For all its warts, there are certain things that I like about the Entune audio system. For example, once you’ve configured everything properly, it can read your incoming text messages aloud as you’re driving around town.
Unfortunately, when we first picked up our Highlander at the dealership, I couldn’t get this feature to work. For the record, I was using an iPhone 5S, and I kept getting a cryptic error message about having to do something on the mobile device. What the what?
For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out was wrong, and neither could our salesman. But then one of his co-workers sauntered over with an iPhone-specific solution. And, thankfully, it was a very simple fix.
For those of you with an iPhone, here’s the scoop…
Enabling text-to-voice with an iPhone
Assuming that you’ve already paired your phone with the audio system, you just need to go to the Bluetooth settings on your phone, click the “i” (for info) button next to “TOYOTA Highlander,” and then toggle the “Show Notifications” setting to enable it. That’s it.
The next time you receive a text message while you’re in motion, you’ll be given the option of having it read aloud. Just tap the touchscreen and listen (or tap to ignore or call the sender back). When you’re stopped, the text of the message will appear on the touchscreen so you can read it yourself.
Sadly, the Entune system doesn’t appear to support the composition of outgoing text messages on the iPhone. This should be possible with an Android phone, though that might depend on the particular flavor of Android that your phone is running.