If you’ve ever been in a situation whereby your PC’s speaker stopped working for whatever reason due to a software glitch common on the Windows platform, it’s a good thing to restart your computer and everything should go back to normal however if you find yourself in a situation whereby you need to get better audio quality from your Windows PC because of its terrible speakers, you can easily swap the speaker out with a TWS headphone or use a portable Bluetooth speaker.
What if you want to use your Android smartphone as the speaker of your Windows PC? It’s still achievable by following this simple guide which I wrote about three years ago.
Since that time, a lot has changed in the Android application ecosystem and Windows 10 has gotten better even though it’s going to be replaced soon by the next-gen Windows 11.
So I decided to do a little digging and came up with this ultra-short list of four applications that can be used to turn your Android phone into the speaker of your PC. The first is AudioRelay which I’ve mentioned in the past and the second is SoundWire which is a paid application. Then we have PocketSpeaker and Phone as Speaker both of which are completely free.
But without any further ado, here are the best apps that can turn your Android phone into a speaker for your PC.
This is my number one option and one of the best app with which you can turn your Android smartphone into a speaker for your Windows PC. This is a free application which is one of the main reasons why I love the application and because of how easy it is to set it up, literally anyone can get it to work within seconds.
Although there is a premium version that gets you more options, the free version is enough to get you through in as much as you have a really great internet service that can power your smartphone and PC at the same time because you’re basically going to be streaming your audio directly through your smartphone or you can just connect via a USB port.
One of the coolest things about AudioRelay is that you can use it either via USB or wireless internet so if you don’t have an internet connection, you can still use your Android phone as your PC’s speaker via USB.
It comes with some pretty cool features such as low latency on either wireless or USB connection which can enable you to listen to songs directly from your Android phone remotely (when using a wireless network) from anywhere.
The fact that you can also adjust the buffer settings to listen to the audio output without any lag is a big plus and that is why this is a highly recommended application on Brumpost.
You can also cast the audio of your computer to your phone and then to another device via Bluetooth or the AUX jack which is something I find amazing. I don’t know why you’d want to do that but whatever your reason is, AudioRelay gives you the opportunity to explore and do so many things.
It comes with a desktop application that you can download freely on your computer both of which will act as a bridge that can be used to connect both devices to the internet and then you can start listening to songs on your Android phone directly from your PC. To get AudioRelay for Android, click on the link below to get it from the Google Play Store.
This is another great application that can be used to play music from your Windows PC onto your Android smartphone. It’s a paid application but it’s relatively cheaper than you’d expect and that shouldn’t be a problem. Also, you only pay a one-time fee which means you don’t need to renew your subscription every month or year.
SoundWire doesn’t only work with Windows PC, it also works with Linux computers as well. With that, you can stream whatever it is you’re listening to from your computer directly to your Android smartphone in few clicks.
It comes with cool features like audio mirroring or audio cast with which you can use any music player on your PC such as Spotify, iTunes, or YouTube and then stream the audio directly to your Android smartphone.
The paid version gets you the unlimited Opus audio compression system and can handle up to 10 connections at the same time. It also has no ads because it’s a premium application so your experience is never interrupted by some annoying Google ads.
Latency is also pretty low because of its internet protocol. Although the quality of the audio is still very much dependent on your internet connection, you can pretty much set up everything and configure it to your very own want.
One of the cool advantages of this application is that you can hook up turntables to your computer’s line input and then stream a live DJ set to another section in a house party or even in a small club. Everything can be done either via wireless internet or mobile internets such as 3G and 4G.
Features of SoundWire includes the following
- Live audio capture and streaming to multiple clients
- Excellent sound quality (44.1 / 48 kHz stereo 16-bit, PCM or Opus compression)
- True low latency (unlike AirPlay, Airfoil)
- Easy to use
- Compression option greatly reduces network usage
- Stream audio from PC to PC running x86 virtualized app (Linux/Windows)
- Save everything you hear to a file (MP3 or WAV)
Just like AudioRelay, you need to first install the SoundWire Server application on your Windows/Linux computer. This is a very simple process whereby you just need to download the application and install it in few clicks. You can find the desktop version of SoundWire on their website by following this link.
They also provide some help just in case you run into an issue and their team of experts can always help to fix things. In order to download SoundWire for your Android device, follow this link to grab the app directly on the Google Play Store.
This is yet another cool option on the market and can get the job done as well just like the two above. It has its shortcomings just like any other application on the market but it also has its advantage over the big players on the market.
PocketSpeaker will be a great alternative for anyone with an old PC that doesn’t have a Bluetooth module or any port for a 3.5mm headphone jack or your computer’s audio driver is outdated and for whatever reason, your PC’s audio output no longer function as efficiently as it should.
PocketSpeaker can be used to stream audio from your Windows PC directly to your Android phone’s speaker in just a few clicks. One thing I like about the application is the UI design which is very intuitive and also features a control interface with which you can control the audio that’s being streamed.
So instead of going back to your PC to change things like the audio volume or skip tracks, you can do all that directly with the application. PocketSpeaker basically turns your Android phone to a remote control for the audio systems of your Windows PC which is a nice option to have.
There’s nothing much to say about PocketSpeaker. Click the button below to download the application and you’ll surely enjoy using it. And did I mention that it’s 100% free?
Phone as Speaker (free)
This is a very simple application and it’s very straightforward as well. The cool thing is that it doesn’t require an internet connection to work which might restrain your mobility because of the fact that you’re limited to using the application with a USB cable.
How to use the Phone as Speaker app to listen to audio from your PC on your Android phone.
- Install the Phone as Speaker app on your Android device
- Go to your Settings page and scroll down and tap on ‘About phone. ‘
- Find an entry labeled ‘Build number.’
- Tap on it multiple times until you get a prompt that says ‘You are now a developer! ‘. …
- Install Windows app by following this link
- Open the downloaded apps on both your PC and Android phone
In those few steps, you are all set to get started with listening to songs on your Android phone directly from your Windows PC. The application is completely free and the interface is minimal. There is also no need for an internet connection as all you need is a USB cable and you’re all set. Click on the button below to get the Phone as Speaker app for your Android phone.
And those are the top four applications that can be used to turn your Android phone into your PC speaker. Your option depends on what you want and how you want it. If you have a fast internet connection, you can go via the wireless route which basically applies to most of the apps on this list while you can also do this without any internet connection which is by using the USB debugging method.
In order to get some mobility, you might need to get yourself a really long USB cable that can extend wide enough giving you the ability to move away from your computer. But it depends on why you want to use your Android phone as your PC speaker in the first place of which will determine what you’ll do.