Audi Q5/Q7: How to Stream Music Through Bluetooth

The Audi Q5/Q7 has a great sounding stereo system, and once you connect the Bluetooth audio streaming function to your phone, it has access to unlimited sources of entertainment.

This article applies to the Audi Q5/Q7 (2009-2016).

Streaming music through Bluetooth in your Q5 or Q7 is one of those modern conveniences that makes life worth living, giving you access to internet radio, Spotify, Pandora, MP3s, and more. Thanks to Bluetooth technology, you can now stream the music you want to listen to when you want to listen to it (and for as often as you like). If you bought the Audi Q5/Q7 with the navigation package, Bluetooth screaming is built into the MMI. Unfortunately, without that, it isn’t just as easy as punching a button, but it only takes a few minutes once you have the right cables and software.

Materials Needed

  • A2DP adapter
  • DockBoss Air
  • Hands-free Bluetooth kit (optional)

Option 1 – Get a portable A2DP adapter

The multimedia interface (MMI) in the Audi Q5/Q7 does not support Bluetooth. However, for about $10, you can purchase a portable Bluetooth wireless music receiver that connects directly to your car. The built-in microphone also allows you to make and receive phone calls. Most packages on the market today come with a Bluetooth music receiver, 3.5mm headphone jack audio cable, USB charging cable and 3.5mm headphone jack connector. Follow the directions to connect your phone to the A2DP via Bluetooth, and simply plug the 3.5mm cable into the Audi MMI input jack.

Figure 1. This is an A2DP Bluetooth adapter.

Pro Tip

An alternative to streaming music through Bluetooth is to save your favorite music files to an SD card. Your Audi Q5/Q7 is equipped with an SD card slot that will play music directly through your MMI.

Option 2 – Install the DockBoss Air

If you already have a cable with a 30-pin connector, the type found on most iPods or older iPhones, the DockBoss Air is all you need. This slightly more expensive alternative to the generic A2DP adapter allows you to stream music through your car using any Bluetooth-enabled device, including Android cell phones and the iPhone. Most Audi infotainment systems have the required 30-pin connector located in your glove box, so this makes it very easy.

  • Figure 2. Typical Audi iPod dock.
  • Figure 3. DockBoss Air can hook up to 3.5mm input, too, with proper cable.

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