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Old 05-30-2018, 08:22 AM
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Anyone know how to do this?

Issue I have is every time my wife pulls into the garage, my phone connects to her car. If I am on the phone (frequently on conference calls at the time she gets home) it will switch over, and is a major annoyance. I want to have to manually connect (specifically connect, not pair) to her car.

A few things that I know won't work, or that I don't want to do.

1) forget her car in bluetooth setup. I specifically don't want to do this, because it will have to be reparied every time I drive it. Issue being, you can only do that with the vehicle in park, and it takes 2-3 minutes. Too much of a pain in the butt.

2) turn bluetooth off on the phone. I use it with a headset, and a set of speakers. Often am using it with the headset when the issue pops up.
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Old 05-30-2018, 11:43 AM
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You should be able to set the priority of the phone in the car, so your wife's phone is set to priority 1, it will always choose her phone if both phones are available to connect.
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You should be able to set the priority of the phone in the car, so your wife's phone is set to priority 1, it will always choose her phone if both phones are available to connect.
There lies another issue. She has a deep hatred of bluetooth, and refuses to use it until hands free is required by law.
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Old 05-30-2018, 11:54 AM
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I have had the same issue. The easiest work around is to turn off bluetooth on your phone (should do it anyway for security reasons) when you aren't using it.

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Oops just saw you said you could but use your headset via bluetooth as well. If IOS wasn't a closed source system you could easily code this to be a manually connection instead of auto.

But from their side and coming from a software view, their position will be working as intended. (More users would want the auto connect bluetooth vs yours and mine use case).
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Crazy... she won't use bluetooth? An aversion to driving with both hands on the wheel?

I'd fix that...

Or was I suppose to say "pics of wife"?

Actually, with android and an app like tasker, what you ask can be done. I have and aversion to iOS...
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i "think" my truck has a feature that lets you switch bluetooth users quickly. Can you put your phone and her phone in there and switch your to "non-default" until you are driving? I have the same problem with my hot tub of all things.
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The way bluetooth works, your phone isn't "looking" for the car, the car is looking for the phone. You need to manage this on the side of the vehicle, if possible.
If it were me, I'd probably get an old phone, pair it with the vehicle and make that the Primary device, so the car has something to connect to. Leave it in the vehicle on a charger or something and then manually switch to your phone when you are in the vehicle and want your phone to connect instead of the primary dummy phone.
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Originally Posted by ericinmich View Post
Crazy... she won't use bluetooth? An aversion to driving with both hands on the wheel?

I'd fix that...


Or was I suppose to say "pics of wife"?

Actually, with android and an app like tasker, what you ask can be done. I have and aversion to iOS...
Yep, has an absolute hatred of all methods of talking on the phone, other than holding the phone to your ear. If it were up to here, all types of headsets and hands free devices would be banned. Says she can't hear what anyone is saying when the person on the other end of the line is using one. In her words, "your using that damn wireless thing, aren't you. Pick up the phone."

To be fair, she won't talk/text and drive. I don't get it, but I'm not going to fight that fight whatsoever.

Kind of stuck with iOS. I have multiple facetime conversations per day with multiple customers. Not going to be that guy that upsets the apple cart in that regard. Not hung up on iOS, but I do like it......as does my entire customer base. Yes, I know there are alternative methods to accomplish the same thing, but these are about 50% old guys, that are doing good to do video conferencing in the first place.

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The way bluetooth works, your phone isn't "looking" for the car, the car is looking for the phone. You need to manage this on the side of the vehicle, if possible.
If it were me, I'd probably get an old phone, pair it with the vehicle and make that the Primary device, so the car has something to connect to. Leave it in the vehicle on a charger or something and then manually switch to your phone when you are in the vehicle and want your phone to connect instead of the primary dummy phone.
I need to look around and see if I have something. That may just work. If I could just hack the car so that phone pairing isn't locked when driving I would be good.
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Its not the phone, it's the car.
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Originally Posted by mattttt25 View Post
Its not the phone, it's the car.
this.
but, I have to wonder if there is an app to help.
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Looks like iOS doesn't do what Android does. In Android you can keep the pairing to the car, but turn phone audio and/or media audio off and on for that specific car on the phone. Would solve the OP's issue. Looking at the current iOS version, I see bluetooth functionality and customization are very primitive. What's with that?
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Originally Posted by caltexflanc View Post
Looks like iOS doesn't do what Android does. In Android you can keep the pairing to the car, but turn phone audio and/or media audio off and on for that specific car on the phone. Would solve the OP's issue. Looking at the current iOS version, I see bluetooth functionality and customization are very primitive. What's with that?
I swear it used to ask if you wanted to connect automatically when initially pairing the device. I may be thinking about WiFi settings.

My android tablet does ask this. No option that I’ve found on the car (2015 Honda Pilot).
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post


I swear it used to ask if you wanted to connect automatically when initially pairing the device. I may be thinking about WiFi settings.

My android tablet does ask this. No option that I’ve found on the car (2015 Honda Pilot).
Yeah, I just spent several minutes playing around with an iPhone 7plus with latest iOS 11 and it is really awful. I still can't believe you can't control which device it sends audio to via bluetooth. Nor, it seems does anyone else on the interweb. Gotta be a way... my cheap Motorola does it very simply.
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