Use CarPlay with your iPhone

CarPlay is a smarter and safer way to use iPhone in your car, enabling you to stay focused on the road. When you connect your iPhone to CarPlay, you can get turn-by-turn directions, make calls, send and receive messages, listen to music and more.

With iOS 13 and later, the CarPlay Dashboard brings a simpler view of the road ahead. The dashboard gives you a single place to keep track of Maps, audio controls and Siri Suggestions, which provide easy access to things such as your Calendar events. You can even use the dashboard to take control of your HomeKit accessories, such as door openers.

Make sure your country or region supports CarPlay and your car supports CarPlay. If you're unsure whether your car supports CarPlay, contact the vehicle manufacturer.

Set up CarPlay

  1. Start your car. Then make sure Siri is turned on.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your car:
    • If your car supports CarPlay via a USB cable, plug in your iPhone using the USB port in your car. The USB port may be labelled with a CarPlay icon or a smartphone icon.
    • If your car supports wireless CarPlay, press and hold the voice command button on your steering wheel. Make sure your stereo is in wireless or Bluetooth mode. Then, on your iPhone, go to Settings > General > CarPlay, tap Available cars and select your car. Check the manual that came with your car for more information.

Find out more about CarPlay and driving and navigating safely.

Use Siri to control CarPlay

Depending on your car, there are two ways you can use Siri to control CarPlay: 

  • Press and hold the voice command button on your steering wheel. Then ask Siri a question or to do something.
  • Touch and hold the CarPlay Dashboard or CarPlay Home button on your touchscreen. Then ask Siri a question or to do something.

Siri also makes suggestions in CarPlay about what you may want to do next, such as drive to your next meeting. Siri Suggestions and CarPlay work seamlessly to keep your favourite apps at your fingertips.

If you have HomeKit-enabled accessories, such as a garage door opener, you can use the Siri suggestions that appear on the CarPlay dashboard, or simply ask Siri to do things, such as "Open the garage door" when you get close to your house.

Use your car's built-in controls to operate CarPlay

Cars that support CarPlay should have built-in controls, such as a touchscreen, rotary knob or touchpad. To find out how to operate your CarPlay display, check the manual that came with your car. You can also use Siri to control CarPlay, even if you have built-in controls.

Find out more about the common controls used in cars that support CarPlay.

Arrange your CarPlay apps

While using CarPlay, the display in your car will show your available apps. To add, remove or rearrange the order of the apps on your iPhone:

  1. Go to Settings > General, then tap CarPlay.
  2. Select your car. Then tap Customise.
  3. Use the add  or delete  buttons to add or remove apps. Tap and drag an app to change the order the apps appear in.

The next time you connect your iPhone to CarPlay, your apps should appear on the display in the new order. Only apps that are supported by CarPlay will appear on your display.

Change your CarPlay wallpaper

  1. From your car's display, open the Settings app in CarPlay.
  2. Select Wallpaper.
  3. Choose the wallpaper you want to use, then select Set.

Need help?

If you're experiencing an issue with a third-party app, contact the developer of the app. If CarPlay isn't working as expected, find out what to do.

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