CarPlay iOS 14 Features, Issues & Everything

No one can deny that Apple emerges with so novel features each year with their newest arrival of iDevices. This time, it seems that one feature is going to get extra attention from Apple’s; CarPlay iOS 14. 

iOS 14 developer betas was released in July and it is reported that iOS 14 was released on 16th September 2020. And we noticed that Apple has given an array of new features for Apple CarPlay as they did with iOS 13 last year. 

We understand your euphoria. So why to wait, let’s hop into the features. Below are the 8 best CarPlay features that came with iOS14.

List of CarPlay iOS 14 new features

  1. New App Categories focusing on Parking, Charging and Ordering food. 
  2. CarPlay Wallpaper is customizable
  3. Enhanced audio messaging and VoIP apps
  4. Horizontal status bar
  5. Improvements to Siri
  6. Chinese and Japanese keyboard support
  7. Car Key is coming
  8. Improvements in Maps

Let’s have a comprehensive look at the above features. 

  1. New App Categories focusing on Parking, Charging, and Ordering food.

In iOS14, Apple allows third party parking, EV charging stations, and food ordering apps. As a result of some experiments, CarPlay developers are going to introduce a variety of tools in order to use the iPhone in a smarter way in a car. 

  1. CarPlay Wallpapers

With this feature, you can change the wallpaper of the dashboard home screen into colorful themes instead of the static black one we all have experienced. That means you can customize CarPlay with your favorite colors and themes which will always give you a fresh feeling in your CarPlay experience. Simply, you can set your mood on your car screen or set your car screen to make you feel what you want to feel.

Further digging in this feature reveals that Apple has given a predefined set of wallpapers for iOS 14 Beta which can be changed with the dark/light modes. The most interesting thing is you can use two different wallpapers for your phone and CarPlay. 

For now, users are not allowed to set a preferred wallpaper on their own, but hopefully this feature will be available in the near future. 

  1. Enhanced audio messaging and VoIP apps

In iOS14, Apple has enhanced the audio messaging feature. So now, you can easily create and reply to audio messages with CarPlay.This will definitely be useful to be more expressive when you are sending messages while you are driving. 

Also in the VoIP apps, the previous message threads will be displayed for later reference. 

  1. Horizontal status bar

Normally the status bar of CarPlay is located on the left side of the CarPlay screen and that is suitable very much for the landscape screens. But when it comes to the portrait screens, this status bar takes more room and the space for app view becomes narrower. 

Addressing this problem in iOS 14 update, the status bar has moved to the bottom of the screen with a horizontal view. This creates a better layout allowing more space for the CarPlay app menu in portrait screens. 

  1. Improvements to Siri

As you might have already noticed, Apple manages to update Siri quite often. Likewise this time too, in iOS 14 we can see that Apple has made efforts to bring some new enhancements with it. 

Not only the ability to send audio messages for anyone with the aid of Siri but also you can share ETA s (Estimated Time of Arrival) with others. The super interesting thing is ETA s are kept up to date with your status reducing the waste of time. 

  1. Chinese and Japanese keyboard support

Technically advanced countries whose native language is not English may find difficulties in obtaining the maximum out of CarPlay. And this has also been addressed by iOS 14 CarPlay update. 

Chinese and japanese keyboard support is now allowed for searching in navigation apps. 

  1. Improvements in Maps

There are many advanced improvements in maps, especially the guides for eating, shopping, charging spots and parking. 

Furthermore, congestion zones in major cities like London, will be displayed in order to reduce traffic. 

Moreover it allows sharing ETA and considers every single thing that matters like charging, when calculation ETA. 

  1. Car Key is coming

Even though CarKey is not directly a feature of CarPlay, we can still talk about that here as it has a relationship with CarPlay. To put it simple, it is the technique that you will allow you to unlock your car using your iPhone. This is also available for you with iOS 14. 

This works with NFC. All you need to do is to tap your door handle. Read more in Car Key. 

Issues Identified in iOS14 CarPlay 

It is obvious that a beta version can contain some issues. So we noticed some common complaints regarding iOS14 beta versions as well. 

Some have experienced the issue that only one app is displayed on one screen. So that they have to swipe a lot to open apps which they are looking for. 

That was not the end, we also identified that CarPlay fails to launch with iOS14 Beta1 phones sometimes. 

However, hopefully these issues are addressed once they release iOS 14 for the community. 

