iPhone Tips & Tricks: Stream audio from your iPhone to bluetooth headset

BY Jason

Published 10 Aug 2007

iPhone Tips & Tricks

If you are one of those who was disappointed not to see Bluetooth’s A2DP profile in the iPhone feature list then here is some good news for you as there is a workaround.

Thanks to a tip from one of TUAW’s reader, you should be able to stream audio from your iPhone to a Bluetooth headset.

What is A2DP?

In order to use Bluetooth, a device must be compatible with certain Bluetooth profiles. A Bluetooth profile is a standardized interface between Bluetooth devices. Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) is a profile that defines how high quality audio (stereo or mono) can be streamed from one device to another over a Bluetooth connection – for example in this context, music streamed from an iPhone to a wireless headset.

Now that we all know what A2DP stands for lets find out how you can stream audio from your iPhone to a Bluetooth headset. Audio here means audio from audio tracks as well as videos.

So achieve this you need to do the following:

  • Pair a Bluetooth headset with your iPhone, switch on your headset so that it can perform the handshake with the iPhone.
  • Go into the Visual Voicemail screen and tap the Audio button in the upper right (which is otherwise a Speaker button when your headset isn’t on and communicating with your phone)
  • You’ll receive an audio selection dialog much like the in-call dialog box that allows you to choose where to send the iPhone’s audio.
  • Select the Headset option, then switch over to the iPod and begin playing music or a video.

And you should be able to listen to the audio from the headset, however the only not so nice part of this iPhone tip is that the audio still plays from iPhone’s speakers.

This essentially helps you remove the cable clutter associated with a wired headset. So if you get this working don’t forget to thank Earle Davies the reader at TUAW for the latest iPhone tip.

Don’t forget to share your experience in the comments below.


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