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Pir800 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

This is very annoying. My iPhone 4S will not autoconnect to my cars Bluetooth while my iPhone 4 would autoconnect with no issues. To clarify my iPhone 4 (CDMA) has had every beta build including iOS5 GM and it never had any Bluetooth issues. I understand that Bluetooth 4.0 was introduced, but why would this affect the autoconnect?  The 4S will connect if I manually connect it under Bluetooth settings, but this is not something I should ever need to do especially when I paid a premium to own a 4S.

  • Shalimarlexia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am having the same problem. I however had a blackberry and never had an issue. My husband has the 4G and never had an issue in my car either. Now it connects for a second and automatically disconnects. No idea what it is.

  • wkcarp Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have been struggling with this issue for a week.  I have a blackberry and a nokia paired to my car and both have worked flawlessly.  My new iphone 4s will pair but the bluetooth never connects it just circles forever!

  • HadiM Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I am having the same issue with my iPhone 4S. It will not reconnect automatically to my 2011 Subaru Forester stereo.  I had an iPhone 3GS that worked flawlessly.


    I have contacted Subaru and opened a case with them as well, but they do not seem to have such problems reported before.

  • HadiM Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I have finally figured out the reason why I was having this problem:


    Before pairing the new phone to the car's stereo, I made sure that I deleted the old phone entry from the car as well as the car entry from the phone. 

    I have restored the phone a couple of times from backup and from scratch and nothing seemed to make any difference.


    I finally noticed that every time I restored the phone, I was always using the same name. This is also the same name I was using for the old phone.


    So, I deleted the entries on both devices, renamed the phone to a completely different name and paired the 2 devices voila!!!


    The new phone works flawlessly.

  • Pir800 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    HadiM, great idea. I'll try that when I get home today. Sort of funny, but I'm attempting to connect to a 2011 Subaru WRX. Subaru must be strictly pairing based on the device name rather than the MAC address associated with the bluetooth radio. Thanks again for the advice. I actually had a new stereo in my amazon cart and almost purchased it.

  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (32,160 points)

    @HadiM, congratulations on your insight.

  • jeanniefromup Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have simalar issue.  My iphone 4s will connect but when someone call that is not in my system, they

    cannot hear me even though I can hear them.  Any suggestions?

  • alain c Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same car and the same issue. Tried exactly what was proposed but the phone still doesn't autoconnect. It's a pain when you forget to select it as you can't while the car is moving. Anyway, did this solution work for you? Otherwise all the rest is fine, just need this to get working ASAP.

  • Pir800 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I also tried what Hadim mentioned with no luck. I still need to force connect the phone everytime.

  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (32,160 points)

    It worked for HadiM, as stated. It's also necessary to clear other pairings on both the iPhone and in the Subaru system. That should be the first step.

  • HadiM Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Did you try the following steps:

    - Unpair the phone

    - On your Iphone: Go to Settings - About - Name, and change the phone's name

    - Pair the phone to the car's system


    This worked for me, and resolved the autoreconnect issue

  • Pir800 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I did, but I will try it again.

  • alain c Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Been there done that, as the expression says - more than once.

    Found this on a subaru forum; will go try it in a few


    Before using the Hands-free system, it is necessary to register a cell phone in the system. Perform the following procedure to register a cell phone.


    1. Press the OFF hook switch .

    2. Select “ENGLISH”/“FRANÇAIS” by operating the “TUNE/TRACK/CH” dial. Then “WELCOME!” will be displayed.

    3. Press the “TUNE/TRACK/CH” dial or the talk switch .

    4. Select the “RECORD NAME” menu.

    5. Say the name to be registered.

    6. Select the “CONFIRM” menu. After “CAR M_MEDIA” is displayed, a pass key is displayed.

    7. Input the displayed pass key into the cell phone while “PKY: ****” is displayed. If you input the correct pass key, “PAIRED” is displayed and the registration procedure is finished. If you input an incorrect pass key, “FAILED” is displayed and the registration procedure was not successful.

  • alain c Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Pir800, try the steps (if your subaru system is the same as mine - I have a WRX) that I have posted earlier to add/pair your phone from the voice command functions or better yet refer to your owner's manual at the end of the audio section - it's a longer process but it worked.

    I went through the steps, deleted my previous phone (vocally) and added the new one and paired it.

    When I restarded my car, my iPhone 4s autoconnected HOURRA for me...

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