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How to Add Bluetooth to Your Car

Date Published: 02/25/2018 | Author: Best Buy

Bluetooth technology allows you to pair two different devices so that they communicate wirelessly. By pairing your smartphone with your car stereo, for example, you can do things like make hands-free calls, stream music to your stereo and see incoming call information on your car's display.

You have several options available for adding Bluetooth to your car: installing an aftermarket stereo with Bluetooth, installing a Bluetooth adapter, or adding a universal Bluetooth kit.

Bluetooth device

Option 1: Install an Aftermarket Stereo with Bluetooth

Replacing your factory stereo with an aftermarket stereo that features built-in Bluetooth is one way to add Bluetooth to your car. A Bluetooth stereo can give you options that may not be available on your factory stereo, such as built-in GPS, SiriusXM capability, a DVD player, USB ports and various audio inputs. Plus, choosing a stereo with built-in Bluetooth means you won't need to find a place to hide a separate adapter or kit.

With a Bluetooth stereo, you can stream music from your device through the car's speakers and connect your phone to your stereo for hands-free calls and other smartphone functions.

Replacing your factory stereo with an aftermarket stereo will require some knowledge about installing car audio devices. You may want to consider having Geek Squad® install your new stereo in order to make sure everything is hooked up and working properly.

Option 2: Install a Bluetooth Adapter

An adapter allows you to add Bluetooth to your existing factory stereo. You can make calls and view call information on the stereo display. Some models also allow you to stream music from your device.

You can choose from a universal adapter, designed to fit most vehicles, or a vehicle-specific adapter, designed to be compatible with your factory stereo.

Installation requires connecting the adapter to the wiring on your existing stereo. An external microphone connects to your stereo input and can be clipped to your sun visor or mounted on the dash. Installing a Bluetooth adapter is a good option if you want to keep the existing stereo system in your car.

Option 3: Add a Universal Bluetooth Kit

If you only need a Bluetooth device for hands-free calls, a stand-alone universal Bluetooth kit is an affordable option. It comes with a small built-in speaker and microphone that attach to your sun visor. Since a universal Bluetooth kit doesn't connect to your car's stereo, there's no installation needed, and you can easily move it to another vehicle. However, streaming music to your stereo via Bluetooth is not available with this option.

More Bluetooth and Safe Driving Information

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