How to Listen to a Cell Phone's Music Player Through a Car Stereo

By Kayla Lowe

Listening to music from your MP3 player or iPod through your car stereo is extremely popular because it allows you to easily listen to your music while on the road without having to deal with changing CDs. Many cell phones have music players on them, too, so instead of having to carry around your portable music device with you, you can simply listen to a cell phone’s music player through a car stereo in much the same manner as listening to any MP3 player through a car stereo.

Things You'll Need

  • Cell phone with music player
  • Auxiliary input cable
  • Cassette auxiliary adapter
  • FM transmitter adapter

Car Stereo with Auxiliary Input

Step 1

Plug one end of the auxiliary input cable into the car stereo. Set your car stereo’s function setting to the auxiliary cable setting.

Step 2

Plug the other end of the auxiliary input cable into the cell phone.

Step 3

Navigate to your cell phone’s music player. Push play on the song(s) you wish to listen to through your car stereo. They will transmit through the auxiliary cable and play through your car stereo.

Car Stereo with Cassette Player

Step 1

Insert the cassette part of the cassette auxiliary adapter into the cassette drive of your car stereo. Insert the cassette adapter into the cassette drive with the cord facing down and out the cassette drive.

Step 2

Plug the auxiliary end of the cassette auxiliary adapter into the cell phone.

Step 3

Open your cell phone’s music player. Push “Play” on the music you wish to play.

Car with Power Adapter

Step 1

Plug the power adapter end of the FM transmitter into the power adapter located on your car’s console.

Step 2

Plug the auxiliary input cable end of the FM transmitter into the cell phone.

Step 3

Turn on your cell phone’s music player. Set the music you want to play.

Step 4

Turn on the FM transmitter. Tune the transmitter to a fuzzy station. Tune your car’s stereo to the same station. Your music should now transmit over the station through your car stereo.

Tips & Warnings

  • Compose a playlist on your cell phone’s MP3 player beforehand, so you don’t have to constantly change the song, or simply put your cell phone music player on random, or shuffle, mode.
  • Adjust the volume level on your cell phone and your car stereo to achieve the best sound settings.
  • Make sure you purchase an auxiliary cable size that is compatible with your cell phone. Cell phones' auxiliary input sizes vary among makes and models.

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