How to Play Music via Bluetooth in Windows 10


Young woman listening music by headphones with laptop on bed

As the most recent version of Microsoft Windows, Windows 10 does not give users a hard time in 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. Read on for more insight.

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 here.
  • 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.

Play music on your PC from your smartphone

Instead of connecting your phone to your PC using a USB cable, you can play music wirelessly from your phone via Bluetooth.

To do this, switch on Bluetooth on your PC and make it discoverable. On your phone, locate the music player and start playing music. Press the “options” button and select “play via Bluetooth.” Now connect to your PC and the PC speakers will be able to play music.

Recently, Microsoft has launched a functionality called Bluetooth A2DP Sink, which allows users to stream music from a smartphone to PC via Bluetooth without having to install any third-party tools. Previously, this feature was present in Windows 7, but was later discontinued in Windows 8.

With this feature in place, you can configure your Windows 10 PC to become a Bluetooth speaker. For this method, start with installing the May 2020 update by going to “Settings” then selecting “Update & Security.” Follow by selecting “Check for updates.”

Once installed, enable Bluetooth on your PC and click on “Add Bluetooth or other device and click on “Bluetooth.” After this step, you will be able to see your smartphone listed among the devices with Bluetooth enabled. On your phone, follow the instructions to pair it with your PC.

Download the “Bluetooth Audio Receiver” from Microsoft store and install it. In the Bluetooth Audio receiver app, select “Open Connection” then you will be able to stream music from your phone to PC.

Pair a Bluetooth Device with your PC

Like with playing music from your phone to your PC, pairing a Bluetooth device is equally easy. With just a few steps, you will be all set to stream your audio.

Start with opening “Settings” and navigate to “Devices. In the left sidebar, click on “Bluetooth and other devices.” Tap the toggle switch to “On.” Once done, add a new device by clicking on “add Bluetooth or other device.” Select “Bluetooth and choose the device that you prefer.

Some Bluetooth devices will prompt you to enter a PIN to confirm the pairing. Bluetooth speakers and headphones will connect in the same fashion, and once connected, they will be set as the default audio output.

To find out the current audio output in Windows 10, click on the speaker icon that is located at the bottom of the screen, at the right corner (near the clock). You can also change the default output device, you can click on the “^” icon, which will open up all other available options.

Connecting Bluetooth Headphones on Windows 10

To connect Bluetooth devices on Windows 10, the steps are pretty much the same though there are some slight differences. Connect Bluetooth headphones from the Control Panel app or the Settings app.

Connecting Bluetooth Speaker on Windows 10

Turn your Bluetooth speaker on and make it discoverable. On your taskbar, click the speech bubble icon then click the Bluetooth icon. Now click the “Connect” on the Action Center. That done, go to the panel along the right of your screen and click both your speaker name and icon. You will now be able to play music.

Best Bluetooth Software for Windows 10

Nearly all devices nowadays can be connected wirelessly to your PC or laptop. Devices such as keyboards, headphones, speakers, mouse, and smartphones can all be connected via Bluetooth. However, Bluetooth connectivity issues may disrupt the working of these devices from time to time. Bluetooth software for PC can resolve such issues.

These Bluetooth software are helpful accompaniment to PC Bluetooth adapter, and they include;

Bluetooth Driver Installer

This free Bluetooth software helps to install Microsoft drivers. It specifically works to replace erroneous driver with a driver that works. Bluetooth Driver Installer works well with most built-in adapters and USB as it works to repair drivers and files that cause errors.

Intel Wireless Bluetooth

With Intel’s reputation for creating reliable products, this Bluetooth driver installer software is also reputable. This software effortlessly scans and connects the Windows 10 PC to a Bluetooth device. This Bluetooth software is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit variants. Installation is quite easy to run.

WIDCOMM Bluetooth Software

This outstanding Bluetooth software is able to create a connection with OEM devices fast. The beauty of this software is that it is compatible with both Windows 10 and 8. It provides strong network privacy due to its frequency hopping techniques and flexible encryption. This software also offers simple integration as well as great diagnostics.

Bluetooth View

This Bluetooth software is considered to be one of the best software that helps to fix Bluetooth connectivity issues. While this software works in the background, you can continue with other tasks, thus you will not experience any inconvenience.

BlueSoleil

Bluesoleil has been developed by IVT Group Inc. It works to connect and synchronize devices. After installing this application, you are able to connect your PC to any Bluetooth devices that are within range. In just a few seconds, Bluetooth connection is established.

Conclusion

Windows 10 is not only easy to use, but is also versatile in its functions. For that reason, you can play music via Bluetooth in various ways, including from phone, with headphones, and speakers. Since Bluetooth connectivity issues are bound to happen, it is better to have Bluetooth software for Windows 10 in place to stabilize the connection.

Kern Campbell

There hasn't been an infomercial or cool gadget that I haven't at least thought about buying and trying. Let's just say my old nickname of "Go-Go Gadgets" was well earned.

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