How to Play Music via Bluetooth in Windows 10

As the most recent version of Microsoft Windows, Windows 10 does not give users a hard time locating its features. Unlike Windows 8, which confused users, it is pretty easy to navigate through this version. Playing music is quite easy as well and there are plenty of ways to do that in Windows 10. In this article, we take you through how you can play music via Bluetooth in Windows 10.

By following a few simple steps, you can enjoy a wireless sound experience on your Windows Laptop.

How to Play Music via Bluetooth in Windows 10

You can play music via Bluetooth in Windows 10 using your smartphone, Bluetooth A2DP Sink functionality, or adding other Bluetooth devices such as speakers and headphones.

The Main Features in Windows 10

When we think of the features that make Windows 10 stand out from the other versions, we are simply thinking about these unique features:

  • Windows 10 start menu: this version reintroduced the Start menu, but expanded it to accommodate more apps. Finding important apps has never been this easy.
  • Microsoft Edge: this browser was designed with user experience in mind. It is faster, secure, and has lots of new features. Although it is intended to work as the default browser, you can still access other browsers you prefer.
  • Cortana: this is a virtual assistant in Windows 10, and like with Siri, you can talk to Cortana. With Cortana, you can ask questions or have her remind you of simple tasks.
  • Action Center: the Action Center in Windows 10 is different from that of earlier versions. It has been expanded to feature settings that you frequently use. Important notifications are also aligned
  • Multiple desktops and Task view: with multiple desktops, you can move work that you don’t need at the moment to a virtual desktop instead of leaving them open on the same desktop. The Task view feature allows users to manage open windows.

How to Play Music from Phone to Laptop via Bluetooth

Technique #1: Settings:

This technique will show the best way to pair a phone to a laptop through Bluetooth:

Step 1) Go to the ‘’Settings‘ app (Press Start > type: Settings)

Step 2) Open ”Devices ”

Step 3) Select ”Bluetooth and Other Devices’’

Step 4) Toggle the switch to ”On”

Step 5) Add another device by tapping on ”Add Bluetooth or another device’’

Step 6) Click on ‘’Bluetooth’’

Step 7) Pick the smartphone from the device options provided

Step 8) Some phones require a PIN to confirm pairing, however, it is a quick process that takes a couple of seconds to do. A phone will connect just like wireless headphones or Bluetooth speakers, it will also turn into the default sound output when connected to your laptop.

Technique #2: Bluetooth Audio Receiver:

The technique will help you install Microsoft’s own software, instead of having to rely on third-party tools. The latest update of Windows 10 is required for this method to work. In mid-2020 Windows released an update that makes it easier for phones to be paired with laptops, for streaming music via the Chrome browser, YouTube, or your smartphone’s default music player.

To check if your laptop is on the latest version go to ”Settings”, click on ”Update and Security”, select ”Windows Update”, and press on ”Check for updates’’. The reason that the latest updates support music streaming from phones is due to the Bluetooth A2DP Sink.

After updating the software, enable the Bluetooth feature on the smartphone and laptop. In order to enable Bluetooth on the laptop, do the following:

Step 1) Open the ‘’Settings ‘’application (Press Start > type: Settings)

Step 2) Then click on ”Devices ”

Step 3) Choose the option to add more Bluetooth devices

Step 4) Look for your smartphone from the list of devices displayed

Step 5) The smartphone should now be visible on the ‘’Bluetooth and other devices’’ window

Step 6) Once you have enabled Bluetooth and connected your phone, you need to download the Bluetooth Audio Receiver application from the Microsoft website and open it. The application is free and can be installed in minutes.

Step 7) Launch the Bluetooth Audio Receiver application and click on ‘’Open Connection’’. The smartphone device will be shown as being connected with the application. It will now be possible to play audio from the smartphone and it will play on the laptop.

Currently, the option to receive or make phone calls with this application is not available, but it might be possible in future updates.

Technique #3: Windows Mobile Device Center

The Windows Mobile Device Center lets you utilize the A2DP functionality of your laptop to play audio through the smartphone. Follow the steps given below:

Step 1) Download the most recent version of the application ‘’Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center’’ on your laptop. The version will vary for people on a 64-bit OS and 32-bit OS. This software was made for Windows Vista, which is why you need a workaround to get it to work in Windows 10. Check out this video for the process:

Step 2) Connect the Bluetooth to your smartphone and laptop.

Step 3) Open the ‘’Settings ‘’application

Step 4) Then click on ”Devices”

Step 5) Choose the option to add more Bluetooth devices

Step 6) Look for your smartphone from the list of devices displayed, the smartphone should now be visible on the ‘’Bluetooth and other devices’’ window

Step 7) After the smartphone and laptop are paired up with one another, right-click on the Bluetooth symbol on the Windows desktop and pick the option to ‘’Show Bluetooth Devices’’

Step 8) The ‘’Devices and Printers’’ window should open, go to ‘’Bluetooth Operations’’. Windows should start scanning the smartphone for available functionalities. If A2DP is supported on the smartphone, the choice to ‘’Play Music’’ will show under the ‘’Audio and Video’’ tab.

Step 9) After the connection is made, a remote control display will show on your laptop screen. You can enable the remote manually as well by selecting the right-click menu from the taskbar and clicking on the ‘’Bluetooth Remote Control’’ under the ‘’Toolbars’’ option. This will let you easily control the music that you play on your laptop.

This technique will let you listen to music as long as the two devices are paired with one another. The smartphone’s music player can be controlled by using the controller on the taskbar.  When you would want to not stream any more music, you can simply disconnect the Bluetooth on any of the devices.

You can also hook up 2 headphones to your laptop. Our guide on how to use two USB headphones at once for windows 10 has all the details.

Technique #4: Windows Media Player:

To play music through Windows Media Player on your laptop you need to do the following:

Step 1) Open Windows Media Player, go to the ‘’Libraries’’ section. Select the ‘’Organize’’ menu which will drop down a couple of options. Select ‘’Manage Libraries’’ and click on ‘’Music, Pictures, or Videos’’.

Step 2) A ‘’Library Locations’’ window should now open, in which you can add folders by tapping on the ‘’ADD‘’ button and browsing through the folders.

Step 3) Select ‘’Stream’’ and then the option to play audio on media devices.

Step 4) Enable the option to stream music.

Step 5) If an error appears that the media stream has not been enabled, select ‘’Windows Service Administrative device’’, then choose the option to share the network service, and double click on it.

Step 6) Connect the smartphone to the laptop through Bluetooth.

To Sum Up

Now that you know how to play music from your smartphone to your laptop, you do not need to waste your time looking for any other solutions. You can simply connect your smartphone to your laptop and enjoy your favorite songs!


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