audio other than calls to bluetooth headset?


Last Updated: 2012-01-29 02:59:32
  1. westside

    westside Well-Known Member

    Seems like I can only make calls but don't here music through my bluetooth headset. Is there some setting I'm missing?

    Why doesn't voice dial activate when I click on the headset. I always have to open the Voice Dial app by clicking on the screen.

    -e

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  2. thegreen

    thegreen Well-Known Member

    what kind of headset are you using? model? is it mono or stereo(a2dp)?
  3. westside

    westside Well-Known Member

    sorry should have posted that. I'm new to headsets...I got this one because of the droid's voice rec. capability. Anyhow it's a LG HBM570.

    It's mono.
  4. thegreen

    thegreen Well-Known Member

    Most phones w/ mp3 players will only stream to stereo BT headsets.
    Not sure why you can't dial with it, I don't have my droid yet,:(... Maybe someone else can help...
  5. Fabolous

    Fabolous Superuser VIP Member

    Android is still lacking very much in the Bluetooth department, even with 2.0.

    Funny that something this basic is left out. AFAIK, you have to physically activate voice dialing on the phone, and it cannot be done via headset.
  6. mporter88

    mporter88 New Member

    As a user of Google Voice I can see how a standard voice over bluetooth system would not be sufficient to allow a user to manipulate the features of Google Voice verbally.

    I am sure that when "Voice Control" does appear...it will allow a level of control of the Google Voice application that will change the way we use our phones.

    "Bob is calling"
    "tell him the number is disconnected"

    "Patti is calling"
    "Ill take it"

    "the IRS is calling"
    "Ill take it, please record" (send me a transcript via text )

    Your mother is calling.....:D
  7. doomedromance

    doomedromance Well-Known Member

    So Android 2.0 doesn't support all volume through bluetooth headset? I have a Nokia BH-900 and All I get is calls through headset. Music, rings notifications only go through the phone.
    My Moto Q9m allowed music through my bluetooth so I know it works.

    Music, I'm not too concerned about because Id rather use my circumaural sonys, but if I have this douchbag accessory on my ear at least mute the notifications on the phone and play through to my ear.
  8. RedDot

    RedDot Member

    I went searching for a way to play my podcasts over a non A2DP bluetooth headset. I couldn't find anything, but I did figure out a way to make it work. I'm using a Sprint HTC Hero phone.



    1. I went to the phone and dialed '**' (2 stars) which creates a 'p' for pause. Then press call. This enables the headset without actually placing a call.
    2. After this I started doggcatcher (or other audio / video player) and it played through the headset. Everything went through the headset after this point.
    3. In order to stop playback to my headset I just called my voicemail and hung up. At that point, audio was routed back to the speaker.


    I don't know if this will work on other phones, but it did on mine.
    good luck.

    EDIT: I have found that it only works when my ringer volume is off or on vibrate. Also, the media volume needs to be turned up separately -- Either from the settings control or prior to performing the 'p' call. The volume rocker only controls the Bluetooth call volume after the bluetooth headset is active.
  9. e39e60

    e39e60 Well-Known Member

    "I'll call your mother if you don't cut back on androidforums.com"
  10. e39e60

    e39e60 Well-Known Member

    Second time my head exploded here. How in the world did you figure hat out?
  11. RedDot

    RedDot Member


    I noticed that if you're on a call and you try to play audio that it plays through the headset. So, I tried to make a call without actually doing anything. After several other combinations that didn't work, I tried the '**' and it made a 'p'. I figured this meant pause, and thought... Hey, that would be a good number to call, and I was amazed when it actually worked. After that, I just played around with it to figure out how to flip it on and off.

    I only figured this out about a half an hour before I posted the message above. So, I don't know if there are any other side effects yet.
  12. dozens

    dozens Member

    Hmm, this is not working for me. When I dial '**' and hit send my droid actually tries to make a call. Do I need my droid paired with something first?
  13. RedDot

    RedDot Member

    You'll want to have it paired with your headset of course. On my Hero, it shows like it's trying to call, but then ends. At that point is when you can play your audio/video program.

    I have no personal knowledge whether this works on the droid or any other device. I've only tried it on my Sprint Hero.

