How to Use Your Android Device As PC Speaker

You’ll have to admit that all of us have experienced audio issues with our dated Windows desktop computers and laptops. On multiple instances, the built-in speaker has broken or the audio jack has malfunctioned, and in those situations we have felt very helpless. Don’t worry if you’re experiencing the same thing because you can quickly convert your Android smartphone into a speaker for your Windows or Linux computer. Follow these instructions to use your Android phone as a computer speaker:

Over the same WiFi network

Note: For the approach to function, both your Android handset and PC must be linked to the same WiFi network. Also, depending on your network, you can have a few lags during playback.

1.To use this method, you’ll need the Windows version of SoundWire as well as the Android version. Therefore, get the Windows server software for the app from the Play Store.

Please take note that SoundWire can be downloaded for Raspberry Pi, Linux, Windows 10/8/7/XP, and Linux.

2. Open the SoundWire server software on Windows when the app and software have been installed on the appropriate devices. Pick the Default multimedia device option from the Input Select drop-down menu.

3. Use your Windows PC to play any music through a programme or through services like YouTube, Spotify, etc. Check the Server level metre in the SoundWire software to see how much sound is being sent to your Android smartphone. The sound levels that are being sent can also be changed.

4. After that, open the Android app, turn on “Auto locate” for the Server, and press the “coiled wire” button. The wire’s light signal denotes a successful connection. The music on your PC will then begin to play on your Android mobile. The good news is that even when you minimise the app, the music continues to play.

Note: If the Auto find functionality does not function, you can manually connect to a server by entering the server address into the Android app after verifying it in the Windows Server programme. If the server software does not display the server address, open a command prompt, run ipconfig, and press Enter to verify the IPv4 address of your connection. The software stores the server address you enter, and you may locate it in the server history.

Using USB, Bluetooth or WiFi tethering

With SoundWire, you can wire WiFi, Bluetooth, and USB to your Android device in order to utilise it as a PC speaker. Here is how to do it because all three methods follow the same procedure:

1. To tether your Android device to a Windows computer, navigate to Android Settings->More->Tethering & mobile hotspot and follow the on-screen instructions.

When setting up Tethering, make sure your internet connection is operational because you’ll need one. Play any music on your PC once everything is set up.

2. If the internet is up and running, you will need to open a command prompt and use the ipconfig command to check the IPv4 address of your connection because this approach does not use the auto locate feature.

Note: Tethering isn’t functioning properly if the IP address begins with 169.254. Reconnect after disconnecting the tethering.

3. Tap the wire coil button after entering the server address in the Android app.

The song ought should start playing after the wire begins to illuminate. But keep in mind that the network connection has a big impact on how well the audio outputs, so you can experience some lags.

Essentially an audio mirroring programme, SoundWire also offers a variety of great extra functions including minimal latency, audio capture, and audio compression for higher quality audio. Any Android remote control app is able to use the app as well. The app has a free version that includes advertisements and pauses the audio every 45 minutes. Additionally, the free version only allows for 10 minutes of compression.

All set to use your Android device as PC speaker?

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