Keep Your Vehicle's Bluetooth Connection Fresh


Long gone are the days when having Bluetooth in your vehicle is a luxury. Now automakers view Bluetooth as a safety feature; a way to help their customers keep their hands on the wheel and not on their phones while driving. This feature being almost Universal in vehicles has been incredibly convenient for people, but often times it has also been incredibly frustrating when things don't work the way they're supposed to.

I would guess about half of the appointments I make everyday have something to do with a Bluetooth connection. Based on that level of experience I put together a list of three things that you can do to keep your Bluetooth connection fresh and your frustration level low while using hands-free calling in your vehicle.
  1. Restart Your Phone - The vast majority of the work being done in a Bluetooth connection is done by the source device (your phone) and not by the accessory device (your car). All cell phones, yes even your flip phone, is essentially a little computer. Just like any other computer they start missed behaving and doing strange things if they don't get shut down and restarted on a regular basis. Are usually instruct my Flip phone customers to restart their phones at least once a week, and my smart phone customers to restart their phones 2 to 3 times a week. This keeps your phone fresh and working efficiently which leads to a nice crisp Bluetooth connection. If your Bluetooth connection in your vehicle stops working after it had previously been working great, 9 times out of 10 restarting your phone will solve the problem.
  2.  Un-pair and Re-pair Your Phone - even in the latest and greatest cars with the most up-to-date smart phones Bluetooth connection can degrade over time. Sometimes a Bluetooth connection can last for years without any maintenance, and sometimes the phone will need to be un-paired and paired again to a vehicle every six months. This doesn't necessarily mean there's a problem, just like any other part of your vehicle it's the basic maintenance you need to keep things running smoothly. If the simple restart suggestion from tip number one doesn't solve your problem, this might be your logical next step.
  3. Check for Software Updates - If a Bluetooth connection issue persists, and these first two suggestions don't help solve the problems, you might need to look into getting a software update. It's always a good idea to make sure both your phone and your vehicle are operating on the most recently released software versions. Your phone will typically download the update on its own and try to install it. (Apple iPhone users know this very well) If your phone offers to give you an operating system update, your best bet is to install it. This will typically help solidify connection issues and increase your phone security. However your phone is just have the equation. Almost all touchscreen infotainment systems will receive at least one software update over their lifetimes. The easiest way to get these is to take your car into the dealership for its basic maintenance (like oil changes and tire rotations) and ask the service department to check for the most recent software version for your infotainment system and install it. If both your phone and your vehicle are up-to-date as far as their operating system is concerned, you'll be putting yourself in the best position for a great Bluetooth connection.
When I'm helping customers with their Bluetooth connections in their vehicles, the steps are usually my go to for troubleshooting. The vast majority of the time this will solve the issues and help frustrated customers become happy customers.I'd be curious to hear if these troubleshooting solutions are helpful to anyone, or if anyone is still having problems after trying these steps. As always, feel free to contact me with any specific questions. I'd love to help in anyway I can.

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