CarPlay iOS 13 and CarPlay iOS 14

When comparing CarPlay iOS 13 and CarPlay iOS 14, we can find some major features came on both the updates. 

Will brief them for your ease .

iOS 13 CarPlay featuresiOS 14 CarPlay features
– Well organized dashboardUpdated app cluster with calendar, music, maps and messaging apps
– Album art
– Siri Improvements 
– Screen Independence 
– Enhanced flexibility
– Customizable wallpaper
– Updated app cluster with parking , eating and charging apps
– Enhanced voice messaging feature
– Horizontal status bar
– Different language support
– Siri Improvements
– Maps improvements

This shows that Apple developers are concerned about providing a super advanced experience for CarPlay users. They have paid attention in both appearance and functionality. 

In conclusion we can notice that they have worked a lot on enhancing the overall CarPlay experience addressing all the practical issues we face while driving. 

All in all, as CarPlay Hacks, your trustworthy assistant for a better CarPlay experience, we assure that we give continuous updates and hacks for you. 

Download NGXPlay / CarBridge [UPDATED 2020]

“Have you ever wanted to enjoy your most favorite apps like Youtube, Netflix, Videos and Facebook on CarPlay? If so, do not hesitate to download NGXPlay/CarBridge –  We have made it easy for you with WheelPal App”

Firstly, NGXPlay and CarBridge are two different apps that give you the same results; allowing you to download any app you want there to be on your infotainment system. Here we will talk about the followings:

  1. What is NGXPlay and what is CarBridge
  2. How NGXPlay works and how CarBridge is working
  3. How to download NGXPlay and CarBridge

NGXPLAY

NGXPlay is a tweak for CarPlay that enables you to have third-party apps that are not officially available in Apple CarPlay. Certainly, that means you can use YouTube, Facebook, Netflix, Messenger, Safari or Google browser and many more with NGXPlay. Then how to download NGXPlay? Here it is…

Download NGXPlay

As I previously told you, NGXPlay is a tweak that allows us to have any app outside the official CarPlay environment. Since it is to bring you unofficial apps right on to the display of iPhone/iPad, Apple firmware doesn’t allow NGXPlay to come into play. Therefore you need to make sure that your iPhone’s /iPad’s firmware is compatible to download NGXPlay. To put it simple, for that you need to break all the restrictions imposed by Apple. That breaking is called technically, “Jail-breaking”

Now the opportunity of adding all your desired apps to your CarPlay has been given for iPhone users with any iOS version including iOS 13.5 and higher including iOS 14, with WheelPal app. Some twitter messages which were posted by the Checkra1n Jailbreak team members, mentioning that they were able to Jailbreak iOS 14 beta 1, provides us reasons to say that iOS 14 too will be working with WheelPal successfully.

So we can brief this WheelPal app as an all in one solution. It provides all the apps, repositories, tools, step guides and instructions, and everything to guide you to jailbreak your phone, and to get all the desired apps to CarPlay using NGXPlay.


NGXPlay can only be achieved only if your iPhone/iPad is jailbreakable. Months ago, jailbreak was only available for iOS 13 and below. But now you can jailbreak your iPhone/iPad even if it is running on iOS 13.5 or higher (iOS14 beta). If you have already jailbroken your iPhone/iPad, downloading NGXPlay is just a few taps away. All you need to do is add sources (Repo – BigBoss) through the Cydia app you have on your Home Screen. If not, you may get the assistance of a third-party app like TweakMo to jailbreak and download Cydia first. TweakMo is an app that comes with an array of jailbreak apps, tweaks, and customization. You can download it in two taps.

BigBoss URL – http://apt.thebigboss.org/repofiles/cydia (Add this in add sources URL space)

However, although we said that having NGXPlay is not possible without jailbreak we would like to let you know of a possible way of getting it. It’s the app called “InCar” (Please note that this is not NGXPlay but an alternative way of enjoying almost all the apps as a CarPlay simulator.) This comes with its own limitations. However the app allows you to experience CarPlay/Android User Interface with larger icons on your mobile phone. Read more on InCar App.

NGXPlay iOS14 and iOS13 – How to Download?

The most awaited iOS version, Apple iOS 14 was released on the 16th, September 2020. Since iOS 14 beta 1 has been successfully Jailbroken by Checkra1n, we are confident to say that NGXPlay is  available to download for iOS 14. But remember, NGXPlay is available only if a certain iOS version has a stable jailbreak.

