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Boss BE950WCPA

Digital multimedia receiver (does not play CDs)

Item # 104BE950WP

Boss does a great job of giving drivers access to solid stereo features at a competitive price, and their BE950WCPA...

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Boss does a great job of giving drivers access to solid stereo features at a competitive price, and their BE950WCPA...

Item # 104BE950WP

About the Boss BE950WCPA

Get in the car and go

Boss does a great job of giving drivers access to solid stereo features at a competitive price, and their BE950WCPA digital multimedia receiver is a prime example. With wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto built in, you don't even need to think about plugging in your phone when you hop behind the wheel. You'll get the best iPhone and Android control available in the car on a 6.75" capacitive touchscreen, and if you use Siri or Google Assistant regularly, you'll find that this hands-free control translates perfectly to the car. Built-in Bluetooth® also makes wireless music streaming and hands-free calls easy.

Get in the car and go

Boss does a great job of giving drivers access to solid stereo features at a competitive price, and their BE950WCPA digital multimedia receiver is a prime example. With wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto built in, you don't even need to think about plugging in your phone when you hop behind the wheel. You'll get the best iPhone and Android control available in the car on a 6.75" capacitive touchscreen, and if you use Siri or Google Assistant regularly, you'll find that this hands-free control translates perfectly to the car. Built-in Bluetooth® also makes wireless music streaming and hands-free calls easy.

Wired and wireless Apple CarPlay

CarPlay integrates your iPhone into the driving experience in a seamless interface, allowing you to access iPhone content with the sound of your voice. That means easy access to your music library, audiobooks, phone, messages, navigation, and many third-party streaming music apps, too. Learn more at

Wired and wireless Android Auto

If you're an Android user, this receiver is ready for your phone, too. Android Auto integrates your Android device into the driving experience without distracting you from the job at hand — driving. You'll have easy voice access to Google Maps, weather, music, and apps, not to mention your text messages. And you can make calls, too, of course. Get more info at

Plus, Bluetooth

Bluetooth enables wireless streaming for stored music, Internet radio stations, podcasts, and audiobooks. This receiver also lets you take and make calls while keeping your hands on the wheel — an awesome safety feature when you're making your daily commute.

System-building tools

This Boss makes a supreme car command center, with a 6.75" touchscreen display that delivers system control, displays media info, and provides inputs for two cameras. The BE950WCPA's rear USB port lets you connect a smartphone, or you can access your digital music library loaded onto a flash drive. Plus, you'll get six ultra-clean preamp outputs for amplifiers powering your speakers and subs.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

USB note: This receiver doesn't include a USB extension cable for the rear USB port. We recommend adding the PAC USBDMA6 extension cable or another cable that's compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to your order.

You'll need a wired connection to your parking brake to access settings and other features on this receiver. Your parking brake must be connected and set in order to view video on its screen.


Product highlights:

General Features:
  • digital multimedia receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
  • 6.75" capacitive touchscreen
  • fits double-DIN dash openings
Smartphone Features:
  • wired and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • voice control with Apple or Android phones
  • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
Audio/Video Features:
  • plays USB memory devices
  • EQ and preset curves
  • inputs: rear USB port (USB extension cable not included); rear aux input; front- and rear-view camera inputs
  • outputs: 5-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front/rear/mono subwoofer)
Other Information:
  • wired connection to parking brake required to access settings and other features on this receiver (the brake must be connected and set for video display)
  • built-in internal amp (20 watts RMS/80 peak x 4 channels)
  • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # BE950WCPA

What's in the box:

  • Digital multimedia receiver (15A fuse)
  • Trim-ring
  • Wiring harness
  • Parking brake/Amp remote harness
  • Aux/Camera harness
  • Microphone w/ self-adhesive bracket (attached 9.75' cord terminated by a male 3.5mm stereo connector)
  • GPS antenna (attached 59" cable terminated by Fakra connector)
  • 2 Side-brackets
  • Back-strap
  • 8 ISO-screws
  • Rear-support stud
  • Self-tapping screw
  • Rubber-boot
  • User's Manual
  • Warranty/Thank You Card

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Features & specs

AUX Input RCA (rear)
Audio/video Input No
USB Input Rear
USB Port Power 2A
Backup Camera Input Yes
Second Camera Input Yes
CarPlay Wireless
Android Auto Wireless
Siri Control CarPlay only
Alexa Voice Control N
Android Control Yes
Memory Card Slot USB
Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
Satellite Radio Ready No
HD Radio No
Navigation Optional
iPod Compatibility
Full size No
Nano No
Touch No
iPhone 5 and newer
RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
RMS Power (Manufacturer) 20 watts
Peak Output 80 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 1kHz
Preamp Outputs 5-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
Video Screen Yes
Navigation App Compatible (iOS) Apple, Google, Waze
Navigation App Compatible (Android) Google, Waze
Preamp Voltage 2 volts
Screen Size 6.75
Display Color
Key Button Color Variable
EQ Bands 7
Wireless Remote No
Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
FM Sensitivity 10 dBf
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No
File Playback
Music File Playback MP3, WMA, FLAC, WAV
High-res Playback N
Second Camera Input Lane Watch N

