iPhone Won’t Play Music When Connected with USB to Car

Some users have complained that their car stereo won’t play music from the iPhone when the iPhone is connected to the car stereo using the USB port. This problem can be an important issue for many. Because many users enjoy music while they are driving. If you are having this issue, you will be prevented from listening to music from your iPhone in your car. Please note that, if your car supports, you may also connect your device to your car using CarPlay or Bluetooth.


Newer cars include a USB port that you can use to connect your iPhone. This will let you listen to music and more through the car audio system. This is a simple process. You will need to find the USB port and connect your iPhone with a USB cable. This article explains what you can do when you are unable to connect your iPhone to your car. If there is no USB playback after reconnecting the device, there are a number of tips you can try.

1. Restart

Simply restart your iPhone. After restarting, try again. Furthermore, restart the car stereo. You can do that by pressing and holding the power button. I also recommend that you reset the car audio system. You may want to read the car’s manual to learn more about this process. I further recommend that you ensure that your stereo is using the latest firmware. Again you may want to check the manual for more help.

2. Update

Ensure that your iPhone is updated to the latest version of iOS. Go to Settings > General > Software Update. I also recommend that you turn on Automatic Updates.

Software Update

3. Check your USB cable

Try these, if possible:

  • Disconnect and reconnect the USB cable.
  • Try a different USB cable if possible.
  • Try a different USB port if possible.
  • Check your cable for signs of damage if your cable looks damaged, do not use it.
  • Check the charging port on the bottom of your iPhone and the USB port for any debris, remove any debris.

4. Turn off EQ

Some users have told me that they turned off EQ and this music problem was fixed. On your iPhone, follow these steps:

  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Music.
  • Tap EQ.
  • Select Off.
Turn off EQ

5. Reset All Settings

If you are still having this problem, you may want to reset all your settings. This will not erase your content. But your preferences and settings will be removed. Your music will not be deleted. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset All Settings. Then follow the onscreen instructions.

Reset All Settings

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1 thought on “iPhone Won’t Play Music When Connected with USB to Car”

  1. Thanks for suggestions but still not working. I have a 2010 General Motors Tahoe and iPhone 13 pro… Bluetooth connects to phone but still doesn’t work. Shows on car screen as iPod when connected to usb but music etc still comes thru only on phone


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