And when it comes to iOS13, although Apple attempted at their best to heighten its security with iOS 13 and the latest iOS13.5, the expert jailbreak uncOver team has successfully been able to root access the iOS 13 and higher versions. Therefore, all the iOS 13 version users are now able to download NGXPlay right onto their iDevice.

Step Guide for downloading NGXPlay:

  1. Jailbreak your iOS 13 device using uncOver jailbreak tool and you can use Checkra1n for jailbreaking iOS14.
  2. Install Cydia
  3. In Cydia app,
    • Go to Sources>tap edit> add> insert URL
                        URL= BigBoss URL – http://apt.thebigboss.org/repofiles/cydia
       
  4. Now go on search and search for NGXPlay
  5. Then select and install NGXPlay
  6. Congratulations. Now you are free to launch and enjoy NGXPlay by enabling your favorite apps on the application.

CARBRIDGE

CarBridge is just another tweak that provides almost the same features as NGXPlay and it also requires a jailbroken iPhone/iPad. The good news is, now jailbreak is available for the devices running up to the latest iOS 14.

Note :  iOS 12.4.7, iOS 12.4.6, iOS 12.4.5, iOS 12.4.4, iOS 12.4.3 and iOS 12.4.2 versions are not compatible with Unc0ver v5.0.0.  and iOS14 beta 1 is jailbreakable with Checkra1n.

DOWNLOAD CARBRIDGE IOS14 (WORKS WITH ANY IOS VERSION WITH A JAILBREAK)

You may download CarBridge mainly in two ways. It is either by donating to CarBridge or by downloading via Cydia. If you are interested in getting CarBridge at a few dollars cost, click Donate CarBridge .

But if you wanted to get it via Cydia, you can simply follow the steps:

  1. Grab your jailbreak compatible iPhone/iPad
  2. Before everything begins, back up the phone Because, if anything happens to your phone during the process, it will lose internal data.
  3. Next you’ll need to Jailbreak your iPhone. To do this, install Impactor and drag the jailbreak .ipa file to Cydia Impactor.
  4. Next click on Cydia
  5. In Cydia install these: -Rocketbootstrap, Applist  & Filza
  6. Perferenceloader – is not there to see in Cydia, so you’ll need to navigate in your source tab ex. Big Boss / System PerferenceLoader
  7. Install the leftyfl1p.deb file (You’ll need Filza to install this)
  8. Congratulations !. Now you have installed leftyfl1p.deb file and free to use any app on CarPlay.

NGXPlay and CarBridge thus bring a whole new experience in the CarPlay environment for most of the iPhone users with the latest jailbreaks for iOS 13.5 and higher. However, we we would like you to stay with us as we would be talking more of the newly released NGXPlay iOS14 and CarBridge iOS14.  

Is CarPlay Worth?

Is CarPlay worth it? This is what comes to our minds most of the time. Well, let me start this way. Have you ever thought of having an assistant while driving? Or a companion who will answer your silly questions just to kill the time while driving?

Important CarPlay Features

Have you ever thought that it would be nice to have everything coming online just with a voice command? 

Well , YES. The answer is yes to me and of course yes to you. Even though smartphones have evaded society, these are still dreams to most of us.

Maps

We all have lost our way at least once while driving just because we couldn’t read the google map properly while driving alone. In that case, we find it really frustrating on the roads regardless of the hours we would like to spend driving at night. It would be very much helpful if we can see the map without looking at the phone while driving.

Communication

Have you noticed the tragic accidents we come across from the news these days? The numbers of these accidents illustrate the danger of taking calls and texting while driving. Stats say that at any given time throughout the day, approximately 660,000 drivers are attempting to use their phones while driving. This is so dangerous not only to the driver but also to the others. Look at the below facts. 

The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. Nearly 390,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.These facts are alarming and show the danger of using the phone. Maybe a one phone call you take while driving will be the darkest thing to a person.

So for all these problems, Apple/Android has introduced a super option and it is called CarPlay/ Android Auto.

Entertainment

Entertainment is something drivers really need to get rid of drowsiness. There are many apps which give you entertainment, news updates plus knowledge. Radio apps, music apps, audiobooks can be added to that list. By default visual based apps are not allowed in CarPlay for driver’s safety, but still there are apps like WheelPal which enables them for you.

What else makes CarPlay Worth

Actually you do not need to grab the phone or touch the car display to do all these things. Just your voice is enough to do all these things and for more, while driving!

Just say the word and it is done with CarPlay/Android auto.