Product Research

Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
Built-in Bluetooth
USB/AUX/Camera Connectivity
Audio & Tuner Section
Touchscreen & Steering Wheel Control

Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

Wireless Android Auto: The Boss Elite BE950WCPA receiver supports Android Auto with select Android smartphones using a wireless or wired connection. A Google or Samsung smartphone with Android OS 10.0+ or any smartphone with Android OS 11.0+ and 5GHz WiFi can utilize Android Auto Wireless with the Boss receiver using the latest version of the Android Auto app, plus a WiFi and Bluetooth connection. Android smartphones running Lollipop 5.0 or higher can also be hardwired to the Boss receiver via USB and Bluetooth. Android Auto extends the Android platform into your car in a way that's purpose-built for driving and automatically brings you useful information and organizes it into a simple on-screen user interface. It's designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road ahead. Features of Android Auto include -

  • Google Assistant: The Boss receiver enhances your Android Auto experience even more by incorporating Google Assistant using the head unit's external microphone and your car speakers for voice command and text-to-speech, which makes using Android Auto and all of its integrated applications fast, easy, and safe. You will need to press the "mic" button or say "OK Google" to activate the Google Assistant. Use the Google Assistant to make a call, send a message, reply to a message, get driving directions, or listen to music.
  • Google & Waze Maps: Use Google Maps to get where you're going with on-screen maps, voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, lane guidance, and more. Select your destination by using the head unit's touchscreen or just say where you want to go through the unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology. You can even listen to music from your Android Auto device or other connected source device while using Google Maps. If you prefer, you can switch over to a simpler version of the community-based Waze navigation app (version 4.27 or higher).
  • Phone & SMS: With Android Auto you get access to your contacts and messages through the Boss receiver while keeping your eyes on the road. Use the unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology to make a phone call, or have your text-messages read aloud to you while you concentrate on the road ahead; you can even reply to texts via voice command.
  • Music: Access your Android smartphone's music library through the Boss receiver via YouTube Music. You'll be able to browse music like you do on your smartphone with song/artist information display and album art. Use the receiver's touchscreen to select songs or just say what song you want to listen to through the head unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology. You also get access to online music and radio stations from Amazon Music, Tidal, Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Slacker Radio, & Tune-In. Music apps include song and station browsing, plus song/artist information and album art or station logo. Click here for a list of all compatible app for Android Auto.


  • The initial setup for Android Auto requires that your vehicle be stopped and the parking brake is engaged. You will need to connect the parking brake wire of the receiver's harness to your vehicle's parking brake circuit for the head unit to recognize that the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless music streaming cannot be used while Android Auto is being used with a connected Android smartphone.
  • Click here to learn more About Android Auto and to see what phones are compatible.

Wireless Apple CarPlay: Apple CarPlay is a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone 5 or newer in the car, while you stay focused on the road. Your iPhone can be connected to the Boss Elite BE950WCPA wirelessly via WiFi + Bluetooth or hardwired via USB. An iPhone 5 or newer (running iOS 9.0+) is required for a wireless connection, while an iPhone 5 or newer (running iOS 7.1+) is required for a hardwired connection. Apple CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and integrates them into the Boss Elite BE950WCPA. Apple CarPlay offers an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, view maps, listen to music, and access messages from your compatible iPhone through the Boss Elite BE950WCPA in-dash receiver. With Apple CarPlay, you can control these functions from the BE950WCPA receiver's 6.75" touchscreen or activate Siri for minimized distraction.

