Bluetooth is an amazing feature to have on any car, truck or SUV. It makes talking hands-free while you’re driving easy and it’s a feature that can be found on nearly any pre-owned vehicle. While Bluetooth is wonderful to have, it’s not immune to connection issues. From dropped calls to smartphones that won’t connect to your vehicle, Bluetooth issues can be frustrating. The good news is there are a variety of things you can do to get your vehicle’s Bluetooth working again. Here’s how.
Why won’t my car’s Bluetooth work?
There are a variety of causes. Before tackling the issue, it’s important to remember that there are two or more factors at play. First, there are two different pieces of technology, your smartphone and your vehicle’s infotainment system, with two different operating systems.
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So the connection issue could really be in either device. To further complicate things, if you’re driving through a part of town where the radio signal is causing interference (Bluetooth uses radio signals) or there are other Bluetooth-enabled devices in the vehicle, you may encounter Bluetooth connection problems.
Before trying to solve anything specifically, we recommend asking these questions:
1) Have I installed a new app or software update to my smartphone recently? Was that before or after the connection issues? (Apps and software updates are notorious for causing Bluetooth issues.)
2) Am I losing Bluetooth connection in a specific part of town? (It could be that there is just a bad connection there due to radio signals from buildings or towers.)
3) Is my phone compatible with my vehicle’s infotainment system? (There are a variety of ways to check. Simply conduct a Google search or check your owner’s manual.)
4) Do other devices in the vehicle or nearby have Bluetooth enabled when I’m trying to connect my phone? (This can cause interference.)
We recommend trying to pinpoint what the source of the issues might be and then going from there. Sometimes simply removing your smartphone from your vehicle’s infotainment system, restarting the vehicle and the device and re-pairing the two is all it takes. What tips and tricks have worked for you to get Bluetooth working smoothly in your vehicle? Let us know in the comments below!
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