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What is Apple CarPlay®?

iPhone® app control through your car stereo

Apple CarPlay technology is a convenient way to access your iPhone® through your car stereo. You can use certain phone functions as you drive, but in a manner that'll let you stay focused on the road.

Apple iOS 13 CarPlay update: With the release of iOS 13 in September 2019, Apple made significant upgrades to CarPlay for the first time since its introduction. Read all about the changes below.

A CarPlay stereo gives you access to your iPhone's calling, music, mapping, and message applications with a simple one-cord connection to your iPhone using the phone's Lightning-to-USB cable, or – in some cases – wirelessly.

iOS 13 upgrades made CarPlay even more driver-friendly

We're getting right to the updates, but if you're new to Apple CarPlay, make sure you read the rest of the article, too. First, the good news: Apple CarPlay lives on your iPhone, so you don't need to update any car stereo with existing CarPlay compatibility, just your iPhone. But you will need to have an iPhone current enough to run iOS 13 (anything newer than a 6S should work) and update your phone's software accordingly to take advantage of these new features.

With that out of the way, let's move on to the new features, which were 5 years in the making....

Tiled Dashboard

There's a new Dashboard screen, which offers a split-screen view with the map on the left and multiple tiles on the right. You'll see the audio you're playing, smart Siri® suggestions, info about incoming texts and calls, and other common tasks. This drastically improves CarPlay's functionality as you don't have to flip between different app screens to get all the key info while you're driving.

Apple CarPlay Dashboard screen

Siri to the rescue

Siri's a lot easier to use, too. When you trigger it with your voice or a button, the new CarPlay shows a mic icon in the lower corner of the display rather than taking over the whole screen. And going forward with iOS 13, non-Apple app developers will be able to add direct Siri functionality, giving you voice control over CarPlay-compatible apps like Spotify, Audible, and Waze.

A new Calendar app

Want to plan your day ahead as soon as you get into your car? Now you can pull up the brand-new Calendar app in CarPlay and see every reminder and appointment that's in your iPhone.

Dark and Light Modes

CarPlay has always featured a sort of Dark Mode that shows white text against black backgrounds. Now you can add Light Mode, which exhibits black text against white backgrounds that should be easier to decipher in direct sunlight. Users can choose Dark Mode all the time or have CarPlay automatically shift from Light to Dark when the ambient light in the car changes.

Apple CarPlay Light Mode

Light Mode

Apple CarPlay Dark Mode

Dark Mode

Album artwork: yay or nay? You can choose!

There are a couple of changes for album artwork, too. The Now Playing and Apple Music app interfaces now put an even bigger emphasis on album artwork. But you can also select to have album artwork never displayed on the stereo's screen in Now Playing.

Apple CarPlay Now Playing screen

Don't want to be disturbed? CarPlay lets you drive without notifications

You can now turn on your phone's "Do Not Disturb While Driving" feature through CarPlay's Settings app, so you won't see phone or text notifications on your car stereo. Those trying to get in touch with you will get a text back letting them know you're driving.

Keep using your iPhone

Finally, one key change is that your iPhone is now able to retain its functionality while connected to your stereo in CarPlay. In the past, your iPhone would be basically locked while in CarPlay mode, but this is no longer the case. Your passengers can check out your iPhone to choose new tunes, see your latest photos, fire off a text with plenty of emojis, or whatever — your iPhone works normally even while your stereo's running CarPlay.

So those are the major changes to Apple CarPlay in the iOS 13 update. Continue reading and watching below to learn more about CarPlay basics and how you can more safely use your favorite iPhone functions from the driver's seat.

See CarPlay in action

Watch this video demonstration for a real-world glimpse at an Apple CarPlay stereo in action.

How does Apple CarPlay work?

