How do I get CarPlay and Apple CarPlay setup? In this article, we are going to answer that question. We will also make sure that you know just how you use your favorite Apple apps with your car’s infotainment system.
Not everyone has the technical abilities to download and install software and unless you have a pre-teen who is desperate to show you up in the mobile department, the steps to CarPlay setup can be as daunting as shopping on the first day of the Christmas sales. But, there is no need to worry.
First of all, what is Apple CarPlay? CarPlay is a software that will allow you to mirror certain apps that you would normally use on your iPhone on your car’s infotainment system screen. So, instead of typing in an address on Google Maps on your phone, you can connect your Apple iPhone to the car’s infotainment system and use the app on the touch screen.
It is much safer than trying to work with your phone thanks to the larger screen that is right in front of your eyes. The icons are easier to touch, and you can take advantage of the controls in your car as well as voice commands with Siri.
At the same time, due to safety concerns and potential distractions, there are some apps that are not compatible, mainly ones that offer videos. Youtube Music is available, but YouTube itself isn’t.
How do I get CarPlay?
The chances are, you already have it. The better question might be, “how do I know if I have it?”
The first thing to do is to check if your car supports CarPlay. There are more than 500 makes and models that you can use CarPlay with. Any vehicle before 2015 and you might be out of luck, but you can check the full list here.
With your smartphone, it is easier to tell if it is compatible. All iPhones after (and including) the iPhone 5 will work with Apple Carplay. Because it isn’t an app that you need to download, your iPhone will already have CarPlay support and you won’t need to proceed with CarPlay download.
Apple CarPlay: how to install?
Again, it isn’t really about installing as much as connecting. There are two ways for you to connect your phone to your car. If you have one of the following models, you will be able to set up wireless CarPlay:
- Audi A6, A7, A8, Q8 (2019 and newer);
- Audi E-Tron SUV (2020 and newer);
- BMW 5 Series and 3 Series (2017 and newer);
- 2019 BMW range;
- Lamborghini Urus (2017 and newer);
- Mercedes A-Class (2018 and newer);
- Mercedes GLE (2019 and newer);
- 2019 Mini range;
- Toyota Supra (2020 and newer).
For wireless CarPlay set up, you need to start your car and make sure that Siri is on by pressing the voice command button on your steering wheel. Then follow these steps:
- Ensure your stereo is in Wireless or Bluetooth mode;
- On your iPhone, tap “Settings”;
- Tap “General”;
- Select “CarPlay”;
- Select “Available Cars”;
- Choose your car.
One of the many reasons we love Apple is because of the effortless way its devices connect wirelessly. CarPlay is another example of this.
If you are using a USB to connect your iPhone to your vehicle, you will also need to make sure that your car is started and that Siri is on.
You also have to go into your infotainment system and check that CarPlay is turned on. Then, using a high-speed USB cable, connect your phone to your car. Various cars will have different prompts on the screen so follow the instructions and you will be ready to go.
Apple CarPlay install – Troubleshooting
Normally there are one of two issues when you can’t connect your devices. If your iPhone can’t find your car, the simplest solution is to go back to the phone’s Settings > General > CarPlay and select “Forget This Car”. Very occasionally there is a glitch in the system and you need to start the process again.
The other problem is when your car can’t find your phone. More often than not, this is a security issue. This is how to solve it:
- On your iPhone, select “Settings”;
- Select “Screen Time”;
- Tap “Content Privacy Restrictions”;
- Select “Allowed Apps”, and you will be able to see if CarPlay is enabled or not, make sure you click to enable it.
Apple CarPlay software update
Hoe to do a CarPlay update? The beauty of Apple continues. Since the release of iOS 13, you will no longer need to update CarPlay in your car. Instead, all of the updates will be carried out on your Apple iPhone and this will be seen when you are using the apps in your vehicle.
In case you aren’t doing so already, when your iPhone asks you if you want to update your software, you should enthusiastically click yes. Most of the apps will be automatically updated, but if you want to check for updates you can find the “Software Update” option in “Settings”, under “General”.
What comes after Apple CarPlay setup?
Now you are ready to start using your CarPlay interface as you would your phone. For the navigation apps, you will see the Waze app or the Google Maps icon that you can use with Siri. Apple Maps is compatible but many prefer using one of the others mentioned.
And you will also find your Spotify icon. You can play music, adjust the volume, or skip a track with Siri, the touch screen, or the controls on your steering wheel.
If you don’t already have these, you can download them and the next time you connect your Apple iPhone to your car, they will appear on the car display.
With WhatsApp, you can enjoy using voice commands to answer phone calls, make a phone call, and listen to your text messages. There are also other great apps to enjoy, like a podcast app or a news app that will make your journeys more pleasant.
On the other hand, if your app doesn’t appear as an icon, it probably means that Apple has restrictions on it for safety reasons. We do still recommend keeping your phone updated in case this changes in the future.
The Apple Carplay software update is even easier than the CarPlay setup itself and we do highly recommend keeping the software updated so that you can take advantage of all the new changes Apple makes.
Hopefully now, even if you aren’t the most tech-savvy in your household, you will be able to understand what is Apple CarPlay update and in what it consists, and show off your new skills.
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