CarPlay/Android Auto is the  technology that makes all these dreams we talked earlier, a truth in front of our eyes.

Apple carPlay has the assistant named “Siri” while Android has Google Assistant. These smart assistants will follow your voice commands and  reveal the answer accordingly. Plus you can install CarPlay Apps for more advanced experiences.

Since this technology is so smart and getting popular among users, famous car makers have already begun to insert this option into their car designs. Abarth, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, Ferrari, BMW, Suzuki and many more support CarPlay. Want to see the latest list of Apple CarPlay compatible cars?

Now you might be wondering if your car supports CarPlay or Android auto? Well in that case, pay a short visit (link with keyword)

All in all, considering the above facts we talked about throughout the article, it is undoubtedly certain that Apple CarPlay is worth it and not only worth, but also will be a day-to-day tool in near future.

CarPlay Maps – How to use

What is the first thing that hit your mind when you heard the phrase “CarPlay Maps”? Most probably the Apple Maps I guess. The reason is, Apple Maps is the default CarPlay map solution and only map which supports Apple CarPlay at the moment. However, Things are changing pretty fast in the CarPlay community to overcome its rival Android Auto. CarPlay Google Maps and CarPlay Waze support were not available previously but now have been added to the CarPlay. With this Apple has overcome one of the biggest advantages of Android Auto over Apple CarPlay. 

As you may already know, Android Auto is ahead of Apple CarPlay in some scenarios such as advanced Google Assistant, Google Maps support and many Android Auto compatible apps. Even in this stage, many users still prefer CarPlay over Android Auto due to the clean user interface, reliability & hardware performance and the less laggy responsiveness of Apple CarPlay. But, they needed a better map solution than Apple Maps. Google Maps on Apple CarPlay is not a new requirement. It has been there since the first release of CarPlay. But, this is the first time Apple has listened to their users’ requirement on CarPlay Google Maps and trying to implement it.

Google Maps on CarPlay

If you compare Apple CarPlay vs Android Auto, what will be the most weighted option you’ll consider? Map support, of course. It’s a must when you are on the road and relying on your infotainment system to guide you to the end of a journey. And many end users agree to the fact that Google Maps is far better than Apple Maps. In this situation, it’s a win for everyone when Apple decided to show Google Maps on your CarPlay home.

Waze on CarPlay

Waze now appears on your CarPlay supported infotainment system along with Google Maps. This is also a product of Google, but the interface and features are totally different except the basic map features. You may read more on CarPlay Waze support and features, get to know which will suit you better.

How to Get Google Maps on CarPlay

There are mainly two options you can choose from. The first option is to update iOS 13 or higher and then it will be available for all iOS users without an extra effort. The second option is jailbreaking. As you know, you can escalate privilege to the iOS system by jailbreaking. After jailbreaking, you are free from limitations imposed by Apple.

If you are a tech guy and need a CarPlay maps alternative so that you can get Google Maps, Waze or any app on your CarPlay display, you can have it by jailbreaking your iPhone. Jailbreak the device and install NGXPlay or CarBridge. Get to know NGXPlay and CarBridge better so that they will serve you better. Using NGXPlay or CarBridge, access any iPhone app including Google Maps and Waze on your infotainment display. 

On the other hand, even if you are not a tech person, there is an easy option for you to get any of the Maps app for your CarPlay. What you have to do is just install WheelPal App. It gives you all the step guides and support.


CarPlay Maps Alternatives to Use Google Maps

There are some alternative options for having Google Maps. Well, some are very basic options. But if you need to focus on the road while getting to know your route and traffic details, you will definitely appreciate these options. 

1. Phone Holder

Don’t blame me. Many users still use these to get to their destination without a hassle. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or no infotainment system support at all, this will serve you at hard times. 

2. Head-Up Display (HUD)

Advantages of head-up displays are no additional mounting is needed such as phone holders and easy to focus on the road because you can project the map details directly to your windscreen. There are some HUD systems and HUD apps which require additional equipment to work as expected. But many apps will work fine just with your smartphone.

3. Mirror your Smartphone to the Infotainment System using HDMI to Mini USB Cables

You can mirror your smartphone screen to the infotainment system’s display using HDMI to Mini USB cables. It’s a good way to see map details, but you can’t control the smartphone with this technique because it only mirrors your smartphone’s display to the infotainment system’s display.

