How do I listen to music in my car without Bluetooth?

I sold my newer car because I couldn’t afford the payments, and I downgraded to an older vehicle. This one doesn’t have Bluetooth. Now I can’t listen to the music I want because I don’t have any CDs. And the radio leaves a lot to be desired... Can I still use my phone to listen to music if my car doesn’t have Bluetooth?

Sorry to hear about your predicament! Not being able to listen to your preferred jams can definitely make driving less enjoyable. But don’t worry—there are a few workarounds.
To listen to music in your car without Bluetooth, you can hook up your phone to your stereo through:
  • A USB port
  • An auxiliary port
  • A Bluetooth transmitter
The easiest way is through a USB port. Just connect a phone charging cable from the USB port straight into your phone’s mini-USB (Android) or lightning port (iPhone). You may also have to adjust your stereo’s input setting to AUX or something similar. Bonus: your phone will charge while the tunes are playing!
Note that if your phone and/or car are older, this might not work. If that’s the case, try the auxiliary port.
The auxiliary port is the small hole on your phone where you plug in headphones. If your car stereo has an auxiliary port, you can use a 1/8-inch to 1/8-inch jack to connect your phone to your car.
If you’re still striking out, look on Amazon for something called a Bluetooth/FM transmitter. They run about $15 to $20. To use this device:
  • Plug it into the cigarette lighter or another power source.
  • Find an FM radio station that isn’t transmitting any signals.
  • Dial that station into the transmitter.
  • Turn your stereo to the station on the transmitter.
  • Plug your phone into the transmitter.
Although you don’t have any CDs, as a last resort—buy some! Thrift stores, yard sales, and secondhand music stores often have CDs for a quarter or 50 cents, so you can load up. Just make sure they aren’t scratched.
In the meantime, during your silent drives, you probably have a lot of time to think about things—like how to improve your finances. If you want to save money on car insurance, the Jerry app is a good place to start.
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Eric Schad
Answered on Nov 04, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.

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