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!