Link my Motorola SLVR cellphone to my Toyota Prius via Bluetooth?
I love my Prius. I also now love my new Moto SLVR cell phone. They both speak bluetooth, but I'm darned if I can figure out how to link the two together. Can you help me out? I realize you might not have a Prius but maybe you could sneak into a Toyota dealership and take some pictures? :-)
You're in luck, actually, as I do have a Toyota Prius with the full navigational system and bluetooth capability so I didn't have to risk incurring the wrath of some car salesman dweeb to document the process. Even better, among my cellphones is a Motorola SLVR and I agree: it's one sweet little mobile phone!
Now, it turns out that there are a ton of steps involved in linking the SLVR to the Prius, so let's see if we can get everything in the right order...
The first thing you need to do is get into the Prius and turn the car on. That'll activate the display screens and if you press either of the two little "telephone" buttons on the steering wheel you'll be moved into "telephone" mode on the display:
You'll want to touch the Settings button on the lower left, which takes you to:
Now touch the down arrow on the lower left since the configuration we seek isn't here but lower down:
There we go. Touch the Add Phone button:
Now it's time to pull out your Motorola SLVR and start pushing buttons on it instead. They're easy to work with, and the Prius will sit in 'discovery mode' for a long time, so you don't need to worry about it again for a while.
On the SLVR, press the middle "OK" button on the phone and you'll get to the standard tools menu. Move down to the right so you can select Settings:
There are lots of Settings (including "Personalize" which offers you different skins for your phone interface. Very cool!) but the one we want is Connection:
There are a variety of different links, but we want bluetooth:
The Prius is considered a "handsfree" link, so that's what you'll want to choose at this point:
My phone's seen the Prius "HANDS FREE" before, so your screen probably won't list it, you'll just have [Look For Devices]. That's the one you want to choose anyway, so that's fine:
Now the phone will scan the immediate locale to find any bluetooth devices broadcasting. Hopefully it'll find the Prius, but the first time I ran this it didn't find any devices and I had to scan a second time, so if that happens to you, don't panic:
Once your Prius is found, the SLVR will show you the scan results:
Select that and you'll see the phone will then seek the device to bond:
You'll then be asked to enter the bluetooth passkey (which the Prius has been patiently showing you for quite a while now. On my Prius it's "1212"). Once you've done that the phone will link with the Prius and you'll be taken right back to the main SLVR screen without any further indicator or notification.
The Prius will have something to say, though:
That's all there is to it! You've now connected your Moto SLVR with the Toyota Prius, unquestionably one of the coolest geeky car/phone connections on the planet!
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Reader Comments To Date: 37
I just heard you speak at Realtor Rally. Took your advice, found sites, impressed, almost purchased a chai. I own a Toyota Camry ('00) and will soon own a bluetooth enabled Cell (suggestions?). How do I get my car set up like an '06 Prius?
Thanks for the feedback and kudos, Bob. Unfortunately, I will bet that your 2000 model year Camry doesn't have bluetooth, so you'd be out of luck. Sorry!
I have 2006 Sienna. It is about the same setup with your step... It works fine in the initial connection, however, it won't "auto" reconnect next time. Do you have such problem?
Can you give the same step by step instructions for setting up a Nokia 6682 with a 2006 Prius? Your motorola instructions helped a lot but I couldn't quite get there!!
Fran, if someone can loan me a Nokia 6682 I probably could. I'll talk with the folks at Nokia (they're sending a 770 along for us to test) and see what I can do. :-)
I have a brand new Prius - love it- hooked up bluetooth connection with my Motorola E815 with no problem. Then, there was a place on the Prius screen that said transfer address book - I couldn't do that at all. Also, I couldn't store speeddial numbers. Can you help on what to do after I have a connection and a clear signal? Thanks, Laura
Why does my SLVR L7 (RED) cease to hold its pairing with the Sony HCB30 bt? RAZR V3 is fine but since using the L7 it only holds pairing until ignition off, when turned on again it seems to lock up the bt in the car.
Can you stream your mp3 via bluetooth? (iTunes)
Have you figured out a way to transfer the RAZR phone book to the Prius (2006) without entering every single entry? I had no trouble pairing it but, while the Prius says it is transferrring data, nothing happens! Thanks!