When you connect your iPhone to car stereo that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay, large, familiar iOS app icons appear on the stereo's touchscreen, along with the time and a Dashboard button you can press to activate the Siri voice assistant. You'll be able to operate some apps with fingertip touches, while many functions can be initiated via Siri using the "Hey Siri" voice command. You won't even have to take your hands off the wheel once you've started.

iOS apps that work with CarPlay include:

  • Phone — Make calls, return calls you missed, and check your voicemail, all with Siri's help. You'll be able to see your caller information right on the receiver's screen.
  • Music — Pull up your iPhone's artists, songs, playlists, and more through your stereo's controls, or tell Siri what you want to hear. The display will mirror your iPhone's Music screen, so you'll be able to see what's playing and choose tracks easily, whether you’re streaming from your Apple Music account or playing downloaded files from iTunes.
  • Maps— View your Apple Maps screen on the receiver's display, complete with turn-by-turn directions, traffic conditions, and estimated travel time. Use Siri and your voice to enter a destination or search for nearby points of interest.
  • Messages — You already know that texting and driving is a bad idea. With Apple CarPlay, you can have Siri send, read, and reply to your text messages for you, so you won't have to look at or touch your phone while you're behind the wheel.
  • Podcasts — Pull up your favorite podcast to help pass the time…
  • Audiobooks — …or listen to a story without touching your phone.
  • Now Playing — One touch will show you instantly what's providing the soundtrack to your travels.
  • Calendar — See all of your upcoming appointments and reminders in one place.

Navigation apps that work with CarPlay

CarPlay already includes Apple Maps. But users like to have options, so Apple listened and added two other popular navigation apps.

  • Waze — The popular navigation app is available on Apple CarPlay. Not only does Waze provide turn-by-turn directions, but its users count on crowd-sourced info for up-to-the minute details about congestion, accidents, speed traps, and more.
  • Google Maps — Apple listened to their customers who wanted more navigation options and joined forces with their smartphone competitors to bring Google Maps to the CarPlay platform. You can use your voice to enter a destination or search for a nearby stopping point.

Audio apps that work in CarPlay

Naturally, since we're talking about a car stereo, there are plenty of listening options for music, podcasts, and audiobooks. Here is a sampling of the most popular apps that are available in CarPlay – but these aren't all of them!

  • Spotify
  • Tidal
  • Pandora
  • Amazon Music
  • Google Play Music
  • iHeartRadio
  • Stitcher
  • SiriusXM Radio (subscription required)
  • Audible
  • Slacker Radio

Most other non-audio and non-navigation apps will not be accessible through Apple CarPlay. Non-audio apps that do work include WhatsApp for messaging. Apple may approve more apps for CarPlay in the future, but they'll likely only be apps that can be used safely while driving and with Siri.

Apple CarPlay apps screen

What about wireless Apple CarPlay?

Wireless Apple CarPlay first made it into the dashes of some high-end factory stereos but now it has moved into the aftermarket realm. Compatible stereos employ a built-in Wi-Fi network in combination with Bluetooth to communicate with your iPhone. After the initial setup and pairing with your phone, you'll be able to launch CarPlay on the stereo without touching your phone as soon as you get into your vehicle.

Not only does wireless CarPlay save you the hassle of having to plug in your phone whenever you get into the vehicle, it also works great for fans of wireless charging in the vehicle, as they can set their phone down and leave it alone to charge as they travel.

Where can I find Apple CarPlay?

You can find Apple CarPlay compatiblilty as a factory option in select 2014 and newer vehicles, and in many aftermarket stereos. CarPlay requires a diagonal screen size of at least 6" to work, but it’s not just limited to large stereos – there are now receivers with fold-out screens that can fit in most smaller (2") dash openings that will still work with CarPlay.

Check out our full selection of car stereos that are compatible with Apple CarPlay. There are a lot fewer aftermarket stereos with wireless Apple CarPlay, but they’re definitely worth a look and their numbers are growing. Some of the stereos we offer are also compatible with Android Auto™ making them ideal for shared vehicles driven by owners of different types of phones.

Do you have questions about Apple CarPlay?

If you want to add CarPlay to your vehicle, we can help. Check in with a knowledgeable Crutchfield Advisor via phone or chat. There’s likely a solution that fits your ride and we’ll help you get on the road with CarPlay bringing your favorite phone functionality within reach.

  • Jim from Toms River

    Posted on 7/8/2020

    Do manufacturers make wireless CarPlay upgrade kits yet? I see 3rd parties are now selling wireless CarPlay dongles but I'd rather get one from the manufacturer. With future iPhones possibly coming portless, I'm worried that I should try to get a wireless option.

