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Bluetooth speaker won't play media on my phone! Help?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Pecinskey, Jul 14, 2021.

  1. Pecinskey

    Pecinskey Lurker
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    Hello, all fans of the android alike!

    I have a problem that's been bugging me for a long time, and each shot I give at solving the issue, I just end up wasting hours on end with no avail.

    Here's the thing - my BlueBerry BoomCat 3 bluetooth speakerphone refuses to play media on my Xiaomi Redmi Note 7. It works just fine with calls, the commands work (play/pause, next/previous song) - but the volume increase/decrease commands, and actually playing media, such as YouTube, Gallery videos, Instagram and Facebook clips, media on Spotify - nada.

    Here's what I tried and ruled out:
    1. Unpairing and re-pairing didn't solve the problem.
    2. All the perms are on; it's not a problem of 'Use for media audio' being turned off. I tried resetting these perms over and over again to no use.
    3. Also, since it's a dual SIM phone, I reset network settings on both sim cards. Nope.
    4. I read on some forum that a guy had a similar issue solved by turning on battery saver. Tried that, both battery and ultra battery saver modes - didn't work.
    5. I know it's not a compatability issue, the version of BT of both devices is in check.
    6. I know it's not a speaker issue, because it works on my dad's, and my girlfriend's phone with no problems.
    7. I know it's not a Xiaomi issue, since my dad has the Note 8 and the speaker works just fine on his phone.
    8. I know it's not my phone's problem, since I also have the Sony XB-01 speaker and that works all fine and dandy. My friend's JBL speaker also connects to my phone and works properly.
    9. Tried safe mode, didn't help.

    Any help whatsoever would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks much in advance, best regards!!

    P.S A factory reset isn't an option at all, sadly.

    #1 Pecinskey, Jul 14, 2021
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2021

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  2. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    It sounds as though another bluetooth device is linked at the same time, and has the 'play media audio' setting activated.

    How many different devices do you have in your bluetooth library?
    (Don't know what else to call it, but modern phones keep detailed records of past and present devices that have been linked via bluetooth.

    I have a device that will allow up to 5 devices to be connected to bluetooth ALL AT THE SAME TIME, yet only one at a time can play media audio.

    So, maybe you have to turn OFF media audio ability on any other devices that are or have been linked to the device.
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  3. Pecinskey

    Pecinskey Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Hey puppykickr! Thanks for the reply!
    Sadly, that didn't help either. I only have my mi basic 2 buds, and the sony xb 01 speaker in my bluetooth devices list, and I unpaired and 'forgot' them all, paired with the boomcat, aand... Nothing. Didn't work.
  4. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

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  5. Pecinskey

    Pecinskey Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Thank you very much for the possible solution! Sadly, I tried and it didn't work. It still refuses to play music.
    But I'm very thankful for your recommended fix, as it is something new and I haven't thought of it at all.
  6. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    Have you opened developer options on your phone?

    If so, have you changed any of the bluetooth settings from the defaults?

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