Bluetooth question

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Eric5964, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. Eric5964 macrumors regular


    Jun 24, 2010
    Southeast Michigan
    Oh wise ones. Did a search for this and came up empty.

    Here is my issue. Every time the phone rings in the car, and I answer it, it is not automatically connected through the car speaker system, until I hit the screen to change to the Bluetooth of the car. In other words, the default way to answer is by the phone, not the Bluetooth. The calling party usually starts talking while I am changing it over to the car speaker by touching the iPhone screen and connecting. Just kind of annoying.

    Was wondering if there is a setting that when you are connected to the car, that answering it would automatically go to the Bluetooth car system?

    Make sense? Let me know your thoughts, and thanks ahead of time!

  2. AJayAgliolio macrumors member


    Oct 22, 2009
    When you answer the phone, are you answering via the touchscreen or is there a button in the car to answer the phone?

    I don't know about the car system but with my bluetooth earpiece, if I push the button on the earpiece the call goes through bluetooth, but if I answer via the touchscreen it goes to the phone (even if bluetooth is connected)... don't know if that helps out at all...
  3. motty2307 macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2010
    Do you turn your Bluetooth off when you're not in your car or do you just always leave it on? Do you use other Bluetooth devices (headphones, ear piece, etc.)?

    My iPhone seems to remember the last thing I used. So if I'm connected via Bluetooth and use the car stereo for my audio, turn the car off and then come back later and use it again, it will be set to the car audio. This is when I leave my Bluetooth on.

    It's been kind of hit or miss with what it chooses to use whenever I turn Bluetooth off or when I use the Bluetooth with another device such as a headset.
  4. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Do you have it paired with anything else that could be causing a conflict? I had a similar problem a while back--had my phone paired with both of our vehicles but my car was second on the list of devices, never seemed to connect automatically. I reset the pairings and solved the problem.

    There are no settings I the iPhone itself to designate automatic connection--should happen by default so I wonder if it may be the firmware in your vehicle? If resetting the pairings doesn't work, you should be able manually force it to your vehicle connection (assuming it is recognizing the connection but just not connecting automatically). Once you start your vehicle and see that the iPhone is connected, double click the home button, slide your apps in the app tray at the bottom of the screen all the way to the right until you see the volume slider. You should also see the connection (also used for AirPlay) to the right of the volume slider. I guessing when you select it you'll see a check next to your iPhone--just select your vehicle instead and hopefully you should by default received any calls through the car's Bluetooth system.


    Good point, forgot to mention that as well.
  5. Eric5964 thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 24, 2010
    Southeast Michigan
    There really isn't an "answer" button in the vehicle, I always just answer through the handset. It connects automatically when I enter the vehicle to the Bluetooth so all is good there. It just defaults to the handset when I hit the answer call button instead of the Bluetooth.

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