How to Use Your Galaxy S6 in the Car

By Bill Hughes

When shopping for a car mount or a bike mount for your Galaxy S6, be sure to consider the extra girth associated with a case. If you do not use a case (which is a mistake), you just need to be sure that the mount is compatible with a Galaxy S6.

If you have a case on your phone (which is anything but a mistake), be sure the mount will work with the Galaxy S6 and the case.

Some cars have a built-in Bluetooth speaker that connects to a microphone somewhere on the dash as well as to your car speakers. It’s smart enough to sense when there’s an incoming call and mutes your music in response.

If you don’t have such a set-up, there are lots of good options for car speakers. An example is seen here.

Bluetooth car speaker.

Bluetooth car speaker.

A closely related accessory is a car mount. A car mount will hold your phone in a place you can easily observe as you drive. The mount attaches to an air vent, the dashboard, or the windshield. You could always put your phone on the seat next to you, but that’s for amateurs.

Instead, offer your phone a place of honor with a car docking station. It makes accessing your phone while you drive safer and easier. Some see getting a car mount as a luxury, but if you need to upgrade your navigation software, you need a vehicle mount.

Be sure to put away the docking station when you park. Even an empty docking station is a lure for a thief.

The following figure shows the Samsung Vehicle Navigation Mount. It costs about $100, and you can get it at your carrier’s store, RadioShack, Best Buy, or online at Amazon.com. This includes a wireless charging pad.

The Samsung Vehicle Navigation Mount.

The Samsung Vehicle Navigation Mount.

There are also more economical vehicle mounts that are available that do not include a wireless charging pad. An example from Slipgrip is seen here. It costs closer to $30.

A SlipGrip vehicle mount.

A SlipGrip vehicle mount.

This version is special because it is specifically designed to work with larger protective cases. It can be a hassle to have to remove the protective case from your phone to insert it in a vehicle mount. In addition to a car mount, SlipGrip also offers a mount for your bicycle.