Chrysler became the first North American car company to offer Bluetooth connectivity after it introduced the system on its 2004 Pacifica line. Initially, this option mainly supported hands-free calling, but as the technology improved, so did the functionality. Today, most new cars are Bluetooth-enabled and offer an assortment of functions, from streaming online music to performing vehicle diagnostics. Unfortunately, one of the most common questions we hear around our showrooms is: How do I connect my smart phone to my car? While the answer to this question may vary, we’ve put together a list of the basic steps you will need to sync your phone with ease and convenience.
- Turn on your car’s stereo and your cell phone.
- Press the Bluetooth-pairing button on the car stereo to enable the discoverable mode.
- Go to your phone’s main-menu selection.
- Select the “Settings” option to view the options that are available.
- Select the option for “Bluetooth” or “Bluetooth Menu” from the list.
- Select the “Add” or “Sync” option to detect the car stereo. Select the “Connect” or “Start” button to begin the connection process.
- Wait while the phone searches for devices that are in range.
- Select your car stereo from the list of Bluetooth devices that are displayed on your phone.
- Enter the pairing number for the car stereo. This can be found in the documentation for the car stereo.
- Wait while your phone is synced with the car stereo.
This involves a brief initial setup, but when you’re done, your phone will automatically connect each time you get in the car. After a few hands-free commands, you’ll never want to handle your phone while driving again.