iPhone Kia Sorento Bluetooth Pairing & Connection Instructions

Hand holding iPhone near Kia Sorento Apple CarPlay interface

If you’re too young to remember, the standard and available “technology” in older cars was nonexistent compared to what your modern cars, vans, and SUVs have to offer. As recently as thirty years ago, many vehicles only included an AM radio with one or two speakers. These days, it’s an arms race to see who can fit the most convenient and luxurious features into their vehicles with Kia consistently coming out on top.

All of that to say, the Kia Sorento is a wonderland of modern automotive technology. Speaking of advanced technology, the iPhone has become one of the most popular consumer products ever sold in its rookie year. If you have an iPhone and a new Kia Sorento, you’re well ahead of the curve for life-simplifying technology. Connecting them only makes things better. Here’s how to do it!

How to Connect iPhone to Apple CarPlay in Your Kia Sorento

If your Kia Sorento is a recent model-year and features UVO3 (or, for 2019 Kia Sorento models and newer, the brand-new UVO play/eServices) infotainment system, you’re good to go with Apple CarPlay. To use this feature, just plug the USB charging cable of your iPhone into the Kia Sorento’s USB port.

The first time you do this, you’ll get a message on your UVO infotainment system asking if you always want to connect CarPlay, select the option with which you’re the most comfortable. Once you’ve selected that, the CarPlay screen should automatically load. Here, you’ll see familiar apps and tools carried over from your iPhone.

To get back to your Kia’s infotainment, simply push the Kia app. From the Kia home screen, push Apple CarPlay to get back to the familiar Apple CarPlay apps menu.

While in CarPlay, pushing the voice command button on your Kia Sorento steering wheel will engage SIRI, the intelligent virtual assistant Apple has baked into your iPhone.

How to Connect iPhone to Your Kia Sorento Using Bluetooth Pairing

If you’re not a fan of wired connections and/or just want audio to be carried over from your iPhone, it couldn’t be easier. Follow the brief list of steps below to enjoy wireless phone and audio streaming in your recent model-year Kia Sorento!

  1. Activate Bluetooth on your iPhone by clicking Settings (gear icon) and then Bluetooth and making sure the switch is green.
  2. Press either the Call button (on your steering wheel) or the Phone button your radio in your Kia Sorento.
  3. Go back to your iPhone and scan the list of Bluetooth devices that have appeared. Find your Kia Sorento (should display as Kia Motors) and tap it.
  4. Your Kia Sorento will show a Bluetooth password, enter it on your iPhone and press OK.
  5. Give your Kia Sorento permission to download your iPhone contacts for easy dialing with voice controls.
  6. Choose whether you want this process to be automated when it asks you whether to “automatically connect” in your Kia Sorento.
  7. Once paired, you’ll be able to use audio and phone from your iPhone through the robust sound system of your Kia Sorento!

Test-Drive the Technologically-Advanced Kia Sorento at Kia of Muncie!

With its myriad technology features and confident ride that’s ready for all types of weather, the Kia Sorento is in a class of its own. Miles will fly by as you use Apple Maps and/or listen to Spotify from the comfort of your minimally-distracting UVO infotainment system.

To test-drive an iPhone-friendly Kia Sorento or for more information, contact us today!

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