The Ins and Outs of Apple CarPlay

August 22nd, 2018 by

The Ins and Outs of Apple CarPlay

So you bought a new Kia that has the latest technology, including smartphone connectivity? Apple CarPlay? Great. Ready to try it out? Not sure how it works? This handy guide tells you everything you need to know about Apple CarPlay: what it is, how it works, and what all it can do. Strap in and see what CarPlay can make your daily drives even better.

What Is Apple CarPlay?

CarPlay is Apple’s answer to the need for hands-free smartphone connectivity. With CarPlay, you can accomplish important tasks while on the go without sacrall of the following hands-free: get directions, dictate and send texts, and stream audio to name just a few. You can even have texts and other docs read aloud to you. This technology is convenient, cutting-edge, and life-saving. We only expect it to continue to expand and become even more integral to future vehicles.

Apple CarPlay Playlist

Setting Up Apple CarPlay

If you own an iPhone, you’re in luck. Today’s iPhones have built-in CarPlay software. Your job is to simply enable it. In newer cars, that’s as easy as plugging your phone into your car. If you have an older model or prefer a wireless connection, you need to enable the software on your phone and turn on Bluetooth.

If you’ve ever paired a wireless device to your phone using Bluetooth, you’ll already know how simple this process is. To connect your phone to your car’s Apple CarPlay wirelessly, click on your Settings icon, which usually looks like gray gear. Not every iPhone is the same, but you should see a CarPlay option. If you don’t see the CarPlay option right away, hit ‘General’ and then ‘CarPlay.’ You also need to enable Bluetooth, if it isn’t already active, so that you can connect wirelessly.

Now step into your CarPlay-supporting vehicle and turn the key. If you drive an older car, you will automatically connect using Bluetooth technology and can skip this step and go to the next paragraph. But for most newer cars, setting up CarPlay is as easy as plugging it in. Look for the CarPlay USB port, which might have the CarPlay icon by it or simply a smartphone icon. Plug in your smartphone.

Now that you’ve paired your phone with your vehicle, look at your steering wheel. You should see a Voice button. If it’s not there on your steering wheel, select the equivalent option on your car’s touchscreen menu. The system should ask if you want to start the pairing process or if you accept the terms of CarPlay. Follow the prompts and let the system do its thing.

Now click the ‘Voice’ or ‘Siri’ button on your steering wheel. You should be able to command CarPlay just with the sound of your voice. Welcome to hands-free smartphone functionality right in your car.

Apple CarPlay Incoming Call

What Can Apple CarPlay Do?

While Apple CarPlay can bring convenience to you as you drive, CarPlay and Android Auto don’t have the capability to bring all of your apps into your car. What you can expect to access from your car’s touchscreen and voice recognition features include cell phone calls, navigate with Maps, read texts aloud and record what you dictate, and stream music, podcasts, and audiobooks. Apple CarPlay puts your eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel even while you use many of the functions of your smartphone.