Hands-free system thru Aux port in stereo!

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by dawg521, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. dawg521 macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2008
    After looking at getting a Bluetooth to use in my jeep, I realized that hooking it up to the aux port on my stereo should function the same way as the apple headphones with the mic do. Lo and behold my calls came thru the speakers loud and clear and the mic on the iPhone picked up my speech clearly without any problems! A hands-free system for the cost of a $3 audio cable from walmart and I can listen to my iPod at the same time!
  2. docprego macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    I wish my car had an auxiliary input. I swear I'll never buy a car without this feature or an iPod connector again.
  3. bmms8 macrumors 68020

    Dec 19, 2007
    hey, can you please tell me what wire you purchased. i would love to try this! thanks!
  4. Queen of Spades macrumors 68030

    Queen of Spades

    May 9, 2008
    The Iron Throne
    I drive a Neon and the factory stereo had no ipod connector or aux input, so I bought a stereo from circuit city for about $100 that did. Best $100 I've ever spent. They had cheaper and also more expensive ones, too. So you're not totally locked into not having an ipod input..
  5. dawg521 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2008
    It's just a simple 3.5mm plug to 3.5mm plug (the plug that is on the end of any standard headphones, with one on both ends). There is a Belkin 6' Cord at Walmart for $7.88. You can probably find shorter ones for cheaper at any electronics store though.
  6. bmms8 macrumors 68020

    Dec 19, 2007
    Thanks for replying. i will definitely try this out on my aux port. Do you have to speak loudly when using the phone. Also, where do you keep your phone when talking into it? Thanks again!
  7. dawg521 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2008
    I drive a jeep liberty so I just set it in the middle console next to the gear shifter or set it in my lap. I pretty much just talk normal but I kinda treat it like a speakerphone b/c that's what it feels like...I'm sure that feeling will go away though. I asked the person on the other line and they said they could hear me with no problems.
  8. CADer macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2007
    you might note that if you do this and use a universal dock the calls no longer go through the car speakers!! $#*^ lame APPLE! I have it mounted to the windshield and docked - it charges and plugs in on the back of the dock - at first I figured cool i can just drop the iphone into the dock and the audio and charging will be set - no need to do 3.5mm jack and charge cable - but the universal dock ain't so universal!!!

    Moving to BT with 3.0 :)
  9. stevedev macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2010
    Another option: Belkin Bluetooth iPhone Music Receiver

    Belkin released a cable that has a bluetooth receiver on the end. I've ordered one and plan to either feed thru to the glove compartment or elsewhere so I don't have this long audio cable stretching from my iPhone into the aux. Another cool option if your current car stereo doesn't have bluetooth. Plus you can use this in the house too for your main rig.

  10. Badfoot macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2009
    London, UK
    This is a good little tip. Any method of connecting the headphone out of the iPhone to the car stereo should work. I use a 3.5mm to 2.5mm jack plug to plug to connect to the aux in in my car unit, then I use a sassette adaptor in my van, and I suppose even a rf transmitter should work. I'ts cheap hands-free, but it doesn't have the auto switch between music and telephone, but as I said, it's cheap and I regularly use mine. The iPone mic is plenty sensitive to pick up my speach with the phone on the dash.
  11. COBRASVT macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2008
    It does work, but unfortunately, it's not going to be very usable.

    Not only does your voice go through the mic, but the caller's voice that's coming through your speakers also goes through the mic.

    It's drives the caller nuts cause they are hearing themselves as an echo.

    Sucks cause I use that port to listen to music in my non-bluetooth car and it was thought it awesome before I heard the complaints. :(

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