2012 Toyota Camry SE: Getting Started With Entune, the iOS Version
December 20, 2011
We've had our 2012 Toyota Camry for a month, but until this week, we hadn't been using its Entune system, which is part of a $1,050 Display Audio with Nav/Entune option package on our four-cylinder SE model. It turns out the process is a little bit involved to set it up if you have an iPhone, as most of our editors do.
When it initially launched, Entune only worked on Android, BlackBerrys and Windows phones. Then, iOS 5 came along and it became compatible with Apple phones as well. But there are caveats.
The big one is shown here. You have to hook a hard line up to the Camry's USB input to make an iPhone work with Entune for this particular audio-navigation unit; you can't stream via the Bluetooth connection (although you do have to pair your phone as your normally would for Bluetooth and then enable music streaming). Android phones are exempt from this requirement, and Toyota officials tell us the iPhone will work wirelessly, too -- but only with the higher-end Denso navigation system available only on the XLE V6.
OK, fine, I've got the cable hooked up.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. First, we had to go to myentune.com and set up a staff account linked to our Camry's VIN. Then, we had to enter and save that username and password in the Camry's audio-nav unit. And then, we had to set up a staff Pandora account linked to the Entune account. Finally, I had go to the App Store and install the free Entune app on my phone.
All that done, I plugged in my iPhone, opened the Entune app on my phone (have to do this before you interact with the Camry's Entune menus, we're told), and that brings up this screen:
Click yes. Now we're in business. What's the point of doing all this? Well, you'll get to read many posts about Entune's features over the next 11 months, but my main motivation was a desire to use the full Pandora integration to create playlists that would delight and/or annoy my coworkers.
So naturally, I've started out with the Beatles, Mike Patton and a John Denver holiday radio station. Anyone using our Pandora account can thumb up/down any of the songs, and if so motivated, the mean editors on staff could even choose to delete my John Denver station.
If you do try to use an iPhone wirelessly (as my phone indicates I can do) and attempt to "Connect for Internet," this is what happens. No Entune. Undoubtedly, this situation will change in the future... hopefully before the dawn of iOS 6.
However, you can certainly use Bluetooth streaming audio if you don't care about the Entune integration and just want to use the personal Pandora account (or other audio apps... like NPR) that you already have on your phone. Regular BT Audio only requires you to hit that "Connect for Music" button (shown above) -- you don't need the internet connection.
We'll put up a separate "getting started with Entune" post that's specific to Android phones.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 1,862 miles
P.S. The USB and aux ports are in a cubby (with a door) under the Camry's center stack, so you can easily get the phone and the cord out of the way, and out of sight.