How to add aptX to your OnePlus, Xiaomi, Pixel or Nexus smartphone

Out of the box, the OnePlus 3 and many other Android smartphones don’t support the aptX codecs for streaming high-quality audio over Bluetooth. That’s because phone makers need to pay a license fee to use the technology, and for most it’s not worth the investment.

However, most phones with a Qualcomm chipset already have the hardware support they need; they just require some proprietary drivers to activate their latent aptX support. Those drivers have now been produced, and made into an easy-to-install file. Here’s how to get started.

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Our guide to aptX and aptX HD: Everything you need to know

What is aptX, anyway? Most people that have heard of it know that it’s a) something to do with Bluetooth audio and b) nice to have, but there’s a lot more going on here than that.

In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about aptX — what it is, how it works and what devices it’s supported by. We’ll also include the latest info on aptX HD.

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