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Old 09-03-2015, 10:45 AM
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Plugging in iPhone rather than Bluetooth

I don't seem to be able to get full functionality like I have with bluetooth pairing when I plug my iPhone 6 into the USB port. I prefer this method as the bluetooth really seems to kill the battery, especially listening to tunes and then a couple of calls.

I was thinking of using 12 volt with USB under centre armrest but like the easy access at the front USB port

Any tips on this approach?

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Old 09-03-2015, 11:45 AM
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I don't seem to be able to get full functionality like I have with bluetooth pairing when I plug my iPhone 6 into the USB port. I prefer this method as the bluetooth really seems to kill the battery, especially listening to tunes and then a couple of calls.

I was thinking of using 12 volt with USB under centre armrest but like the easy access at the front USB port

Any tips on this approach?
You'll never be able to make calls through the Jeep controls without Bluetooth. You can't do it via USB because there is no protocol through it. The Jeep should be able to find your music through USB, though. It will simply act as a thumb drive.

Bluetooth and listening to music isn't what is killing your battery. Running on cellular connections instead of WiFi is. Mobile data requires constant location pings and absolutely eats your battery.

You can certainly get an adapter for the DC port to plug in your phone to charge it, but it's still going to need Bluetooth to connect to the Jeep for phone controls.
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Old 09-03-2015, 12:04 PM
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Re: Plugging in iPhone rather than Bluetooth

Thanks, that's what it seems like, so I'll just plug the phone into the 12volt in the centre armrest and run bluetooth and still have the battery charging.

Thanks.
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Re: Plugging in iPhone rather than Bluetooth

If you plug it into the front port, and leave Bluetooth on you get the best of both worlds. Audio is transferred over the USB cable for music playback, and you can still make and receive calls etc. This is what I do and it works well. Am I missing something?

BTW: I was hooked on the Proclip adapters (Jeep*Grand Cherokee*2014*Dashboard Mounts*-*ProClip USA) some time ago, and I have one for the Jeep as well. So my iPhone sits in the cradle within finger's reach for easy music changes, and constant charging while I'm on the move.
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BTW: I was hooked on the Proclip adapters (Jeep*Grand Cherokee*2014*Dashboard Mounts*-*ProClip USA) some time ago, and I have one for the Jeep as well. So my iPhone sits in the cradle within finger's reach for easy music changes, and constant charging while I'm on the move.

Apologies for derailing the OP's question, but which Pro Clip have you been using? The vent mount or console? I've looked at these and have wondered about the air flow for a vent mount. How hot or cold do the devices get with AC or Heat activated?

I'm also curious to hear about how easy they are to put on or take off. I don't know that I'd want the vent mount on there at all times. The console mount is in a better spot to leave on full time, however I don't want to be looking down while driving.
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Re: Plugging in iPhone rather than Bluetooth

I've used the vent mounts exclusively as they are the best option for eyes on the road. While I've only had the Jeep a couple of weeks, I've used the mounts in this way for about a decade. The vent mount air flow is redirected due to the mount, but it doesn't appear to be restricted at all. I've had every iPhone from the 4S to 6S using the adapters, and the phones have never had any issues with getting too hot or cold. In the jeep even less so... With the Jeep on LO going full blast my iPhone in leather apple case doesn't feel cold after my 45 minute commute. The mounts are very easy to install, requiring no tools, typically clipping or snapping into place then being secured by double sided tape that is already in place on the mount. Install is typically less than 5 minutes for the mount. The cradle adds maybe another 5-10 minutes and the only tool needed is a Phillips screw driver. Easy peasy! The other thing that is a major seller for me is that they are removed easily as well leaving no trace of their being installed...

After rereading that (glowing endorsement), I feel the need to say that I am not affiliated with ProClip in anyway other than as that of a happy customer.
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Re: Plugging in iPhone rather than Bluetooth

I use a dash mount instead of the vent clip and it works great. mount it just above the vent on the right side of the instrument cluster

I have this one in my car and my wife's car. falls off once or twice a year during really hot days but stays on otherwise.

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Re: Plugging in iPhone rather than Bluetooth

My iPhone sits in a mount and is plugged into power when it's being used in my JGC. Connectivity to the Jeep system is via Bluetooth. Sound quality is great for both music and phone.
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