How do I listen to music on my iPhone through my car stereo?

I just bought a new Toyota RAV4, but I’ve only owned older model cars. I know I can use my iPhone to listen to music, but how do I do it?

Answer
Congrats on the new car! While the RAV4 is a great vehicle for style, fuel economy, and features, you inadvertently also bought a car that has Apple CarPlay, which makes listening to music from your iPhone super easy!
To start, set up Apple CarPlay by following these steps:
  • Plug your iPhone into the stereo via the USB port.
  • If this doesn’t work, you have to connect with Bluetooth, as some cars only allow wireless Apple CarPlay connections.
  • To connect wirelessly, hold the voice command button on your steering wheel for about 10 seconds.
  • Then, go to Settings > General > Apple CarPlay and select your vehicle.
Now that you have Apple CarPlay set up on your vehicle, the rest is easy. To customize what apps appear on your RAV4’s touch screen, go into the CarPlay app and drag the apps to the location of your choice.
Alternatively, you can listen to music through your Bluetooth system:
  • Go to Settings > Bluetooth on your iPhone.
  • Turn your vehicle’s stereo/Bluetooth system to discovery mode (although this may happen on its own).
  • Tap the “My Car” button on your iPhone to connect.
Any of these options should allow you to listen to music on your iPhone or any apps you may have.
Since you’re purchasing a new car, you may also want to think about how you’re going to protect it. If you’re already driving, you probably have car insurance, but consider also getting a roadside assistance membership.
Jerry offers customers a modern roadside assistance membership. Along with traditional benefits, you get Uber-like tracking for the status of your service and the ability to contact your service provider directly for as low as $4.16 a month.
Eric Schad
Answered on Nov 07, 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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