I have an iPhone 4, and Philips dock speakers which I use with the phone.

The dock doesn't have any aux input, and I would like to use the dock as a speaker for my laptop.

I know I can achieve it through Wi-Fi, but my laptop doesn't have one. Is there any Bluetooth alternative to send laptop audio to my iPhone?

  • as a point of curiosity how does your laptop have bluetooth but not wifi?
    – dstarh
    Commented Dec 19, 2013 at 18:25
  • It does have both of them, but the wifi card stopped functioning, and the laptop is quite old so not keen on getting it repaired. Commented Dec 20, 2013 at 7:47

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According to your comment, you would be happy with a Ubuntu solution where WiFi works. Therefore, follow this thread at askubuntu.com.

What they basically suggest, is:

  1. Create a webserver with IceCast under Ubuntu und stream your audio from there (Here is a Howto)
  2. Connect your iPhone via an IceCast compatible app.
  3. Now you can connect your iPhone to your IceCast server and stream audio

If this doesn't work for you because of complexity, follow the lead of:

  1. creating your own local streaming server on Ubuntu, or just create a "normal server"
  2. and then access the files from there on your iPhone with a app which can connect to that server.

A Bluetooth solution for a Windows environment is over here.


Here's a similar question from another user. Someone else recommended AirFoil. I've never used any of these products, but check em out. Report back if anything suits your needs

  • Unfortunately my windows 8 drivers don't support wifi that is why I'm looking for a bluetooth solution. If a software is available which can stream music from Ubuntu(Wifi works there! ) then it is good. Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 16:48

If you don't mind removing your iPhone from the dock when you want to play audio from your laptop, there is a hardware solution: numerous 30-pin Bluetooth receivers are available which plug into a dock in place of the iPhone or iPod.

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