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How Do You Get Bluetooth for a Car?

Add hands-free calling to your ride and stream music.

Automotive technology tends to lag behind most consumer electronics. People are replacing cars more slowly compared to how often they update their phones. So it’s not uncommon to come across situations where mobile phones support technologies like Bluetooth, but cars don’t.

Bluetooth connectivity is pervasive in new cars, but it’s easy to add some of the same functionality to any car that has a head unit. Depending on the route you drive, you can access useful features like hands-free calling or music streaming. You can also control your car radio with your smartphone.

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3 ways to get car bluetooth

If your vehicle doesn’t currently have Bluetooth connectivity, but your smartphone or tablet does have a Bluetooth connection, you can add this technology to any vehicle using one of three methods.

install one Universal Bluetooth Car Kit. The advantages of this method are:

  • This is the cheapest option.
  • The universal kit is platform independent.
  • Different kits offer different functions.

Installation by vehicle bluetooth adapter. Advantages and limitations include:

  • This method is only available if the default device is “Bluetooth enabled”.
  • You can keep the factory radio.
  • Adapters offer better integration and more features than universal kits.

upgrade to bluetooth car radio. Advantages and disadvantages include:

  • This approach is the only way to get full Bluetooth functionality in any vehicle.
  • Replacing a stereo is more expensive than buying a bluetooth car kit.
  • Upgrading requires a complete replacement of your existing radio.

The best way to use Bluetooth in your car depends on your budget and the type of stereo you have in your car. If you have a Bluetooth enabled aftermarket car stereo, it is the cheapest and best way to buy a suitable stereo-only adapter. In other cases, a Bluetooth car kit is the easiest way to use Bluetooth in your vehicle. The most expensive option is to replace the car radio.

Add Bluetooth wireless adapter

Some head units do not have built-in Bluetooth capability, but they do have Bluetooth support because they can be added later using a separate peripheral. These devices typically consist of a small box containing a Bluetooth radio and other electronics and one or more cables that connect to the car’s head unit. Installation is usually a relatively straightforward process, but you usually need to remove the console to access the adapter port.

These Bluetooth radio adapters are not universal, so you will need to purchase a device designed specifically for your car stereo. If your car’s head unit is not designed for a Bluetooth adapter, you’ll need to add Bluetooth to your car in another way.

Install Bluetooth Car Kit

If you don’t have a Bluetooth adapter for your primary device, there is another easy and inexpensive way to add Bluetooth connectivity to your car using a universal Bluetooth car kit. There are many options, so it’s important to understand the different options available to you. The main types of Bluetooth car kits are:

  • speaker
  • hands free kit
  • music streaming kit
  • combination unit

A Bluetooth handsfree phone is a relatively simple device that is usually not connected to a car stereo. Pair your phone with the speakerphone and use it like an over-the-ear headset. This will speed up setup, but you will miss a lot of the nice Bluetooth features.

The two main features to look for in a Bluetooth car kit are hands-free calling and music streaming. A good Bluetooth car kit is a useful security feature as you can turn off or mute the radio during a call. The ability to stream music wirelessly from your phone would also be welcome, including Internet streaming radio services like Pandora and Last.FM.

Upgrade to Bluetooth Car Stereo

Upgrading to a Bluetooth car stereo isn’t a cheap option, but it’s the only way to add full Bluetooth functionality and connectivity to any car. Anyway, if you’re looking to overhaul your sound system and are interested in Bluetooth, look for a head unit with out-of-the-box functionality.

Full Bluetooth integration means that when streaming music, the underlying device can display caller information and song data, potentially making calls or controlling apps via a touchscreen interface.

Aside from the price, the only other downside to upgrading to a Bluetooth car radio is that you have to get rid of the old radio. If you want to keep the factory look or certain features unique to your vehicle, it’s a good idea to check if a Bluetooth adapter is available.


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How Do You Get Bluetooth for a Car?

