Stream audio from an Android phone to a Fiat equipped with Blue & Me via Bluetooth

If you have a Fiat equipped with a Blue & Me infotainment system you have probably tried to stream audio from your phone to the car. That’s not possible because Blue & Me doesn’t support A2DP, the protocol that enables audio to be streamed from one device to another (which is really stupid from Fiat and Microsoft since that could be enabled just by a software update).¬†Fortunately there’s a work around for Android phones, just follow these simple steps.

  1. First you will need to grab BTmono from Google Play
  2. Make sure your phone is connected to the car
  3. Turn BTmono on and start playing any audio file on your phone

Blue & Me will start playing the audio as if it’s a phone call and the multifunction screen on the dashboard will display “Private Number”. Unfortunately¬†the audio quality is really crappy, so it might not be good for playing music but at least it’s good enough for listening to audio books.

Update

It’s a bit frustrating that “Private Number” will be stuck on your screen and you won’t be able to access any other functions. Fortunately, I found a solution for that. Turn on cruise control (just rotate the stalk, no need to engage it), then quickly turn it off again. While the screen is still saying “Cruise Control Off” press the trip button and the screen will get back to displaying trip data.