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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by mania112, May 17, 2011.

  1. mania112

    mania112 Lurker
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    With the Galaxy S2 is there a way to force the phone into a USB mode whereby my car stereo can read and play mp3's.

    I have an Alpine IDA X-100 which although designed for iPhone does play music off a usb stick.

    Any help greatly received, so thanks in advance!
     



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  2. 3waygeek

    3waygeek Well-Known Member

    From the UK user's manual pg. 112:

    1. In idle mode, open the application list & select Settings/Wireless & Network/USB Utilities/Connect storage to PC.
    2. Select OK to confirm
    3. Connect the SGS2 to the PC (or stereo in your case)
    4. When connected, select Connect USB storage
    5. Select OK to confirm.

    You should now be connected to your stereo & its controls should let you browse through the folders on the card. Note that the card will probably have to be formatted as FAT32 as opposed to efs or whatever the SGS2 uses as its native filesystem.
     
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  3. mania112

    mania112 Lurker
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    awesome! so are you saying it's therefore only possible by having a SD card to format FAT32?

    EDIT: and also, would i lose functionality of the phone, for sat nav, for example?
     
  4. Gearu

    Gearu Android Expert

    Good cards come pre-formatted as FAT32, so you shouldn't have to format anything.
    SGII has EXT4 or something as it's filesystem, and supports FAT32 cards, if the card isn't FAT32, the phone will ask if you want it to format it for you (this will wipe all data of course)
     
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  5. mania112

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    Thanks. Will i lose other functions of the phone when in this mode?
     
  6. Gearu

    Gearu Android Expert

    No idea
     
  7. akt4rgtr

    akt4rgtr Lurker

    I use this feature all the time to play music via my car stereo and can confirm that you will loose the function of any apps that you have stored on the SD card memory. It will normally give you a message (on the phone screen) when you connect to the USB stating that some features of an app have been disabled. Another way to check is to view your apps screen menu when connected, you will notice that some of the apps are no longer present.

    I've came from a HTC desire to the Galaxy S2 and I think the software HTC employs to connect to USB is much slicker. It allows you to select a default setting or ask which function you'd like whenever you connect to a USB. Samsung should really has a similar feature because at the moment it takes a few too many touches of the screen to USB connection for mass storage.
     
  8. mania112

    mania112 Lurker
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    I've just come home and tried it out.

    It works!

    playing music thru my phone on the car stereo, then I have full access to 'Voice Talk' which covers everything you need for driving.

    the only negative is that the voice apps don't connect to the car speakers, but i didn't expect them to.
     

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