Android auto-answer on headset and Kenwood KDC-BT958HD

The stock radio in my car really needed and upgrade, and the Kenwood KDC-BT958HD with the SiriusXM SXV200 Connect adapter looked like a really nice upgrade, so in it went! The Kenwood head unit was a great choice, as it comes with HD Radio, Pandora, 2 USB ports, etc, however, it was the Bluetooth speakerphone option which really sold the deal for me.

The head unit ships with a microphone on a very long cord, which can be installed on the steering wheel column, on the A-pillar, or on the headliner. Installation was fairly straightforward, and the Bluetooth operation is simple. You pair the phone with the radio, and when a call comes in, the radio mutes and rings, and you push the button to answer… or so I thought.

After a few calls, I realized that the phone auto-answers while connected over the radio’s Bluetooth connection. I can see the advantages of not having to reach over to push a button to answer the call, however, sometimes you receive calls which you don’t want to answer!

I tried in vain to turn this “feature” off within the Android settings in my phone, but to no avail.

I finally realized that it was a setting in the Kenwood radio which was auto-answering the phone, and not the Android settings in my phone.

You need to do the followingTo turn off the Auto-Answer feature:

    1. Press the (Phone) key
    2. Select “Settings”>”Detailed Settings” using the control knob
    3. Select a Bluetooth detailed setting item using the control knob, specifically the detailed setting labeled “Auto-Answer”, and turn it off

The KDC-BT958HD owner’s manual can be found be found on Kenwood’s website. Below are some links to other posts with the same problem.

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