Device connectivity

Wireless charging showing device connectivity

Nowadays we demand the same level of high quality entertainment in our cars as we enjoy at home. Volkswagen has a range of ways to connect devices to your car.

Easy connection

It's so easy to connect a compatible device to the radio system via a universal port, using the adapter cable for USB or iPod connector. Just plug in and enjoy. The port also supplies a 5-volt charging current for iPods.
You can navigate folders or menus simply via the sound system, with the track playing shown on your radio or radio-navigation display. The Multi-Device Interface lets you choose a great soundtrack to match your new Volkswagen's great drive.

iPod & MP3

Our Multi-Device Interface (MDI) lets you play your choice of music from your own external audio device, via your car's sound system. The MEDIA-IN MDI offers you a fast and easy link to files on your MP3 player, iPod and USB memory stick. It's easy to connect a compatible device to the sound system via a universal port, using a suitable adapter cable for USB or compatible Apple iPod dock connector. You can navigate folders or menus simply via your car's sound system, with the track playing shown on your radio or radio-navigation display. The port also supplies a 5-volt charging current.

MDI

Choose a personal soundtrack. Our Multi Device Interface lets you listen to your own music while you're on the move. You can choose a personal soundtrack to your drive with the Multi Device Interface. It offers you a fast and easy link to files on your MP3 player, iPod and USB memory stick.

App Connect

Three innovative technologies that allow you to bring smartphone apps onto your infotainment system’s touchscreen: the established MirrorLink™ apps, the new CarPlay™ function from Apple, and the Android Auto™ function from Google. As such, Volkswagen is the first manufacturer to offer a choice of three interfaces to connect up smartphones.
Read more about App Connect.

Mobile Phone Compatibility

Our systems are compatible with most HFP handsets.
To find out which functions your combination of infotainment system, mobile phone preparation and mobile phone supports and how you can connect these with each other, click here. Alternatively contact your local Volkswagen Retailer.

Bluetooth​

Bluetooth technology helps electronic devices communicate wirelessly via radio signals between their transmitters and receivers. With Bluetooth in your car you can make hands-free calls, without taking your phone out of your pocket. It reroutes calls to your car's audio system when you are driving, automatically muting any music that is playing while you are speaking. You can also connect to music on your phone and some MP3 players. Some systems also have voice recognition built in. Data is transmitted on the 2.4 GHz band (licence-exempt worldwide). The transmitting power of the interface is one watt, allowing a transmission range of around ten metres - more than enough to link up devices inside a car. We offer factory fitted Bluetooth solutions providing safe, hands-free communications while driving.
* Please check phone compatibility with your retailer.

Mobile Phone Preparation

Telephone preparation uses Bluetooth radio technology - a wireless connection between compatible devices - to access your mobile phone. It works like a permanently installed phone. The system detects that your mobile phone is present in the car, and receives and uses all its SIM and GSM data..The system transfers all the relevant information to the car system via Bluetooth, using the remote SIM access profile (RSAP). This means that with just one SIM card all the directories stored in your mobile phone are also available in your car. The connection to the external aerial is made automatically, without you having to take the mobile out of your pocket or operate it.

MirrorLink

​MirrorLink integrates the smartphone into the vehicle. Simply connecting up a smartphone to the on-board entertainment system using a cable allows MirrorLink-compatible apps to be used conveniently via the infotainment system’s screen.

Please refer to your Volkswagen Owner's manual for official guidance on use and operation of all our technology.

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