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Phone always connects to car and starts playing music/podcast automatically

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by ecarfan, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    Couldn't describe this behavior very accurately in a short thread title. Here is what I am experiencing, I believe only since the last software update on my Dec 2013 Model S, which is V8.1 (17.11.10). I think this may have been reported before but I searched and couldn't find it.

    Every time I get into my car my iPhone automatically starts playing whatever podcast or music or Audible audiobook I was last listening to in the gym or at home or in the car. It does this even if I have shut down the music or podcast app before I get into the car.

    If while in the car I disconnect the phone from the car of course it stops playing, but when I exit and then return to the car it automatically connects and starts playing again.

    I suppose for some people this might be a desirable feature, but to me it is not. I do not see anything in Settings to change this behavior. Of course I could tell the car to "forget this device" (in this case, my iPhone) but then I would have to re-connect it to the car the next time I wanted to use it.

    Has anyone figured out a way to let the car automatically connect to their phone but not automatically start playing the last podcast or song they listened to? Thanks.
     
  2. artsci

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    Simple to fix. In the media player choose a source other than the phone -- streaming, USB, etc.
     
  3. Jason S

    Jason S Model S Sig Perf (P85)

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    Mostly it is a phone app feature. If w/e you are using on the phone automatically plays when it connects to speakers, then it'll automatically play when connecting to the Tesla bluetooth 'speaker'.
     
  4. Nosken

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    It actually is a bit deeper than that, if I completely quit the podcast app or iHeartRadio, it will reach in and start playing it, even though the app is no longer active at all, and I have forced quit the app. This is not how it reacts when you have a typical Bluetooth speaker set up.
    The only way I have found to remedy this, is as the poster above stated, switch to another source when you leave the car. This is particularly problematic, because if you open a car door, and are not inside the car, you are going to miss part of the podcast that plays in advertently.
     

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