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Use Android Device as a Speaker on Windows 11: Top Ways

Using a third-party application is the easiest way to convert an Android device to speaker on Windows 11

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Have you ever wanted the best sound quality when streaming videos or playing music but are stuck with poor audio quality from your Windows device? If yes, this guide was written with you in mind, and we will cover how to use your Android device as a speaker on Windows 11.

We will explore various methods to achieve this using reliable third-party software to help you enjoy the best sound possible.

Why should I use my Android Device as a Speaker on Windows 11?

There are many reasons why using your Android as a speaker could benefit you; however, there are some drawbacks to consider. Before you go right ahead and convert your mobile device to your speaker, check out the pros and cons and then decide if it is the best option.

Pros

  • Improved audio quality – Using your mobile device will greatly improve sound quality as many modern phones today have advanced audio technology.
  • Portability – Because mobile devices are small, it is easier to carry them around without seeing them as a burden. This can come in handy when you need a speaker on the go.
  • Cost-efficient – Converting your mobile device into a speaker is cheaper than purchasing a set of dedicated speakers.
  • Customization options – Many modern devices today have advanced customization options that allow you to modify the sound output to your preference.

Cons

  • Quick battery drain – Using your mobile device as a speaker will quickly drain your battery, making it crucial to keep it plugged when using it for an extended period. Over time, this could potentially damage your mobile phone’s battery.
  • Control limitation – Compared to dedicated speakers, you would have less control over your sound output if you use a mobile device.
  • Potential lagging – You might also experience latency while using your mobile devices as a speaker, especially when connected via Bluetooth.
  • App interference – Sometimes, you might need to depend on third-party applications to use your Android device as a speaker on Windows 11, and these apps usually come with ads and in-app purchases.

Now that you know the pros and cons of using your mobile device as a speaker, it is up to you whether or not to follow through with the process.

Use Android Device as a Speaker

1. Setup Your Device via WiFi

The first method to convert your mobile device to a speaker is using the same WiFi network. For this step to work, you will need to download an app. You can use many applications, but in this guide, we will use SoundWire. Use the steps below to learn how this process works.

  1. Download the Android and Windows version of the SoundWire application.
  2. Once the app is installed on both devices, launch the SoundWire server software on your computer.
  3. Go to the Input Select section, click the drop-down menu, and select Default multimedia device.
    Use Android Device as a Speaker Windows 11
  4. Play any music of your choice on your Windows device and check the server level meter to determine the level of sound being transmitted to your Android device. You can also modify the sound level.
    Use Android Device as a Speaker Windows 11
  5. Now, open the SoundWire app on your mobile device and set the Server to Auto locate. If the Auto locate option does not work, you can check the server address on your Windows device and input it manually on the mobile app.
  6. Now click the coiled wire button, and if you realize it begins to glow, it means the connection was successful. After a while, your Android should start playing music from your Windows device.
    Use Android Device as a Speaker Windows 11

2. Setup your device via USB, WiFi or Bluetooth tethering

The second method to use an Android device as a speaker in Windows 11 is by utilizing the USB, WiFi, or Bluetooth tethering option. This process is quite simple to follow. Use the instructions outlined below.

  1. Before starting this process, ensure that you have a stable Internet connection.
  2. Next, turn on USB, WiFi, or Bluetooth tethering on your Android device by going to Settings >More >Tethering & mobile hotspot.
    Use Android Device as a Speaker Windows 11
  3. Since the Auto locate feature will not work in this method, you need to check your connection manually using the command prompt.
  4. To do this, press Windows + R, input cmd in the text field, then hold Ctrl + Shift + Enter simultaneously to open the command prompt as an administrator.
    Use Android Device as a Speaker Windows 11
  5. Once in the command prompt, input the command below and hit Enter.
    ipconfig
  6. If you realize that the IP address begins with 169.254, the tethering is not properly connected and you need to reconnect it.
  7. Once you get the correct IP address, copy it and input it in your Android application, then click on the coiled wire option.
  8. Once the wire starts glowing, the music on your Windows device should start playing on your Android device.

Final Thoughts

Finally, we have come to the end of this guide. In the end, deciding whether or not to use your Android device as a speaker depends on your personal preferences, and if you decide to carry on with the process, the steps outlined in this guide will help you accomplish this.

If you would also like to know how to resolve issues when your sound keeps cutting off, check out the linked post. Reach out to us via the comment section if you have further questions.

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