Use Your Android/iPhone as Your Laptop Speaker [Guide]

Jordan Noland Updated on April 29, 2020
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It’s a sad day when your laptop speaker bites the dust. Especially when there are so many bangers on the radio. But don’t fret! If you have a smartphone and a Wi-Fi connection, you can turn your phone into your laptop’s speaker with the help of an app. 

This is really handy thing to have if your laptop speaker is broken or if the speaker is just terrible to begin with. You don’t have to spend the money to fix the laptop speaker or go out and buy a speaker; you can just use your phone! The best part about doing this is that it’s completely free!

If you have headphones, you can even plug them into your phone whilst doing this so you can listen to your laptop that way. If you’re like me, you have headphones on most of time when you’re on your laptop anyways so this works really well. 

This works for both Android and iPhone, Windows and Mac so most everyone should be able to pull this off if you find yourself in a speakerless jam.

How To Use Android Phone As Speaker For Laptop

Step 1: Go to Play Store, download and install the SoundWire app to your phone

Step 2: On your laptop, go to the SoundWire website and download it for your laptop’s OS

Step 3: Make sure your laptop and phone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network

Step 4: Open the app on your phone and tap the SoundWire logo


Step 5: On your laptop, check the ‘Status’ and make sure it says ‘Connected’

You are now connected to the SoundWire server and can use your phone as your laptop’s speaker.

You can also use the SoundWire app to connect your phone as your laptop speaker via USB if you wish. To do so:

Step 1: Connect your phone with your laptop with a USB cable.

Step 2: Go to Settings > Mobile hotspot and tethering on your phone.


Step 3: Turn on USB tethering and connect to your mobile network


Step 4: Open SoundWire server on your laptop and allow both private and public network access to the server software

Step 5: Enter the server address on the SoundWire app.

Step 6: Hit the SoundWire app logo inside the app and use your phone as a speaker.

How To Use iPhone As Speaker For Laptop

It works very similarly for iPhone users; you just have to use a different app.

Step 1: Go to the iTunes App Store, download and install the iSpeaker app to your phone

Step 2: On your laptop, click the Start menu and open Control Panel

Step 3: Select Sound options > Playback and select the Phantombility Virtual Audio Device output source.

Step 4: Select ‘Set as default’ and ‘Apply’

Step 5: Connect your phone and laptop to the same Wi-Fi network

Step 6: Open the iSpeaker app on your phone and then play audio as normal, it should play through your phone’s speaker

If your laptop’s speaker doesn’t work anymore, try these methods to use your phone as the speaker. This way you can still have a speaker connected to your laptop so you don’t have to go through your day in silence.

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