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Bluetooth audio and JVC head unit - possible?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by NiceGuyEddie, Jan 17, 2020.

  1. Jan 17, 2020 at 4:40 PM
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    NiceGuyEddie

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    I'm sorry if this has been discussed. I did a search and didn't find what I was looking for.

    I have a 2010 with the JVC head unit - 5 disc, etc.

    The phone itself connected to the Bluetooth flawlessly.

    For music and audiobooks, I used to use an AUX wire for the audio connection. My new Andriod does not have an earphone AUX jack.

    My phone says, "enable car mode". I enabled car mode, but I still don't know how to connect to the JVC Bluetooth.

    I know there exists a USB Type C to AUX connector that will solve the problem. But is Bluetooth connection to the JVC unit even possible?
     
  2. Jan 20, 2020 at 11:37 AM
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  3. Jan 20, 2020 at 11:44 AM
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    ryfox0276

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    Do you mean the factory JBL headunit? Or an aftermarket JVC unit?

    If it's an aftermarket idk how we can help you without more info (model #)

    And I didnt think the Taco's got Bluetooth capability until 2012, but could be wrong.

    You'll have much more luck posting this question in the appropriate audio subforum.
     
  4. Jan 20, 2020 at 12:13 PM
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    Vinz Clortho

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    Yeah my 2011 with the JBL system only uses Bluetooth for phone calls. No audio unfortunately.
     
  5. Jan 20, 2020 at 12:39 PM
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    There are plenty of Bluetooth to Aux adapters. My wife's 2011 Prius uses one because her head unit only connects to Bluetooth for phone calls. It looks like a USB Dongle with a 3.5 Jack on it. When she powers up the car the USB Slot gets power and the Bluetooth Adapter connects automatically with the car. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0824S5M4...jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
     
  6. Jan 20, 2020 at 12:41 PM
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    Yup, pre-2012 only did BT calling but no BT streaming. Which, for many of us is a complete deal breaker. I recently bought a 2010 with the JBL system and I found a good deal on a 2014 JBL radio and installed that. It took a lot of research and I had to build a custom harness but I'm very happy with the result. Most will suggest you buy aftermarket as it's the easiest/cheapest way to get what you want. If you want to stick with OEM there are some options but it can be a bit involved.
     
  7. Jan 21, 2020 at 2:57 PM
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    OK thanks guys, before I wasted 12 hours online trying to learn how to stream my Audiobooks I thought I'd ask the experts here first.

    I have the stock JBL unit in my 2010.

    I'll go with the usb/aux jack but I was hoping to avoid it.
     
  8. Jan 21, 2020 at 3:14 PM
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    clenkeit

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    There are some add-on options that you could try. For me streaming bluetooth was a big issue. I'm spoiled now and just can't deal with having to plug in my phone. Plus, all the phones these days are going to a single connector so you can't easily charge and use the aux cable at the same time.

    Adding the new stereo to my Tacoma made it feel 5-10yrs newer, like a modern car with modern amenities.
     

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