  • Maps: Through Apple CarPlay, the power and simplicity of Apple Maps comes to your dashboard; complete with turn-by-turn direction, traffic conditions, and estimated travel time. You can enter a new destination or choose a favorite or recent destination using the head unit's touchscreen or by simply asking Siri. CarPlay can also predict where you most likely want to go using addresses from your email, text messages, contacts, and calendars. If you have iOS 12.0 or newer on your iPhone with the latest version of Google Maps or Waze, you can choose to navigate via Google Maps or Waze instead of CarPlay. Google Maps and Waze do not support Siri voice control, but will have their own proprietary voice control function which has to be accessed through a touchscreen icon on the receiver.
  • Phone: With Apple CarPlay, you can use the BE950WCPA's interactive touchscreen or ask Siri to make calls, return calls, and check voicemail. To dial a phone number, simply tap the "Phone" icon and Siri will ask you who you want to call. Using the touchscreen you can manually enter a phone number from the on-screen keypad, scroll through contacts, or select from recent and miss calls. In addition, you get access to your voicemails via touchscreen and Siri. When a call comes in, simply tap the "Phone" icon to answer. You'll carry on your side of the conversation through the included external microphone, while the other party is heard through your vehicle's speakers.
  • Text Messages: Apple CarPlay also lets you enjoy a better and safer way of text messaging with friends and family when you're on the road, through the Boss receiver and Siri. Through your voice commands, Siri can send, read, and reply to your text messages so that you never have to glance at your phone while behind the wheel. When a new message comes in a banner will come across the screen and Siri will read back the message for you. Text messages cannot be read or typed from the head unit's touchscreen to prevent driver distraction.
  • Music Library: CarPlay lets you access your music in your iPhone's music library, plus Apple Music from the Boss Elite BE950WCPA. You can browse your music by Playlist, Artist, Song, etc.. just like you would on your iPhone from the BE950WCPA's touchscreen. You can also use Siri to find and play back your music. The BE950WCPA's touchscreen will display song/artist information, as well as album art in the background. Tap the Now Playing icon on the Boss receiver's capacitive touchscreen and see song, artist, album information with Album Art displaying in the background. From the Now Playing screen you also get basic playback function, like Play/Pause, Previous Next/Track, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Repeat/Shuffle.
  • Audio Apps & Podcasts: CarPlay also supports additional audio apps that you've downloaded to your iPhone for enjoying music, podcasts, sports, news, and audiobooks - including Pandora, Tidal, Spotify, iHeart Radio, TuneIn Radio, Slacker Radio, Vox, Stitcher, At Bat, CBS Radio News, NPR One, OverCast, & Audible (subscriptions and fees may app). Control them from the head unit's touchscreen or Siri just like you would from your iPhone. Your iPhone's touchscreen remains unlocked during CarPlay connection, so you are able to access additional music apps and listen to them through the Boss receiver; however these apps offer no control or display information from the head unit's touchscreen.
  • Apple HomeKit Compatible: CarPlay now supports control of Apple HomeKit enabled devices (sold separately) through Siri. Using CarPlay in your vehicle, you can ask Siri to close or open your garage door, turn on or off home lighting, increase or decrease the temperature of your thermostat, as well as control select functions of other Apple HomeKit enabled devices and appliances. Click here for a list of compatible Apple HomeKit products.
  • Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 or newer running iOS 7.1 or newer.
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless music streaming cannot be used while Apple CarPlay is being used with a connected iPhone.

GPS Antenna: The included GPS antenna must be installed for wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to function. The GPS antenna can be mounted inside the front of vehicle on the dash or pillar.

USB Cable Note: The rear-panel USB port is attached to the rear-chassis via a 5" pigtail, so you'll need a long USB cable or Lightning-to-USB cable to make connection between the Boss radio and your Android smartphone or Apple iPhone. Use a cable that is under 6' long and avoid using any extension cable.

Cellular & Data Plan Requirements: Access to CarPlay and Android Auto apps will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Your compatible Apple or Android device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi.

Smartphone Charging: The Boss Elite BE950WCPA will also charge (5V/2A) your Android Auto compatible Android smartphone or Apple CarPlay compatible iPhone while connected via USB with the vehicle's ignition switch set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position.

Built-in Bluetooth

Bluetooth 3.0+EDR: The Boss Elite BE950WCPA is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 3.0+EDR allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

  • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
  • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.4 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Boss receiver.

Secure Simple Pairing: With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Boss head unit without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. You can pair up to 5 devices, but only 1 device can be connected and used at a time. When an already paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically connects the unit.

Hands-Free Communication: The Boss Elite BE950WCPA allows for wireless communication between the head unit and your Bluetooth enabled smartphone. The BE950WCPA lets you to carry on the phone conversation using the integrated front-panel microphone or the included external microphone and your car audio speakers.

  • Answering Calls: The receiver will display the caller's phone number and an audible ring tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker during an incoming call. You can manually answer or end a call through the head unit's front-panel controls. or set the receiver to automatically answer the call.
  • Making Calls: You can make a call using the Boss receiver's LCD touchscreen via its on-screen keypad, your phone's transferred phonebook, or a list of your most recent calls.

Note: Your music will mute automatically during a call.

Wireless Audio Streaming: The Boss Elite BE950WCPA allows wireless play back of stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth enabled smartphone, tablet, or other device using a Bluetooth connection. You can control basic music playback functions, like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track from the Boss head unit (advanced music browsing will still be done from your Bluetooth source device). The unit will also display song/artist information (no Album art).

Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

USB/Aux/Camera Connectivity

USB MSC Playback: In addition to CarPlay and Android Auto, the rear-panel USB port (attached to rear-chassis via 5" pigtail) allows for connection of a USB mass storage class device; such as a USB thumbdrive (up to 128GB) formatted in FAT32. The unit supports playback of a variety of music, video, and photo files loaded onto a compatible USB msc device. You can search by folder or file, control playback functions (such as Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track), well as view song/artist information - including album art. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the receiver's USB port (5V/2A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On. The BE950WCPA supports the following audio,video, and photo files loaded onto a USB MSC device.

Media Type USB MSC
Playable File Types Audio MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG


  • The rear-panel USB port is attached to the rear-chassis via a 5" pigtail, so you'll need a long extension cable to plug in your USB MSC device. Use a USB extension cable that is under 6' long to avoid signal loss.
  • The USB port does not support USB Hubs or card-readers.

iPhone Music Playback: If you don't want to use CarPlay, you can simply connect your Apple iPhone 5 or newer device to the head unit's USB port via a Lightning-to-USB cable for music playback only. You'll be able to play stored music and music apps on your iPhone 5 or newer through the Boss Elite BE950WCPA with playback control, song/artist/album information (including album art), and battery charging. Playback controls include Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random. You'll also be able to search your iPhone 5's music libraries by Playlist, Artists, Albums, Genres, Songs, and Composers.

Note: iPhone music playback is only supported by iPhone 5 or newer. Not compatible with iPod touch, iPod nano, or other 30-pin iPod/iPhone devices.

Aux Input: The Boss Elite BE950WCPA features a rear-panel Aux input which consists of stereo RCA jacks for connecting an external portable audio/video source.

Dual Camera Inputs: The Boss Elite BE950WCPA features dual camera inputs that consist of composite video jacks. There is a rear view camera input and a front view camera input. Cameras sold separately (see Accessories Tab). The unit offers 12V/0.5A accessory leads to supply power to your optional backup and front cameras.

  • Rear View Camera: When an optional rear view camera is connected to this unit, the rear view image is displayed on the integrated 6.75" touchscreen monitor when your vehicle is placed in reverse gear (purple/white wire of harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse gear circuit). Automatic video switching can be set to 1, 2, or 3 seconds.
  • Front View Camera: The BE950WCPA also features a second composite video camera input that can be used for connecting a front camera or dash cam (sold separately). The front view camera input is manually selected from the head unit's touchscreen (no auto switching).
Note: The camera feature is meant as a back-up aid only; never solely rely on the cameras when backing-up. In addition to using the cameras, always look around you to make sure everything is clear when manuevering your vehicle.

Audio & Tuner Section

20W x 4Ch Amp: The Boss Elite BE950WCPA receiver is equipped with a 20 watt (RMS) x 4 channel amplifier.

5Ch/2V Pre-outs: The Boss Elite BE950WCPA features stereo front, stereo rear and mono-subwoofer 2.0-volt pre-outs. The front and rear speaker pre-outs are balance and fade adjustable. The mono-sub preout is non-fading.

Note: The receiver's internal amplifier can be turned off to reduce noise when only using the head unit's pre-outs.

Sub Control w/ Low Pass Crossover: The head unit's subwoofer pre-out utilizes its own low pass crossover which can be set to 80Hz, 120Hz, or 160Hz @ 12dB/Oct. You can adjust the subwoofer output's level (-8 to +8) independently from the overall volume.

EQ: The receiver offers 6 EQ presets - Pop, Blues, Classical, Jazz, Electronic, Rock, Country, or User. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 7-band EQ (60, 150, 400, 1k, 3k, 7k, 15k Hz) from -8dB to +8dB.

Loudness: The Loudness feature enhances high & low frequencies at lower volume levels.

Source Level: You can independently adjust the source level (-7 to +7) of the Radio, USB, Bluetooth, Aux In, Android Auto, and CarPlay for smoother volume level transition between sources.

Default Volume: You can set the turn-on and default volume of the head unit's Media, Phone, Speech, and Ringtone from 0 to 40.

AM/FM Tuner: The Boss Elite BE950WCPA features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. You can store up to 10 FM and 10 AM station presets. You can store your presets manually or have the receiver do it for you automatically. The tuner features selectable North America and European tuning.

Touchscreen & Steering Wheel Control

6.75" Capacitive Touchscreen: The Boss Elite BE950WCPA receiver features a fixed 6.75" capacitive touchscreen LCD monitor. The screen has a resolution of 800 x 480 (384,000 total pixels). The capacitive touchscreen provides a high contrast ratio, crystal clear display, and vivid text; as well as highly responsive touchscreen operation. Touchscreen operations include touch, swipe, and drag.

  • Wallpaper & Background: You can select between 7 pre-loaded wallpaper backgrounds. You cannot download a custom image.
  • Dimmer & Brightness Settings: You can manually adjust the LCD touchscreen monitor's brightness for day and nighttime viewing. You can also setup the unit to have the display dim when you turn your vehicle's lights on (the orange wire of the wiring harness must be connected to your vehicle's headlight circuit).
  • Date & Time Display: The receiver offers date (Month/Date/Year) and time (12 or 24 hour) display.