Now you have realized, CarPlay Maps does not represent the Apple Maps OR there is no such thing as CarPlay compatible maps. It could be the map you chose. Prepare for the traffic, be there on time. 

Issues in CarPlay

CarPlay issues are something that definitely worth your attention before you get into your car and start a long drive. We are completely relying on our smartphone to connect with the world and in our car, it’s the infotainment system. With that much of a dependence, we need it to be a reliable and a trustworthy solution. You may use CarPlay maps or any CarPlay compatible app with your iPhone and supported head unit. But, imagine you lose your CarPlay support in the middle of nowhere in the long drive on the highway and miss your exit, because your map is not responsive? There are many such common CarPlay issues. For instance CarPlay navigation issues, CarPlay music issues and CarPlay phone issues could be stated. We are going to address some of the DIY tips and tricks for CarPlay issues which will help you on the way.

Here are some of the issues users faced with the latest iOS versions.

iOS 14 CarPlay Issues

In June 2020 the beta version of iOS 14 released and when trying the beta version, some have met with some issues as follows:

  • CarPlay fails to launch
  • Only one app is displayed in one screen of the app menu, so that users have to swipe through screens to find the app they are searching for.

iOS 14 was released on 16th September 2020 and we hope that these issues are now fixed with the public release.

iOS 13 CarPlay Issues

iPhone users using iO13 -13.5 also have noticed some issues like

Installation issues

Wifi issues

Battery life issues .

You can have a comprehensive idea on iOS 13 CarPlay issues and solutions for them.

iOS 12 CarPlay Issues

iOS 12 is in beta stages at the moment of writing this article. Therefore, it makes  sense that CarPlay is having issues with iOS 12 beta. However, we will look into these issues after the iOS 12 public release.

Many iOS 12 beta users report that they are having CarPlay auto disconnect issues when using the reverse / backup camera. This issue is already reported to Apple, so that we hope that it’ll be fixed on iOS 12. iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 6 & iPhone SE users confirmed this iOS 12 CarPlay issue so far.

iOS 11 CarPlay Issues

  • CarPlay Issues of iOS 11.4

Some of the iOS 11.4 users report that they faced issues such as skipping songs and random disconnections. These issues were presented in iOS 11.3 update too and were fixed in iOS 11.4.1 update.

  • iOS 11.3 CarPlay Issues

Skipping songs and random disconnections occured after the iOS 11.3 update. But the most annoying issue was, the blurred or distorted voice experienced while using the CarPlay phone for a call. You may hear the voice of the other party perfectly but your voice will be distorted. This issue was not fixed even in iOS 11.3.1 However was fixed with iOS 11.4 update.

iPhone X, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6, iPhone SE, iPhone 5S users confirmed the issue on Apple community.

Connectivity Issues

Have you ever faced the scenario “CarPlay supported, but not working”? It could be due to the connectivity issues on CarPlay. I suggest you take a look at How to Set up CarPlay article and continue your reading here as I will guide you through some CarPlay issue fixing tips and tricks.

Siri Issues

CarPlay helps drivers to keep eyes on the road, hands on the wheel while being connected and informed of everything. To make that a reality, it integrates one of the smartest Artificial Intelligence based personal assistants, Siri. To work as expected, Siri needs a stable internet connection. Otherwise, functions of Siri will be limited and some features may not work at all. 

Therefore, if you feel like Siri is struggling or not working as expected, take a minute and check if your mobile data connection is fast enough for Siri to work. This could happen in long drives as mobile signals may vary from time to time according to the location.

Wireless CarPlay Issues

Does your car support wireless CarPlay? Lucky for you, you don’t have to bring your lightning cable everywhere. However, in most cases, wired CarPlay solutions will work better than wireless CarPlay. The reason is, wired CarPlay connection has a better data transfer speed than the wireless CarPlay. Also, wireless CarPlay could expose some interferences unlike with the cable solution. Therefore, if you ever feel slow response or latency in updates (such as map updates), switch to lightning cable and feel the difference.

Fixes for CarPlay Issues

If you have already faced an issue with your infotainment system or CarPlay, this section is where you look  at the first sight or search for . But, I suggest you take a quick read on this article from the beginning, as some iOS version related CarPlay issues have to be fixed by Apple with an update and we can’t do anything about it other than waiting for the official update with the fix.

However, for many CarPlay related common issues and questions, these tips will work like a charm. These tips are not in a sequential order.Yet you can use as you wish.