Add hands-free calling and streaming music to your ride

Automotive technology tends to lag behind the tech in most consumer electronics. People replace their cars at a slower pace compared to how often they update their phones, so it’s not unusual to encounter a situation where your phone supports technology such as Bluetooth and your car doesn’t.

While Bluetooth connectivity is widely available in new cars, it’s easy to add at least some level of the same functionality to any car with any head unit. Depending on the route you go, you may be able to gain access to useful features such as hands-free calling or music streaming. You may even be able to control your car radio using your smartphone.

Natalie Young / Getty Images Three Ways to Get Bluetooth for a Car

If your current vehicle doesn’t have Bluetooth connectivity, but your smartphone or tablet does, you can add the technology to any car using one of three methods.

Install a Universal Bluetooth car kit. The advantages of this method include:

It is the least expensive option.
Universal kits are platform agnostic.
Different kits offer different functionality.

Install a vehicle-specific Bluetooth adapter. Advantages and limitations are:

This method is only available if your head unit is “Bluetooth-ready.”
You can keep your factory radio.
The adapter offers better integration and more features than a universal kit.

Upgrade to a Bluetooth car stereo. Advantages and disadvantages include:

This approach is the only way to get full Bluetooth functionality in any car.
Replacing your stereo is more expensive than buying a Bluetooth car kit.
Upgrading requires you to replace your existing radio completely.

The best way to get Bluetooth in your car depends on your budget and the kind of stereo you have in your car. If you have a Bluetooth-ready aftermarket car stereo, the best and cheapest way is to buy the appropriate stereo-specific adapter. In other cases, a Bluetooth car kit is the most straightforward way to get Bluetooth in your car. The most expensive option is to replace your car stereo.

Add a Bluetooth Radio Adapter

Some head units are Bluetooth-ready in that while they don’t have built-in Bluetooth functionality, you can add it later with a separate peripheral device. These devices typically consist of a small box that contains a Bluetooth radio and other electronics and a wire or wires that you plug into the car’s head unit. Installation tends to be a relatively simple operation, although you usually have to remove the head unit to access the adapter port.

Since these Bluetooth radio adapters aren’t universal, you must buy a device designed specifically for your car stereo. If your car’s head unit wasn’t designed with a Bluetooth adapter in mind, you have to add Bluetooth to your car in some other way.

Install a Bluetooth Car Kit

If there isn’t a Bluetooth adapter designed for your head unit, then a universal Bluetooth car kit is another easy, low-cost way to add Bluetooth connectivity to a car. Plenty of options are out there, so it’s important to understand the different choices available to you. The main types of Bluetooth car kits include:

Speakerphones
Hands-free calling kits
Music-streaming kits
Combination units

Bluetooth speakerphones tend to be relatively simple devices that don’t interface with the car radio. You pair your cellphone to the speakerphone and then use it like a headset that you don’t wear in your ear. That makes the installation quick, but you miss out on a lot of neat Bluetooth features.

The two main features to look for in a Bluetooth car kit are hands-free calling and music streaming. A good Bluetooth car kit can turn down or mute your radio during calls, which is a useful safety feature. The ability to wirelessly stream music from your phone, including internet streaming radio services such as Pandora and Last.FM is also a welcome touch.

Upgrade to a Bluetooth Car Stereo

While upgrading to a Bluetooth car stereo isn’t a cheap option, it is the only way to add complete Bluetooth functionality and connectivity to any vehicle. If you’re on the verge of a sound system overhaul anyway and you’re interested in Bluetooth, look for head units that include that functionality out of the box.

Full Bluetooth integration means that your head unit can display caller information and song data when you’re streaming music and may be able to dial your phone or control apps via a touchscreen interface.

Aside from the price, the only other downside of upgrading to a Bluetooth car stereo is that it requires removing the existing radio. If you want to keep your factory look or any particular functionality unique to your car, it’s worth checking into whether a Bluetooth adapter is available.

#Bluetooth #Car

How Do You Get Bluetooth for a Car?

