CarPlay/Bluetooth annoyances

jbachandouris

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Basically, this is a rant because there doesn't appear to be a solution.

I do NOT have CarPlay set up, but the phone is connected via Bluetooth.

If I have a wired headset attached through the new dongle and I start my car, why does the CarPlay take over?!?

If the stereo notices the phone is connected, it randomly starts playing my music library on shuffle with no way to shut it off.

This is so stupid. The only way to stop this is to unpair the iPhone. Great job Apple, NOT!
 

Armen

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Basically, this is a rant because there doesn't appear to be a solution.

I do NOT have CarPlay set up, but the phone is connected via Bluetooth.

If I have a wired headset attached through the new dongle and I start my car, why does the CarPlay take over?!?

If the stereo notices the phone is connected, it randomly starts playing my music library on shuffle with no way to shut it off.

This is so stupid. The only way to stop this is to unpair the iPhone. Great job Apple, NOT!
Unless you see the icons below displayed on your car stereo you are NOT using Carplay.


What it sounds like you are describing is Bluetooth audio streaming. If you do not want your iPhone to play audio through your car's stereo you need to disable Bluetooth audio streaming (A2DP). You don't need to unpair your phone to do this.
 
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jbachandouris

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Not looking to disable it. Just looking for a little more control over it. I don't want it to pick some random song from my library.
 

Armen

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Not looking to disable it. Just looking for a little more control over it. I don't want it to pick some random song from my library.
My phone plays podcasts when I connect it to the car because iOS learned I listen to podcasts when I drive. Same goes with music. It should learn what you were listening to when you disconnected.
 
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PeteLP

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When the engine is started on all cars that I've tried, the car's audio resumes playing whichever audio source was playing when the car's engine was turned off.

For example if, when I leave my car, I'm playing FM radio, then, when I return to my car and start the engine, the FM radio starts playing

If I leave my car when I'm playing bluetooth audio, then when I return to my car it resumes playing bluetooth audio, and in my case it always plays the audio I'm currently listening to. If I'm NOT listening to audio on my phone when bluetooth audio resumes, then it typically plays the same audio I last listened to on my phone (which is not necessarily the same audio I was listening to when I was last in my car)

Also if I'm in my car playing FM radio or Bluetooth but then shut off the audio in my car with the audio on/off switch before I shut off the engine, then when I return to my car and start the engine, there's no audio playing from my car, and my headphone continues to play whatever audio source I was listening to.

All of this behavior seems perfectly reasonable to me.

Have you tried leaving your car on an audio source other than bluetooth and/or just turning your car audio off and leaving it off?
 
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JTravers

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This is your car's head unit auto-playing music when it senses your phone's connection. As the previous poster said, you should try switching to a different input on your head unit or turning it off completely to see if that stops it from happening.
 
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