Tips to solve CarPlay Issues

  • Tip 1 : Restart your iPhone and the car. If this is your first time with CarPlay, make sure that your car or aftermarket infotainment system supports CarPlay.
  • Tip 2 : Use Apple certified lightning cable. Some cheaper lightning cables do not support higher data transfer speeds.
  • Tip 3 : Check if your infotainment system has a dedicated USB port for CarPlay support. CarPlay will not work with other USB ports if the manufacturer assigned a dedicated port. If no dedicated USB port is available, try using a different USB port.
  • Tip 4 : Check if Siri is functioning.
  • Tip 5 : Check your Restrictions. Go to Settings → General → Restrictions and check if there’s any restrictions enabled for the CarPlay. Disable Restrictions if needed.
  • Tip 6 : If you face issues with Wireless CarPlay, try with wired CarPlay and see if the issue is fixed.
  • Tip 7 : Make sure that  your infotainment system and iPhone run on the latest firmware version. Update to the latest version if available.
  • Tip 8 : Forget the car on Settings and try connecting again. Go to Settings → General → CarPlay and tap the car name under My Cars and tap Forget This Car
  • Tip 9 : Reset your iPhone. This could lead to data loss. Therefore, take a backup of your data and please find a proper guide before proceeding.

Have more CarPlay related issues and fixes? Please share in the comment section below.

Android Auto YouTube Hack

It is true that CarPlay and Android Auto have marveled its users with its features; Maps, music, podcasts, voice texts and calls have become more than once they were. Yet, people still miss something. They wish it was there on their in car communication system. They search and predict a possible way of having it. But what exactly is it that they are missing? Yes. your guess is right. Youtube on Android Auto or Android Auto YouTube hack.

It is obvious that watching any video while driving puts you in risk. Because it distracts and keeps you out of focus on the road even if it comes via CarPlay. But a tactful mind could use YouTube in a safe and effective way while bringing entertainment into the car. Let’s say there was an inspiring speech or a story you would like to hear most of the time on YouTube Or a stand up comedy programme that your family enjoy together. Or at least imagine how many times that perhaps your kids might have been sitting in the back of the car lonely without having anything to enjoy. Under such a circumstance, wouldn’t you think that YouTube on your car’s system is an ideal option?

YouTube on Android Auto

Google has not introduced YouTube for Android Auto due to the fact being people tend to lose their focus while driving. Therefore the only way we can have YouTube on Android is the unofficial way. Thanks to Kiran Kumar, he has developed an Android Auto YouTube hack named Car Streaming (Previously named as YouTube Auto). It allows you to play YouTube videos on android auto with translation additions including Chinese and Italian. In order to use this Car Streaming you need to make sure that you have downloaded both Android Auto app and Car Stream.

How to set up Car Stream (YouTube Auto) 

  1. Launch the installed Android Auto app on your Android home screen
Android Auto YouTube hack

2. Click on the hamburger menu at the top left corner
Youtube android auto

3. Tap on “About Android Auto”
Youtube android auto

4. Tap again on the “About Android Auto” multiple times on the opened window

Youtube android auto

5. Click on the menu located on the top right corner and tap on “Developer Settings”
Youtube android auto

6. Check the “Unknown Resources” box, Video 720p and 1080p.

Youtube android auto

7. Now launch Car Stream App
Youtube android auto

8. There you have… Enjoy YouTube on Android Auto

Android Auto YouTube hack

Note: It is advisable not to be focused on the video content while driving but on the road as it puts you in risk

Want to see in which Cars you can use CarStream? Visit Android Auto Compatible Cars.

CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility

Finding CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility does not come at a single click. And finding the most useful compatible apps for your car is even more difficult. Compatibility checker for CarPlay/Android Auto eases this long and tiring job. 

How to check CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility

Compatibility checker is developed for both iOS and Android users. So that users can enjoy the app regardless of their mobile’s firmware. 

Compatibility Checker for Android Auto

Compatibility for Android Auto enables you to find whether your car is compatible with Android Auto or CarPlay. Using this app doesn’t stop you only after checking compatibility, it further gives useful and compatible Android Auto app links for you to download and many more.

Download Compatibility checker for Android Auto

Why Compatibility checker?

Web analytics have shown that most of the people are searching for Android Auto compatibility as well as Apple CarPlay compatibility to their cars. Searching takes time and a bit of research finding the exact answer for what they are for. And many people say many things in long tiring articles. And accessing the internet on Google chrome or safari or any other browser on your mobile makes you frustrated. Android Auto Checker simply avoids these frustrations and helps you find whether your car supports Android Auto or CarPlay in a few taps.

