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I'm trying to find a way to stream audio from my Samsung Galaxy S3 to my Windows 8 Laptop using bluetooth. The devices are paired, but I cannot find a way to stream music. Is it even possible?

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I've decided to keep this question here, but if you'd like it migrated to Android Enthusiasts, please let me know. I guess it would be equally on-topic there (although it's more of a Windows issue anyway). –  slhck Dec 10 '12 at 21:41
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I think it's a windows thing, I mentioned the phone type just in case it mattered, but I don't think it does. –  Matthew Grima Dec 10 '12 at 21:46
    
What make is your Windows bluetooth adapter? –  harrymc Feb 13 at 18:28
    
@harrymc Let's go with a "Broadcom BCM20702 Bluetooth 4.0 USB Device". It's popular. :) Since it's a BT 4.0 device it should support most/all the options... –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Feb 14 at 14:45
    
Close @Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 it's BCM2070 3.0 + HS –  Matthew Grima Feb 15 at 13:18

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On my computers (both windows 7 and windows 8 and Galaxy S3) it's done the same way:

  1. Turn on Bluetooth on both devices
  2. Pair devices
  3. Allow Windows to install all sorts of drivers for the phone
  4. Connect devices via Bluetooth (you can do it on both S3 and Windows). I can't remember what exactly was it on windows 8, but Windows 7 has a nice button "Connect" with description next to it saying "Listen to audio from your phone through this computer's speakers".
  5. Small window pops up on which I can control the audio (Stop, Play, next, previous) with name of my S3 in bar on top.

I remember that Windows 8 has almost the same process, but all I have on me right now is Windows 7. Honestly saying here that I don't know if for windows 8.1 it works the same. But I assume. It's part of the Bluetooth functionality of the Windows, looks like. My Laptop is Dell Latitude E6400 (oldie but goodie), with Dell drivers for Bluetooth. No additional software was ever needed.

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There are a few option outlined in this article.

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Thanks, but I used to be able to just pair devices and that's it with windows 7 –  Matthew Grima Dec 12 '12 at 9:12
    
@MatthewGrima You paired the devices and was able to play music on the PC without any extra software? What was the player you used on the PC? Windows Media Player? Wich version? Did you perform a factory reset or removed any app or uptade the Android version on your phone? –  That Brazilian Guy Dec 12 '12 at 13:06
    
I used to be able with Media Player yes. There could have something pre-installed in the laptop that could have removed when I updated, I don't know. I assumed I was able to just by pairing the devices. Note: the laptop is a Samsung Series 7 Chronos –  Matthew Grima Dec 12 '12 at 14:39
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@MatthewGrima I've got an S3 Mini and when I pair it with my Samsung laptop I just start playing the music on the phone and it automatically comes out of my laptop speakers. I'm assuming you want a way of choosing the music that's on your phone from the actual laptop? EDIT - I didn't realise how old this post was! I'm presuming this has been fixed now! –  JD87 Feb 4 '14 at 22:17

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