While I don’t typically listen to music with a lot of basses, my car has a good JBL audio system, and when I’m driving to a pub with friends, it’s a different story. Because of this, it is really frustrating when I use Bluetooth to stream music from my phone to the car audio system and the music is delayed or interrupted.
Make sure your Bluetooth music player or phone is within range.
I use Bluetooth on my phone to stream music to my car. Certain individuals enjoy using wireless music players. You must make sure the streaming device is within range in either case. Since autos are typically 15 feet long and Bluetooth 4 has a range of 30 feet indoors, this wouldn’t be a problem.
With the help of an adapter and Bluetooth 5.0, my car stereo system should have a range of more than 130 feet. But when I’m out camping or in a distant location and want to use the car’s strong speakers to listen to my music, it becomes a problem. The audio starts to cut out and there is a big delay when I’m out of range. For a smooth experience, it’s recommended to be close to the automobile and within Bluetooth range.
Charge Your Phone to 100%.
Many of my phone’s features are affected when the battery is low. Transmission through Bluetooth is one of them. When my phone’s battery is low, it starts prioritizing vital functionality in order to conserve power. For example, my phone disables Bluetooth, GPS, and other similar features while attempting to maintain power with an active SIM for as long as feasible.
My phone doesn’t supply the best power to the Bluetooth connection if I switch it on even after it enters power-saving mode, which results in delays and weak signal strength. I resolved this problem by developing a routine of leaving my phone fully charged whenever I leave the house.
I also have a car charger that I can use in case my phone runs out of power. Modern vehicles may include wireless charging capabilities or built-in car chargers. Keeping the phone fully charged is one of the remedies in either case.
Analyze Any Signal Interference
There are millions of gadgets with Bluetooth technology, which has been around for roughly three decades. Everything, including my iPhone, AirPods, smart tags, and the music system in my car. There is severe signal interference when there are so many Bluetooth devices around.
Furthermore, radio frequencies are used in a manner that is similar to Bluetooth, WiFi, and cellular networks. Because of this, there is severe network congestion when there are too many phones in your car when you’re close to a public building, radio station or other locations with a high volume of wireless devices and pedestrian traffic. The network will become congested and the Bluetooth connection will be continually disrupted due to the sheer volume of smart bulbs, computers, WiFi routers, smart TVs, and phones in these locations.
Therefore, if I want to listen to some nice music, I normally park my car away from crowded areas. I also ask my friends to turn off their phones’ WiFi and Bluetooth. The Bluetooth can only remain turned on for the person who is streaming music from their phone. Otherwise, audio latency will torture you forever.
Remove Any Physical Obstacles
Physical obstructions affect wireless technology in general by weakening the signal and creating other problems. Because of this, the Bluetooth range is much greater outside than it is indoors. There shouldn’t, however, be any significant physical obstructions that could block, interrupt, or weaken the signal unless your vehicle is a limousine.
I was shocked to experience Bluetooth audio delay after using all of the aforementioned strategies or advice to maintain a strong signal. I suddenly realized it was my phone case. To keep my phone safe, I have a substantial case. Due to the integrated wallet, the back of it is significantly thicker. Metal currency, cash, and credit cards thereby increase the physical barrier. My phone’s Bluetooth antenna struggles to connect with the automobile music system as a result.
When I’m wearing particular pants, the same thing occurs. There is a noticeable audio delay while my phone is in my pocket, but as soon as I take it out, the delay disappears. In order to retain a clear line of sight between the phone and the Bluetooth receiver of the car audio system, it is best to have a thin case.
Modify the Codec
How audio data is sent from one device to another is controlled by a Bluetooth audio codec. It performs format-specific compression, encoding, and decoding of audio data. But not all codecs are created equal. Because of this, certain codecs offer high-quality audio playback, while others trade up sound quality for a faster connection. SBC, AAC, aptX, LDAC, and other popular Bluetooth codecs are only a few examples.
On my iPhone, SBC is the default setting when the signal is weak. All audio lags and other problems with streaming music to the automobile audio system are then immediately fixed. When the signal is strong, my phone changes to AAC in favor of a greater bit rate and quality. Despite being compatible with the majority of devices, AAC performs better on Apple products. It’s a different situation for Android mobile devices.
On my friend’s Samsung Galaxy phone, the AAC codec doesn’t perform well. Instead, he favors the aptX HD codec, which allows for the streaming of audio at greater bit rates like AAC. However, in my experience, smartphones with Snapdragon processors perform aptX the best. LDAC is typically a superior option for Sony phones when it comes to high-quality audio.
Adapt the Vehicle’s Audio System.
I drive a dated yet dependable Honda civic. It barely breaks down, gets me from one place to another, and doesn’t burn the track. Additionally, it uses fuel efficiently. I don’t feel the need to get a new car because of this. However, it also signifies that the vehicle’s auto stereo system is antiquated and inefficient. It made use of Bluetooth 3.1, which had terrible bandwidth and range. It was the ideal setting for signal drops, choppy streaming, and audio delays.
I had two choices for resolving that. One option was to purchase a brand-new car radio system, or the car stereo system could be updated with Bluetooth technology. I chose the latter course of action and significantly reduced my expenses.
I connected an inexpensive Bluetooth receiver into the AUX port after purchasing it, which was a minuscule fraction of the price of a brand-new car sound system. It supports AAC and Bluetooth 5.0, which works well with my iPhone. I experience no audio lag.
Reset Your Gadget
If none of the aforementioned solutions work to resolve Bluetooth audio delay for you, there might be a software problem with your phone or car entertainment system. While the aforementioned advice helped me resolve my problems, my friend wasn’t as fortunate.
He had to resort to a factory resetting his automobile entertainment system after all else had failed. If you have a new automobile, factory reset is simply a few taps away on the touchscreen display. Your car’s old stereo system, though, operates differently. To learn how to factory reset the automobile entertainment system, see the user handbook or get in touch with the manufacturer’s customer service.
The issue might be resolved by updating the phone firmware if the car stereo is not the cause. There may be a patch in a new update to address any flaws that result in audio delays. Additionally, you might try factory resetting your phone. Before using this advice, make sure to attempt all the ones given above.
Bluetooth is a practical wireless technology that eliminates the need for unsightly, breakable cords and enables effortless music playback. However, Bluetooth has some problems that make the audio experience terrible. I hope this post assists you in resolving the Bluetooth audio delay in your vehicle until more Bluetooth technological breakthroughs are made.