In this article you will learn how to connect your device with the home theater system, what apps you might use to do so, and how easy or difficult it is to use them.”
How to Play Music from Phone to Home Theater
Everyday life is packed with things that happen faster and more on demand. New technology has made our lives easier in many ways. One example of this new technology is the ability for phones today (and in some cases tablets) to play music through a device like a home theater system via Bluetooth or NFC. It’s now possible for you, as a person who experiences audio by watching TV or playing games, for your phone to simultaneously be able use its audio output as its own audio input. This creates a great way to enjoy all the media you want with a high quality headset or surround sound system.
Let’s find out what you can do to make this happen. The two main things that you want to look at are Bluetooth and NFC. NFC connects your device with the home theater system through low frequency wireless data exchange (IoT for short). Bluetooth allows for a more older model type of connection between the devices, but both share rather similar features despite it being NFC based or Bluetooth based. Some phones can even use both systems as well, which is an excellent bonus for those who own multiple phones and like switching depending on how they feel like using their phone. In this guide, we will look at how to connect a phone to your home theater system in both Bluetooth and NFC.
How to Use Bluetooth Audio on Your Phone
Using Bluetooth audio on your phone is quite simple. You will need the following:
A device that is compatible with Bluetooth 4.0. This basically means any phone running Android 4 (or higher) or iOS 8 or higher should work fine.
A home theater system that is connected to a TV, preferably using an active pass-through like ARC or HDMI-CEC. ARC will likely be the best option in most cases due to its versatility for other home theater devices as well.
The phone must be connected to the same WiFi network as the device you wish to use for audio. You must also enable your Bluetooth and NFC (if available) on your phone under the settings menu. It’s possible that you might not need NFC at all depending on which app you use and what it needs to function correctly. If you’re not sure, it’s better to enable NFC just in case you will need it later.
Using the app Google Cast on your phone. If you are using any other brand of phone, you will need to download and find an equivalent program to cast audio from your device.
Search for the app Google Cast through either the Play Store or App Store depending on which type of device you have. Once downloaded, follow the on-screen instructions to set up and connect your device to your home theater system as well as set up Google Cast for use. You will need a Wi-Fi connection in order for this to work properly.
The home theater system will need to be on the same WiFi network as the phone. This is a requirement of Google Cast or any other type of app that transmits music from your phone to your home theater system.
We should note that you can also use Bluetooth audio on your phone if you have an infrared or RCA-to-RCA transmitter as an added option. These two devices are more “old fashioned” but they serve their purpose if you don’t have NFC or don’t want to use it for some reason. All of the steps in this article are still applicable to an RCA-to-RCA transmitter.
That’s all there is to it in terms of using Bluetooth audio on your phone. If you ever find that the app isn’t functioning properly for some reason, you can always go to the Google Play or App Store and download an equivalent app from another company. There are many that are similar but not identical.
How to Use NFC Audio on Your Phone
The steps for using NFC are different than how we used Bluetooth audio, but they’re still simple enough for anyone who knows how to use a computer! The following steps will be used:
Connect your phone with your home theater system through an active pass-through like ARC or HDMI-CEC (and possibly other options as well).
Go to Settings on your phone and enable NFC as well as Bluetooth. This is required for both Android 4.2 or higher and iOS 8 or higher phones.
Download the app Google Home from the Google Play Store or App Store depending on which type of device you are using. After installation, go to the Home Screen, hit the blue orb icon on top of the screen, and tap “Add Device.” There will be a search bar that needs to be filled by searching for “Google Home” as well as its name (e.g., “Alexa”). This takes you to the main screen and will ask you to choose whether you want to add it as a Control or Audio playback option. For audio playback, choose “Other”. Select Google Home from the list of options in your home theater. Select the device you want to use for audio input, then click “OK.” There will be an app called Google Cast, which can also be used for audio playback if you prefer. If this is the case, click “OK.”
The above steps are a great way to get started with using NFC on your phone if that’s what you’re looking for! The first two steps are just used regardless of the type of audio that you plan on playing through your home theater system. It’s the last two steps that are slightly different depending on which app you’re using. The Google Cast app can be used for both audio and video playback, so it’s great if you’re looking for an all-in-one solution to your home theater needs and concerns!
We hope that this article has helped you learn how to use Bluetooth audio on your phone as well as NFC. There are other ways of connecting your phone with your home theater system if you don’t want to use Bluetooth or NFC, but these two systems are probably the most convenient in terms of portability and reliability. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!