How to Stream Songs From Phone to Computer Over Bluetooth

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.

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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