12 Replies Latest reply: Jul 9, 2013 3:16 PM by Phil0124
antdude Level 1 (15 points)

Hello.

 

Is there a way to hook up an iPhone 4S to a few years old Mercedes GLK350 SUV with its basic package? It can do mobile iPhone 4S' phone through its BlueTooth. Is it possible to do the same for its audio like podcasts and music? There are no audio cable hookups like for headphones as well. Or does one have to buy an addon for this to work?

 

Thank you in advance.


OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), 13.3" MacBook Pro (9,2/MD102ll/A)
  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 (15,882 points)

    Ask Mercedes or consult your owner's manual.

  • antdude Level 1 (15 points)

    Thanks. I finally got this e-mail re(ply/sponse):

     

    "Date: 1 Jul 2013 12:04:58 -0400

    From: MBUSA_CAC@mbusa.com

    To: ant...

    Subject: Email from Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC

    X-Mailer: Siebel 8.1.1.5 SIA [21227] LANG_INDEPENDENT

     

       Dear Mr. Dude,

      

     

       Thank you for your email.

      

     

       We invite you to explore our mobile website for information on compatible

       phones for Mercedes-Benz vehicles.  For your convenience, we have included

       a direct link below.  Please note however that Bluetooth audio streaming

       (for media) was not available prior to model year 2013 GLK vehicles.

     

       

     

       http://www.mercedes-benz-mobile.com/us/en

     

       

     

       We hope you find this information helpful..."

     

     

    So, are there any addons or anything to do this since SUV can't do it? Thank you in advance.

  • Phil0124 Level 7 (20,946 points)

    Not sure if the Mercedes will support it, but look inot Airplay.

     

    If you have your Phone connected through Bluetooth, you should be able to send the audio to your stereo through bluetooth using Airplay.

     

    Using AirPlay

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4437

     

    At leats it works that way in most cars I've tried it with. as far back as a 2010 Explorer. I'm sure the Mercedes technology can handle it just fine.

     

    Just look for the Mercedes stereo name in the Airplay icon, and tap it to send audio to it.

  • antdude Level 1 (15 points)

    Phil0124 wrote:

     

    Not sure if the Mercedes will support it, but look inot Airplay.

     

    If you have your Phone connected through Bluetooth, you should be able to send the audio to your stereo through bluetooth using Airplay.

     

    Using AirPlay

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4437

     

    At leats it works that way in most cars I've tried it with. as far back as a 2010 Explorer. I'm sure the Mercedes technology can handle it just fine.

     

    Just look for the Mercedes stereo name in the Airplay icon, and tap it to send audio to it.

    OK, I will ask my client with his iPhone 4S' (iOS 5). Your Airplay link didn't mention anything about cars though, or did I miss it?

  • antdude Level 1 (15 points)

    antdude wrote:

     

    Phil0124 wrote:

     

    Not sure if the Mercedes will support it, but look inot Airplay.

     

    If you have your Phone connected through Bluetooth, you should be able to send the audio to your stereo through bluetooth using Airplay.

     

    Using AirPlay

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4437

     

    At leats it works that way in most cars I've tried it with. as far back as a 2010 Explorer. I'm sure the Mercedes technology can handle it just fine.

     

    Just look for the Mercedes stereo name in the Airplay icon, and tap it to send audio to it.

    OK, I will ask my client with his iPhone 4S' (iOS 5). Your Airplay link didn't mention anything about cars though, or did I miss it?

    OK, reading that link is confusing for us newbies and we're unable to find AirPlay names in both SUV and iPhone 4S (now using the latest iOS 6 firmware). Where are they at?

  • Phil0124 Level 7 (20,946 points)

    The airplay icon can be found once the Bluetooth connection has been made, in the task bar.

     

    Double click the Home button so that the Recently used Apps tray comes up, and swipe all the way to the left.

     

    There should be an Airplay icon there.

     

    Alternatively you can look for it inside the Music App in the Now Playing page at the bottom, next to the Volume slider.

     

    airplayicon_ios.jpg

     

    If its not there, then the bluetooth connection is not correctly made.

  • deggie Level 9 (52,729 points)

    Airplay is WiFi only.

  • Phil0124 Level 7 (20,946 points)

    No isn't. The airplay icon appears when connected through bluetooth to a device that can handle it.

     

    At least its the way it works for me when connected to the Microsoft My Sync media center in my 2010 Explorer.

     

    I get the Airplay icon and I can change the output of the audio from my phone.

  • deggie Level 9 (52,729 points)

    Must be something that Ford does with the MySync in created a WiFi network: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4437

  • Phil0124 Level 7 (20,946 points)

    MySync has no ability to create a Wifi network, and the article you linked to which is the same one I linked to does not mention anything regarding the need for Wifi. Just that to use Airplay between an iPad and Apple Tv you need Wifi, well yes of course, because the iPad and Apple Tv can only communicate through Wifi. No BT in an Apple TV.

     

    But take Bluetooth speakers for instance?  You connect to them through bluetooth not Wifi, and once you do the Airplay icon is available to select a destination for the Audio.

     

    Come to think of it, my iSound Twist BT speaker does the same thing.   I'll admit it may not be known strictly as Airplay, but the icon is actually there so you can select output.

  • deggie Level 9 (52,729 points)

    They do make it confusing, but they are just listing the Bluetooth device itself. If the device has A2DP then you can sync to it with Stereo Bluetooth. If it shows up like you are discussing it may route the music/podcasts, etc. through the handsfree system but in mono.

  • Phil0124 Level 7 (20,946 points)

    Technicalities aside. The Airplay icon is what we are getting at. It displays the icon and shows the device there as an audio destination.