    Dominic DeVito from Crutchfield

    on 7/9/2020

    Hi Jim - thanks for your question. At this time, I'm not aware of any kits that upgrade a wired CarPlay system to a wireless one that are made by either Apple or any car manufacturers or any major aftermarket receiver brands (Sony, Pioneer, Alpine, JVC/Kenwood, etc.). The key player for any CarPlay equipment is Apple, as they control the licensing that ultimately determines what is compatible and what isn't. None of the upgrade kits that are out there now are officially licensed by Apple so their effectiveness is doubtful, especially whenever Apple updates their iOS.
  • Charles Lyou from CENTREVILLE

    Posted on 6/10/2020

    Thank you for your detailed explanation. I have one question for you. I'm looking for a wireless carplay adapter to use the map, is your company selling it?

    Dominic DeVito from Crutchfield

    on 6/11/2020

    Hi Charles - thanks for reading. We aren't currently selling any adapters that can convert a receiver's wired Apple CarPlay functionality into a wireless operation. They're out there and easy enough to find, but at this point none of them are officially licensed by Apple so their effectiveness is always a question mark, especially whenever Apple updates their iOS.
  • Linda from Lincoln

    Posted on 4/8/2020

    This would be great, but the last time I tried to use it, the entire dashboard on my 2019 Honda went black. I will never use it again.

  • Raoul Diggle from Luton

    Posted on 9/8/2019

    I have a Honda Jazz 2005 model. I want to upgrade to Apple Carplay for my iPhone. What would you recommend

    Dominic DeVito from Crutchfield

    on 9/9/2019

    Sorry Raoul, but we don't have any info about the Jazz, since it's not sold in the United States. The closest thing we have is the Honda Fit, but there's no guarantee that the stereo fitment or wiring will be the same. Wish we could do more.
  • Amar Jha from placentia

    Posted on 8/26/2019

    Hi Alexander, I am looking to replace my entertainment /GPS for my Acura MDX 2006 Navigation. What aftermarket system car play system you would recommend who can work with my Acura MDX 2006 Navigation.

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 8/26/2019

    Amar, we actually don't recommend radio replacement for that vehicle, but if you'd like to talk about other ways to upgrade your audio, give us a call.
  • Randy Kato from New York

    Posted on 5/22/2019

    Is there any type of adapter/receiver out there that you can plug into the car's USB port to enable CarPlay wirelessly? I've got a new Toyota with Qi wireless charging, but CarPlay still requires plugging in, so it's kind of useless.

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 5/23/2019

    Randy, no, to get wireless CarPlay, you'll have to replace your current radio with one equipped with wireless CarPlay.
  • Shayne Troxler from Perth, W. Australia

    Posted on 10/25/2018

    Great article. While I keep up with general IT, I don't keep up with this segment. Thanks for the info!

  • Isaac from Mosinee WI

    Posted on 10/15/2018

    The release of Google Maps and Waze is a huge thing. Thank goodness Apple didn't just limit it to Apple Maps forever.

    Dominic DeVito from Crutchfield

    on 10/15/2018

    Hey Isaac - We couldn't agree more. Our customers were clamoring for Waze and Google Maps to go with CarPlay for ages and we're glad Apple users (like myself) now have some choices for navigation.
  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/15/2018

    Tony, Alpine's iLX-107 receiver uses ad-hoc Wi-Fi as a way to wirelessly pair a compatible iPhone with the receiver. However, this connection will not allow you to connect to the internet. You'll need a data plan for that.

  • Dominic DeVito from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/11/2018

    Hi Tony - great question. I've reached out to Alpine and according to them, without a cellular connection, the ONLY CarPlay feature that would be workable with the iLX-107 is the ability to wirelessly stream music from your phone which you have already downloaded to your phone (i.e., not from a streaming service like Pandora or Spotify). Any other feature (Maps, Messaging, anything involving Siri) would not be possible without a cell network connection for data. If you have any more questions about what other options might be available for your vehicle, get in touch with an advisor via phone, email, or chat.

  • Tony moon from maysville ky.

