2012 Nissan Quest LE: Name That Bluetooth Connection
October 21, 2012
Unless you're an automotive journalist you may not relate to this problem -- a problem that the 2012 Nissan Quest does not have, mind you. On the other hand this issue could very well be a source of frustration for those of you that own multiple vehicles from the same carmaker.
I'm talking about Bluetooth connections, and the generic and largely unchangeable names assigned to them by automakers. On you're phone you're looking for a branded Bluetooth connection name like Car Multimedia, Car Audio, BlueConnect, HandsFreeLink, Sync and others when you synch up or manage your connections.
Such default names wind up being the same if you pair your phone to two or more vehicles of the same brand. Later on it's hard to tell which connection refers to the sedan, which one belongs to the truck.
Some carmakers -- less than 25%, I reckon -- provide a way to rename a car's Bluetooth connection so you can easily tell which connection is which when poking around on your phone. Nissan/Infiniti is one of them.
Nissan's corporate generic Bluetooth connection name is MY-CAR, and if you want to leave it at that, be my guest. But if you want to distinguish one Infiniti or Nissan in your garage from another, the thing to do is look for the "Edit Bluetooth Info" command in the Settings/Bluetooth menu.
When you get to that screen you'll see a place to change your Bluetooth password, but just below that is a place to change the Device Name, aka the name of your car as far is your phone is concerned. Click on that and you get ...
... a QWERTY keyboard that lets you delete the old name and replace it with whatever you want.
Here it's pretty clear which of these conntections belong to our Infiniti JX35 and Nissan Quest. The others are anyone's guess.
Maybe managing multiple connections means little to you. OK, I get that. But this naming feature does have another application for a completely different subset of car owners: folks who like to name their cars. With this they can burn that name into the car's memory and have it appear on their phone.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 23.315 miles