How to Play an iPhone on a Pioneer Radio With Bluetooth

by James Crider

Newer models of the iPhone feature the A2DP stereo Bluetooth profile, which allows the smartphone to stream music and other audio through a Bluetooth head unit and speakers. Pioneer makes several car stereos with A2DP Bluetooth, so if you've got an iPhone and a compatible car stereo, you can play your music through the car's speakers without even connecting a 1/8-inch plug. The initial setup is somewhat tedious, but after it's done your phone and your car stereo should communicate with each other automatically.

1

Select the "Settings" icon on your iPhone's home screen. Tap "General" and then "Bluetooth." Slide the Bluetooth power icon to "On."

2

Press and hold the "Phone" (icon) button on your Pioneer stereo. Turn the dial or press the "Down" button until "ADD DEVICE" is selected. Depress the dial or press "OK." Depress the dial or press "OK" again to begin a Bluetooth search.

3

Allow 10-30 seconds and then look at your iPhone. Tap the new entry that appears in the menu. If a PIN or passcode prompt appears, type "0000" and tap "OK." Wait for the pairing process to complete.

4

Press the "Home" button on your iPhone and then tap "Music." Tap a song to play it and check the audio connection.

Tip

  • Your iPhone should connect with the car stereo automatically when you turn on the electricity in your car. If you have to reset your iPhone or your car stereo (for example, if either battery is replaced), repeat these to re-pair the devices.

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