How do I fix the Bluetooth echo in the car?

Whenever I take a phone call in my car, there’s a laggy echo. It’s nearly impossible to hear the other person clearly. How do I fix the Bluetooth echo in the car?

Bonnie Stinson · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
That sounds annoying!
To fix a Bluetooth echo in your car, try adjusting the settings of your stereo system and your smartphone.
First, try moving your phone as far away from the car stereo as you can to prevent feedback. Ensure that your car’s microphone is not obstructed. The stereo’s mic is usually located on the back of the front panel.
Make sure the microphone on your smartphone is off or that it’s set to hands-free or call transfer mode. When you take a Bluetooth call, your device should trigger the car’s microphone and turn off the phone’s microphones. If both microphones are on, you will experience an echo.
Here are some other things to try:
  • Lower the volume of your stereo and reduce all background noise (like open windows and the air conditioner). The microphone may be picking up these noises and repeating them.
  • Adjust the Echo Canceller/Noise Canceller (EC/NC) mode on your phone, if available.
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