Capacitive Push-Button Control: In addition to its 6.75" capacitive touchscreen, there are five capacitive push-button controls along the left edge of the screen that operate Power On/Off, Volume Up, Volume Down, Mute, and Voice Recognition (for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay). The button illumination is variable and can be changed to White, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue or Purple.

Parking Brake Interlock: For safety reasons, you cannot view a video source on the built-in touchscreen monitor as long as the vehicle is in motion. In order to display video, the light green wire (within harness) must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake light circuit, and the vehicle's parking brake must be engaged. While your vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the head unit's menu screens/settings, source information, metadata, and album artwork; as well as the CarPlay and Android Auto.

Note: The parking brake wire must also be connected and the parking brake engaged for certain setup functions and menu options.

Optional Steering Wheel Control: The unit features a SWC (steering wheel control) input which lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional Metra, Maestro, or PAC steering wheel control adapter (sold separately).

Beep Tone: The in-dash receiver provides an audible beep to confirm operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

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35 questions already asked

Can more than one phone be connected to Bluetooth at one time? AKA: "Dual Bluetooth Connectivity".
[ Geoff  Sep 19, 2022 ]
1 answer
Greetings Geoff, and thank you for your question. You can pair up to 5 devices via Bluetooth, but only one will be active at any time.
[ Thomas J.  Sep 20, 2022 ]  Staff
I have this in my car and installed the mic that came with. People say it's echos very bad while on the phone. Any way to solve this?
[ Andyggggggg  Aug 17, 2022 ]
1 answer
If you purchased the radio from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They should be able to discuss the issue in detail and see if there is a means of fixing it. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer.
[ Z  Aug 17, 2022 ]  Staff
What is the front camera rca adapter for?
[ Naughtshure  Aug 14, 2022 ]
2 answers
If, hypothetically, you have a front camera equipped on your vehicle. Analogous to backup camera, except on the front of your car.
[ AUSTIN  Aug 15, 2022 ]
The Boss Elite BE950WCPA features dual camera inputs that consist of composite video jacks. There is a rear view camera input and a front view camera input. Instead of just having the option for a back up camera this radio will allow you to incorporate a front camera if you would like to be able to see what's ahead of you. The front camera can be turned on at any time through the camera settings.
[ Allison  Aug 14, 2022 ]  Staff
[ RICKY  Aug 12, 2022 ]
1 answer
This will depend on which vehicle you're installing the radio into. Please call our advisors at 1-800-324-9695 to help with selecting the correct parts to install your new car stereo.
[ Z  Aug 12, 2022 ]  Staff
Is the SWC input a 3.5mm jack?
[ Daniel  Jul 01, 2022 ]
1 answer
Yes, it is a 3.5mm jack.
[ Z  Jul 01, 2022 ]  Staff
Does this unit allow for a 3.5mm Aux input?
[ Scott  May 28, 2022 ]
1 answer
Hey Scott, thank you for reaching out to us and that is a great question. Yes that Boss radio does have a rear aux input on it.
[ Arielle  Jun 02, 2022 ]  Staff
Does this have steering wheel controls settings that allow you to program the button functions?
[ Jake  Mar 31, 2022 ]
5 answers
Sure does!
[ JARROD B  Apr 01, 2022 ]
I am not a very technical person so I hope this answer helps. I have a prius and the steering wheel has phone controls as well as volume and forward and back buttons for music. I was able to keep the volume and forward back buttons for the music but not the phone controls.
[ RICHARD  Mar 31, 2022 ]
You need to purchase additional switch box, which (theoretically) will retain functions of the steering wheel controls. I've ordered both, the custom Crutchfield harness (highly recommended!) and the switch box, and both came wired and ready to plug in. I set the switches as instructed (for 2015 Subaru Forester), but not all steering wheel control functions worked. After calling the Crutchfield Customer Support (exceptional service!) I've got MOST, but not all functions working after many trials resetting the box's switches. So, I lost some of the functions (Voice control and phone, which I use on the stereo screen now). Your case might be different. Wishing you the best!
[ PAUL  Mar 31, 2022 ]
As with all aftermarket units that are "compatible" with steering wheel controls, you will need an external interface module to make it work. Crutchfield can help you find the right module for your car.
[ Pat  Mar 31, 2022 ]
In my application the harness I chose allows for some programming of steering wheel controls. It does not allow reprogramming of the OnStar buttons.
[ Harrold  Mar 31, 2022 ]
How does CarPlay startup work? Here's what I want: turn on the car, and CarPlay starts. I don't want any warning screens or to have to touch a CarPlay icon to get it going. Because basically I won't use this for anything but CarPlay, so I don't even want to see the native UI unless I need to change settings, etc.