    Posted on 1/11/2018

    I have Wi-Fi at home. When I get in my car will the WiFi automatically kick in when I leave the house? I see where the Alpine has WiFi do I have to have data on my phone to keep getting WiFi how does that work? Because I just use my WiFi at home don't have internet after I leave the house on my phone. Thanks

  • Dominic DeVito from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/25/2017

    Parveen, that will depend on the trim level of your vehicle. I've passed your question along to our advisors, and someone will contact you soon to help. In the meantime, you can use our vehicle selector to confirm what gear will fit in your car. Or just give us a call.

  • Parveen from Irvine, CA.

    Posted on 7/23/2017

    Hi Do I suggest any aftermarket plugins for Nissan Rogue 2016 where I can use apple car play.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/7/2017

    Smith, unfortunately we have not researched that vehicle, so we won't be able to make any recommendations. Your best bet would be to consult a local, trusted professional installer.

  • Smith from North Charleston

    Posted on 6/5/2017

    Hi Alexander! What do I need to connect CarPlay in my 2015 Range Rover. You are doing a fantastic job. Smith

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/12/2017

    Shada, that will depend on the trim level of your vehicle. I've passed your question along to our advisors, and someone will contact you soon to help. In the meantime, you can use our vehicle selector to confirm what gear will fit in your car. Or just give us a call.

  • Shada from Pittsburgh

    Posted on 5/9/2017

    I have a 2016 Chrysler 200. How do I add CarPlay ?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/16/2017

    Alexandre, no, we don't carry a fold-out version. Here's a complete list of our car stereos with Apple CarPlay.

  • Alexandre COLOMBANI from Gradignan

    Posted on 2/15/2017

    Hi, is there any carplay fold out stereo available today?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/8/2016

    Cynthia, unfortunately, we have not yet researched that vehicle. Your best bet will be to inquire with your nearest professional installer.

  • Cynthia from Marin, ca

    Posted on 12/8/2016

    I'm looking into a 2017 Range Rover Sport Any way to get an aftermarket system to support apple CarPlay?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/15/2016

    David, unfortunately, no. Apple CarPlay is currently only available in select 4" tall car stereos, and you are correct about your Beetle's dash -- it can only accommodate a 2" tall stereo.

  • David from Galveston

    Posted on 9/14/2016

    I have a 2007 VW beetle with the Monsoon Stereo. Would there be any way for me to get a CarPlay compatible unit installed? I would guess that only the ones that the screen slides out would work.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/6/2016

    Pixelrogue, yes, many of our Apple CarPlay-equipped receivers have that functionality when you use a third-party adapter. Compatibility will depend on your vehicle as well, but you can use our vehicle selector to confirm which stereos fit your car and get some info on what else is needed for the installation. Or just give us a call!

  • pixelrogue from Pittsburgh PA

    Posted on 9/3/2016

    Will this (or any other Car Play unit) play well wij the existing built in technology (backup camera, steering wheel controls, etc)?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/1/2016

    Ed, unfortunately we don't recommend radio replacement for your Acura.

  • Ed

    Posted on 8/29/2016

    Alex, I have a 2016 Acura MDX - is carplay available as a replacement for the factory touchscreen?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/15/2016

    Ahmed, unfortunately, we don't recommend radio replacement at all for your vehicle. We do, however, Bluetooth integration devices that don't involve radio replacement, and while that's not on par with Apple CarPlay, it's a great step toward phone integration. Give us a call.

  • Ahmed

    Posted on 8/14/2016

    Alex, I have 2007 Acura MDX. which Carplay capable stereo do you recommend? Anything available with wireless carplay yet?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/25/2016

    Regina, you have some great options when it comes to Apple CarPlay in your Pilot. I've passed your question along to our sales team, and an advisor will contact you soon to help. In the meantime, if you'd like to see what fits your car, use our vehicle selector and view this list.

  • Regina from Oklahoma City

    Posted on 7/22/2016

    Hi! I have a 2008 Honda pilot, what are my options for carplay? I do have a Aux option.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/11/2016

    Scott, it sounds like you're saying you have an aftermarket Alpine single-DIN stereo. If that's the case, a Pandora source selection will lock your phone but allow you to make music selections from the radio itself. To work around that, select Bluetooth as a source instead, and play music via the Pandora app on your phone. That will leave your phone unlocked for other use. If you have any questions about your Alpine stereo and we once carried it (or still do), search for the model number on our site and you'll find its manual available for download under the Details tab.

