How To Play Music Through Bluetooth In A Car

There is nothing quite like driving down the road with your favorite song playing loud through your speakers. After all, singing along at the top of your lungs is almost considered an American pastime. But nowadays, most people store their favorite music on their phones. Modern vehicles come equipped with a Bluetooth capable stereo system so you can connect your playlist to your car and never miss a beat.

The problem is it can be confusing to connect the two. Are there settings on the phone that need to be adjusted? What about the car? Does that need to be set up a certain way? What is Bluetooth anyway? Well, we are here to answer your questions and show you how to play music through Bluetooth in a car.

Starting With The Basics

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that uses UHF radio waves to connect mobile devices to stationary devices. That is putting it in simple terms, though. It is far more complicated than that, and many technical details are too broad for this article’s scope.

Bluetooth or “short-link” radio technology was created when Nils Rydbeck at Ericsson Mobile (Lund, Switzerland) assigned engineers to develop a wireless headset in 1989. In 1990 Jaap Haartsen was nominated by the European Patent Office for the inventor of the year award for his role in the development of Bluetooth technology.

The primary difference between Bluetooth and regular radio frequencies is Bluetooth is specifically designed to work over short distances. In most cases, it has a range of about 10 meters or 30 feet. Bluetooth technology is used to connect wireless keyboards and mice to tablets or laptops, link hands free devices to cell phones, and connect your car stereo to your mobile playlist.

Connecting The Bluetooth In Your Car

To use the Bluetooth in your car, you must have a Bluetooth enabled device to read incoming Bluetooth frequencies. So in order for your car stereo to play music from your mobile playlist, it must be equipped with Bluetooth technology. If you do not know if your car has Bluetooth technology, you may want to consult your owner’s manual or speak to your local dealership. Once you confirm that your vehicle is equipped with Bluetooth, you can play music from your phone with your car stereo.

Here is how you do it. First, you will have to pair your phone with your Bluetooth stereo. This only has to happen the first time you set it up. After that, whenever you enter your car, the two devices will pair automatically. Your car audio system and mobile phone will “recognize” each other and connect as long as your Bluetooth is on. Pairing simply means connecting the devices.

Every phone and car audio system is different. You will want to consult your owner’s manual for each device to know the specific directions for setting up your system to interact with your phone. We will go over the basics and industry standards, as most devices and audio systems follow the same formula.

First, go into your phone settings menu on your mobile device. You will see the Bluetooth setting. Open that setting and make sure Bluetooth is on. Then go to the settings menu on your car audio system. In the settings menu, look for Bluetooth or Bluetooth Connection. When you find that setting, select “pairing.” This will put your car audio system in the discovery mode. That means other Bluetooth devices can find it.

Now go back to your phone. Go to the settings menu again and find Bluetooth. In the Bluetooth setting, you will see a selection of available Bluetooth devices. Select your car audio system and wait for both devices to signal they have been paired. The notification will generally come in the form of a chime or bell sound. Your phone and your Bluetooth stereo may also show a screen that says, “Bluetooth connected.”

Now you can open your playlist on your phone and choose a song to play on the stereo. Turn up the volume on your car stereo and wait to see if the music starts playing from your phone. If you have made a successful connection, you will hear your favorite song playing. If nothing happens, you may need to go back and start again.

If you have any difficulty or complications when setting up your Bluetooth to play music in your car, consult the owner’s manual. There will be instructions on the proper way to set up your Bluetooth car audio system. You can also go to the dealership and ask them for instructions. Any auto shop or audio equipment store will be happy to help as well.

Additional Information

You can only have one Bluetooth device connected to your stereo at a time. If you connect another device, it will replace the previous one. Also, if a Bluetooth device is connected to your stereo, it will first have to be disconnected to allow another device to connect. Also, there is usually a pairing time limit. That means you will have a minute or two to make a successful connection. If your Bluetooth is not paired with your stereo after two or three minutes, you should start again after two or three minutes.

To do that you will turn your mobile device Bluetooth setting to the off position. Once done you can begin the procedure of pairing the devices again. If you continue to have difficulty you may want to delete the Bluetooth settings on both devices and begin with a blank slate. Go back to the beginning and set everything up from scratch. When all else fails, consult professionals at the dealership, local auto shop, or professional sound equipment store.

In Conclusion

There is nothing quite like rolling down the open road with your favorite music blasting from the stereo. Most modern vehicles are equipped with Bluetooth enabled audio systems. And since most of us have our favorite songs available at the touch of our finger, connecting our mobile device to our car’s Bluetooth stereo is the next logical step. Take your time, do your research, and enjoy the music.