1. donawalt's Avatar
    HI all, I am somewhat of a newbie on using bluetooth in my car and with my iPhone. I have had no trouble through the car's display (Toyota Highlander) browsing to a playlist, and playing it. Phone calls can be initiated and answered through the car instrumentation. And the voice navigation from, for example Google Maps, comes through the speaker as well. All good.

    What I wonder is what about other audio, how does that work if at all? Playing a radio station through iHeartRadio, if an app has text to speech and reads....can these be used as well? Do I just start them on the phone and it will come thru the speakers? Do I have any display controls? Can I start them thru the car instrumentation?

    12-03-2014 01:56 PM
  2. Peter Sichel's Avatar
    Bluetooth services are organized into profiles for different roles. HFP (HandsFree Profile) for headsets and telephony; A2DP (Audio Distribution Profile) for playing stereo sounds.

    You want your phone to connect with the A2DP service of your car. The details are device dependent, but you can start looking in Settings -> Bluetooth on your phone.

    Kind Regards
    12-03-2014 04:19 PM
  3. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Building on the above info, it also depends on the year of your vehicle. I have an '08 Camry and while I can receive and make calls, use Siri, etc using Bluetooth, I cannot listen to music because the correct Bluetooth profile is not available. To listen to music I use a cable between the headphone jack and the Aux connector on the stereo.
    12-03-2014 04:44 PM
  4. jodonnell's Avatar
    I'm in the same situation as the responder above. I use a bluetooth receiver that plugs into the aux to make it wireless.
    12-04-2014 11:24 AM
  5. donawalt's Avatar
    That advice helped, thanks. I found in the car setup it supports a number of profiles, including A2DP. Apparently all I had to do was bring up an app that makes sound when you hit play (radio, streaming service etc., and then it plays on the car display when I hit play. I am not exactly sure how it knows what app to play when I Press play, for example if tomorrow I start the car will it just find the app I was playing today? I guess I'll find out.

    It's a little bit of black science but it seems it all works well as I discover things!
    12-05-2014 10:09 AM

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