How Can I Listen to My iPhone Music in My Car?

by Crystal Bonser

You can listen to the music on your iPhone through a cassette adapter, a 3.5 mm stereo cable or through an FM transmitter. The cassette adapter and stereo cable are inexpensive, easy to use and offer decent sound quality, but not everyone has the required cassette player or auxiliary input needed to use these accessories. FM transmitters can be used in any car that has a radio, but the sound quality is unreliable and other radio frequencies can interfere with the transmission of your music.

Cassette Adapter

Step 1

Insert the cassette adapter into your car's cassette player.

Step 2

Insert the adapter's connector into your iPhone's headphone jack.

Step 3

Set your stereo's function to "Cassette Mode."

Step 4

Select any song on your iPhone. Press "Play."

3.5 mm Stereo Cable

Step 1

Inset one end of a 3.5 mm stereo cable into the auxiliary input jack in your car's stereo.

Step 2

Insert the other end of the cord into your iPhone's headphone jack.

Step 3

Set your stereo's function to "Auxiliary Mode."

Step 4

Select any song on your iPhone. Press "Play."

FM Transmitter

Step 1

Connect the FM transmitter to your iPhone, either through the headphone or line out jack.

Step 2

Turn on the FM transmitter's power switch.

Step 3

Set the radio station on the FM transmitter to a radio station that is not broadcasting anything in your area.

Step 4

Set your radio to the same radio station that your FM transmitter is set to.

Step 5

Set your stereo's function to "Radio Mode."

Step 6

Select any song on your iPhone. Press "Play."

Tip

  • With all three methods described above, volume is controlled through your car's stereo and song selection is controlled through your iPhone.

About the Author

Crystal Bonser has been working as a freelance writer and editor for an educational website since 2009. She is also the creator of a pet-loss website on which she facilitates weekly grief support groups. Bonser holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a minor in psychology from Ryerson University.