[ Carl  Mar 26, 2022 ]
3 answers
Once you have paired your phone it will connect after a minute or so after turning the car on. It will resume playing music or whatever you were doing when it was turned off. Fair warning, the Bluetooth CarPlay is subject to disconnect randomly. For that reason I keep mine plugged into the USB port, disconnects when navigating through congested areas are a pain.
[ TODD  Mar 26, 2022 ]
The unit works fine for me.. but the sequence of events to lock signal with your iphone do take about 1 minute. First you have to have all your iphone setting correct per setup manual, if not no communications. Once that was set correctly, the system works. it does show a connecting to device screen, it takes between 15 to 30 seconds to lock into your iphone. Sometimes, it has to retry one more time but this all happens within one minute. So it has a couple of bumps at turn on but for the money, it was a good deal for me. I do not want to plug in cables.
[ Bill  Mar 26, 2022 ]
For me, CarPlay starts right up (most times). If multiple phones that have been saved in the radio are in the car at the same time, it gets confused which one to use.
[ KRAIG  Mar 26, 2022 ]
Does this unit have navigation? It comes with a GPS antennae but I see nothing about having navigation?
[ JD  Mar 14, 2022 ]
1 answer
The receiver itself does not have navigation built in. The included GPS antenna must be installed for wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to function, that's where your map data will come from.
[ Kenny  Mar 15, 2022 ]  Staff
Can you dim this unit's screen, or turn off the display?
[ Wj-guy  Jan 23, 2022 ]
1 answer
I have never dimmed the radio face, you can turn it off with the square (top left).
[ SCOTT  Jan 24, 2022 ]
Can I have two phones and an iPad connected for bluetooth streaming (able to toggle to the one we want to stream from)?
[ Michael  Jan 22, 2022 ]
1 answer
You can but you have to disconnect from one and reconnect the other. No toggling.
[ Tired  Jan 22, 2022 ]
Has anyone tried to use it with Android Auto and the new Android 12 update yet? It works fine with Android 11, so I am afraid to update my phone. I use a Samsung 5g Flip 3.
[ Merc99  Jan 12, 2022 ]
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We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
[ Kenny  Jan 18, 2022 ]  Staff
does this come with a mounting kit or does it fit exactly in factory hole?
[ Grant  Dec 02, 2021 ]
3 answers
it comes with mounting kit. if you're switching from a single din you'll still need to buy a new panel to accommodate, though. assuming you care about the aesthetics.
[ AUSTIN  Dec 03, 2021 ]
Logically, your needs will vary by vehicle. For mine, the factory brackets moved over to install. Others I assume may require a third party bracket.
[ Randy  Dec 02, 2021 ]
The head units are not vehicle specific so most likely some sort of kit would be needed. You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool, enter the vehicle info, and you will be able to see the needed gear: For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
[ Kenny  Dec 02, 2021 ]  Staff
Can this mirror screen from Android phone?
[ Judah  Nov 08, 2021 ]
2 answers
It mirrors from my IPhone so I am guessing it will from your Android.
[ ALEXANDER  Nov 09, 2021 ]
Yes, it has Android Auto installed on it. I use Apple Carplay and it works wonderfully!
[ Tired  Nov 08, 2021 ]
Will this radio connect to the tv I have in my Tahoe?
[ Hunter  Nov 02, 2021 ]
1 answer
The unit only has video in for cameras. I don't believe it has video out.
[ DONALD  Nov 02, 2021 ]
I own a 2000 Honda Civic Coupe, would this radio fit? Also if it does what do I need to make it fit right.
[ Ethan  Oct 27, 2021 ]
1 answer
You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
[ Kenny  Oct 30, 2021 ]  Staff
Does this work with a 2011 Avalon Limited? My car has a JBL audio system and with navigation system. What tools do I need to be able to install it in my car?
[ Mohammed  Oct 27, 2021 ]
1 answer
You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
[ Krissy  Oct 28, 2021 ]  Staff
does this work with maestro rr to regain steering wheel controls?
[ Matthew  Oct 11, 2021 ]
1 answer
The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Kenny  Oct 13, 2021 ]  Staff
What accessories do I need to make my steering wheel control work2013 scion xb?
[ Elvin  Sep 22, 2021 ]
1 answer
The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Kenny  Sep 25, 2021 ]  Staff
Does Waze work wirelessly or does the phone have to be plugged into USB?
[ JEFFREY M  Sep 10, 2021 ]
3 answers
everything is wireless with this model.
[ Arne  Sep 13, 2021 ]
It should. Anything that normally works on CarPlay will work wirelessly. I use Apple Maps all the time wirelessly with no issues.
[ NEVILLE LOREN  Sep 10, 2021 ]
I don't use waze so I cannot answer that, but I only use CarPlay wirelessly and every app that runs in the background seems to work. For example audible and google maps run in the background of my iPhone and both work through CarPlay.
[ JOSH  Sep 10, 2021 ]
Can XM Sirrus Radio be added to this unit?
[ Greg  Sep 04, 2021 ]
1 answer
