Make the drive more fun by connecting your phone to VW infotainment

February 23rd, 2016 by

Connect your smartphone with VW App-Connect and Bluetooth

Vehicle technology has come a long way, even looking over the past decade. Modern cars are not only more stylish, safer and easier to drive, but the entertainment systems make it easier to navigate and listen to music or podcasts to keep you entertained on long commutes or road trips. That is, if you know how to use the technology. Whether you have a 2016 model with the new VW App-Connect features, or you’re looking to get your phone paired with the audio system, it’s easy to learn how to connect your smartphone with App-Connect and Bluetooth.

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If you’re driving any model before the 2016 you’ll only have Bluetooth connectivity. Connecting means you can use audio apps on your phone, and answer and place phone calls through the system, but you will not have access to phone apps directly on the infotainment system screen. Still, if you set up your favorite podcast before you hit the road, it’s an excellent feature to have. Plus, it’s easy to connect to.

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  1. Check your phone compatibility. If you can’t connect, this may be the problem.
  2. Keep your vehicle parked and put it in accessory mode. The parking brake should be engaged.
  3. Your system will automatically search for devices for the first few minutes, so look for VW Phone in your phone’s Bluetooth settings.
  4. The device should ask if you’d like to connect automatically and if you want phonebook access.

Some models will have a slightly different process, including asking for a PIN. The VW Touareg, for example, requires you to press the phone hard key on the infotainment system, then select “search for phones.” As you can see in the video below, some model years will have a pin that should match on your phone. If you’re asked for a pin and you don’t have one, type “0000.” Remember to hit “accept” when prompted to connect automatically or you’ll have to enter the number every time you pair your phone.

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Connecting your smartphone to Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect

While Bluetooth almost seems like a must-have in vehicles, the addition of Car-Net App-Connect makes smartphones use even easier and safer. Instead of having to use your phone to access apps, you can do so right on the infotainment touchscreen. This is helpful if you decide mid-drive that you’d rather be listening to a podcast versus a radio app, and it allows use of things like navigation without needing a separate system. Pairing your phone is also just as easy as it is with the Bluetooth system.

  1. Make sure both the radio system and your phone are on and unlock your phone screen. You’ll also need the necessary apps for Android Auto (including a Google account), Apple CarPlay or MirrorLink.
  2. Press the Menu hard button at the right edge of the screen
  3. Press App-Connect, in the middle of the touchscreen system
  4. In the bottom right of the touchscreen press Setup and change the preferred connection to Android Auto from MirrorLink
  5. Plug your USB cord into the port and into your phone
  6. Press Device List and wait for it to find your device, then click it from the list
  7. An on screen prompt will request permission for data transfer. Press OK.
  8. Your phone is now connected, but you must accept the warning to pay attention while driving

These simple instructions will get you connected to Android Auto, but it’s even easier with Apple CarPlay as long as you have the app on your phone. The system should connect automatically.

We hope these instructions helped. If you’re having any troubles, leave us a comment here at the Compass Volkswagen Blog and we’ll be happy to help diagnose any problems.