Using Bluethooth With Your GPS

 

My car radio died, so I bought a new radio that has bluetooth capability. My GPS unit does NOT have bluetooth, but should I get a new GPS; I will get one with bluetooth.

Here is my concern. Normally, you have the car radio on and listen to the music. If the GPS and the radio are paired, I get the feeling that the radio won't play the music, but would only "play" the GPS directions.

I was hoping that the GPS would only temporarily interrupt the normal operation of the radio when actually giving driving instructions. But I suspect that is not the case.

There are a couple of options, one to load songs onto the GPS device. The other to change the radio's source in anticipation of receiving GPS directions.

If you have used bluetooth with your car radio, I would like to know what your experience has been. Specifically, what happens to the radio playing music when connected to the GPS?

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Garmin Nuvi650 - Morehead City, NC

Radio with bluethooth

When you Pair up the gps bluethooth and you have incoming call the gps will display a messages telling you of the call,and it will show the name and the number of the caller.,then you have the option to accept the call or just ignore it..

If you radio is playing a song or music during the call, the phone will over ride what ever your radio is playing in other word the music/song will stop till you are done talking to the caller,and will resume playing after you are done

don't worry

Your GPS won't pair with the radio. The GPS doesn't have the right profile to do this.

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If you have a bluetooth GPS and phone any calls to the phone will come through the GPS speakers, not the radios.

If you've got a bluetooth phone and a bluetooth capable radio, why would you need a bluetooth GPS anyway? Couldn't you just pair the phone to the radio? That would work like Driver 38 explained above.

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GPS bluetooth works as a hands free device for cell phones

The GPS units with Bluetooth will only have the ability to interface as a hands free device for compatible cell phones with Bluetooth and that is it.

It will have no control of any of the radio functions via Bluetooth and will not transmit the GPS driving instructions to output from the radio speakers.

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GM Built-in Navigation system - Samsung S6 Edge+ Smartphone with Garmin Viago, Google Maps & HERE Apps

We have made it a point to aviod ...

... both Bluetooth & voice command capability on our GPS units.

We are of the opinion that there has been far too much instability in our (Nuvi, Oregon) GPS equipment over the last 6 months for any GPS unit to be encumbered w/software features beyond each's mission critical function.

But that maybe just us ... wink

Pairing GPS

Steve R's question
"Here is my concern. Normally, you have the car radio on and listen to the music. If the GPS and the radio are paired, I get the feeling that the radio won't play the music, but would only "play" the GPS directions."

Can you pair a GPS with the radio? This would be nice to have it talk through the radio.
I don't have a bluetooth GPS but would like one.

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Mary, Nuvi 2450, Garmin Viago, Honda Navigation, Nuvi 750 (gave to son)

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mgarledge wrote:

Steve R's question
"Here is my concern. Normally, you have the car radio on and listen to the music. If the GPS and the radio are paired, I get the feeling that the radio won't play the music, but would only "play" the GPS directions."

Can you pair a GPS with the radio? This would be nice to have it talk through the radio.
I don't have a bluetooth GPS but would like one.

They Bluetooth functionality programmed into a GPSr is typically a 'headset' mode to pair with phones as a "hands free audio device" and not any additional Bluetooth profiles that would allow a GPSr to use a car audio system as external speakers. If the car audio system supports a line input, you can connect between the GPSr audio output and car audio system and use the GPSr as a hands free audio device through the car sound system just fine.

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*Keith* MacBook Pro *wifi iPad(2012) w/BadElf GPS & iPhone6 + Navigon*

Good discussion.

Good discussion. First, we do NOT have a smart-phone. The intent is to have the audio output of the GPS transmitted directly to the car radio. As it is, the GPS audio in inadequate and it would be better if the GPS audio could be transmitted by bluetooth to the car radio.

Last night, I tested the Nexus 7 (using bluetooth) with the car radio and it worked. So far, it would appear that this approach requires that the radio be "disabled" as an input source.

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Garmin Nuvi650 - Morehead City, NC

Thanks kch50428: "If the car

Thanks kch50428: "If the car audio system supports a line input, you can connect between the GPSr audio output and car audio system and use the GPSr as a hands free audio device through the car sound system just fine."

I had not thought about that!!! A solution was there all the time. Good suggestion.

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Garmin Nuvi650 - Morehead City, NC

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If you're using the line in then you won't be able to use the tuners radio. But you can load music on your 650 and the 650 will pause the music while using voice directions. Just don't break your 650 though, the newer Nuvi models no longer offer audio out!

