Does your car have hands-free Bluetooth calling but no way to play music via the Bluetooth? Continue reading this tutorial to learn how to play music from your phone to your car's stereo via Bluetooth hands-free feature. This method doesn't cost any money and doesn't require an FM Bluetooth Adapter.
Many car makers including models (such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Ford, Chevy, Toyota, Honda etc) allow the driver to make hands-free calls using Bluetooth. Unfortunately, they don't allow you to play music using Bluetooth unless you upgrade your navigation or sound system.
In this tutorial, we will show you an easy hack that will allow you to play music from your phone via Bluetooth to your car's speakers. You will be able to play Youtube, Pandora, MP3, OneDrive or anything else you like.
How to play music via Bluetooth in Car that allows hands-free calling
The main requirement is that your car has hands-free calling feature.
Check your owner's manual. New cars allow owners to pair their smartphone directly via Bluetooth to play music.
These instructions typically help car owners with model years manufactured between 2000-2015.
If your car only makes hands-free calls but can't play music via Bluetooth follow these instructions:
Step 1: Pair your phone with your car
Pair the phone so that you can make hands-free calls. The instructions for this can be found in your owners manual and vary by make. We assume you already have your phone paired with your car and can make calls.
Step 2: Make a test call
The next step is that we need to make sure you are able to make a call. Let's just double check. This is important because in the next step we will use your phone to route all the music via the hands-free option.
Step 3: Download and install sound routing app
Here is where all the magic happens. We will use a FREE app called Mono Bluetooth Router to route your music via the hands-free calling system. What this does is that every time you toggle the app on, the car thinks you are making a phone call. Your car hands-free stops the radio from sound and starts to play the music from your phone. Genius!
Step 4: Play music from your phone via Bluetooth
Toggle the sound routing app on. Open any app that you like such as Youtube for example and start playing music. Your car radio will stop and you will start hearing the music on your speaker.
We hope that you found this trick on how to play music from your Android/iPhone to your car stereo via Bluetooth helpful. If your car already has Bluetooth capability for playing phone music then you should use that method instead of this trick.
Because the sound gets routed through the Bluetooth hands-free calling, you may notice that the sound quality isn't perfect. This is because during a call the sound uses mono which is only one signal channel. You may find the music sounding different in mono mode since we are always listening to music in stereo mode which uses two channels. Regardless of this limitation, this is an easy and free solution to listen to your audio books or music on your car stereo without spending any money on a new stereo system.