Unfortunately, Sue, there's no way I know to get the entire phonebook to transfer properly. I believe that the Prius is capable of accepting the transfer, but the phones I've tried haven't been able to *send* the entire phonebook rather than individual records.
Can you give the same step by step instructions for setting up a Nokia 6682 with a 2005 acura tl? Your motorola instructions helped a lot but I couldn't quite get there. where do i look for this acura hands free link on my nokia phone?
Prius 2007 start up programming
Just got delivery of a 2007 Prius Touring car.
This car has more helpful computer technology available to the pasengers than any other comfortable place I can think of.
I want to use voice command for as many functions as possible - any suggestions on a sequence of steps?
I have a 2004 Toyota Prius with full NAV system, inc bluetooth. Problem is that the screen that builds a phone book won't allow entry names or numbers so a contact list can be built. Further, this screen won't allow transfer of phone book entries directly from my cellphone. My 2006 allows a phone book to be manually built. Is there a software upgrade from 2004 to 2006?
I have a Prius 2004, just bought a verizon LG LX8300. bluetooth cell, which is bluetooth compatible. While it can be added as a phone to the Navigation system, it can not transfer a single or multiple phone number into the car's phone book. A number can't be manually installed. Without a number in the car's phone book, one can't use the call feature through the navagation system.
Finally, my question: I read your review about the Motorola Razr phone V3m. It was terrific, with the pictures. How did you enter the numbers for that phone into the car's phone book? 2nd Question: Do you know of any Verizon phones, other than the Razr, that will transfer either one or multiple phones?
I am having been back and forth with Toyota and Verizon with great frustration and no clear answers.
Thanks for any help. Call me desparate
Thus it can't be used to call out via the Navagation. Nor can a number be entered manually. (I was told it could by a dealer).
Hi Desperate, uh, Joline! It turns out that I *could not* transfer any telephone information from my RAZR to my Prius due to the stupid decision Verizon made to remove the "send address entry via bluetooth" capability in its version of the phone OS. Instead, I used a Cingular SLVR, entered the few numbers I really wanted to get into the car, then beamed them to the Prius with the SLVR, completely cutting the RAZR out of the loop.
Now, months later, I have to say that I never use the numbers in the phone book in the Prius, I just dial -- typically speed dial -- on my phone and use the hands free capability.
You are a godsend, a gift to humanity.
I have an '07 Prius and a RAZR. And, foolishly, I thought that I would just consult my Prius User's Guide to learn how to use the Bluetooth connection--which, after all, they highly tout.
WRONG. Not a word in the Prius User's Guide on using Bluetooth. Or, for that matter, on setting up a cell-phone. A trip to the Toyota dealer produced a tiny instruction sheet that told you how to (1) make a call and (2) hang up. Great! Shame on Toyota.
And then I found your website. I have new hope.
Wow! I cannot believe this... I thought I was probably the only person in the world that had a new 2007 Prius and was trying to download the Motorola RAZR address book to the bluetooth. Here I find several who've already found this problem... and @$#*(+ Toyota doesn't give any help at all in their Owner's Manuals!
Thank you, I thought it was me I'm been trying for 2 days to transfer my RAZR address book to our new 2007 Prius and just couldn't figure it out,neither the manual for the Prius or the Motorola helped me at all.Now I know it's not just me. Hope there will be a answer to this in the near future.
Where is the info on cell phone use with the 07 Prius. Have looked thru everything, Not an utter on how to use speed dial, how to create phone book, etc. Whats wrong with Toyota? Navigational instruct is for birds. Help! Have apired my Motorola fine, but cant use anything else. Saw your commernt about using speed dial on phone, then bluetoothing. I hoped for better from Toyota.
I have a new 2007 Prius touring and have figured out the pairing and the phone book (entering one number at a time!) but I cannot find in any of the books they give you how to set up the voice tags that are required in order to "Dial by name" with the voice commands. I can "dial by number" just fine, but I can't remember all those numbers and want to "dial by name" but every time I try, it says that no voice tags are set up. I have set up all the speed dial numbers and even the tone dial numbers (though I can't figure out what those are for) but nothing works. Help!
Dave, I have a 07 toyota camry hybrid, and I've successfully linked up my Motorola 323i to BlueTooth in the car; however, I cannot get the screen with the voice tag option to appear. Any help would be appreciated greatly.