Why compatibility checker for CarPlay?

In addition to the compatibility checker, it suggests you the CarPlay alternatives too. CarPlay alternative app given by the app itself lets users have CarPlay display on their iPhone/iPad even if the car’s inbuilt infotainment system doesn’t support it. That means, unlike the mobile home screen, with this app installed on your iPhone/iPad you can only have the CarPlay apps.  So that you don’t have to spend more on purchasing a new support player for your car. 

If your infotainment system supports Android Auto you can have a look on the Android Auto compatible apps in the market and download them. And if you have any problems over how to set up Android auto or any other Android auto issue, you may directly join CarPlayhacks forum and ask or find out more details in the blog.

Not only does it address your Android Auto related stuff, it also gives you current weather conditions and tips for a safe drive. So that your drive on the roads will be a more careful one.

Why Compatibility checker for CarPlay?

Key App Features

  • Android Auto compatibility checker

All you need to do is just feed the car make, year and model into the . The compatibility checker will show you whether your car supports CarPlay/Android Auto

  • Android Auto/Apple CarPlay compatible apps to download

If the car supports CarPlay/Android Auto, this feature shows you the compatible apps to download. This makes it really easy for you to minimize your time and lets you right away enjoy your iPhone/iPad with your car.

  • CarPlay for Android feature

This enables all the Android Auto users to have a CarPlay user interface on their Android phone or tab. So that they can feel their Android Auto features in Apple way. 

  • Weather condition based on your current location

The app gives you the current weather condition of your location. So that you are aware of weather and take precautions before you take the drive.

  • Tips for a safe drive according to current weather condition

Compatibility checker for CarPlay and Android Auto gives you road tips for a safe drive while considering the current weather condition into account. So that it will help you to be more careful on the roads driving your car.

  • Set up guide

If you have any problem over how to set up CarPlay/Android Auto, it gives you a quick and easy guide. Just following the steps, will bring you the expected results.

  • Social Sharing and many more

You can share this app with others in the community and share your experience.

BBC iPlayer Radio-CarPlay App

BBC iPlayer Radio app for CarPlay

BBC iPlayer Radio is an online streaming app developed by BBC. Also It covers BBC podcasts, music, news updates, radio, catch up and many more listening categories. The app is compatible with most of the devices including iPhone, iPad and computers and tablets.

CarPlay App BBC iPlayer Radio

  • Price: FREE
  • Download Source: App Store & Play Store
  • CarPlay/Android Auto support: Yes

Millions around the world use this app now. Being such a powerful communication channel, BBC decided to come up with a support for CarPlay and Android Auto. CarPlay app BBC iPlayer Radio, the CarPlay support,  comprises four main sections.

CarPlay app BBC iPlayer Radio Sections:

  • Following – You can easily navigate through the app and add programs in the mobile app. So that they will appear in the car’s infotainment system
  • Playback – You can listen to the episodes again and again by adding to the “Listen Later”
  • Downloads – Offline playback of programs that you have downloaded
  • Stations – You can listen to all national and local stations in the UK

Many people love to listen to BBC radio while driving. It has become rather easy now as it is an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible app.

In order to experience this app in your car, there are some requirements you have to fulfill . If you are an Android mobile phone user, first you have to make sure that your phone is running on Android 5.0 or above. Then you will need to connect your phone to an Android Auto compatible car or download and run the Android Auto app. If you are an iPhone/iPad user, you will have to download the version 2.15.0 or above of the iPlayer Radio app. And make sure that the car you are going to use is an Apple CarPlay compatible car.

Note: On the other hand Operating mobile phones or being distracted by the infotainment system may lead you to accidents. Therefore focus on the road while driving.

Android Auto App

Unlike CarPlay, Android Auto has an app to get Android Auto in your car. Therefore you need to make sure that you have installed Android Auto App before you try in your car. If you have not used Android Auto on your mobile phone before here’s how you can have Android Auto installed.

Guide to setting up Android Auto/ Auto Play

Android Auto App icon
  • Firstly make sure your phone is running on Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or up. And it is recommended to use Android 6.0 or later for best performance.
  • Then open Google Play and search Android Auto

Note: Android Auto app is only available in certain countries. So ,If you do not find in search results, that means it’s not available in your country for downloading.

