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How to connect Apple iPhone devices to your Lexus NX

Whether it be for safe use of the phone while you’re on the go or simply to enjoy your favourite music streamed from your Apple device, connecting your iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth to the Lexus NX‘s multimedia system only takes a couple of minutes. Watch the video below or read on for a step-by-step guide.

  1. Begin by enabling Bluetooth on your iOS device.
  2. In your Lexus NX, and with your feet off the pedals and the gearstick in ‘PARK’, press the ‘POWER’ button once to switch on the audio and multimedia system.
  3. When the system is active, press the ‘MENU’ button on the centre console to bring up the menu display.
  4. Using the Remote Touch controller, select ‘SETUP’ > ‘BLUETOOTH’ > ‘ADD DEVICE’ and select your device from the available list.
  5. On your iPhone or iPad, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the registration. You may be asked to enter a code to confirm your phone’s identity, or it may connect automatically.
  6. With your device registered, return to the ‘BLUETOOTH’ setup menu and choose to connect it as a phone (iPhone only), an audio player, or both.
  7. Once your device has been paired with the Lexus NX, it will automatically be recognised by your car – simply turn on Bluetooth on your Apple iOS device to establish the connection.
  8. With the iPhone connected, calls can be made easily and in safety, and you can also stream audio content from an iPhone or iPad by accessing the ‘AUDIO’ menu of the onboard multimedia system.

To read more Lexus ‘how to’ posts, see the links below:
How to connect a Bluetooth device to your Lexus NX
How to tune DAB radio on your Lexus
How to disable Adaptive Front Lighting on your Lexus RX
How to update maps on your Lexus Navigation system
How to update maps on your Lexus Premium Navigation System

Comments (10)

    1. Hi Ian,
      Thank you for getting in touch. We would advise disconnecting and pairing your device again. If the issue persists then try another device with a personal hotspot. Hope this helps.

  1. The apple iPhone is different device from the other normal one that it can connect with the vehicle in the appropriate way like the apple device need to connect to the lexus nx which is going to taker the advantage s of the device and can be more useful for the system .

    1. Am I right to conclude that the connectivity for my iPhone with my NX is still very limited
      Is Apple carplay ever going to work on Lexus?

      1. Hi Thomas,

        Thanks for getting in touch. Apple Carplay is not currently on offer with Lexus models. However, we appreciate your feedback and will be passing your comments on to our product team. In the mean time, please keep an eye on our blog and social channels for updates on our Multimedia systems.


  2. I cannot connect my new iphone XR to my LexusNX. It only seems to recognize my previous phone. The “add” device option, never seems to display.

      1. Hello, it’s been well over a month and iphone XR is in the hands of many Lexus owners including my wife and I. Are there immediate plans to support it? If not I’m going to have to return them as the feature is necessary for us. It’s a shame this wasn’t figure out before the release, Apple is quite popular you know.

        1. Hi Matt,

          Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately, we currently don’t have any updates available on this. Please keep an eye on our blogs and social channels for any future updates on our vehicles.


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