Before you start driving
Here are a few ways you can listen to audio in your car:
- Set up CarPlay in a compatible vehicle.*
- If your car has Bluetooth, you can pair your iPhone to your car.
- If your car has a USB port, you can use a Lightning cable to connect your iPhone to your vehicle.
- If you have an Android device and subscribe to Apple Music, connect your Android device to your car to play audio using Android Auto.
- If Apple Music or Apple Podcasts is built into to your vehicle, you can listen to music and podcasts without pairing your phone. Just open the app from your car's display panel, and follow the onscreen instructions to sign in to your Apple ID that you use with Apple Music and Apple Podcasts. Then enter the verification code you receive on your phone to complete setup.
Learn what to do if your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch can't connect to your car.
*Even if your vehicle is compatible with CarPlay, not all countries or regions have CarPlay available.
After you set up CarPlay, you can play content from the Music app, Podcasts app, Audiobooks app, and News app while driving. Some third-party audio apps are also available in CarPlay.
To control what’s currently playing, use Now Playing.
Play the latest episodes from your shows in Listen Now, or choose from the episodes in your Library. You can also stream popular podcast episodes from Browse.
You can stream audiobooks from your cellular-enabled iPhone or iPad,* or play audiobooks that are downloaded to your iPhone.
*Data rates may apply.
Listen to Apple News Today, a daily audio briefing of the top stories. If you subscribe to Apple News+, you can also enjoy narrated versions of select Apple News+ stories.
Apple News and certain features of Apple News aren't available in all countries and regions.
You can ask Siri to stop, start, or change the audio that you listen to while driving.
- To activate Siri while connected with CarPlay or Siri Eyes Free, press and hold the Voice Control button on your steering wheel until you hear Siri.
- If your car has a touch screen, you can also touch and hold the Home button in CarPlay.
- If your car doesn’t support CarPlay or Siri Eyes Free and your iPhone is in a mount, just say “Hey Siri.”
Learn how to use Siri to play music or podcasts.
Customize your settings for driving
Use your iPhone to add, remove, or rearrange the apps that you see in CarPlay. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > CarPlay, choose your car, then drag the apps to the location you want.
If you’re not using CarPlay, you can activate Do Not Disturb while driving to filter out most notifications, but you can still use Siri to control your music, podcasts, and audiobooks.
If you don't want certain apps to use cellular data while you drive, you can turn off the app’s access to cellular data in Settings > Cellular.
When you download content on Wi-Fi, you don't use cellular data when you play it. To download, tap next to a song, album, podcast episode, or audiobook. Learn how to redownload previous purchases.
If you signed in to Apple Music on your car’s display panel, you can sign out there. Or you can open the Music app on another device, go to For You, tap your profile picture at the top, then scroll down to your devices and remove your car to sign out.