Pairing your smartphone to your vehicle’s infotainment

Pairing your cell phone to your cars audio system via Bluetooth is a relatively simple process if you follow these easy steps

Reuben Van Niekerk
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Most vehicles, even those in the entry-level segments are fitted with Bluetooth cell phone connectivity these days allowing drivers to remain connected while on the road.


By pairing your smartphone to your vehicles Bluetooth system drivers are able to make and receive telephone calls using the cars built in microphone and speakers, all while keeping their hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road.


More advanced systems like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are becoming common place in newer generation vehicles, mirror a wide variety of smartphone functions onto the infotainment screen including music, podcasts, messages, navigation and even Whatsapp.


So there really is no excuse for holding your phone and taking while driving these days and pairing our phone to your cars infotainment systems is as easy as following these steps:


1. Make sure your phones Bluetooth is turned on.

2. Under the phones Bluetooth menu it should automatically detect the cars infotainment system.

3. Alternatively locate Bluetooth within the infotainment systems menus located under the Phone function and click pair.

4. You will then be asked to confirm this pairing request on your mobile device and enter a passcode in certain instances.

5. This might be followed by a request to import your contacts

6. Once pairing is complete you can make and receive calls and listen to the music on your phone via Bluetooth.

7. It is only necessary to pair your phone to your vehicle once. In future it will connect automatically as soon as the vehicle is started, as long as your phones Bluetooth is switched on.


In most cases a cable is required to utilise Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Once you have connected your phone via the vehicles USB port you will be asked if you would like to use this functionality and all that is required is to hit confirm.


If your vehicle is fitted with the latest wireless Apple CarPlay or Android Auto you will be asked if you would like to use this functionality following the completion of the Bluetooth pairing process and this can be finalised by following the prompts that will pop up.