Step-by-Step Guide to Setting Up Bluetooth in Your 2013 Subaru Outback

If you’re a tech-savvy driver with a brand new 2013 Subaru Outback, you’re in for a treat. One of the best features of this car is its built-in Bluetooth technology. Once you set it up, you’ll be able to make hands-free phone calls and listen to your favorite tunes through your car’s speakers. But if you’ve never set up Bluetooth before, this guide is for you. Follow these simple steps, and you’ll be enjoying wireless connectivity in no time.

Finding the Bluetooth Settings

The first step is to find the Bluetooth settings on your car’s dashboard. Look for the "MENU" button next to the screen and press it. Then navigate to the "PHONE" option using the arrow keys and press "ENTER". From there, you should see a "BLUETOOTH" option. Select that, and you’re ready to start the setup process.

Turning on Bluetooth

Before you can pair your phone with your car, you’ll need to make sure Bluetooth is turned on. Go to your phone’s settings and look for the Bluetooth option. Make sure it’s turned on. Your phone should now be visible to other Bluetooth-enabled devices.

Pairing Your Phone

Now it’s time to pair your phone with your car. In the Bluetooth settings on your car, select "ADD DEVICE". Your car should now be visible to your phone. Select the car, and you’ll be prompted to enter a passcode. The passcode should be displayed on your car’s screen. Enter it into your phone, and they should be paired.

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Making Phone Calls

Once your phone is paired with your car, making phone calls is a breeze. Just press the "TALK" button on your car’s steering wheel, and the car will automatically dial the last person you called. If you want to call someone else, use the arrow keys on the steering wheel to navigate your phone’s contact list. Press "ENTER" to make a call.

Playing Music

To listen to music through your car’s speakers, you’ll need to make sure your phone is playing audio through Bluetooth. Open up your music app and play a song. In the Bluetooth settings on your car, select "MEDIA AUDIO". Your phone should now be playing music through your car’s speakers.


If you’re having trouble setting up Bluetooth, don’t worry. Here are some common issues and how to fix them:

  • "Device isn’t found": Make sure your phone’s Bluetooth is turned on and that it’s searching for devices. Also, make sure your car is visible to other devices.
  • "Can’t pair devices": Make sure the passcode entered on your phone matches the one displayed on your car’s screen. If they still won’t pair, try resetting both your phone and your car’s Bluetooth settings.
  • "Music won’t play through speakers": Make sure your phone’s volume is turned up and that it’s playing audio through Bluetooth. Also, make sure "MEDIA AUDIO" is selected in your car’s Bluetooth settings.

By following these simple steps, you should now be able to enjoy hands-free phone calls and wireless music streaming in your 2013 Subaru Outback. Happy driving!

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Q: Can I pair multiple phones with my car’s Bluetooth?

A: Yes, you can pair up to 5 different phones with your car’s Bluetooth. Just follow the same steps for each phone.

Q: Can I control my phone’s music from the car’s dashboard?

A: Unfortunately, the 2013 Subaru Outback’s Bluetooth system doesn’t support that feature. You’ll need to control your music from your phone.

Q: Can I use voice commands to make calls?

A: Yes, you can use voice commands to make calls. Just press and hold the "TALK" button on your steering wheel, and speak the name of the person you want to call.

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