How to Setup Toyota Entune text messaging on iphone

produced by john ashworth 

I was having trouble getting my Toyota Entune text messaging to work recently, so I consulted with one of our experts, Joanna. She helped me figure it out and helped me film this video. I hope you will find it useful. Don’t do what I did, which was make attempts to figure it out while you’re driving. Stop by the dealership and we can help too. Or, just pull over and watch this video.

Toyota Entune text messaging makes it a lot easier and safer to read your text messages when on the go in your Toyota. I love it! I especially love the sound it makes when a text message arrives. Watch the video to hear it for yourself.


How to adjust the volume on iPhone for text message readout and alert tones



29 Replies to “How to Setup Toyota Entune text messaging on iphone”

  1. Yea but, my system keeps dropping the connection. After I get it working and shut off my car it doesn’t work again. When I click the little envelope it asks me if I “ want to set up text messaging”. This is unacceptable. I use an iPhone 8 with iOS 12 and a 2015 Camry.

    Any clues as to why this is happening?

    1. Hi Pat, yes that is annoying. Might have to do with a conflict with the new IOS operating system. Not sure. You might contact your local dealer to inquire about a potential firmware update for the Entune system. Or, I think you might be able to update it yourself. You are likely not the only one with this problem and Toyota might need to come up with a solution in their next update. Good luck!

      1. John,

        Thanks from r your reply. I already did check the Toyota software update website. There is none for my system. And I am NOT about to pay a dealer t update my system. The problem existed BEFORE I updated to system 12. I just received a Bluetooth button in the mail today. Hopefully I can just rely on Siri and completely bypass the poorly designed EnTune system. Basically i’ll be using it as an amplifier for the Siri voice. Toyota needs to implement Caraplay

        1. I am also having this issue. My text messages were coming thru just fine until about 1-2 weeks ago. I’m not sure if it’s the apple update or if it’s Toyota, but there has to be a fix. I pay a pretty penny for my 4Runner and I certainly don’t feel like this should be a constant battle.

        2. Hi Pat,

          I agree with everything you’re saying. Especially the surprising fact that Toyota does not yet provide Apple CarPlay. For reasons I’ll share in a different blog post, my last two car purchases were GMCs. They both have Apple CarPlay and it’s a terrific system. Works so much more seamlessly and with the new iOS 12, the screen in the car actually reflects my favorite Google Ways app. Until then, I think we all have some homework to do to see if we can find a potential solution. Though, you will likely remain most content with your reliance on Siri. I know I do when I’m driving my wife’s 2017 Prius. A terrific car, by the way. The independent rear suspension gives the Prius a luxurious ride. The gas mileage goes without saying…

  2. I may look elsewhere for my next car purchase also. In today’s tech-heavy climate something like Apple Car Play is an important part of a car buying decision. It is beyond me as to why Touota can’t offer a simple software update to let 2015 owners like myself use Siri eyes free at least. As long as I can touch the home button on my phone I can live with what I have now.then I can use Entune to hear and answer messages. However that should not be necessary.

  3. I did all this . I thought it was my iPhone so I got a new one nope . I went to the dealer and had the salesman look at it . “ I’ll have to look into this “
    So what . I repaired it 5 time . The message block appears but no messages.

    1. Hi Michael, you might try updating the actual infotainment system. Beyond that, though, I don’t have any ideas about what else you might be able to try. I wish you the best. Thanks for your comments here. -John

    2. Finally- I Hope got it figured out- took a couple of younger relatives. Check the notifications for locked screen setting. You need to allow notifications with locked screen

  4. But how do you reply back to a text message? Every time I tell mine to send a message, it tells me my iPhone doesn’t support that. Am I doing something wrong? It’s an iPhone X and a 2016 highlander. I would think it should work.

    1. I have the same problem , I receive texts just fine but if i try to reply ” send text to…” I get a voice message saying “the connected pone does not support this” Did you get a resolution?

  5. John- how go you adjust the chime volume for incoming texts. My volume is extremely high and when there are multiple texts the arrival sound volume is annoying high

    1. Hi Rick, thanks for your question. Off the top of my head, I can’t remember. However, I appreciate your request and I’m planning to get into my new Prius Prime tonight and find an answer for you. Though this new car is a 2019, I believe the Entune system is basically the same. I think there is a volume adjustment somewhere in the messaging settings. -John

  6. I have a 2015 Camry Hybrid and my iphone 7 worked fine. I recently got an iphone 11pro. I now get voice for all map apps over bluetooth, music and books play fine but Siri doesn’t verbalize anything. Any idea why? I no longer have messaging on entune either. It’s just is gone. I just turned on the notifications on my phone as suggested but haven’t had a chance to try it. Hoping your suggestion helps.
    My phone is often looking for CarPlay.

    1. Hi Patricia, the messaging system should still work as it does with my newer 2019 Prius Prime. Make sure your volume is turned-up and your phone is paired on the bluetooth so that you can hear Siri. I’m not sure, but I think Siri eyes free still works on that 2015 Camry. Try holding the off-hook phone button on the steering wheel and if Siri Eyes Free is installed, that will engage Siri. Hope this helps. -John

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