How to set up CarPlay- Compatibility and Guide

“Set up the Set up for CarPlay” 

STOP…. CarPlay demands a compatible environment. Have you made it so…?

If not, quickly take action. Here are what you need to make sure before you begin to set up CarPlay

  • iDevice Compatibility: iPhone 5 or later
  • iOS Compatibility: iOS 7.1 or later
  • Car Compatibility: Should be a CarPlay compatible model. See compatibility

OK. Now you have fulfilled all the requirements. Here’s how to set up CarPlay for the infotainment system.

  1.  Keep the car’s engine running
  2. Plug your iPhone into the USB port of your car

If CarPlay home screen doesn’t appear on the display tap on the CarPlay icon

If your car supports CarPlay via wireless or Bluetooth method, press and hold your car’s voice control button.

Then, go to Settings > General > CarPlay > Available Cars and select your car

3. You must be there now. Ask Siri what you need.

If CarPlay doesn’t support your car, you are not alone you may get the assistance of Carplay alternatives.

Available Countries

CarPlay is available for 36 countries by 2020. 

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Belgium
  4. Brazil
  5. Canada
  6. Chile
  7. China mainland
  8. Denmark
  9. Finland
  10. France
  11. Germany
  12. Hong Kong
  13. India
  14. Ireland
  15. Israel
  16. Italy
  17. Japan
  18. Malaysia
  19. Mexico
  20. Netherlands
  21. New Zealand
  22. Norway
  23. Republic of Korea
  24. Russia
  25. Saudi Arabia
  26. Singapore
  27. South Africa
  28. Spain
  29. Sweden
  30. Switzerland
  31. Taiwan
  32. Thailand
  33. Turkey
  34. UK
  35. United Arab Emirates
  36. USA

Available Phones

CarPlay is available for a limited number of phones and it supports iPhone5 and higher models. 

  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XSiPhone ten s
  • iPhone XS MaxiPhone ten s Max
  • iPhone XRiPhone ten r
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5

Also, it is automatically updated with the iOS version. 

How to set up CarPlay apps outside the default

Even though there is a list of CarPlay supported apps, there are some mostly used visual based apps like YouTube, Facebook, Videos, which are not available for CarPlay by default.

Yet, there is a solution for getting those apps with the WheelPal app . However, you need to jailbreak your phone for this. 

CarPlay Alternatives 

Alternatives come in a very few forms. It is either by up

Since CarPlay is available for a limited number of iOS devices in a limited number of countries, there are thousands of people who miss the CarPlay experience. Targeting them, InCar app has been developed and anyone can experience CarPlay display on the landscape mode of their iDevice. You can not connect it to your car’s infotainment system since it is just a simulation of real CarPlay. Still, you can use the apps on the menu in your phone which ease phone operations while driving.