Do you want to stream music from your phone in the car? If you’re a music fan, you can store thousands of your favourite tracks on your smartphone. It’s convenient compared to carrying around a stack of CDs and, unlike the radio, you can listen to exactly what you want to. Here’s what you need to do if you want to play music from your phone through your car stereo.
In older cars, you can connect your phone to your car stereo using an AUX cable as long as your car has an AUX input. You’ll need a 3.5 mm audio jack cable, which is male on both sides. Put one end of the cable into your headphone jack and the other end into the AUX input in your car. With this solution, you won’t be able to control what songs play from the car. However, you could set up a playlist to manage your music using an app such as Spotify.
If you have a newer car with an in-built Bluetooth connection, you’ll find this is the simplest way to connect your phone to play music. Different cars have different multimedia systems. Even the most basic systems make it easy to stream music, although the playlist may still have to be controlled from your phone. Other more advanced multimedia systems let you control your song choice as you drive.
If you’re streaming music via Bluetooth it will use up lots of energy and drain your phone battery quickly. Make sure you’ve got a suitable car phone charger or a handy power bank so your phone doesn’t run out of juice before you reach your destination. With these, you can charge as you drive with no worry about where you’re going to find a plug.