lappy by from mobile via bluetooth

  • Aj

    Good bro… cool

  • http://www.facebook.com/anshusingh541 Anshu Singh

    wot abt windows 8…?on clicking”SHOW BLUETOOTH DEVICES” windows 8 interface gets open…plz post related 2 windows 8

    • http://www.techpanache.com/ Ashish Mundhra

      Windows 8 sucks!! I couldn’t find a way.

  • Niklas Ahlezon

    Still no answer how to solve this in Win 8?

    • http://www.techpanache.com/ Ashish Mundhra

      None that I know.

  • Michael Bouchard

    Everything went fine until I got to step 5. Your
    instructions are: On the Devices and Printers window, right-click on your
    paired phone and click on the Bluetooth Operations. Windows will now
    scan your phone for the types of services available. If A2DP support is
    available on the phone, it will show an option to Play Music under
    Audio and Video operation section. Click on the link to activate the
    control. Unfortunately I do not have Audio and Video operation
    section. I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 and I am using Windows 8. Do have any
    suggestion? Thanks in advance for your help.

    • Nacht Elfje

      I found how to get there in Windows 8: go to Devices and Printers, right click the connected phone and click services. However it doesn’t show bluetooth audio.

      My info:
      - Laptop with Intel Centrino 6325 bluetooth / wifi adapter
      - Galaxy S3 with Android 4.3

      - Windows 8, Installed Windows Device center and latest drivers

      • Abhinav Chaudhary

        Lol, look at this, as if anyone on this planet gives a fuk what your phone name is

  • Dave Wile

    None of this worked at all. I keep getting a requirement to validate, and then it tells me its no longer supported.

  • lol

    What a dum tutorial.
    I don’t even need to explain.

  • rolz_07

    I try this accidentally on my windows 7 laptop with 4.0 bluetooth and samsung champ duos not android, Oplus 2.3 android… without installing anything just paired and you can see the option in you laptop…. all I need now is playing music to my computer and the output is on my phone… like vise versa…

  • Mayank Sharma

    Or you can stream using wifi using your smartphones if you dont have bluetooth.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmtDOhGj1Cc&feature=c4-overview&list=UU95_web5iS8VrMHXK2pPpLg

  • jh

    For Linux?????

  • Alex

    Do you know a way to do it reversed, to stream audio from pc to phone over bluetooth?

  • Robbie Dyer

    This is a nice guide but it doesn’t work due to a2dp, all you are doing is remotely accessing the media on the phone. The title is misleading as it implies that the audio stream from the phone is received and processed by the computer when in fact you are accessing files from the phone not an audio stream.

  • chester

    but can we play audio from our pc to mobile with this???????????

  • Jason Williams

    magic. love it.