Just because you own an older car without a modern infotainment system doesn’t mean that you can’t play your favorite music from your smartphone. You just need to equip that system with Bluetooth connectivity, which you can due easily through a Bluetooth car adapter. Most Bluetooth car adapters enable a Bluetooth connection with your system by offering Bluetooth in the adapter itself, and then sending the information you send the adapter through an FM signal to your radio.
Bluetooth Car Adapter
Connect your phone up to the car adapter, set the car adapter to the say FM channel as your car radio, and you’ll instantly be able to start streaming your very own music, through your streaming platform of choice. Not sure what the best options are? Follow along with us below — we’re showing you a handful of our favorites.
GOgroove FlexSMART X2
The GOgroove FlexSMART X2 is a Bluetooth-enabled FM transmitter that plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter receptacle and allows you to transmit music from your smart devices to your car’s stereo. Besides Bluetooth, it also has an aux port for wired connectivity, a built-in FM tuner, and a handy USB port for charging your smartphone or tablet as you play music. You can connect up to two smart devices to the GOgroove FlexSMART X2 at the same time, so you and your passenger can take turns choosing songs to play next.
There are several call and music playback control buttons that give you control over your driving entertainment and help you maintain focus on the road ahead of you. The GOgroove FlexSMART X2 has an intelligent microphone with voice detection capabilities, allowing you to keep both hands on the steering wheel at all times.
iClever Himbox HB01
The Himbox HB01 from iClever is a modern hands-free driving solution for music and calls. It offers multi-device Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to simultaneously pair two devices wirelessly over Bluetooth and charge them at the same time.
Installing the Himbox HB01 could hardly be any simpler: you peel off the protective film from the magnetic mounting disk with 3M adhesive and attach it to any solid surface in your car. The Himbox HB01 itself then just clamps onto the base and acts as a call and music playback remote control.
Because the Himbox HB01 features Bluetooth 4.0, it works with all modern and legacy Bluetooth devices and consumes very little power.
IMDEN Bluetooth FM Transmitter
Next up, we have the IMDEN Bluetooth FM Transmitter. This one not only works as a great way to provide a Bluetooth signal for your car, but also is an excellent way to fast charge your smartphone, too. Hook this up to your cigarette lighter, and you should see a way to connect your phone up via Bluetooth.
In addition, you should see a couple of USB ports for charging, one actually taking advantage of Qualcomm’s Quick Charging features. This transmitter can even broadcast phone calls over your car’s FM system.
TaoTronics Bluetooth Receiver
A pretty simple setup would be the TaoTronics Bluetooth Receiver. This one uses your 3.5mm auxiliary port for power, and then provides you with a quick and easy Bluetooth connection. You can actually connect two phones to this, allowing you to easily give someone else control over the music, too.
Most impressively, there’s up to 10 hours of talk or play time — plenty of juice to get you through a family road trip.
Anker SoundSync Drive
The Anker SoundSync Drive is a popular Bluetooth car adapter that gives you multiple options how to make the most out of your car’s stereo. Apart from Bluetooth 4.0, the SoundSync Drive also comes with an AUX cable for wired analog listening and a USB cable for wired digital listening.
There are three buttons on the SoundSync Drive: one allows you to play and pause your music, one is there for answering and hanging up the phone, and the last one is for skipping tracks forward and backward.
Anker is well aware that driving noise is a major reason why people turn off their hands-free systems and, instead, pick up their phone, letting go of the steering wheel in the process. That’s why the SoundSync Drive features Anker’s advanced noise-suppression system, which ensures that nothing but your voice can be heard.
iTape Bluetooth Cassette Adapter
If you have a car with an old tape deck, and you’d like it to play music from your smartphone or tablet, this Bluetooth cassette adapter is an excellent choice. To use it, you simply pop it in like an ordinary audio tape, turn on Bluetooth on your mobile device, and complete the pairing process. There are no power cables to worry about as the iTape Bluetooth Cassette Adapter can charge itself while playing music.
The iTape Bluetooth Cassette Adapter also gives you the option to put your favorite songs on a memory card and play it directly from it. There are several music playback control buttons on the front side of the adapter that allow you to control your music, but you should first check your car’s tape deck to verify that you will be able to access them.
The owners of an Audio, Mercedes, or Volkswagen with Audi AMI, Mercedes Media Interface, or VW MDI connector can purchase this wireless Bluetooth car adaptor with a 30-pin iPod connector to easily display the entire library from an iPod, iPad, or iPhone on the infotainment screen in their car.
If you don’t have an Apple device, you can still use the Bovee 1000 to listen to your music, but you won’t be able to control music playback using your car’s steering wheel control buttons.
Bluetooth Car Adapter
As you can see, there are a lot of awesome Bluetooth car adapters that you can use with just about any smartphone. All of these will actually work really, mostly using your cigarette lighter, a USB or aux port, and even a cassette player. The choice is yours as far as your method of power goes, but ultimately, these all will enable Bluetooth in your car for seamless music streaming.
Do you have a favorite option? Let us know in the comments section below.