How to install Hangouts / Google Chat on Apple CarPlay

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How to install Hangouts / Google Chat on Apple CarPlay

If you are were a Hangouts user we hope that now you have successfully moved to Google Chat app, which is the modified version of Hangouts with enhanced features. I am pretty sure that you must be dreaming to have Google Chat on your CarPlay for sure. With the pandemic situation, communication has become something really important and for both official and personal matters. And getting connected with your close ones even while you are driving will be something super convenient for you.

However you may already know that Hangouts /Google Chat is not available for CarPlay by default. But nothing to worry, here is the easiest and the 100% working method of installing Hangouts on your CarPlay.

If you do not have CarPlay by default, still you can enjoy Hangouts on the InCar - CarPlay alternative app which runs on phone as a CarPlay simulator.

How to install Google Chat / Hangouts on CarPlay?

Requirements: If you are an Apple CarPlay user, you can install CarPlay Hangouts or Google Chat on your iPhone and what you need is only an internet connection.

You can Install Hangouts on CarPlay by simply downloading an iOS app called WheelPal. This app provides solutions for any iOS version. You can simply follow the following steps.

Step 1 :

Download the WheelPal app using the following link.

Step guide for WheelPal App installation.

Step 2 :

After installing the app, you need to make the developer a trusted one. For that, you need to go to Settings → General → Profiles & Device Management on the phone. Then select the developer listed under Enterprise App and click on it. Then Make it a trusted one.

If you need comprehensive instructions on WheelPal installation please find WheelPal Installation Guide.

Step 3 :

Now the WheelPal app will be automatically downloaded on your iPhone. Open the app and select the Hangouts app or Google Chat icon with the given list and click on the “Add to CarPlay” button.

Step 4 :

Then the app will ask you whether your phone is a jailbroken one. Sometimes the app will detect whether your phone is already a jailbroken one. Answer correctly by selecting Yes or No.

Why Jailbreak ?

Jailbreak is the process of overcoming some restrictions imposed by Apple for Apple CarPlay. You are getting several functionalities for your phone which are not available by default.

If you have a jailbroken iPhone, you will be redirected to the process of installing Google Chat /Hangouts for CarPlay. App provides a user guide with the screenshots, so that you can easily follow the given steps.

If your Phone is not a jailbroken one, then the app checks for jailbreaking possibilities for your phone. If there are compatible jailbreak tools for your phone model and the iOS version, then you will be guided to jailbreak your phone with a preferred tool.  The app provides well explained guides with the steps needed to jailbreak your iPhone. And after the jailbreaking process you will be automatically redirected to the process of installing Hangouts /Google Chat on CarPlay.

On the other hand, if your phone is not compatible with any jailbreak tool, you can simply use Hangouts on a CarPlay alternative app like InCar App.

Download InCar App from our 'Apps and Downloads' section.

Step 5:

After installing the CarPlay Hangouts app successfully , you can test it with your car’s CarPlay screen.

Moreover, using the same way you can install any streaming app on CarPlay including YouTube, Netflix, VLC, Hulu, KMP and other communication apps like Twitter, FaceBook, Messenger, Skype, Viber, Slack etc using the WheelPal app.

Note : The most Interesting fact is now you can add any desired app to your CarPlay with the above method.

Install CarPlay Google Chat / Hangouts iOS 14 and iOS 15 ?

As you know, the process of installing Hangouts requires jailbreak and if you are an iOS 14 user, I mean iOS14,  iOS14.1, iOS14.2, iOS14.3, iOS14.4, iOS14.5 you may not be sure whether you have a jailbreak compatible with your iPhone. If you are using the latest iPhone later than iPhone X, this may be a real issue. But do not worry, Checkra1n comes for your support with a PC jailbreak tool.

For iOS 15, you need to wait for a compatible jailbreak to be released. Currently jailbreak tools are being invented for iOS 15 and we will update you once a tool is released. Until that you can use a CarPlay simulator like InCar app to enjoy Hangouts while driving.

What you have to do is install the WheelPal App and go ahead in the process of installing Hangouts for CarPlay. Once the app detects you are compatible with a PC tool only, it sends you an email with all the instructions and steps.

Why you should install CarPlay Google Chat / Hangouts App

Since Hangouts has all the caller app facilities like texting, audio and video calling, group call facilities it has become a famous communication app.  So it is really easy if the driver could reach Hangouts from the wide screen of CarPlay when he is driving. At a glance the driver is able to see who is trying to reach him and he can get an action according to the importance of the call or message.

Moreover you can get quick updates with the notifications and if you are someone who runs a business and handles customer support through Hangouts you can quickly get to know when someone is in need of help.

These are some common scenarios and it will be more useful for you based on what kind of Hangouts user you are.


As Hangouts is basically a caller app which can distract the driver, Apple does not allow it on CarPlay by default.  As you can see, this action has been taken for your safety. But we understand that there are situations in which we can use Hangouts on CarPlay without any risk. So, if you have a good control to use it safely, then hurry up to download the WheelPal app and install all your favorite apps on CarPlay including all the team communication apps.

Also the good thing is, you can Download NGXPlay and add any desired app to CarPaly including all the entertainment and streaming apps. Happy driving !!!