Plenty of Space on the SD Card for Music

I've got plenty of room on the SD card for music. Also I can change the radio's (input) source when not expecting any imminent directions from the Nuvi. There have been a couple of interchanges where we have had to turn the radio off to navigate them since the Nuvi volume was inadequate. Using the line in will be very helpful. Again, quite amazing, how the solution materializes once you start exploring your issues with others.

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Garmin Nuvi650 - Morehead City, NC

Line input works well

Steve R. wrote:

Thanks kch50428: "If the car audio system supports a line input, you can connect between the GPSr audio output and car audio system and use the GPSr as a hands free audio device through the car sound system just fine."

I had not thought about that!!! A solution was there all the time. Good suggestion.

I used the Line Out of my Nuvi and Line In on the car radio. Then used the MP3 player on the Nuvi. Music played through the car speakers and was automatically muted/paused when the Nuvi issued directions. There's no way to have the Nuvi do that while the radio is playing radio stations, though. It only works when the Nuvi is being used as an MP3 player.

Why don't the newer models

Why don't the newer models have audio out?

ability to play MP3 audio files has been eliminated

triliby wrote:

Why don't the newer models have audio out?

The ability to play MP3 music and audio files had been eliminated on all the newer models in the last few years and the audio out jack disappeared at the same time.

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GM Built-in Navigation system - Samsung S6 Edge+ Smartphone with Garmin Viago, Google Maps & HERE Apps

Agreed

I hope my 660 touchscreen continues to work, I have used the Nuvi line out to line in of my CD/radio unit for exactly the reasons stated above. It works and sounds great, albeit no radio, just MP3 player capability.

Oh, and Jill/Jack sound like they're sitting in the vehicle with you. . .that could be good or bad. wink

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Nuvi 660

bluetooth

I have a bluetooth gps and phone. The phone always pairs first to my radio so the gps fails to pair. The radio only plays something from my phone if I get or make a call. It switches back to the radio as soon as the call is over.

FM Transmitter is an option too

Steve R. wrote:

Thanks kch50428: "If the car audio system supports a line input, you can connect between the GPSr audio output and car audio system and use the GPSr as a hands free audio device through the car sound system just fine."

I had not thought about that!!! A solution was there all the time. Good suggestion.

If there is no line input on the car radio, another option is to use an FM transmitter connected to the audio out from the GPS.

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Nuvi 350

be aware

If you are using FM transmitter be aware of two things:

1. Everybody near you who will tune radio to yours FM transmitter frequency will hear your conversations,

2. If you are traveling near bigger cities it will be a lot interference on FM frequencies. You will have overlapping signals or noise, up to the point that your device can't be hear over interference. So you will have to change FM transmitter frequency to other channel and it will happen often. I speak from experience, as I tried it and finally give up FM transmitter after short time.

FM Transmitter as an option

Thanks for the suggestion, but not that desperate. Simply trying to use existing capabilities. I loaded some songs on the GPS yesterday and pumped the output into the radio through the aux input and it worked.

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Garmin Nuvi650 - Morehead City, NC

Just asking

grzesja wrote:

If you are using FM transmitter be aware of two things:

1. Everybody near you who will tune radio to yours FM transmitter frequency will hear your conversations,

The range on mine is very limited.
Why would anyone else be tuned to an unused frequency?
Who cares? I'm not selling drugs or stock market information.

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2. If you are traveling near bigger cities it will be a lot interference on FM frequencies. You will have overlapping signals or noise, up to the point that your device can't be hear over interference. So you will have to change FM transmitter frequency to other channel and it will happen often. I speak from experience, as I tried it and finally give up FM transmitter after short time.

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1490LMT 1450LMT 295w

@spokybob

The range is limited, but I learn about it when I was standing in traffic next to car with FM transmitter working. I was scanning radio looking for station playing music and I caught signal from FM transmitter. And for quite some time I was able to listening to somebody's phone call. I wasn't perfect quality but totally understandable. That's how I learn about possibility of somebody listening to your conversations over FM transmitter.

I brought this to attention because not everybody like if somebody is listening to his or her conversation. Some people value their privacy, not everybody is exhibitionist.

Good to know

Thanks

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1490LMT 1450LMT 295w

Thanks

Thanks. I don't use the FM transmitter, but good to know about that security problem.

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