Pairing Android Smartphones – 2014-2015 Subaru with Clarion Bluetooth Audio Unit

NUMBER: 15-179-15R
DATE: 02-19-15
REVISED: 02-27-15

APPLICABILITY: 2014-15MY Vehicles with Clarion Bluetooth Audio Unit
SUBJECT: Pairing Android Smartphones



This Service Information bulletin contains a series of screen shots with instructions which provide a procedure for pairing Android smartphones to Bluetooth-equipped Clarion audio units.  The procedure involves changing the audio unit’s default “PASSKEY” which must be entered into the smartphone during the pairing process.  Once the PASSKEY is changed from “1234” to “0000”, testing results have shown the remainder of the pairing process completes normally.



Follow the step-by-step instructions included with the following screen shots to change the PASSKEY.

STEP 1:  Press the “Off Hook” button on the steering wheel.

“Off Hook” button


STEP 2:  Turn the TUNE knob on the audio unit clockwise to scroll until “SETUP” is displayed.  Press the TUNE knob to select SETUP.

TUNE knob


STEP 3:  After “SECURITY” is displayed, turn the TUNE knob until “PHONE SETUP” is displayed.  Press the TUNE knob again to select PHONE SETUP.

“SECURITY” is displayed


STEP 4:  After “PAIR PHONE” is displayed, turn the TUNE knob until “SET PASSKEY” is displayed.  Press the TUNE knob again to select SET PASSKEY.

“PAIR PHONE” is displayed


STEP 5:  Input the PASSKEY “0000” by alternately turning the TUNE knob to scroll through the digits 0-9 then pressing the TUNE knob to select each (“0”).

Input the PASSKEY “0000”

Input the PASSKEY “0000”


STEP 6:  Confirm “BT SETUP PKY: 0000” is displayed then finish pairing using the remainder of the Smartphone’s normal procedure.

Confirm “BT SETUP PKY: 0000”


REMINDER:  SOA strongly discourages the printing and/or local storage of service information as previously released information and electronic publications may be updated at any time.

Always refer to STIS for the latest service information before performing any repairs.


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