So you got your new (or mildly pre-owned) Nissan, and you’re excited. You should be; they’re awesome vehicles. The first thing you do before you even drive away from the dealership is pair your Android smartphone to your new vehicle so you can safely and legally stay connected to the world around you.
But you soon hear from friends that when they text you while driving, your car auto replies with “I’m driving”. A nice, responsible feature to be sure, but you’d rather just wait and respond yourself once you’ve arrived at your destination. (Not at a red light, that’s illegal) So you turn the feature off in vehicle settings. But you get back in the next day and it’s still happening, and the setting you turned off is inexplicably turned back on again. So now what?
(I’ve seen this issue on ’14 and ’15 Rogues, as well as ’15 Altimas, but I’m sure it’s very common on any Nissan that uses that same radio head unit)
This is a somewhat common occurrence for Android smartphones, but rest assured, there is a fix. It’s intentionally complicated, as it’s supposed to be, because it requires accessing a service menu you’re not going to want to stumble into accidentally. Basically you need to do a factory reset on your audio system. Here are the steps:
Turn the radio off, then press and hold preset 1 while turning the volume knob several turns counter-clockwise. This will bring up the service menu.
Select the second option, Confirmation/Adjustment
Scroll to the bottom of the list and select Initialize Settings
Once it’s finished, power your radio back on, and try again to turn off sms auto reply in Bluetooth settings. It should hold this time and not turn back on every time you power cycle your vehicle
This is going to delete all of your radio preset settings and probably un-pair you phone from its Bluetooth connection, but it should solve your auto-responding text messaging issue. Re-pair your phone and put your radio presets back and you should be right as rain.
If you’ve recently purchased a Chevy Cruze from the older body style, or if you’ve had yours for a while, you might have filled up the available Bluetooth paring connections. No problem, you can just delete them, right? Sure. Well, sometimes.
Sometimes the connections won’t delete. You can tell the car to as many times as you want and those old defunked phones will stay paired. It’s a quirk of that particular vehicle, but there’s always a fix, and in this case it’s an easy one!
Follow these steps:
Make sure the Cruze is in park
Unplug all USB devices and cables from the car
Turn the Cruze off
Open the driver’s door as wide as it will go
Wait 5 minutes. This will trigger the system to reset
After 5 minutes have passed, turn the Cruze back on and try to delete the previously paired devices again. It will work this time.
I acknowledge this sounds ridiculous, but I’ve helped customers with this very issue using this very solution a number of times and it always works.
Ah bluetooth. My bread and butter. If I had a nickel for every phone I’ve connected to a vehicle via a bluetooth connection… I’d have quite a few nickels. Bluetooth is a great way of wireless communication between two electronic devices, but it does (like all technology) have its quirks sometimes.
For instance, the current issue with Google Nexus phones running Android 7.1.1. Since October of 2016, these devices have had been unable to pair with vehicles because there is a glitch somewhere on the software side. I’m reading that the issue should be resolved in the eventual update to Android 7.1.2, but there’s currently no release date for that one yet. (Rumor has it the necessary update should be available early in Q2 of this year) But as of now, if you have a Google Nexus phone running Android 7.1.1, you’re kind of stuck until the update.