3 ways to connect iPad to car stereo

Sick of listening to the radio in your car? With the proper equipment, you can take your entire iPad music library with you on the road. If you have a Bluetooth-enabled stereo, you don’t even need any wires. Here’s how to do it.

1. Using Bluetooth

1: Ensure your car stereo is compatible. You’ll need a car stereo that supports Bluetooth devices and audio. Many newer stereos do this, but if you have an older car you may need to install a new stereo first or use one of the other methods in this article.

+ Your car stereo must support the A2DP Bluetooth profile in order to play back music from your iPad.

+ If your stereo has an auxiliary jack but no Bluetooth support, you can use a Bluetooth dongle that connects to the auxiliary jack.

2. Open the Settings app on your iPad.

3. Tap “Bluetooth” then tap the Bluetooth slider to toggle it on.

4. Open the “Setup” menu on your car stereo. This process will vary significantly depending on the stereo brand and car manufacturer.

5. Select the “Phone” option. Even though you are connecting your iPad, select the “Phone” option.

6. Select “Pair”. This will make the stereo begin searching for your iPad’s Bluetooth signal.

7. Select your stereo or car from your iPad’s Bluetooth menu. It should appear in the list of available devices.

8. Enter the PIN shown in the stereo’s display. This is usually 0000.

9. Wait for the connection to be made. This may take a few moments. You should see a message on your car stereo informing you that the connection has been made.

10. Start playing music. Now that your iPad is connected, you can start playing music on your car stereo. You will need to switch to the AUX or Bluetooth input.

2. Using an FM Transmitter

1. Connect the transmitter and iPad. Use the 3.5 mm cable to connect the transmitter to the audio jack of the iPad.
If you live in an urban area, an FM transmitter may be difficult to use due to the crowded airwaves.

2. Insert the FM transmitter power supply to the cigarette adapter inlet.

3. Select a radio frequency on your FM transmitter.

4. Put the radio on FM mode. Tune the radio to the same frequency that you set on the transmitter.

6. Launch iTunes. Play any music you want to start playing on the car stereo.

3. Using a Cassette Adapter

1. Insert the cassette to the tape deck. This will be located on the head unit.

2. Connect the 3.5 mm audio cable to the iPad’s audio jack.

3. Select the source of the audio. On your head unit, press the Source or Mode button and then select Tape.

4. Start playing the tape. You may need to press the Play button to begin playing the tape before audio can come out of the speakers.

5. Launch iTunes. Select any track to play to start enjoying music in your car.

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