Audi A4 Owners & Service Manuals

Audi A4: Using the Audi phone box

General information

Applies to: vehicles with Audi phone box

Telephone
Fig. 135 Front center console: Audi phone box with connections

Depending on vehicle equipment, you may be able to use the following functions with the Audi phone box:

  • Make phone calls using the vehicle's exterior antenna
  • Charge a mobile device using the USB input
  • Charge a mobile device wirelessly
  • Reminder signal

Limitations

In some situations, the functions of the Audi phone box may be limited or temporarily unavailable.

For example, this may happen if

  • There is one more than mobile device in the Audi phone box
  • The mobile device is located in a bag or a protective case
  • There are objects between the Audi phone box and the mobile device
  • The mobile device is not positioned in the center of the Audi phone box

WARNING

  • Loose objects can be thrown around the vehicle interior during sudden driving or braking maneuvers, which increases the risk of an accident. Store objects securely while driving.
  • Do not allow the visual or audio signals from a mobile device to distract you from traffic, because this increases the risk of an accident.

    Operate the mobile device only via the MMI. Fold the center armrest down while driving.

Note

Applicable to U.S.A.

Operation of the Audi phone box is subject to the following requirements of the Federal Communications Commission:

  • This is a CONSUMER device.
  • BEFORE USE, you MUST REGISTER THIS DEVICE with your wireless provider and have your provider's consent. Most wireless providers consent to the use of signal boosters.

    Some providers may not consent to the use of this device on their network. If you are unsure, contact your service provider.

  • You MUST operate this device with approved antennas and cables as specified by the manufacturer. Antennas MUST be installed at least 20 cm (8 inches) from any person.
  • You MUST cease operating this device immediately if requested by the FCC or a licensed wireless service provider.
  • WARNING: E911 location information may not be provided or may be inaccurate for calls served by using this device.

Note

Applicable to Canada

In Canada, operation of a Zone Enhancer, such as an Audi phone box, is subject to the following requirements of the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED):

  • This is a CONSUMER device.
  • BEFORE USE, you MUST meet all requirements set out in CPC-2-1-05. At the time of printing this user manual, the CPC-2-1-05 client procedures circular of ISED Canada was available at the following web page: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf08942.html.
  • You MUST operate this device with approved antennas and cables as specified by the manufacturer, Antennas MUST NOT be installed within 20 cm of any person.
  • You MUST cease operating this device immediately if requested by ISED or a licensed wireless service provider.
  • WARNING: £911 location information may not be provided or may be inaccurate for calls served by using this device.

Tips

The system complies with United States FCC regulations and ISED regulations.

Making phone calls using the exterior antenna

Applies to: vehicles with Audi phone box

With the Audi phone box, you can make calls using the exterior antenna on the vehicle. Using the exterior antenna helps when there is a low signal and also provides better reception quality.

Requirement: the ignition must be switched on.

  • To make phone calls through the vehicle's exterior antenna using your mobile device, lay your device on the phone symbol (2), fig. 135 in the center of the Audi phone box with the display facing up.

Charging the battery using the USB input

Applies to: vehicles with Audi phone box

You can charge your mobile device using a special USB adapter with the Audi phone box.

Requirement: the ignition must be switched on.

  • To charge your mobile device via USB, connect it to the USB input (1), fig. 135.

Tips

  • You can purchase a USB adapter from an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility, or at specialty stores.
  • Audi recommends using Audi Genuine Accessories.

    Audi has verified their reliability, safety, and suitability.

Charging a mobile device wirelessly

Applies to: vehicles with Audi phone box

You can charge your mobile device wirelessly using the Audi phone box.

Requirement: the ignition must be switched on.

Your mobile device must meet the Qi standard.

  • Make sure that the wireless charging function is switched on:
  • Applies to: MMI: Select on the home screen: SETTINGS > General > Reminder signal and mobile device charging.
  • Switch the Mobile device wireless charging function on.
  • To charge your mobile device wirelessly, lay it on the symbol (3), fig. 135 in the center of the Audi phone box with the display facing up.

WARNING

  • The mobile device may become hot during wireless charging. Pay attention to the temperature of your mobile device and be careful when removing it from the Audi phone box.
  • An alternating magnetic field is used for wireless charging. Maintain a minimum distance of approximately 2.4 inches (6 cm) to the Audi phone box charging plate. The thresholds for prolonged exposure at this distance comply with ICNIRP1998. Therefore, interactions such as irritation of sensory organs, malfunctions of active implants (such as pacemakers, infusion pumps, or neurostimulators) or effects on passive implants (such as prosthetic limbs) is highly unlikely. If you have an implant, consult a medical specialist if you have any questions.

    You can also switch the function for wireless charging in the Audi phone box on and off.

    You can continue to charge your mobile device using a cable connection.

Tips

  • The maximum charging output is 5 W.
  • The charging time and temperature will vary depending on the mobile device being used.

Mobile device reminder signal

Applies to: vehicles with Audi phone box

When the device reminder signal is switched on, you will be notified that your mobile device is still in the Audi phone box when you leave the vehicle.

Requirement: your mobile device must be located in the Audi phone box (if Qi-capable) or connected to the Audi music interface with a USB adapter, and the Audi smartphone interface must be active or your iPhone must be connected to the MMI via Bluetooth and charging using a USB adapter connected to the Audi music interface.

  • Applies to: MMI: Select on the home screen: SETTINGS > General > Reminder signal and mobile device charging.

The following settings may be available, depending on vehicle equipment:

  • Signal tone
  • Off

Spoken cue

this setting is switched on at the factory.

Mobile device notes: reminder, charge level

When this function is switched on, the charge status of your mobile device is displayed. You will also be reminded not to forget your mobile device when leaving the vehicle.

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