Listening to your own music or streaming from your favorite media service is more fun when driving. Here’s how you can pair your car stereo with your Android smartphone and stream the music you like, anytime you are driving.
- Aux Port
The auxiliary port is the classic and probably most known method of connecting your Android smartphone to a car stereo. Look for the AUX audio jack around the stereo or, in some cases, on the center console. A regular 3.5mm audio cable will suffice to stream music from your phone to the car’s speakers.
Don’t like the idea of a wire hanging around the console? Get a Bluetooth receiver that will fit into the AUX port and will turn your non-Bluetooth stereo player into a wireless-ready device.
Most modern cars won’t require a Bluetooth adapter as they come with Bluetooth enabled players by default. Enable Bluetooth connectivity on your Android device by accessing Settings -> Network connections, then make it “discoverable” to nearby devices. Get your car’s player to scan for Bluetooth enabled devices then enter the PIN shown on the screen.
Bluetooth connection allows both for wireless music streaming as well as for hands-free phone calls.
- FM Transmitter
Ranging from $15 to $100, an FM transmitter will act as your own miniature radio station. It will connect to your android device via a 3.5mm jack and will broadcast music via a set frequency. Tune your car’s radio onto the frequency shown on the transmitter and you can start listening to music from your Android phone.
- USB cable
If there’s an USB port anywhere in your car, chances are you can stream music through it. It should work with your Android phone as well as with regular flash drives. This method is unlikely to work if you are trying to stream music from an internet source; it will only work when playing music found in your phone’s storage.
- Cassette Tape Deck Adapter
If you’re running an older car that has a cassette player, you can still play music from your Android smartphone. Acquire a cassette tape adapter than connects via your phone’s 3.5mm jack and start playing.
These are the 5 ways you can pair your Android device with your car’s stereo and stream your favorite music while driving.