Hi Greg, thanks for your question. This unit does not come with satellite radio control. Your only option would be to add one of the Dock & Play standalone units that connect through your FM radio. You can do a search for the Dock and Play units on the Crutchfield site if you are interested in those. Hope this helps.
[ Kenny  Sep 05, 2021 ]  Staff
Does this Boss head unit have HD radio built in?
[ Shawn  Sep 03, 2021 ]
3 answers
No HD radio. That's what the apple play is for.
[ GABRIEL  Sep 03, 2021 ]
This unit does not have HD radio built in.
[ Harrold  Sep 03, 2021 ]
No, it does not have HD radio.
[ DONALD  Sep 03, 2021 ]
Can you hook up a cd changer to this unit?
[ Hecuba  Aug 31, 2021 ]
1 answer
No. It does not have any built-in capability to control a CD player. You probably need to look for antique used stereos to find one with that capability. I doubt that there are any on the market now (or within the last decade) that still do that. For reference, Pioneer did away with their IP bus interface for CD changers in 2010. So, it you can find one of their 2009 or older models, and find one of the old changers, then you might be able to cobble together a retro system from that time period. The one option that WOULD work with this system is that if you have space for an extra single-din device, and can find an old Pioneer XDV-P6, you could connect it as an AUX device on this or any modern stereo. I mention this model because it is controlled by its own front panel controls and remote control.
[ Pat  Aug 31, 2021 ]
I am an issue with the backup camera. When I first turn on the car, and put it in reverse, the camera comes up, but then the wireless CarPlay starts to connect, and the camera view reverts to the main window. This happens in the middle of backing up. Does this happen to anyone else?
[ Mark  Aug 30, 2021 ]
2 answers
I use wireless android auto and this does not happen to me. It connects while I'm backing and the screen stays on camera view until I shift out of reverse.
[ KENNETH L  Sep 04, 2021 ]
I have 3 of these radios and none of them do that. Actually when I put them in reverse it switches the camera on and also lowers the volume until I take it out of reverse. Assuming that your reverse signal is wired correctly there could be something wrong with the radio. I would contact Boss Audio and see if there is some setting that can be changed. I looked in settings and didn't see anything that looks like it would change it.
[ TODD  Aug 31, 2021 ]
Are the apps preset or can you add your own?
[ Jeff  Aug 10, 2021 ]
2 answers
It will only install apps that are on your phone and only ones that are compatible
[ Tired  Nov 08, 2021 ]
Supports any apps that are CarPlay compatible. Accessible from your iPhone settings-> general-> carplay.
[ SAMUEL  Aug 10, 2021 ]
My truck has factory mic installed already, would this already be wired into the current wiring that is already in said truck and if so, would new radio be compatible for hands free option? Thanks.
[ Taylor  Jul 02, 2021 ]
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I would say, do some research on your current head unit and see what each wire is for before you do your purchase. I would need the information of year make and model of your vehicle and factory radio specifications to be able to accurately answer your question.
[ Y.Spec.Auto  Jul 06, 2021 ]
I used the wiring interface recommended for this radio and my 2011 Silverado, paid for the ReadyHarness service (worth it!), and all functionality from the old setup continues to work with the new system, including my factory installed mic.
[ JEFF  Jul 04, 2021 ]
Based on the install I had done, no. After market head units rarely are able to utilize factory installed mics. You may try to replace the factory installed mic with the after market head unit's mic. This may require addition hardware. However, you can place the new mic in various locations to utilize it. There is also a mic built into the head unit that should work also so you can go hands free with either option.
[ Cassandra  Jul 04, 2021 ]
My Tahoe has OnStar built in so I have a factory mic but this radio uses an external mic that can be mounted near the driver. Mine is on top of the steering wheel. So it is hands free but your mic may be obsolete. It is a really good radio and one of the only wireless options I could find at the time. Highly recommended.
[ BENJMAIN  Jul 03, 2021 ]
the boss head unit has a built-in mic and the upper left hand corner but if you get the adapter for your steering wheel controls it can connect to the internal mic but the mic is better quality in the Bosch unit then the truck
[ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
Is the android auto actually wireless?
[ Nick2043  Jun 16, 2021 ]
6 answers
Yes it works perfectly for me.
[ DONALD  Sep 03, 2021 ]
Yes, flawlessly wireless by Bluetooth or WiFi.
[ KEVIN P  Jun 18, 2021 ]
Yes, it takes like 20-30 seconds or so to connect, but it works fully wirelessly.
[ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