Hi, I can link my motorola V3X to my lexus using the REGISTER button on the car. But it refuses to auto connect after the link is broken. while my wife's nokia connects automatically with the car the moment she turns on the ignition. please help.
The Toyota Let's Talk site claims that Verizon's Motoslvr L7c will pair with the Prius, and that the phone will upload contacts individually (but not the complete phone book). I have paired the phone OK but can't find any instructions on how to move a phone number into the Prius Bluetooth phone book. Can you help me.
I still have not found any truly useful information on downloading my address book from my RAZR V3 to the 07 Prius via bluetooth. Anyone (certainly NOT Toyota!) have a good instruction manual?
I have a new Prius, and your site & comments are helpful in my trying to pair my iPAQ 4915 using Bluetooth: the phone "sees" the HANDSFREE icon, but will not connect after entering the passkey...frusrating. I wonder if it is one of those phones which Toyota says may not work...
I've got a 2007 Prius, my Motorola RAZR V3 can hook up with it after I add the telephone the way you show above. But then, it won't hook up again unless I add it again and again every time I enter the car. That's not really day-to-day usability, is it?
My HTC does, by the way, also a Nokia 3650. Toyota Germany is as clueless on that problem as you report from their US portion...
I just got my 2008 Prius and was able to get it to recogize my Blackberry - and then had the same problem that Dieter posted. Then I found the solution on my cell phone menu (the steps might not be the same on another type of cell phone: Setup > bluetooth > handsfree (meaning the Prius handsfree recognized as a paired device) > device properties > then I had to toggle the "trusted" field from no to yes.
I was also able to transfer my entire address book (over 600 Outlook contacts) to the Prius by these steps on my Blackberry: Settings > options > bluetooth > handsfree (again, meaning the Prius handsfree)> transfer address book.
My problem is that I can't find how to edit the transferred contacts to add voice tags. Can anyone help?
I too have a Prius and love it. My little flip phone and the bluetooth feature worked hand-in-hand to provide me with easy communication. My flip phone died and I got a refurbished Blackberry 7290. I can pair the two together, but can't transfer my address book over from the phone. Any suggestions?
I will be taking delivery on a prius touring model with pachage 5 soon. I have ATT cell phone service (formerly Singular). I don't need a camera or internet capabilities but want something that will work hands free and transfere numbers. What phone shoul I buy?
That's wonderful-- but can you please tell me how to transfer the phone book?
I have a Sprint/Nextel Renegade V950 and a Prius. My phone does not possess an area where I can input the Prius passkey numbers. Although the two seem to find each other, I cannot make the connection without inputting the passkey number. Any suggestions?
I have a Motorola razor 3 also and a prius and had no problem setting it up. And when I come to the car my phone function always goes to the handsfree feature.
IF though I get a call in the car...and want to talk.....and finish my trip and want to continue the phone conversation (transfer BACK to my cell phone)....WHAT DO I DO. When I turn the key off...the phone call gets lost and NOT picked up back on my phone. HELP
I have LG Banter phone. I got everything connected in 2008 Prius but I have an echo when I receive a call.
I have a 2006 Prius and a 750 Treo that I am trying to pair. We get to the input the passcode and then the car gives us a bluetooth connection failed. We then selected Default from the car and cleared everything from both devices and tried it all again changing the device name. The phone never did pick up the new name, only the old name. It was if the car was not responding to the new info. Can you help me please?
I have a 2005 Prius, and I went through all the steps above with two different phones (an old Treo and a brand new LG). The phone finds the Prius, but the when I put in the passkey, the Prius doesn't go to its final "Connected..." screen, and instead just times out. One old Motorola phone is successfully paired, but no luck with these other two. Thoughts?
I have an 08 RAV4 w/o nav. I don't get any verbal commands from the system nor can I hear someone when they call me. They can hear me however. Everything else seems to work fine. Is there a mute button somewhere I'm missing?
i have a 2012 camry with bluetooth.i am trying to pair with my ex124g phone to the car nt a headset. having a very hard time .tried the 0000, 1212, and 1111 .does anyone have any suggestions
I do have a lot to say, and questions of my own for that matter, but first I'd like to say thank you, Dave, for all your helpful information by
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