  • Scott Walker from Moses Lake

    Posted on 7/9/2016

    I have a STANDARD radio. Not some digital screen thing, in my 86 chevy. Pandora links to my alpine and renders it useless. Usually it won't even play Pandora. Just locked me out of my phone. How do I get this off my iPhone 5S so my passengers can change the station or access my phone in some matter?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/20/2016

    Jonathan, sorry, our fix would entail installing an aftermarket radio. Your best bet is to contact your Honda dealership in case they or Apple have a firmware fix that corrects this problem.

  • Jonathan from Eatontown, NJ

    Posted on 6/17/2016

    I have a 6spd 2016 Honda Accord. It came with Car Play. I am quite disappointed with Car Play, much ado about nothing. There is one negative feature. If I leave my ipod connected to the USB port in the console, the factory radio controls it very nicely. But if I also and simultaneously connect my iphone to another usb port, the ipod icon on the radio trys to play music from the iphone. So one cannot use ipod and car play simultaneosuly. I don't know if this a Honda bug or an Apple bug. Does Crutchfield sell anything that would enable me to use both, with the Honda factory radio ?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/24/2016

    TC, while I can't speak for Kenwood, I did pass the question along to our Merchandising team and they told me that we hope to have the 2016 Excelon stereos soon.

  • TC from Atlanta

    Posted on 5/20/2016

    I am being told that Apple is preventing Kenwood from shipping their 2016 excelon radios with Apple carplay. Is this true?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/9/2016

    Derek, we don't recommend radio replacement in your Verano, and unfortunately that would the only way to enjoy Apple CarPlay in your vehicle if Buick doesn't provide that as an option. If you have any questions about software updates to your factory system, you'd need to check with your local dealership.

  • Derek from Dundee

    Posted on 5/9/2016

    i have a 2015 Buick Verano, is there a way to install CarPlay on to my infotainment center or any way to install more apps like weather and navigation to an existing Intellilink

  • Matt Vietor from Cincinnati

    Posted on 5/8/2016

    It seems like car manufacturers are deliberately designing their dashboards to prevent customers from upgrading the head unit easily. I wonder if this is to force them to pay the manufacturer the thousands of dollars they want for Carplay now that they offer it.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/6/2016

    Kevin, I've passed your question along to our sales team. An advisor will contact you soon to help find the right Apple CarPlay receiver for your Suburban. In the meantime, you can check out your choices here (be sure and enter your vehicle information as well).

  • Kevin from Wyomissing, PA

    Posted on 4/5/2016

    Couple of questions that I am guessing I could find answers to with enough hunting and "googling" - but this seems to be a much faster route (thank you). Waiting for my used car dealer to get my "new" 2011 Chevy Suburban LTZ shipped to PA from ME. I replaced my in dash system in my current 2004 Suburban - and would like to put a new on in the 2011. Would like to put in an Apple CarPlay unit in. Do you have one you recommend? Can you still use "other" features of a more traditional system - like the XM Radio? Does Apple's CarPlay support the use of Apps like PodCasts and Audible Books? Any insight appreciated. Thank you.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/29/2016

    Al, great question. Some receivers with rear USB inputs come with USB extension cables, or we offer a variety extensions like this one. A rear USB input is a handy way to create a custom input for your smartphone or USB device wherever you need it. Or to wire a more permanent source. In my case, I ran a USB cable from the back of my receiver to my glovebox where I keep an old iPod loaded with music. That way, I keep the face of my stereo free of extra wires and my dash clutter-free.

  • Al Underwood from Jackson, MS

    Posted on 3/28/2016

    I see these aftermarket units with usb in the back(?) explain getting to it and how (if I can) have a music flash drive and my iPhone plugged in?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/28/2016

    Tom, sorry to hear about your dash trouble. If you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you could call Alpine customer support at 1-800-257-4631 or you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • Tom Coopman from Waukesha

    Posted on 3/26/2016

    I purchased and installed the Alpine iLX-007 Radio with CarPlay in my Motorhome seven months ago. The CarPlay function no longer works and I keep getting an error saying this USB device is not supported. Worked fine whenever I plugged in my iPhone in the past. When the option does appear for CarPlay the screen does not respond to touch. When we try to play the radio the delay for volume or to change channels is about 5 seconds. Bottom line is I now have a small boat anchor in my dash!

