Workshop: Pairing a Bluetooth phone

This workshop covers pairing a Bluetooth compatible phone to almost any vehicle.

This workshop covers pairing a Bluetooth compatible phone to almost any vehicle.

Hands-free Bluetooth connectivity has been around for years and this workshop offers video links showing how it’s done on most vehicles.

Not everyone has access to the original owner’s manuals on a vehicle, especially a pre-owned vehicle that they have purchased. We hope this video guide helps drivers “get connected” and stay safe on the road!

First, turn your phone on. Go to the Main Menu, or Apps Menu. Find the Systems folder and open this file up. On some older phones, search for the Tools or Toolbox folder. Search for Bluetooth Settings. Turn Bluetooth ON, and on some phones you will want to place the phone in discovery mode. You may need to tap the icon for “Search for Devices,” or “Search for Trusted Devices.” See an example of phone pairing to various vehicles below.

Using and pairing a Bluetooth compatible phone to a basic Ford Sync system, see this video

Using and pairing a Bluetooth phone to a MyFord Touch system, see this video

Using and pairing a Bluetooth phone to a Sync with MyFord system, see this video

Pairing a phone to a 2014 Nissan, see this video

For general information on the Nissan Connect system, see this website

To pair a Bluetooth phone to a Mazda, see this video

Here is another video on pairing a Bluetooth phone to a Mazda (CX-9)

Using Bluetooth on a Kia vehicle, see this video

To pair a Toyota (2011-2013 models) without navigation, see this video

More on pairing a Bluetooth phone to a Toyota, see this video

Setting up a Bluetooth phone to a Honda, see this video

Pairing and using Bluetooth phones on a Hyundai, see this video

Pairing a phone to a Subaru Outback, see this video

Pairing your Bluetooth telephone to a non-iDrive BMW, see this video

Pairing and using a Bluetooth phone or device with an Audi, see this video

Pairing an iPhone to a Mercedes, see this video

Using an Android phone on a Mercedes, see this video

Pairing a phone to a Volkswagen, see this video

Pairing an iPhone to a VW, see this video

Connecting a Bluetooth phone to a Volvo, see this video

How to pair to a vehicle with touch screen Dodge UConnect system, see this video

How to pair to a non-touch screen Chrysler, see this video

Bluetooth pairing a phone to a Buick or GMC, see this video

Pairing a phone to a 2014 Chevy Spark and Sonic, see this video

A good overall source for using hands-free devices on Chevrolet, see this website

Connect an iPhone to your Chevy, GM, Buick or Cadillac, see this video

(Many thanks to the sources who provided these internet-sourced videos.)

Always remember to be safe by keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. Happy Motoring!

GM is “getting in the game” with it’s in-car connectivity

GM and Buick to offer IntelliLink

Many 2012 GM/Buick models will have IntelliLink

With the expansion of GM in-car connectivity with OnStar Apps, MyLink and Intellilink, the “rest of America” can now get more out of their daily commutes with a variety of infotainment options.

Ford has been considered a pioneer in infotainment for their vehicles (they have been offering it for four years now), and now it’s time for GMC and Buick to bring out their IntelliLink system. GM’s new technology is leveling the “infotainment playing field.”

The 2012 GMC Terrain will be the first to offer the GMC IntelliLink which offers not only Bluetooth phone connection and more with its seven-inch touch-screen, voice controls of various vehicle functions, steering wheel-mounted controls, as well as streaming audio through Pandora and Stitcher SmartRadio. In addition, you can get a standard rear-vision camera system, XM satellite radio, customer programmable rear liftgate (you can set heights to miss hitting a garage door), remote vehicle start and advanced functions to search and find music on your system.

The 2012 Buick Regal, LaCrosse and Verano vehicles will have the option for a similar IntelliLink system. However, the LaCrosse will have an eight-inch touch screen. Continue reading