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Why iPhone is Not Connecting to a Car Stereo While Using Bluetooth?

We encounter different issues when it comes to our gadgets specifically with regards to connecting it to our car stereo via the Bluetooth. This may be our recently bought iPhone or those that have stayed with us for quiet so long already. Just like any technologies (or like us humans when we need our doctors!) our gadgets need expert trouble shooting and overhaul to remedy basic concerns. But in some instances we encounter simple issues with our phone, may it be software related or hardware related, which we can troubleshoot ourselves.

Common Problems

When we have troubles with regards to the connectivity of the phone, we will be prompted with the messages “network error”, “iPhone stopped”, and “can’t connect”. The very familiar problems we may encounter with our little tech buddy includes the following:

  1. Inability to use the call wireless features, but cannot connect with the music
  2. Inability to pair phone with the car.
  3. Hands-free functions do not work.
  4. Bluetooth is just not functioning.

Simple Tips

So here are a few tips on how to troubleshoot our iPhones:

  1. First you just have to make sure that the Bluetooth is on. You can find it in your Settings> Bluetooth.
  2. If you are sure it is turned off and it is not yet working, then hit the refresh your Bluetooth connection. To do this, go to Settings and disable Bluetooth, wait for at least 5 to 10 seconds, then turn it back on.
  3. If this will not work still, then refresh your iPhone. Or you can refresh both your iPhone and your car’s audio system at the same time.
  4. You can also update your device. Just go to Settings> General> Software update. And voila! Click update.
  5. Scanning anew your car’s Bluetooth connection from your iPhone may also help. Just go to Settings>Bluetooth (you can see an “i” icon, tap it and choose “Forget this Device”. A few seconds later, try to reconnect. Then hopefully you can see that it is already paired.
  6. If you want to get a little bit aggressive (especially when your patience is already running really low), you can force restart your iPhone by simultaneously holding on the Sleep/Wake and the Home button. If you get lucky you can see the Apple logo.
  7. You can also try connecting your other device to determine if its your phone’s fault indeed. However, if the device will not be paired with the car system, then maybe we blame the car system.
  8. You can also reset all your phone’s settings.
  9. Last but definitely not the least, you have to be very careful with this reality. Newer cars support wireless CarPlay, just press and hold the Voice Control icon on your car’s steering wheel to initiate CarPlay. On your iPhone, got to Settings>General> CarPlay>Available Cars, and then select your car. Read your car’s manual.

But well, if all labor comes to a fruitless end, then contact your Apple store! I mean you cannot force the fact that you have been spending probably an hour of mixed emotions due to the unfortunate condition of your only buddy and still with no positive outcomes! Thus, it is time to contact the real doctor! The Apple technician.