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iPad Connection to Car Bluetooth

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JimBob236 Calculating status...
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Sep 24, 2011 7:29 AM

Hi. I have an iPad 2 and I was wondering how I could connect it to my car GPS. It is a 2011 Toyota Sienna with a Built-In GPS system ("Hands Free"). Is it possible to connect my iPad wirelessly (Bluetooth) to the GPS so that it can play its music through the stereo system wirelessly? Also, I was wondering if I could connect my iPod Touch (2nd Gen.) that way as well.

  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,590 points)
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    Sep 26, 2011 7:32 AM (in response to JimBob236)

    Doubtful. What does the car's Owner's Manual say about doing such a thing?

    '09 Mac mini, '06 iMac, iPad 2, Mac OS X (10.7.1), iOS (4.3.5) Mac fanboy since 1984!
  • Tgara Level 4 Level 4 (3,540 points)
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    Sep 26, 2011 8:14 AM (in response to JimBob236)

    Yeah, it's possible.  I did this in my Lincoln (with Ford's Sync system) with my iPod Touch.  You basically have to "pair" the car's Bluetooth with the device.  The car then recognizes the device as an audio source.  My car has a setting for Bluetooth Audio, so I set it for that and then set the device to play the music.  My system allows me to use the steering wheel controls to adjust the volume and skip tracks, but I can't use the car's voice control to control the iPod.  Every car system is different, so you should consult your owner's manual for the proper connections and use.


    In spite of the BT connectivity, I still prefer to connect my iPad or iPod directly to my car's music system using a USB cable.  By using a cable, I can sort the music by genre, artist, song, etc. as well as control the whole thing using voice commands. 


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