I turn on Bluetooth on both my devices and open up Music on my Android. I select a song to play, press the menu button, and tap "Via Bluetooth":

Menu with "Via Bluetooth" pressed

I tap on my computer in the "Bluetooth Device Picker":

Bluetooth device picker

Then it says, under the name of my computer:

Connected to media audio

Now I should technically be able to play music through my computer, since it "Just Worked" in Kubuntu with Blueman. But nope, something must be up with PulseAudio, because I hear no sound from my computer (I'm running Xubuntu 12.04). The reason I say this is that the devices list in Blueman shows indication of data transfer and it says it's connected, but in the PulseAudio Volume Control has no indication of my Bluetooth device (or Blueman) playing audio.

  • I have tried that few times and each time I have failed. I could never make my Bluetooth work correctly on Ubuntu. – HelpNeeder Oct 2 '12 at 2:25
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    Yeah... And I saw the way they were saying on the wiki to set up a headset. Waaaaaaaay too complicated. I wish that things would "Just Work". – biggles5107 Oct 4 '12 at 2:19
  • Install an application called listen on ubuntu. On android if you play audio and if it shows bluetooth (e.g when changing volume), you are good to go. On ubuntu in listen select the bluetooth device name, to hear sound. – razor Nov 15 '12 at 1:48

You should install bluez-audio and blueman . and it will work


Here's what I figured out:


  1. Remove PulseAudio and then install a mixer such as xfce4-mixer.
  2. Install the package pulseaudio-module-bluetooth.

Then it should "Just Work."


For anyone who is looking to connect phone and stream audio to ubuntu system via bluetooth,

Install d-feet

sudo apt-get install d-feet
  • Pair your phone via bluetooth,
  • Open d-feet, filter and find org.bluez (ref pic below), locate your phone in the list,
  • Open Inferfaces > org.bluez.AudioSource > Methods
  • Double-click on "Connect"
  • Click on "Execute" in the dialog that opens.

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Ref: http://blog.stevenocchipinti.com/2012/10/bluetooth-audio-streaming-from-phone-to.html/ Ref: https://ricardojlrufino.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/bluetooth-audio-from-phone-to-ubuntu/

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