Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are similar programs that allow you to get directions, make phone calls, send and receive messages and listen to your favorite music while keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the steering wheel. Additionally, the two programs use voice commands to try to keep you safe and prevent you from distractions. It takes only a few minutes to start using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Apple CarPlay

First, you'll need to determine if Apple CarPlay is compatible with your vehicle. There may be a voice control icon on the steering wheel, or the vehicle's universal serial bus, also known as USB, may be labeled with an Apple CarPlay icon or a smartphone icon. If you aren't sure if your vehicle is compatible, read your vehicle's manual. Apple CarPlay is only available on iPhone 5 and later, and your phone will need to be running iOS 7.1 or later.

Next, open your iPhone's settings, scroll down, and tap general. In general, you should see CarPlay. After you tap CarPlay, it may ask you if you want to use Bluetooth or USB only.

Now, you'll need to make a connection with your vehicle if you're using Bluetooth. If you have a voice control button on your steering wheel, press and hold it to start the pairing process. If your vehicle has a touch screen, open the Bluetooth menu. Make sure that Bluetooth is enabled. If you're unable to determine how to begin the pairing process, read your vehicle's manual.

Finally, once the pairing process begins, select your vehicle from available cars on your iPhone. Now, you'll be able to use Apple CarPlay.

Android Auto

First, you'll need to make sure that your phone is running Android 5.0 Lollipop. For superior performance, your phone should run Android 6.0 Marshmallow and up. Next, you'll need to check if your vehicle is compatible with Android Auto. If it is, you'll need to make sure Android Auto is turned on in the vehicle's settings. If you're not sure, read your vehicle's manual.

Next, you'll need to download the Android Auto app from Google Play on your phone if you haven't already. If your phone is running Android 10.0 or higher, Android Auto is already installed.

Next, turn on your vehicle. Now, you'll want to begin the pairing process using Bluetooth. If you don't know how to turn on your phone's Bluetooth, read your phone's manual. You may receive prompts asking you to download additional apps from Google Play, including Google Maps. If you receive these prompts, you'll want to accept them.

Finally, on your vehicle's display, select Android Auto. You'll need to follow the instructions to get started.

Contact Us

If you need help setting up Apple CarPlay or Android Auto or you'd like to learn more about the two programs, you're welcome to come to our dealership or contact us by email or phone, so someone can assist you.