Questions tagged [bluetooth]

The "generic" tag for issues related to Bluetooth, a wireless technology for exchanging data over short distances. Whenever possible, please use the more specific tag *instead* if such exists, e.g. 'bluetooth-audio', or 'bluetooth-tethering'.

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Is it possible to direct all audio output, including music output, to a Bluetooth headset?

I am able to make and receive calls from my Samsung ACE S5830 phone using a Bluetooth device. However, when I play MP3 songs on my phone, the output does not play through the Bluetooth mono headset; ...
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How to stream audio from PC to Android Device over Bluetooth

I have a rooted Android Device running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a PC(with Bluetooth dongle) running windows 7. My mobile has Bluetooth with A2DP support. I want to output the audio(not just music) ...
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Can I emulate a Bluetooth keyboard with my Android device?

I'd like to use an Android phone for controlling presentations. I know there's some wifi approaches, but often times the computer running the slideshow isn't owned by me and is not comfortable ...
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Can an Android phone be used as a Bluetooth headset/speakers?

Is there a way to make an Android phone (HTC Desire HD) act as Bluetooth speakers or headset? I'd like to use the phone as wireless headphones whilst watching a movie on a computer (running Ubuntu).
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Can't check 'Phone Audio' setting for a Bluetooth headset

Somehow, suddenly I can't hear phone calls with my Bluetooth headset - I don't know what happened. I tried to check the Phone Audio option under the device's 'Use for' settings, but it is impossible! ...
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What is the fastest way to transfer huge files beween two android powered devices?

What is the fastest way to transfer huge files (e.g. 500MB) between two android powered devices? Bluetooth? WiFi direct? Beam? or maybe USB on-the-go?
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Android Smart Lock: Why is there no option to use WiFi?

My Android device (v. 7.1.2) offers several options to use the "Smart Lock" feature. This feature uses some rules to automatically disable the lockscreen. Available rules are: Trusted place Trusted ...
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How do I determine which A2DP codecs my phone supports/is currently using?

Bluetooth's Audio Profile A2DP supports multiple codecs. All devices have to support SBC (subband codec), then they can support additional "optional codecs" like MP3 and AAC, or "non-A2DP" codecs ...
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Connecting Android Devices to Windows 7 via Bluetooth

I'm trying to connect both of my Android devices to my Windows 7 laptop, to see what I can do with them (file transfer, bluetooth tethering, etc.) Here is the hardware I'm working with: Samsung ...
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How do I turn off the cellular radio without disabling bluetooth?

I have an old Motorola Droid that is no longer subscribed on any Verizon service. I still use it for things like web browsing, ebooks, and along with some wireless stereo headphones, music. I've ...
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What determines which application acts to a bluetooth AVRCP command?

Background: I have a A2DP/AVRCP bluetooth headset (Nokia BH-505) which I use actively to listen to both podcasts and music. Of course, I listen to these with different apps. The bluetooth headset has ...
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Access Android device's file system over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi

I'm looking for a way to access the file system of an Android device (Nexus S) wirelessly, as its USB port has become unfit for anything but charging. Ideally, I'd like the same functionality as ...
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Bluetooth keyboard with Android?

Can I use a bluetooth keyboard with Android?
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Displaying Bluetooth gadget's battery status on the phone

I have a Bluetooth headset (BlueBuds X) which uses a battery. I want to know its battery status directly from the phone. I've looked everywhere and I cannot find a solution that isn't a scam. Is it ...
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Will constantly having Bluetooth on drain my battery too fast?

I'm thinking about making an app which will require Bluetooth to be available at all times. However, if this reduces battery charge life significantly, then that's kind of a show stopper. Can anyone ...
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How can I find out the make and model of the chips in my device?

I'm trying to find out what kind of GPS receiver is in my phone. Every spec sheet is vague on this. I can easily find out what kind Soc or CPU it has, but parts like GPS and FM receivers, Bluetooth ...
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Why do I need to turn on location services to pair with a Bluetooth device?

Whenever I try to connect my Samsung Galaxy S6 with Android 6.0.1 to a Bluetooth enabled device, it tells me to enable "location services". When I complained about this, the software vendor replied: "...
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Can I use ADB without connecting over USB?

Is there a way to use adb directly via bluetooth instead of always via usb? -- Thanks for the adb wireless solutions below, but I am looking for something that works well on hotel or public wifi. ...
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Tasker: Run a task when a specific bluetooth device loses connection

I want to run a task every time my phone loses connection to my truck's bluetooth device. I can see a way to run a task when it connects, and obviously I can "invert" it, but inverting it doesn't ...
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How to display the on screen keyboard when Bluetooth keyboard is connected

I use a Bluetooth keyboard with a variety of Android devices. Most versions of Android (below 4.2.2) when the external keyboard is connected the on-screen keyboard is still available. When I pair ...
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Is there an app that will vocalize (text to speech) a message (SMS)?

When I'm driving with a headset active (Bluetooth or wired), I want my Android to read me any incoming text messages. Any references?
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Which method of wireless tether uses the least amount of power? Bluetooth or Wifi?

If I'm going to wireless tehter to my Android phone what method drains the battery the least? Wifi or Bluetooth?
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Is it possible to use android phone as bluetooth headset for ps3?

Does anyone know how to use the android phone as a bluetooth headset so that i can use it as a mic while playing several games (COD) for example. I'm using Ice Cream Sandwich and i have a Galaxy ...
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Determining support for Bluetooth Low Energy

I'm doing a feasibility study into Android tablets for commercial applications. I have a product that requires a Bluetooth Low Energy connection. I have a Nexus 7 tablet which is supposed to support ...
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Transfer many files from android to pc, without usb and wifi

How can I quickly transfer many files from my Android device to the PC, without USB cable or WiFi? Regular bluetooth would require to transfer every single file manually.
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Use Only Mic in Bluetooth Headset, While Outputing Audio to 3.5mm Jack?

