Apple CarPlay FaceTime : Issues, Fixes and everything discussed

Apple CarPlay FaceTime : Issues, Fixes and everything discussed

FaceTime is Apple's platform for audio and video calls which is used by many Apple CarPlay users for calls and conferencing while driving. CarPlay FaceTime has become a famous query among the iPhone users as many of them have faced issues while making FaceTime calls via CarPlay.

So I thought of discussing a bit about CarPlay FaceTime along with some hacks and fixes for CarPlay FaceTime issues.

Why CarPlay FaceTime

  • CarPlay FaceTime is a really better way to make FaceTime calls once you are driving, as you do not have to touch and operate your phone. Using mobile phones while driving is identified as a breaking of driver distracting law.
  • Audio and video calls are made easy with FaceTime, but when you are driving it is recommended to use AUDIO ONLY as video contents can distract you while driving.
  • As FaceTime is an Apple’s feature, we can expect it to be the best compatible app for iPhone as well as the CarPlay and many users say that FaceTime audio experience is high quality.
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Using FaceTime on Apple CarPlay

As FaceTime is a default feature of Apple CarPlay you do not need app installation and setting changes for using it on CarPlay. But you need to fulfill some requirements as follows:

Requirements to use CarPlay FaceTime

For using CarPlay FaceTime, you need the basic requirements as Apple CarPlay Compatibility on your iPhone and Car. Also you need FaceTime Feature on your iPhone. Other than that, your location is also important as FaceTime features are restricted in some countries and regions.

Countries where FaceTime is not available

FaceTime is not available for the following countries and regions :

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Pakistan (for devices less than iOS 12.4)
  • Saudi Arabia (for devices less than iOS 11.3)
  • China

How to use CarPlay FaceTime

FaceTime is activated automatically on your iPhone with the phone number and in order to use FaceTime with your email id, you need to set it up on your iPhone. And if you are using FaceTime on your iPhone, you can simply use it on your CarPlay too.

But the basic difference is you can use FaceTime for both audio and video based calls when you are using it on an iPhone. When it comes to CarPlay FaceTime, You can use it for Audio calls only.

So using CarPlay FaceTime is really easy, what you have to do is connect your iPhone with the CarPlay Unit. Then you can use FaceTime with the car's Wifi. But just after connecting the iPhone to your car locks FaceTime for video contents and you can not send or receive video contents with CarPlay .

CarPlay FaceTime Issues

The most common issue with CarPlay FaceTime is the limitation of Video controls. Many have experienced that the FaceTime video is blocked when the iPhone is connected to CarPlay.

The reason for this video content restriction is, the concern of driver distraction. Normally Apple restricts the video content based apps on Apple CarPlay. Because this breaks the driver distraction law. So you won’t be able to receive video contents on CarPlay.

On the other hand, the CarPlay concept was introduced to avoid using Phone while driving. So they assume that you are not touching your phone while driving and because of that, you do not have a way to send your video to others.

The SharePlay feature is also not compatible when it comes to Apple CarPlay and many drivers complain that they are getting a black screen while using CarPlay FaceTime.

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Fixes and Hacks for CarPlay FaceTime issues


As FaceTime is an Apple’s app, it is not something practicable to change the settings of that app. Instead of that, you can go for third party video conferencing CarPlay Apps as follows:

FaceTime Alternatives for CarPlay

  • Messenger
  • Hangouts
  • Skype
  • Viber
  • Line

As FaceTime also demands wifi for it’s functionality, there is no convincing impact of going for an alternative.

How to install FaceTime Alternatives on CarPlay ?

Understanding the possibility of using video based communication, we have developed an awesome hack called WheelPal app. With the WheelPal app you can enjoy any of the video based chat apps installed on your iPhone including Viber, WhatsApp, Skype, Hangouts, Line, Facebook Messenger etc.


WheelPal app mirrors your phone’s display on CarPlay display and in order to send video content to a receiving party you can simply mount the iPhone in a safe place which can capture your video and you can talk via CarPlay.

But as Carplayhacks team, we strongly advise you to limit going for video communication unless it is really demanding as it may lead to safety threats.

Conclusion

CarPlay FaceTime is the best free way to make calls while driving. But CarPlay FaceTime does not allow video contents to be shared, due to driver distraction reasons. If you still need to share video you can go for alternative video communication apps simply using the WheelPal app.