Feature Request: How HomeKit could improve with CarPlay


Feature Request: How HomeKit could improve with CarPlay

CarPlay isn’t expected to gain any major features this year according to recent reporting, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream. One simple change I would love to see in some future update is support for HomeKit alerts through CarPlay. Going a step further, a dedicated Home app for CarPlay with a few key features could be very beneficial.

CarPlay prevents most alerts from reaching your car so you don’t get distracted by a new email or tweet while driving, but that filter can sometimes catch useful alerts too.

For example, if you create an automation in HomeKit to automatically open your garage door or unlock your front door when you arrive home, the Home app requires confirming through an alert. Requiring confirmation on your iPhone prevents you from accidentally opening your garage or unlocking your front door when you’re near your house but not going inside, but that alert does not come through CarPlay.

Apple doesn’t actually have to make a Home app for CarPlay for alerts to come through either. Clock alarms and alerts from Reminders and Calendar are examples of apps that can send alerts through CarPlay without offering CarPlay versions of their iPhone apps.

For example, my wife’s work appointment for a somehow mandatory staff meeting on our shared calendar came through CarPlay while I was driving this morning:

The current alternative to interacting with the iPhone is to use Siri each time you arrive home which is certainly convenient but not as efficient or proactive. Having an actionable alert that you tap to confirm would be way easier.

Here’s how the system looks now:

And here’s how it could look (ignore my poor Pixelmator skills):

Battery icon appears when using Wireless CarPlay

Going a step further, CarPlay could benefit from a dedicated Home app that launches to reveal favorited scenes (groups of smart accessory actions) like “I’m Home” and “I’m Leaving” so commonly used commands are a tap away.

HomeKit control through CarPlay is easily accessible through Siri today, but adding an on-screen interface optimized like the other CarPlay apps could prove very useful for drivers.

Additional apps like Waze would also be welcome, but supporting a third-party map sounds a lot less likely than one of Apple’s own apps joining the scene.

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How to Set Up CarPlay with iPhone



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How to Set Up CarPlay with iPhone

Jul 9, 2016 – 7 Comments

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CarPlay allows an iPhone to show maps, directions, messages, calls, Siri, and music on a compatible in-dash car display, making it easier and safer to access some iPhone features while you’re in a car. The CarPlay feature is increasingly supported on new model vehicles and there are aftermarket in-dash CarPlay units available as well. 

Whether you have a new car, are using a rental, or have one of the aftermarket CarPlay units, we’ll show you how to quickly set up CarPlay to connect an iPhone to the car dash display. 


Before anything else you’ll need to be sure the iPhone is reasonably new (anything new than 5) and running a modern version of iOS, and that the car or stereo supports CarPlay. Apple has a running list of cars here that you can check against. While newer model cars may have it as a factory option, any car with a CarPlay compatible aftermarket stereo like this Pioneer unit can have the feature as well, so if you want to you could put CarPlay in a ’68 Camaro too.

How to Setup CarPlay with iPhone

You can setup CarPlay through a wired USB port or Bluetooth, either way you must have Siri enabled on the iPhone for the feature to be available: 

  1. Turn on the car if you haven’t done so already
  2. Open the Settings app on iPhone and go to “General” and then to “CarPlay”
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  4. You now have two options to setup CarPlay: Bluetooth, or with USB. Bluetooth is easy but it requires CarPlay to be built-in to the car steering wheel, whereas USB allows for connections to the cars general USB port
    • For Bluetooth setup: choose “Turn on Bluetooth” and then press and hold the cars voice control / Siri / CarPlay button on the steering wheel to begin the CarPlay setup process
    • For USB setup: connect the iPhone to the USB port in the car to begin the CarPlay setup

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  5. Once the CarPlay unit has been detected, select it from the list of available cars and the in-dash display should display CarPlay immediately
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  7. Confirm CarPlay is working by summoning Siri using the Voice Control button on the steering wheel, or by using the CarPlay dash unit touch screen

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Now that CarPlay is setup, you can interact with it just like you would with your iPhone, except it’s in the car dash display unit. Summon Siri and use anything from the big list of Siri commands available, whether it’s directions, sending messages, making calls, playing music, or just general inquiries. 

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CarPlay is undoubtedly useful if your car or stereo supports the feature, and it’ll likely appear in more vehicles and aftermarket stereos as time goes on too. If you have an iPhone and spend a lot of time in a car either commuting or even just for fun, it’s certainly a feature worth using if you can.

