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How to control your car stereo with your smartphone

Simple components plus a Bluetooth portable speaker and a little audio know-how are all it takes modernize your vehicle

While it would be super sweet if Tesla were to drop the price on their ridiculously awesome cars . . .


. . . many of us will never be able to afford a car that has this many technological bells and whistles.

That doesn’t mean you can’t modernize your current car to meet today’s standard of cool. Did you know that you can control your car’s stereo system with your smartphone using basic technology? Here’s how:

First step: Check to see if your car has an auxiliary port.

Auxiliary port

Most cars have it. If yours does not, my apologies, but this is as far as this article’s going to take you.

Got the auxiliary port? Sweet! Now go out and get yourself a male-to-male cable.

Male to male cable

These things are a dime a dozen, and you can find them anywhere – Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Amazon. I bet if you look hard enough, you’ll even find one lying around somewhere in your Grandma’s basement.

The next step is the biggest part – you need a Bluetooth portable speaker. These things can be expensive. Some are more than a hundred bucks a pop, while others have the gall to charge customers over $200.

You’re in luck, though. Our line of Boombot BB2 Bluetooth speakers are priced around $70.

BB2 Portable Speaker

Why? We’re manufacturing ninjas, that’s why. If you don’t have one, browse our store and select one. NOW. Then continue reading this piece.

Got yourself a BB2? Awesome—let’s move on.

Connect your Bluetooth portable speaker to the male-to-male cable to the auxiliary port. I know, I know. What’s the point of having a Bluetooth speaker if wires are involved? I’ll tell you – by doing this, the BB2 is not acting as a portable speaker — instead, it’s serving as a center console speaker for your vehicle. You can now play music from your smartphone to the BB2 which will run directly through your car’s stereo system.

Oh, and the best part — the auxiliary port will cost you nothing because you either have it or you don’t. The cable will run you less than a buck. And the BB2 is about $70. So, when it’s all said and done, you’ve modernized your car with a “smart” audio system for pennies!

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