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How to Use Bluetooth

Pairing is caring: daughter teaches mother how to link her phone to her car with Bluetooth.
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Add Bluetooth to the list of technologies that make it such a great idea to buy a new car now. I have just spent a Saturday at a car dealership with my mother, helping her pick out a new Chevrolet. There, she discovered the joy of linking her phone to her car. Her current car was built in the time before in-car Bluetooth connectivity was widely available. I think it's fair to say that her interest in the new technology was equaled by her lack of understanding about how to use it, and I'm guessing she's not the only one. The good news is, using Bluetooth in your car is very easy once it's set up. Here are three steps to setting it up. I would add one preliminary step: If you’re buying your car from a dealership, get the salesperson to pair the phone for you before you drive away.

Three Steps to Setting It Up

Step 1: Turn on the phone. Make sure your phone’s Bluetooth is set to “on.” If you have an iPhone, you can do this under the Settings menu. If you have an Android, go to the Settings menu and then to Wireless & Networks to switch on Bluetooth.
Step 2: Set the car' s menu. Go to your car’s Bluetooth or phone menu (this will differ slightly from car to car; check the owner's manual if necessary), and choose the command to pair a new device. Step 3: Confirm with a code. You may have to enter a code from your phone to confirm the pairing. The car will remember your phone, so there's no need to repeat the process in the future.

Three Things You Can Do with It

Thing 1: The primary use is that you can now make hands-free phone calls, which could save you a ticket or two depending on where you live. Try this out while the car isn't moving to get the hang of it.
Thing 2: Listen to text messages while you drive (not true with every phone and every car)
Thing 3: Stream music from your phone. Android phones will usually stream music via Bluetooth, but iPhones typically won’t, so you may need a connector cable to play your tunes.
Bluetooth's ability is limited, but it can go a long way toward making your car more comfortable and convenient. Plus, if you do all your calling and texting hands free, you're making yourself a safer driver. Bluetooth connectivity is standard on more and more new vehicles You can even get Bluetooth on entry-level cars like the Ford Fiesta (standard on all models) and the Chevrolet Spark (standard on some trim levels).
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