Microsoft has reintroduced support for the Bluetooth A2DP Audio Receiver feature in the Windows 10 2020 May update, which allows users to stream audio from Android/iPhone/feature machines to the PC side for wireless listening via speakers or headsets. In addition, users can stream in Chrome, YouTube, or the system’s own music player on their PC without restrictions.
In fact, as early as the Windows 7 era, control panels and third-party applications already support Bluetooth A2DP audio reception. Unfortunately, when Windows 8 was released, this feature was abandoned again.
In Version 1909 (updated november 2019) or earlier versions of the Windows 10 operating system, only reverse A2DP source functionality is supported, and audio cannot be received from other mobile devices and played on PC speakers.
Last month, Microsoft confirmed that Windows 10 2004 has reintroduced support for “remote audio sources” to allow users to use their PCs as Bluetooth speakers.
However, users need an application to manage Bluetooth A2DP reception and cannot be configured directly in system settings at the time.
The good news is that developer Mark Smirnov says he’s developed an easy-to-use Bluetooth A2DP receiver app that makes it easy for users to listen to streaming music on PC speakers/headphones.
Interested friends, first upgrade the operating system to Windows 10 2004 (updated May 2020), then turn on Bluetooth on the PC/mobile device side, and then refer to the following:
Go to Windows 10 Settings – Devices – Bluetooth and other devices, click Add Bluetooth or other devices, and select Bluetooth.
Then specify the audio source (mobile device) to use, and when the pairing is complete, the name of the device appears on the Bluetooth and Other Devices page.
Once you’ve done this, move to the Microsoft Store (portal), download and install the Bluetooth Audio Receiver application.
Once the installation is complete, select your device in the app, click Open Connection, and enjoy the music you receive. To end a streaming, simply click Close Connection in the app.
Unfortunately, the app is currently only able to stream sources from mobile devices to PC speakers, not to make calls through them.
Disgruntled users may consider using third-party apps such as Microsoft’s official Your Phone app or Dell’s Mobile Connect.