    Also, My Hero is running Android version 1.5. It may be a version specific feature.
  14. katmandoo

    katmandoo New Member

    i just bought the Motorola Cliq, having the same issue, audio on the BT headset only works for calls, all other phone audio goes though the phone. thought this was a Motorola issue but now see that it is more likely an android issue.

    listening to Pandora, through wired headphones, i got a call and switched to my BT headset to take the call, when the call was over i could hear pandora on the BT for a few seconds then it reverted back to the wired headphones. this is the same withouth the wired headphones (except it reverts back to the phone speaker, of course).

    i am using a plantronics voyager 520. it is a single ear piece (not stereo), however i was able to listen to MP3 and all phone audio on my old Nokia 6301 without issues. I paired the same headset with my wife's myTouch G3 and have same issues as the Cliq.

    i can't believe that with all 'ease of use' functionality that the Cliq and Android boast, that they left out voice activated dialing via BT and have such limited support for BT in general. this is a proven technology, it is not like they are inventing anything new. to leave these basic features out or over look them is disappointing.

    has anyone gotten this to work at all with Android with other headsets?
  15. Jim_1234

    Jim_1234 Active Member

    This is normal behavior for phones. Until someone comes out with a hack your headset must support a2dp in order to listen to audio.

    I researched this a lot and did find a solution and it's cheap to. Newegg.com - Jabra BT8010 Mono Bluetooth Headset - Bluetooth Cell Phone Accessories I tried this out and it works great so I ordered 5 more. I was using a jawbone prime and the volume is very loud in comparison to the prime. One of the best things about this headset is I haven't been able to kill it yet. It plays my podcasts for 8 hrs straight with no issues.

    The phone will have a brain fart every couple of days and I have to reboot it and then it's good to go.
  16. Bigdaddybost

    Bigdaddybost Member

    I have a Bluetooth motorcycle helmet and synced my Droid to it.
    Stereo music and phone calls are perfect.Music pauses to take call and restarts when the call is ended.
  17. RedDot

    RedDot Member


    I have found that it only works when my ringer volume is off or on vibrate. Also, the media volume needs to be turned up separately -- Either from the settings control or prior to performing the 'p' call. The volume rocker only controls the Bluetooth call volume after the bluetooth headset is active.

    Hope this helps.
  18. RedDot

    RedDot Member

    Has anyone else gotten this to work? I'm curious if it will continue to work when my phone upgrades to Android 2.0. I can report that it still works after the maintenance update on the Sprint Hero, however, this is still only ver 1.5.
  19. Markomyt1

    Markomyt1 Member

    I can only listen to voicemails on the handset speaker.
    Should this work on BT?

    I have 2 different BT, Moto HB12 and the T505.

    Both work flawlessly, but I cant get my voicemails to them.

    I will try turning my sound to zero and see if it will go to my BT.

    -Mark-
  20. RegginoldApples

    RegginoldApples New Member

    Can't believe you stumbled onto this. It works perfectly for playing music on a nonstereo Bluetooth headset. I don't know how to access the p on other android phones or if it even works at all but typing ** in the dial line changes it to a p. Don't forget to turn it silent, and your media up. Then when you call it, it says unknown disconnects and then you can close and it works for all audio.
    MAGIC!!!!
    It should really be a default option though. I mean obviously it's technically capable.
  21. epdixon

    epdixon Member

    anyone know how to get the **/pause workaround functioning on motorola droid?
  22. kmkmjohnson

    kmkmjohnson New Member

    Interested in getting this to work for the Moto Droid as well. Supposedly, a comma inserts a pause but when I created a contact with just a comma for the number, it makes a connection to the earpiece and then ends the "call" right away.

    So not successful yet. Would love to know if a Moto Droid owner has this workaround working.
  23. fratermus

    fratermus Well-Known Member

    Sorry to necropost, but the BT Super Mono (or similar) app routes phone audio over mono bluetooth earpieces. (ie, SCO so no a2dp is needed). $6 for the Pro /Froyo version.

    This is the same functionality as BTaudio on WM smartphones.

    Might have to do a few searches; I find different variations of the name.
  24. T3chFr3ak07

    T3chFr3ak07 New Member

    Hey tried the "**" or "p" call to make the audio work on my nexus one but it was a no go. I know that my MP3 player will play music while on a call but will play over the speaker if my bluetooth isnt active...anyone else know how to make a fake call or how to make a "p" call on 2.2?
  25. takeshi

    takeshi Well-Known Member

    Just to clarify, stereo != A2DP. There are mono A2DP devices.

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