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/15/2016

    Michael, you'll have your choice of Apple CarPlay-equipped receivers. You can use our vehicle selector to confirm which stereos fit your car and get some info on what else is needed for factory integration and installation. If you have any questions, definitely give us a call.

  • Michael from Winder, GA

    Posted on 3/15/2016

    I've just replaced almost everything in my 2013 Prius V. Last year was kickers in the doors, this year I went with a five-channel amp and then shortly later a sub because my doors were going to explode. I've had to compromise on a setup issue, but after the sub install it's awesome. So my question is would any CarPlay units works with a Prius V? I know they'll fit. But I'm minorly worried about losing hybrid stats (a couple of screens showing you a few things but nothing I use much). Other than that I'd want to keep the rear camera, steering wheel controls and AUX/USB in. Entune is useless, and the factory head units are ridiculously overpriced if you've priced them ($2500!!!).

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/15/2016

    Jose, unfortunately, our team has not had the opportunity to research your 2012 Mercedes, so we can't give you a definitive answer. Your best bet may be to inquire on Mercedes forums, but keep in mind that installation information varies not only between years and models, but also between factory packages. Be sure that any information you find applies to your exact vehicle.

  • Jose from Harker Heights

    Posted on 2/14/2016

    Can I installed it into a 2012 Mercedes c250?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/1/2016

    Jared, you can use our vehicle selector to confirm which stereos fit your car and get some info on what else is needed for the installation. Unfortunately, your BMW's dash won't accomodate an Apple CarPlay-equipped receiver.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/1/2016

    Jim, I've passed your question along to our sales team. An advisor will contact you soon to help find the stereo that's right for you and your Tundra. In the meantime, you can use our vehicle selector to confirm which stereos fit your car and get some info on what else is needed for the installation.

  • Jim W. from Limington

    Posted on 1/31/2016

    I have a 2015 Toyota Tundra with the non jbl entune system. What Apple car play head units do you offer that will fit my truck?

  • Jared

    Posted on 1/31/2016

    What options do I have for a 06 BMW 330i? I have an iPhone 6s. Thanks

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/24/2016

    Thomas, unfortunately, our vehicle research team has not yet researched your vehicle, so we won't be able to confirm if a double-DIN CarPlay-equipped receiver will fit your BMW. Check back with our vehicle selector in a few months to see if we have more info on your vehicle.

  • Thomas from Rockville

    Posted on 1/23/2016

    Are there any Carplay units compatible with a 2014 BMW335?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/13/2016

    Frank, we don't recommend stereo replacement in your Accord hybrid, so unfortunately there's no way to upgrade it with CarPlay.

  • Frank from Tustin

    Posted on 1/12/2016

    I need to know about CarPlay for 2015 accord hybrid ex-l. Any ideas? Do I need or could I buy an amp?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/11/2016

    Mike, we don't recommend radio replacement for that Lexus. In the 2012 Grand Cherokee, you'll need to modify the sub-dash, but you'll be able to install a wide array of receivers. Give us a call with any questions.

  • Mike from Oklahoma City

    Posted on 1/8/2016

    Totally backwards question from what you usually get BUT I want to get an SUV that I can add car play to without much work. I have been looking for a 2009 Lexus GX470 and a 2012 grand Cherokee.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/7/2015

    Joe, that would be a question for your local Honda dealership. However, you might want to consider an aftermarket stereo with more features and better specs than the average factory radio. You can use our vehicle selector to confirm which CarPlay-equipped stereos fit your car and get some info on what else is needed for the installation. Or just give us a call.

  • Joe from Florida

    Posted on 12/6/2015

    Can a 2013 Honda Accord be upgraded to their own new radios that include Carplay? They haven't been very helpful in answering.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/2/2015

    Mike, I've passed your question along to our sales team for the best answer. An advisor will contact you soon.