I just installed the Boss BE950WCPA in my vehicle & while this unit does feature wireless android auto, in my case its unusable. I have my phone mounted on the dash in one of those wireless induction chargers. It's maybe two feet away from the head-unit & yet looses bluetooth connection every few minutes. The onscreen message suggest moving the phone closer, which I will try but seriously, how much closer than two feet does it need to be? Super frustrated although I can't discount the possibility it's my aging Pixel 3 phone that's to blame. Regardless though, I'm betting wired is the way to go if you want a solid connection, especially as the unit's error handling is not very good, kicking you out to the main menu when it looses connection instead of simply retrying in the background. Unfortunately the USB port on my phone no longer works which is the main reason I purchased this radio as it supposedly supports wireless android auto.
[ Chris Evans  Jun 16, 2021 ]
It runs through bluetooth using the app you download onto your phone from the app store. No wire needed.
[ TODD  Jun 16, 2021 ]
I can't answer for Android but I would assume so because the Apple car play is wireless, I did see in the settings wireless android auto but I have an iPhone so I can't confirm
[ Zach  Jun 16, 2021 ]
Does this unit actually feature wireless Carplay?
[ Rich  Jun 13, 2021 ]
2 answers
yes for Android or for Apple
[ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
[ VERONICA  Jun 14, 2021 ]
i just finished installing this radio ... and while the backup camera works, it doesnt come on automatically when i put the car in reverse (i have to go to the home menu and select the camera option) ... i installed the exact same camera on a sony unit and it does automatically bring up the camera when selecting reverse ... have i wired something incorrectly? is there a configuration option i'm missising? ... or is this just how the radio works?
[ bcoggin  Jun 12, 2021 ]
6 answers
In the Head Unit settings there is an option to turn off the backup camera. Be sure that is turned on.
[ Fritz  Apr 25, 2022 ]
In order for this functionality to work, the 'reverse input' wire on the stereo needs to be wired to something that receives power when the car goes into reverse.
[ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
The radio has a purple wire coming off the back labled "Reverse Light (+)". This needs to be connected to the wire that powers the reverse lights of your vehicle to "trigger" the camera to turn on. You can call Crutchfield's help line to find out where that is under the dash. Or look at your account on their website - under your order there should be a link called "view your custom wiring instructions", It will have info about where the wire is and what color(s) it is. For my 2004 F250, there is a relay on the fuse box that has a black with pink stripe wire to connect it to, but every vehicle will be different.
[ MATT  Jun 15, 2021 ]
On this radio it has 2 wires for the rear camera. One is powered on all the time which is probably the one you are connected to. The other one if I remember right says rear camera signal or reverse signal. The signal wire will switch the radio to rear camera view when it receives a 12v signal. I just wired mine to the signal wire using the red wire on the video cable, so I don't have the ability to turn the camera on except when in reverse. My camera gets it's power from the reverse light wire in my tail light. I am not sure that it matters but your camera is probably powered on all the time.
[ TODD  Jun 13, 2021 ]
You have to find the right "reverse trigger" wire for your particular vehicle. It won't work without the reverse voltage. If you've don't that, check your settings.
[ KRAIG  Jun 12, 2021 ]
I would assume it is a wiring issues. This unit supports having the backup camera turn on when putting the car in reverse. (its working on my uint with my wifes minivan). The settings should have this enabled by default but there is the option to turn this off so it might be worth looking in the settings to ensure it is enabled.
[ DWIGHT  Jun 12, 2021 ]
Can you use the existing factory installed back-up camera and in-cabin mic with this stereo or are you forced to use the external mic that comes with the stereo and buy a new back-up camera?
[ Payton  Jun 10, 2021 ]
4 answers
Yes I used my factory camera for the 2015 Hyundai Elantra.
[ DONALD  Sep 03, 2021 ]
I was able to use my existing Toyota backup camera but not the in-cabin mic. This unit does have a mic built into the display which worked fine for me so i left the external mic in the bag.
[ DWIGHT  Jun 12, 2021 ]
The video in connection is a standard yellow rca style jack, and the mic goes into a female mini stereo plug. If those are what you have then they will work.
[ NEVILLE LOREN  Jun 11, 2021 ]
To the best of my knowledge you have to use a new back-up camera and use the new mic on the stereo. I have a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado and the Back-up camera is in the rear view mirror though. This may be able to be used on newer models.
[ Nicholas  Jun 10, 2021 ]
Can you stream Netflix from your phone to the screen if you are parked?
[ Corey  Jun 02, 2021 ]
2 answers
yes but the parking brake has to be on and it has to be in park.
[ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
No, but this is a limitation of android auto, not of the stereo. I am not sure if this is possible with Apple Carplay though
[ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]

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