If you are tired of listening to the radio on the road with its constant advertising, and flash drives and disks with your favorite music take up too much space in the glove compartment of the car, then you can use the simple tips presented below and connect your mobile phone to the radio. Memory cards of modern phones can become a full replacement for flash drives, as they have significant capacity and allow you to download a huge number of songs. Plus, the phone is always at hand, so using it to listen to your favorite music on the car radio is very convenient.
But is it possible to connect the phone to the radio? For modern devices, this is not a problem. if you have the necessary compatible connectors, you can do it in a few minutes. We will help you connect the phone to the head unit not only quickly, but also “wisely”.
The phone is connected to the car radio
Connection via a standard connector
The ability to listen to songs is not the only reason why you should connect your mobile phone to the radio. Another. very relevant. is the ability to manage phone calls without being distracted from driving and not acquiring an expensive wireless headset.
What do you need during the connection process
If your model of car radio has an AUX input, but it didn’t have an audio cable with an appropriate connector, then you will need to purchase it. It costs relatively inexpensively, and the price varies depending on its length. To connect the phone to the radio, you need a short audio cable, and you will save on its purchase.
You can also use the usual USB-cable, almost every owner of a cell phone now has one. And USB-connectors are present on almost all modern car radio models.
A useful, but not required purchase will be a special lock for attaching a mobile phone to the dashboard in the car, on glass or steering wheel. When buying, pay attention to the mounting method itself. The simplest and most convenient is fixing the holder with adhesive tape. But saving on such a device is not worth it, since a poor-quality holder can leave hard-to-wash marks on the surfaces of the car.
Mounts on suction cups are also popular, but keep in mind that for a reliable fixation of such a holder, you need a flat and smooth surface. And so that the phone is fixed as securely as possible and the latch does not jump or knock when the car is moving, you should choose a holder with a large number of mounts.
Let’s get started
No matter how experienced you are, it is still advisable to find instructions from your radio. It will help in setting up a more complex Bluetooth connection, if your radio supports this function.
- How to connect the phone to the radio via AUX? Connecting the phone via AUX-connectors does not require additional settings of the car radio. It is enough to connect both devices using an AUX cable (audio cable). In this case, we connect the phone through the headphone jack, and the radio via the AUX input, which is usually located on the front panel of the receiver. A photo of such a connection is presented below.
- How to connect the phone to the radio via USB? In a similar way, we connect the phone to the radio and via a USB cable. The only difference is in the connectors, in this case, the connection is via USB-inputs. If your phone runs on Android, then when you connect it to the radio, the operating system will ask for permission to debug via USB. Feel free to allow it so that you do not have difficulty in listening to your favorite songs.
- How to connect the phone to the radio via Bluetooth? Connecting a cell phone to the car radio via Bluetooth is more complicated than a wired connection. In order to start setting up a wireless network, turn on Bluetooth on both devices, and then search for the network on your mobile phone. After your model appears in the list of discovered equipment, make the connection.
Connecting the car radio is accompanied by entering the code (pin code) of the device, which depends on the model of your radio. In addition, additional permissions may be required. Therefore, you should first study the user manual. If the paper version of the manual is not preserved, then on the Internet you can easily find a similar one in electronic form.
Usually, when making the initial Bluetooth connection, you need to enter a pin code, both on the phone and on the radio. Combinations of “0000” or “1111” are suitable for most mobile phones and radio tape recorders, but they may vary depending on models. Therefore, again, it does not hurt to refer to the instructions.
After successfully connecting a mobile phone to the car radio via Bluetooth, you can use this system as an alternative to a wireless headset in the car through the speakerphone.
Pay attention to the fact that when you connect a cell phone to the radio via Bluetooth, the phone’s battery runs out twice as fast as when connected via an AUX cable or USB.
Congratulations, you have successfully configured the connection of your phone to the radio! Learn more about the capabilities of your devices and, perhaps, you can use them, and even as an on-board computer.