Add hands-free calling and streaming music to your ride

Automotive technology tends to lag behind the tech in most consumer electronics. People replace their cars at a slower pace compared to how often they update their phones, so it’s not unusual to encounter a situation where your phone supports technology such as Bluetooth and your car doesn’t.

While Bluetooth connectivity is widely available in new cars, it’s easy to add at least some level of the same functionality to any car with any head unit. Depending on the route you go, you may be able to gain access to useful features such as hands-free calling or music streaming. You may even be able to control your car radio using your smartphone.

Natalie Young / Getty Images Three Ways to Get Bluetooth for a Car

If your current vehicle doesn’t have Bluetooth connectivity, but your smartphone or tablet does, you can add the technology to any car using one of three methods.

Install a Universal Bluetooth car kit. The advantages of this method include:

It is the least expensive option.
Universal kits are platform agnostic.
Different kits offer different functionality.

Install a vehicle-specific Bluetooth adapter. Advantages and limitations are:

This method is only available if your head unit is “Bluetooth-ready.”
You can keep your factory radio.
The adapter offers better integration and more features than a universal kit.

Upgrade to a Bluetooth car stereo. Advantages and disadvantages include:

This approach is the only way to get full Bluetooth functionality in any car.
Replacing your stereo is more expensive than buying a Bluetooth car kit.
Upgrading requires you to replace your existing radio completely.

The best way to get Bluetooth in your car depends on your budget and the kind of stereo you have in your car. If you have a Bluetooth-ready aftermarket car stereo, the best and cheapest way is to buy the appropriate stereo-specific adapter. In other cases, a Bluetooth car kit is the most straightforward way to get Bluetooth in your car. The most expensive option is to replace your car stereo.

Add a Bluetooth Radio Adapter

Some head units are Bluetooth-ready in that while they don’t have built-in Bluetooth functionality, you can add it later with a separate peripheral device. These devices typically consist of a small box that contains a Bluetooth radio and other electronics and a wire or wires that you plug into the car’s head unit. Installation tends to be a relatively simple operation, although you usually have to remove the head unit to access the adapter port.

Since these Bluetooth radio adapters aren’t universal, you must buy a device designed specifically for your car stereo. If your car’s head unit wasn’t designed with a Bluetooth adapter in mind, you have to add Bluetooth to your car in some other way.

Install a Bluetooth Car Kit

If there isn’t a Bluetooth adapter designed for your head unit, then a universal Bluetooth car kit is another easy, low-cost way to add Bluetooth connectivity to a car. Plenty of options are out there, so it’s important to understand the different choices available to you. The main types of Bluetooth car kits include:

Speakerphones
Hands-free calling kits
Music-streaming kits
Combination units

Bluetooth speakerphones tend to be relatively simple devices that don’t interface with the car radio. You pair your cellphone to the speakerphone and then use it like a headset that you don’t wear in your ear. That makes the installation quick, but you miss out on a lot of neat Bluetooth features.

The two main features to look for in a Bluetooth car kit are hands-free calling and music streaming. A good Bluetooth car kit can turn down or mute your radio during calls, which is a useful safety feature. The ability to wirelessly stream music from your phone, including internet streaming radio services such as Pandora and Last.FM is also a welcome touch.

Upgrade to a Bluetooth Car Stereo

While upgrading to a Bluetooth car stereo isn’t a cheap option, it is the only way to add complete Bluetooth functionality and connectivity to any vehicle. If you’re on the verge of a sound system overhaul anyway and you’re interested in Bluetooth, look for head units that include that functionality out of the box.

Full Bluetooth integration means that your head unit can display caller information and song data when you’re streaming music and may be able to dial your phone or control apps via a touchscreen interface.

Aside from the price, the only other downside of upgrading to a Bluetooth car stereo is that it requires removing the existing radio. If you want to keep your factory look or any particular functionality unique to your car, it’s worth checking into whether a Bluetooth adapter is available.

#Bluetooth #Car


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