I want to use my bluetooth headphones to listen to FM radio on my Android phone but it doesn't work.

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Hello,

do any of you know how to make my bluetooth headphones work to listen to FM radio. Right now, only the connected headphones emits sound but not the bluetooth ones. I tried on the S2, Ace and GN2 and all 3 of them have the same issue.
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Goto settings, wireless and networks, bluetooth

Long press the device

Ensure media is connected and / or A2DP enabled.
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You will need to buy a stereo bluetooth device to play music.
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xD
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@MAT

1. READ THE ORIGINAL POST! He has a Bluetooth device.
2. I can listen to music through my Plantronics Voyager + (a Mono A2DP device). Any device that uses A2DP can play music and connect to media.
3. You can play music with any of the devices without headphones through the speaker unless something is plugged into the headphone jack.
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I'm not quite sure what I might be misunderstanding... but I own P47 wireless headphones. They can be used with a computer, with a phone or to listen to wireless FM radio. Gotta say that the idea one needs a wire plugged in to receive FM radio is way off. Unless I've missed something (and I do have an electronics degree) you guys are simply wrong.
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Because they specifically have an FM radio and antenna built into them while phones only have FM receivers and no antennas. Maybe some OEMs put a whole radio in their phones. Who knows. The general rule remains a headphone is needed to act as an antenna.
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You cannot listen to FM radio with bluebooth because when you plug in a wired headset, the phone uses it as a FM antenna. You have to have a wired headset in order to listen to FM radio. A way around it is by uses the app TuneIn Radio. It uses your data (or WiFi) to get live streaming over the internet.
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I am searching the XDA forums and it seems nobody listens to fm radio anymore because nobody has asked that question before lol
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Steven is right, the wired headset is required because it acts as an antenna. No custom ROM will get around this as it's a hardware requirement.

I just attempted to use my Bluetooth on my HTC One's FM Radio app while the headset was plugged in and it will not play back as the sound defaults to the phone jack.

What a custom ROM may do is allow you to select where your sound output goes when a headset is connected, but there's no way around needing an antenna.
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I remember someone asking this a few weeks ago, I think. It was determined that the situation is exactly what Steven has mentioned. If I could remember where I saw that info to back it up, I'd post it lol
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I listen fm radio on bluetooth in micromax a52
It works perfectly with Sony Xperia series. Just plug a phone jack (no need to have a cable, just the jack) and then connect to bluetooth headset and BT headphones will work to listen FM Radio. This doesn't seems to work with Samsung device. Maybe is something related with the @Throw@ option that Sony devices have.
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i have the tune in radio app, but can not listen to it through my Bluetooth headset. please help. i am using Sony Ericsson Xperia ST18A.
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You must make sure your phone and bluetooth headset support A2DP audio. If either doesn't, you won't be able to use a BlueTooth headset.
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I just checked, your Sony does support A2DP. Goto settings, bluetooth, and long press your headset. Make sure media is connected. What headset do you have?
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@Chad BurrI would like to buy a BT. I own an htc one s, specs says that it supports a2dp.
Do you think fm radio will work? If yes, will I need a fake plug into the jack? Thanks
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The radio will not work over BT. When you use a wired headset, the cable acts as an antenna to pick up the radio signal. If you do plug in another cable, it may work - but you then have to make sure than the audio can be transmitted simultaneously via BT when something is plugged into the jack.

And since you have to have something plugged in, it might as well be a headset without additional hassle.
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I want to use my blue-tooth to hear fm.Please help, I am using samsung galaxy ace 5830i
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You cannot. The phone does not have an antenna for FM radio unless you plug in wired headphones (or an auxiliary cable). The cable functions as an antenna.
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Just use a wired headset-easy
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If you have a FM enabled phone You will require headphones to listen to FM radio offline, But if you don't mind using Wifi or data you can use tunein radio tunein radio will work with your bluetooth headphone but will require internet connection. Here is a link to the app on google play https://play.google.com/store/apps/de.... But the only way you can listen to radio offline is by using your headphones.
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I like my Sony SBH50 for this very reason!

It's natively FM-enabled, in fact, when using FM, it doesn't even need to be paired to a phone, it can do FM radio on its own.

It also sounds awesome with the right earphones :)
Definitely, Sony devices work perfectly using a simple phone jack connected (no need of the entire cable) and BT headphones to listen FM Radio comfortably. This seems to be not possible with Samsung devices and others.