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How to Add Bluetooth to Your Factory Car Stereo

You can usually plug your phone into your car’s stereo with an audio cable, but why do that when you can go wireless? Here’s how you can add Bluetooth capabilities to your factory car stereo.

Most newer cars come equipped with Bluetooth already, but if you have an older vehicle that doesn’t have such a feature, there are a few options that you can take advantage of, most of which are fairly inexpensive and easy to set up.

Not only is equipping your car with Bluetooth a really nice convenience to have, but it can also be a life-saver when you’re out on the go. Having your hands free while chatting with someone on the phone is both a convenience and a safety precaution while you’re driving.

With Bluetooth, you can talk to others on the phone while still having both hands on the wheel, and you can listen to music or podcasts without having to mess around with an audio cable to plug in every time.

No matter what your budget is, there’s an option for you when it comes to adding Bluetooth to your car. It’s no longer a luxury feature for those who can afford brand-new vehicles. Even if you have a regular ‘ole 2002 Honda Accord, you can add Bluetooth to severely increase the coolness factor.

Without further ado, here are a few options that you should consider if you’re wanting to add Bluetooth to your factory car stereo.

Universal Bluetooth Kits

If your stereo has an auxiliary port on it (essentially a headphone jack-type port), then you can get a universal Bluetooth kit that adds Bluetooth functionality to your car’s stereo, that way you can play music from your smartphone wirelessly to your stereo.

Bluetooth-kit

I recently bought this kit from Kinivo and it works perfectly. Just plug the power adapter into the cigarette lighter and the audio cable into the auxiliary port of your car’s stereo, and you’ll be up and running in no time.

The control module has buttons for skipping tracks and a big round button that can play/pause music, as well as answer and hang up phone calls (with a built-in microphone for talking to callers).

The kit is only $40, which is a great deal for something that you can get a lot of use out of.

Stereo-Specific Bluetooth Kits

If you want something that a bit more seamless that gets built right into your factory car stereo without all of the wires dangling down, you can get stereo-specific Bluetooth kits for certain car models.

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They’re a bit more expensive and you’ll likely need to go to a car audio specialists to get them installed, but they offer a cleaner look in your interior without wires being strung all over the place, and they don’t take up your cigarette lighter port, freeing it up for other accessories.

Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone

If you don’t have an auxiliary port on your stereo and don’t want to shell out a lot of money for a car-specific Bluetooth kit, you can get a simple in-car speakerphone that hooks to your visor or attaches to your dashboard.

This one from Jabra is decently priced and has a 4/5 star rating, but as with any speakerphone you buy, the more money you spend on one, the better quality you’ll get with the audio.

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These are essentially standalone devices that operate on battery and connect directly to your mobile device via Bluetooth. All of them come with a built-in microphone for talking to callers, and some models even come with the ability to stream music from your phone, although you’ll probably want to pony up for a nicer kit if you plan on using it for music listening, as the speaker quality on low cost kits probably won’t deliver the best sound.

With that said, you could easily pay over $100 for one of these kits, but if speaker quality isn’t the utmost important factor for you, you’ll likely be just fine with a cheaper model under $50.

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10 Comments

  1. Benja

    07/19/2014 at 11:38 am

    Very helpful article.

    My stereo is bizarre in that it accepts Bluetooth for calls, but not music streaming and has no headphone jack.

    So, my search goes on…

    Reply

    • Moko Studios

      04/09/2015 at 5:30 pm

      hi there I have the same problem as you do, did you happen to find anything to stream your music wirelessly with?

      Reply

      • Siim Kuusik

        04/10/2015 at 3:26 am

        My search ended with the Belkin bluetooth thingy (made also a video about it):

        Reply

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  5. SKINNER Gaynor

    05/23/2016 at 7:30 am

    REALLY useful thanks!! 27.69€ just now on Amazon – reduced from 70€

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  6. binanagla

    05/26/2016 at 6:18 pm

    Super helpful! Thank you!

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  7. Lynn

    08/27/2016 at 6:21 pm

    There are $20 devices that makes this really simple, available from Amazon, Walmart, or other sources. When using these devices, you assign a frequency on your FM radio, match it with the Bluetooth device, and when a call comes in, or you make a call, you tune your radio to that frequency(or just use a preset button on the radio), then press the talk button on the device. Read carefully if considering one of these devices, as some of them don’t have hands-free capability for outgoing calls.

    Here’s a link for one such device: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CQCUQ12?psc=1

    Also, for less than $100, a replacement radio can be had that is truly hands free, and works just like a factory radio. I would suggest Crutchfield for this, as you can talk to a knowledgeable tech when selecting a radio, and they’ll make sure you have everything you need to do it yourself.

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  8. Knowledge

    04/30/2017 at 1:26 am

    Hi there I have got a ex Japan 2006 model Nissan wingroad which have got its Radio fitted but the challenge I’m having is that I’m falling to connect my Phone through Bluetooth but when I press carwings button and scroll to Bluetooth it reads. W-CDMA then trail to search for connections but it does not connect what must I do or buy from your company in order for me have connection through Bluetooth so can answer and listen my music from my BlackBerry Z3 phone your help will be very very much be Appreciated

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