Is it possible to use only the microphone in a Bluetooth headset, while letting my Android phone sound through amplified speakers connected via the 3.5mm jack? More specifically, I am looking to use ...
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Limit sync'ed address book entries to bluetooth car-kit

Is there an app (because I don't see it as a feature) to limit the address book entries to a particular category when accessing via bluetooth? My car will only take 1000 phone numbers, but my address ...
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Discover version of Bluetooth

How can I know what's the Bluetooth version of my Android device?
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Does allowing Bluetooth discovery consume more power?

Privacy issues and of course turning Bluetooth completely off-- all aside, if I enable "Make device discoverable" will that draw more power than not? As long as Bluetooth is "on", is it always drawing ...
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How to Set 'Play' Button Behavior on Bluetooth Remote

I have a RocketFish Bluetooth headset paired with my MotoDROID v1 (Froyo). The BT headphones have multimedia controls (volume up/down, next track, previous track, play/pause) and a button to trigger ...
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Bluetooth keeps turning on

I have seen this problem on a Nexus 4 and Nexus 5. Bluetooth is switched on unexpectedly. It can be turned off, but will come back a minute or so later. Googling around, it seems that this could be ...
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Pair two Bluetooth devices simultaneously

I am building an app for an Android tablet that will control an Arduino microcontroller board (paired via bluetooth). However, the tablet will also be paired via Bluetooth with my Android phone to ...
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Is it possible to be connected to two different bluetooth devices at the same time?

I'd like to be able to send A2DP to my car stereo while at the same time sending phone calls to the speakerphone I have in my car. I haven't bought the stereo adapter yet, since I wanted to find out ...
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Can I use my phone as a bluetooth game controller for my computer?

I've seen BT Controller but I think it only allows users to use their android as remote for other androids. I just want to use my phone as a bluetooth controller with up, down, left, right, L, R, ...
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Nexus 4 won't turn Bluetooth on

My LG Nexus 4 runs stock Android 4.2.2. I use Bluetooth for phone calls with a one-ear headset (Plantronics M100). Sometimes I notice in the power toggles menu that Bluetooth has turned OFF and when ...
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Has device [storage] browsing through Bluetooth been disabled on Android?

My mobile phone is a Motorola Moto G with Android 5.1 and I've just discovered I could no longer browse my phone storage through Bluetooth. I only use that feature infrequently yet I find it extremely ...
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Can I restart Bluetooth from the terminal?

I have a rooted Galaxy S 2 (I9100) and was wondering if I can restart the Bluetooth on my phone via the terminal client on my phone.
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Use bluetooth keyboard with a different layout?

I'm Italian, so I use italian language on my tablet (note 10.1), but I have also a bluetooth keyboard with english layout that I use to write little snippets of programmes, the problem is that I don't ...
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My new Nexus 7 doesn't allow me to receive apk files with bluetooth

I have just got a Nexus 7, and I am trying to send an app that i made into my Nexus, neither sending it with my phone using bluetooth or directly from my laptop using bluetooth works: on my phone it ...
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A2DP Bluetooth audio randomly shows “(no media)”

Sometimes when I connect my phone to my headset, the Bluetooth device will be listed as: "Connected ( no media )" When this happens, it uses the "Phone audio" profile. The "Media audio" profile (...
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How can I change the default location for bluetooth file transfers?

I have an Android 2.3 device (Samsung Galaxy Y Duos, S6102) and want all files that I receive via bluetooth to save to my SD card. How can I do that?
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Phone calls over headphone jack?

I'm looking at buying a new car. Many of the cars I see now come "standard" with an audio-in jack. The option of a Bluetooth connection is usually much more expensive. My question is: If I plug my ...
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How to use an Android device as bluetooth USB dongle?

Is there a way to use my android device as a bluetooth USB dongle without rooting it?
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Are there any Android phones that allow Bluetooth PAN off the shelf?

I'm specifically looking for an off-the-shelf solution. Without going into too much technical detail, I need to connect a phone via Bluetooth to a device and receive IP traffic from the device. ...
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Does Bluetooth tethering not work, or am I doing it wrong?

I carry two Android devices: my Nexus S phone, and a Nexus 7 tablet (both running Android 4.1 "Jellybean"). The tablet has Wi-Fi, but no cellular radio; so in order to use the Internet with it when ...
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Send Audio to Two A2DP Bluetooth Devices Simultaneously

I was pleasantly surprised to see that I can pair & connect my Nexus One with two identical NoiseHush N550 Bluethooth headsets simultaneously. Unfortunately however, only one of them (always the ...
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How do I specify a different PIN than 0000 when pairing a bluetooth device on android

I have a bluetooth speaker with default passkey 1111 rather than 0000. I'm not able to connect to it using my android tablet because of this error: Couldn't pair with SP104B because of an incorrect ...
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How to check supported Bluetooth Profiles on Android device

How do I know which "Bluetooth Profiles" are available on my Android device? Is there any terminal command to list all "Bluetooth Profiles" supported by Bluetooth Stack present in Android device?
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How can I turn my android phone into a remote control (mouse/keyboard) through bluetooth for ubuntu/linux

There are a lot of apps that turn an android phone into a remote control for a desktop system, but only for windows based systems. I use ubuntu and I only find Remote droid , works ok but only ...
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Reverse tethering via Bluetooth: How to share PC internet connectivity with android phone via Bluetooth

OS: Windows 7 SP1 x64 Phone: Galaxy Ace 3 - android 4.2 (rooted) I'm aware of normal tethering scenarios in which the user can share the Mobile Data connection with other phones/pcs via wifi-hotspot,...