Use your Android device as a Wireless External Speaker

If you’re ever in a situation where you cannot play audio from your laptop no matter what, there’s a solution.

SoundWire is an app that lets you use your android device as an external speaker for your PC. The app is free but you can pay £2.50 for the full version if you want. “The free version of the application identifies itself by voice every 45 minutes and displays adds. There is a 10 minute compression trial in the free version. The full version enables unlimited Opus audio compression, can handle multiple clients (up to 10 connections), and has no ads or voice identification. It also has a special Pro Mode to set and display buffer latency precisely in milliseconds,” according to GeorgieLabs.

There are a few basics steps to get this up and running;

Step 1

First download and install the SoundWire Server software on your PC and the app on your android device. Make sure you allow it in Windows Firewall.

Step 2

Run the app on your phone and the Desktop server on your PC. The two should connect automatically provided they’re connected to the same WiFi network. If not, you can manually enter the server address.

Step 3

Within the SoundWire app on your PC, make sure ‘default multimedia device’ is the audio source. Now, your android device is the audio output for your PC.

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