I was able to do this in Windows 7, but now I have a Windows 10 PC and I can't get it to work. The iPhone is running iOS 11.4 and the PC has Windows 10 with latest updates (version 1709, OS Build 16299.431)

What I want to do is to be able to make music/podcasts on my iPhone play through the speakers on my PC using a bluetooth connection between them.

I have been able to pair my phone to the PC using the "Bluetooth & other devices" dialog as shown in the first screenshot. It appears in the control panel as a bluetooth device second screenshot and I can connect to the PC from the phone using Settings/Bluetooth. The problem is that I can't play audio from the iphone using the PC speakers. When I try, the iPhone just plays through its internal speakers.

Can anyone walk me through how to do this? Am I describing this functionality correctly?

  1. Screen showing the iPhone is connected.

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  2. Screen showing device details.

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  3. Screenshot showing Bluetooth details on the iPhone.

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  4. But the iPhone does not appear as an input device in sound settings:

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  5. The Bluetooth adaptor is from Intel, latest firmware: enter image description here

This question is distinct from the other that was cited because it describes the specific feature I am interested in the title, playing audio from iPhone to PC over bluetooth. The other question only refers to this as A2DP sink-- that's not a name that people can be expected to understand without familiarity with the complex bluetooth standards. The other question does go on to state that this is the audio streaming feature, but it wasn't findable when I started this question (didn't know what A2DP sink was until recently).

  • Does the iPhone show as an input device in the Windows Sound settings? – wysiwyg Jun 15 at 19:18
  • @wysiwyg, thanks, no, it does not appear. I've added screenshots to my question to illustrate what I am seeing. – Angelo Jun 15 at 19:39
  • Others have found these options to work. superuser.com/questions/958184/… – MEZ Jun 18 at 20:31
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    I think Intel device is a bummer. Windows 10 provides it's own Bluetooth drivers which replaced the drivers from Win 7. I believe that's the reason why it behaves differently now. Had you said Broadcom, I would've told you to try older versions of Widcom or Bluesoleil. But with Intel I am not exactly sure. I have two suggestions: 1. Buy a cheap Bluetooth dongle and install older 3rd party drivers. 2. Try Shairport4w - it's a small software that let's you stream music from Apple devices to PC through WiFi. – Michael D Jun 20 at 13:06
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    Possible duplicate of Is there any way to make Windows 10 act as a A2DP sink? – harrymc Jun 24 at 20:12
up vote 6 down vote accepted
+500

I was able to find the answer on microsoft forums here

I have included the quote, as the answer is a ways down. The user Celestrion stated:

Microsoft's Bluetooth stack presently supports only the "source" role of the A2DP profile, which lets it send audio. It does not support the "sink" role of the A2DP profile, which would let it receive audio.

There is a Toshiba driver that installs this service on their laptops to make up for this regression (the Bluetooth stack Toshiba shipped with Windows 7 had this feature), but its INF file is set up to only install on Toshiba computers.

The rest of us are stuck until Microsoft learns that some of us plug our computers into nice speaker systems and might want to stream audio digitally instead of dealing with cables and the associated logistical hassle. Or, we might want to use the same headset for Skype and telephone calls.

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    thanks it is a pity that MS can't simply come out and say, "hey, we disabled A2DP sink in windows 10 because X,Y,Z. This means you can't listen to your smartphone's music through speakers." I saw that very page, but the top answer was so unclear I didn't bother to read more. Giving you the bounty for actually reading through that!! – Angelo Jun 24 at 15:59
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    @Angelo So vendors of Bluetooth interfaces that's compatible with Windows 10 should be able to add functionality that will do this just like Toshiba does, right? This should be no different than features and functions of GPUs or other devices on Windows machines where the Windows OS has limited features to manage functionality whereas the vendor management app from the vendor has extended functionality. I think the vendors have a role in this as well and not just Microsoft so the vendors need to learn what people want functionality too with Windows 10 their stuff is compatible I would think. – Pimp Juice IT Jun 24 at 17:08
  • Isn't that INF file plaintext? Couldn't it be edited? – Gabriel Fair Oct 18 at 21:01

It seems like Microsoft has disabled A2DP sink capabilities since Window 8, or it just doesn't work anymore.

You could try to download and update the audio driver with software supplied by the manufacturer of your Bluetooth card/chip.

If that doesn't help, you could replace the Microsoft Bluetooth Stack with a third-party product, such as :

So the only options I can think of are:

  1. Try BlueSoleil and buy if it fixes the problem and the free version is too restrictive.

  2. Replace your network adapter with one that has better Bluetooth Stack available.

  • thanks! that helps me. My situation is that I would like to avoid adding third party stuff because it's a work PC scenario. – Angelo Jun 24 at 16:00
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    So you accept a negative answer? – harrymc Jun 24 at 16:20
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    @PimpJuiceIT: I'm just another loser who believed the poster in "What I want to do is to be able to make music/podcasts on my iPhone play through the speakers on my PC using a bluetooth connection between them". Live & learn. – harrymc Jun 24 at 17:59
  • @harrymc,They other guy had 1 point, you both provided useful info. Could have gone to either of you but it's a bigger boost for him since you're already at 229K. It's just points anyway.. does it really matter? – Angelo Jun 25 at 2:08
  • And yes, I accept a negative answer, why not? I am now asking on a Microsoft forum for a reason why they no longer support the very useful a2dp sink feature. – Angelo Jun 25 at 2:27

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