List of Android Auto available countries

Android Auto Available Countries
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa RicaDominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, NewZealand, Panama, Paraguay, PeruPuerto, Rico, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela

How to Setup Auto Play

  1. Firstly open Android Auto.
  2. If your phone asks you to download or update certain apps, please go ahead.
  3. Then review the Safety Notice and Terms & Conditions
  4. After that allow app permission to access your phone’s features and apps.
  5. Then turn on notifications
  6. If your phone is already paired with your car’s Bluetooth, tap on the device to enable Android Auto. Then it is ready for auto launch.

There are two main ways that you can connect your phone to the car’s inbuilt infotainment system. It is either by connecting your phone via a USB cable or via Bluetooth. But all the cars does not support Bluetooth. Therefore what way you would have to follow depends on the compatibility of your car.

Let’s have a quick look on how to connect the phone into the system.

Connect Android Auto via cable (USB)

  • Firstly make sure you have turned on your car and kept in park
  • Then unlock the phone screen
  • After that connect your phone into the USB port in the car system
  • Launch Android Auto App you installed on your phone
  • If it asks you to download or update certain apps, go ahead (for first time users)
  • Give permissions for access (for first time users)
  • Turn on notifications for Android Auto

Connect Android Auto via Bluetooth

  • Make sure you have turned on your car and kept in park
  • Unlock the phone screen
  • Start the Bluetooth process on the car’s stereo system
  • Go to settings of your smartphone > wireless and networks> Bluetooth Settings> Enable
  • Pair the car system with Bluetooth
  • Give access for Android Auto to perform better
  • Turn on notifications
  • Launch Android Auto app to enjoy Android Auto.

How CarPlay Works?

Cars have been the closest friend for many of the people for more than a century. It has been with them in all ups and downs for sure. Smiles and tears or hills and valleys. But with the advent of smartphones into their life, the trend seemed in a slightly different shape making cars the second in the priority list. But the smartphone makers like Apple and Android (Google) soon identified what big change that car and smartphone could do if they met together. As a result, they came with CarPlay and Android Auto. Well, then what CarPlay is exactly? How CarPlay works? What benefits does it bring you? These questions will pop up in your mind for sure I know. But don’t worry. The answers are just waiting for your scan below.

CarPlay is the feature introduced by Apple to let iOS users mirror their phones on to the car’s inbuilt infotainment system while Android Auto is the term used by Google for the same feature in their phones. This was first introduced by Apple in 2014 and the feature was available in few car manufacture models. The idea behind this was to enable you to do almost everything you did on the phone right on the in car communication system.

Well, then how does CarPlay work?

How it works, is the most interesting part of the CarPlay concept. It doesn’t ask you to involve in complicated stuff but plugging your iPhone into the dedicated USB slot in the car via lightning cable. Or if the car supports bluetooth CarPlay just Then, all the rest is ready on the car’s display system. This works fine with the car’s knobs, voice controls and responds at your dictation.

But before you begin anything on CarPlay, make sure your device meets the iDevice compatibility for CarPlay

Ok. Imagine you have already set up CarPlay in your car.  Please click how to set up CarPlay if you are not sure to make it happen.

How CarPlay apps work

But not all the apps you run on iOS are able to be used on your car system. Apps like Apple maps. Music, podcasts and other main features like calls and messages are originally available there while other Apple CarPlay compatible apps have to be downloaded to your iPhone in order to run it. Apple CarPlay is a product that is intended to minimize driver’s distractions while enjoying his iOS. Therefore it is highly unlikely that fancy games like Angry bird would appear in the CarPlay environment.

Let Siri take the course

Siri is at your beck and call. All you need to do is just ask Siri. Imagine you wanted to play the favorite song or text to a friend while driving, just ask Siri to do it. She will also read your received messages, help you find a destination or even make a call.

CarPlay, From Now to Next

CarPlay for now, takes the reputation for having more than 500 car models being compatible with it. Meantime, we could see that most of the car models have already begun to come up with supported devices. And the aftermarket solutions like Pioneer have stepped into adding that feature in their latest devices.

And we also noticed in iOS 14 release, Apple has been very much into AR(Augmented Reality) and Hologram apps. Perhaps it may be a hint that Apple is to work more on CarPlay with AR integration in the recent years to come. What if an integration could tell you about a special offer available in a particular restaurant or a coffee shop as you are to pass the place. Amazing isn’t it?

Therefore, we can expect that CarPlay will continue to amaze us in future too with more CarPlay features.