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Play audio from your Intel® Edison via Bluetooth using Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)

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Play audio from your Intel® Edison via Bluetooth using Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)

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  • A Bluetooth* audio device, like a headset or speaker that can play sounds.

  • Connect your Intel® Edison board to a Wi-Fi* network, see Step 3: Get your Board Online.

  • SCP using a host computer connected to the same network (to copy music files over).

  • Establish a terminal to your board either Via Serial port or SSH.


Make your Bluetooth* audio device discoverable.

Type the following in the terminal to your board.

rfkill unblock bluetooth

Scan for devices.

scan on

Find your device and pair to it (replace the MAC address with the MAC address of your device)

pair 00:25:DB:05:72:F2

On some devices you may need to connect as wel

connect 00:25:DB:05:72:F2

Quit the bluetoothctl


Verify that your A2DP device (the LG* headset in this case) is recognized in pulse audio as a sink device and that its sink name starts with bluez_sink.

pactl list sinks

Configure the default sink to use pulse audio server with the following command, replacing with the details of your device.

pactl set-default-sink bluez_sink.00_25_DB_05_72_F2 

Copy an audio file (*.wav) to the Intel® Edison device using scp, and play the audio file using mplayer.

mplayer Intel_bong.wav

You may run into issues playing .mp3, stay tuned for updates.


If you're getting

Failed to pair: org.bluez.Error.AlreadyExists

then check which devices you are paired with


then remove the device you are paired to (replace the MAC address with the MAC address of your device)

remove 78:24:AF:13:58:B9


For other useful commands inside bluetoothctl


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