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I have a 2020 ram 1500, with the 8.4 non-nav Uconnect system. My XM trial has expired and I don't plan on renewing. There's not much for broadcast radio, so I'd like to default to Bluetooth on the radio.

I can't seem to find the menu option to set that. Years ago (2013) I had 8.4 Uconnect with Nav and it just worked didn't have to do anything.

Now when I connect to the phone, and turn off, the next time I start up it goes back to the dead XM radio instead of the phone.

Maybe my radio is defective? Any ideas?


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Owners manual??
Literally every one of the dozens of different vehicles from the last half dozen or so years I’ve driven hooks to Bluetooth in a few button presses.


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Have you had it on the phone and pushed the seat memory button, to remember "your" personal settings, for seat, mirrors, HVAC, and radio etc?


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I have a 2018 with the 8.4 and it should stay in the mode you had it in when you turned it off.
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My 19 Ram won't stay in Bluetooth after shutting it off. Haven't taken the time to research so I'm staying tuned in to this thread.
Pretty frustrating to say the least.

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goducks10 wrote:

My 19 Ram won't stay in Bluetooth after shutting it off. Haven't taken the time to research so I'm staying tuned in to this thread.
Pretty frustrating to say the least.


My '17 did.. I wonder if it's a feature FCA removed sometime during the '19 model year?

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Me Again wrote:

Have you had it on the phone and pushed the seat memory button, to remember "your" personal settings, for seat, mirrors, HVAC, and radio etc?


No memory button.

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Okay Googled around and found this.

1. Sit in driver seat, doors closed, vehicle off.
2. Foot off the break, press start/stop button once to place vehicle in ACC mode.
3. Press the start/stop button twice to turn off vehicle.
4. Hold the Voice Recognition and Green Phone buttons on the steering wheel for 30 seconds, then let go.
5. Open the driver door for 30 seconds, or until the dash display cluster turns off - whichever comes first, then close the door.
6. Hold down the break pedal, and press the start/stop button to start the vehicle normally.

After I did step 6, my Uconnect system quickly flashed through several screens including what looked like a dial pad and the text "enter anti-theft code" (?). It still started in FM radio, but when I pressed the Media icon, it immediately went to Bluetooth (whereas in the past, I would have to hit the down arrow then select Bluetooth). I restarted the vehicle normally again, and this time it went straight to Bluetooth.

Let me know if you have any questions, or you can call Uconnect General Support here: https://www.driveuconnect.com/contact-us.html

They asked for the last 8 characters of my VIN and had me verify my name, address, and phone number (which I assume they got through RAM). Edit: The second guy asked for my address and email, then asked if I wanted to add my phone number, so I guess they weren't for verification, but to add to their records.

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goducks10 wrote:

Okay Googled around and found this.



After I did step 6, my Uconnect system quickly flashed through several screens including what looked like a dial pad and the text "enter anti-theft code" (?). It still started in FM radio, but when I pressed the Media icon, it immediately went to Bluetooth (whereas in the past, I would have to hit the down arrow then select Bluetooth). I restarted the vehicle normally again, and this time it went straight to Bluetooth.

Let me know if you have any questions, or you can call Uconnect General Support here: https://www.driveuconnect.com/contact-us.html
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Great I'll give this a try, thanks!

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What type of phone? That version should use wireless Carplay. Not sure about the Android auto function. Then you can just hit the Carplay icon instead of media.

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