I have been struggling to get to control my pulseuadio volume from the iPhone volume slider. I fixed it using this here: bluetoothd --plugin=a2dp

But there is no onscreen display that shows this visually. The volume change is happening confirmed with my iPhone.

Let me re-enlist the steps involved.


sudo apt update; sudo apt-get install bluez-tools pulseaudio-module-bluetooth

Step 2:

sudo nano /lib/systemd/system/bluetooth.service

append --plugin=a2dp to the following line


as follows

ExecStart=/usr/lib/bluetooth/bluetoothd --plugin=a2dp --compat

also per Baby Bluetooth Steps - Debian / Raspbian Stretch add --noplugin=sap

ExecStart=/usr/lib/bluetooth/bluetoothd --plugin=a2dp --compat --noplugin=sap

Step 3:

Then run the following two commands

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl restart bluetooth

Volume control from iPhone works as expected (even Ubuntu 18.04 LTS) but there's no GNOME OSD showing up. Can someone please help me figure out how to get the gnome to show the OSD/GUI volume slider?

Also, found this for raspberry pi running raspbian : Super Simple Raspberry Pi Audio Receiver Install

  • make Step 2: ExecStart=/usr/lib/bluetooth/bluetoothd --plugin=a2dp --compat adding compatibility with previous version of bluez stack. – TheWickerman666 Apr 29 '18 at 16:25

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