  • Mike Zoltek from Jamison

    Posted on 11/30/2015

    Question, I have a 2016 HRV... it has both a back up camera and a side view camera. Are there carplay models that will support both of those inputs, that's really my only concern with upgrading. Thanks

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/16/2015

    Jean-Paul, I've passed your info along to our sales team. An advisor will contact you soon to help you find the CarPlay-equipped receiver that'll work for you.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/16/2015

    Dave, at this point, we don't have any aftermarket stereos that are capable of wireless CarPlay, but 2016 may change that. For the time being, a wired connection is required.

  • Jean-Paul from Cary

    Posted on 11/13/2015

    I have a 1997 Lexus ES300 and want to get an Apple CarPlay Handsfree Receiver. What can I buy if at all?

  • Dave

    Posted on 11/12/2015

    Have any of the aftermarket carplay units been updated to connect via Bluetooth like the new factory carplay units?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/21/2015

    Mike, check out this Sony receiver. It's the only one we carry that features a built-in cradle for a smartphone.

  • Mike

    Posted on 10/20/2015

    I've seen and I'm on the hunt for a new generation of car stereo that lets you "snap" your phone in and out of the stereo's faceplate (or facia) - whereas the phone then becomes the faceplate and control center. Anyone seen those yet?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/19/2015

    Dar, the Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S is actually not a navigation receiver. So, you will not gain any GPS support outside of what your phone can provide. If you'd like CarPlay in a navigation receiver, these are your choices. And yes, built-in navigation will offer wider coverage than what your phone can provide. However, the two features don't work in parallel. When deciding to use navigation, you'll need to use either the built-in navigation, or navigation via CarPlay.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/19/2015

    Tom, if you'd like to find out what fits your Chevy Silverado, you can use our vehicle selector. If you need any recommendations, just give us a call!

  • Dar from Del Mar

    Posted on 10/17/2015

    I am looking into the new Kenwood Excelon DDX9902s and have a question about CarPlay. First off, I understand that the HU comes with a Nav antenna. However, if I am using Maps through my phone via CarPlay, what happens if I drive through an area where I end up losing coverage? Am I out of luck until I get coverage again or is the nav antenna supposed to be a solution to that? Or is it just designed for better vehicle location accuracy?

  • Tom Ignad

    Posted on 10/16/2015

    2014 Silverado 1500, thanks in advance.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/14/2015

    Axel, I've passed your information along to our sales department. An advisor will be contacting you soon to help.

  • Axel

    Posted on 10/14/2015

    Do you know what unit I can use for an 03 accord coupe? Very weird set up in those categories aftermarket work

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/1/2015

    Sheila, I've passed your information along to our sales department. An advisor will be contacting you soon to help you find the right upgrade for your Insight.

  • Sheila Ford from Walnut Creek

    Posted on 10/1/2015

    Hey Alexander, I have a 2010 Honda Insight - I'd love to get Carplay and better speakers. Any suggestions?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/28/2015

    L Rodriguez, yes. I've passed your info along to our sales department. An advisor will contact you shortly to help you find a stereo that works for you.

  • L Rodriguez from Oklahoma City

    Posted on 9/25/2015

    Is it possible to change the Malibu 2015 MyLink console with a Carplay system?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/10/2015

    Jason, it's a possibility, but you'll need to also install an iDatalink Maestro and wiring harness to access vehicle information. Also, if your factory unit has navigation, then professional installation is recommended for that vehicle because you'll need to fabricate a dash kit to fit a new stereo. I've passed your info along to an advisor, who will contact you soon.

  • Jason Cornwell from Santa Monica

    Posted on 9/9/2015

    If I replace the Stock JBL unit in my 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited - do any of the after market Units that support Apple Car Play also give me all the information about my car?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/9/2015

    James, Toyota currently doesn't appear to have plans to incorporate CarPlay into their 2016 vehicles. They're sticking with their proprietary Entune system for now. If you're like the navigation on your iPhone, you may want to look into installing a CarPlay-compatible aftermarket receiver. We've seen them in action here at Crutchfield, and CarPlay is pretty awesome feature, especially for Siri-lovers.

  • James Harburger from Katonah, NY

    Posted on 7/9/2015

    Will the 2016 Toyota Highlander support Apple CarPlay? Is it an alternative to getting Navigation with the car? (I have a 2015 Subaru Legacy with Nav and it cannot compare with what the Navigation capability of Siri