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  1. Junot says:

    CarPlay guide on Apple site is sort of useful

    http://help.apple.com/iphone/9/#/iphf33a514c9

  2. Wayne Lambert says:

    If you don’t have a steering wheel with the controls built in, do you need to set it up with the USB connection? If you do set it up with the USB connection, will you be able to use it wirelessly through Bluetooth once it has been set up? Will the head unit and the iPhone just connect and pair when you start your engine giving you access to your iPhone content using the CarPlay head unit?

    Hopefully someone can answer this question that I have asked in many forums now but with no answer as of yet. Bluetooth 5 will likely be supported by the iPhone 7 as it has recently been announced. It supports faster connections and a greater range, so for the benefits of Bluetooth 5 to be realised, does only the sending device (i.e. the iPhone 7) need to be Bluetooth 5 ready? Or does both the sending device (i.e. iPhone 7) and receiving device (i.e. the Pioneer head unit mentioned in the article) need to be Bluetooth 5 ready/compatible?

    • Jared says:

      From what I have seen, if the car has CarPlay built-in it can use Bluetooth or USB, assuming the car has USB.

      The third party dash units may also use USB or Bluetooth though it depends on what the actual unit is equipped with. Most third party units have their own little button on the unit to activate.

      If it’s paired with Bluetooth, anytime Bluetooth is enabled on iPhone and in range and when the unit is turned on, it should detect CarPlay and be active immediately. 

      Some of the car stereo type stores have display units you can test out and pair with your iPhone to get an idea of how it works, the setup is pretty easy. If you are thinking about getting a dash unit, go test one first, or get one with a 30 day return policy so that if it doesn’t work as you expect you can return it. Most car dealers won’t mind if you try and set it up in a 2017 model year car either if you are test driving.

    • michael says:

      Hi Wayne,

      I needed to upgrade my factory stereo on my 2006 Nissan Pathfinder so last week got Kenwood’s CarPlay enabled DDX6903S installed.

      To answer your question, at this time CarPlay is enabled when you plug in your phone. When I don’t have my phone plugged in, I use the bluetooth feature. Once I plug in my iPhone 6 (via the lighting cable) the CarPlay option comes up.

      From my own experience and the research I have done, having wireless/bluetooth CarPlay is the #1 request and having a Waze App is the #2 request (I don’t mind being forced to use Apple maps vs Google, but I like Waze for police and traffic info).

  3. Zigbelt says:

    Set Up, not Setup.

  4. Lynda says:

    My 2015 Honda CRV has this, it wasn’t on the list.

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How to make a phone call with CarPlay


How to make a phone call with CarPlay

How do you make a phone call using CarPlay? There are options, so let’s check them out.

There are a few different ways to make a phone call using CarPlay in your car. Most of them involve using your voice to state who you wish to speak to, but there are some other ways as well. From Siri to using your actual phone to initiate the call, you can get the call started in just a few easy steps. Safety is a top priority in the car, so don’t let phone calls distract you.

So, how do you manage your phone calls in the car using CarPlay? Let’s take a look.

  • Using Siri to make a call
  • Using the phone app to make a call
  • Listening to your voicemail
  • Answering an incoming call
  • Things to keep in mind

Using Siri to make a call

Using Siri may be the easiest way to make a call while in the car, but some situations could cause it to be more difficult. If you are in a loud car or on a highway with a lot of other noise, Siri may have trouble understanding the command and figuring out who to call. Using Siri is pretty simple, and here is how you do it.

  1. Activate Siri by either saying “Hey Siri”, using the control on your steering wheel, or pressing the on-screen home button.
  2. Say “Call XXXX” (replacing XXXX with name of person as it appears in your contacts).
  3. Confirm that they are who you wish to call.

Using the phone app to make a call

You can also make a phone call using the touch screen which may be easier for some and less ideal for others.

  1. Press the phone button on the screen.
  2. Say the name of the person you want to call or press the view contacts button.
  3. Select the correct contact to call.

If you press the view contacts button, it will first show you all of your favorite contacts, and you can then select other lists from there. You won’t want to be fumbling around with scrolling through a list of your contacts while you are driving, so voice will be the best way while the car is in motion.

If you are having trouble with getting the right contact, you can always pull over safely and then select the contact from your phone to call through CarPlay. You won’t want to pick up your phone to find the right contact on it while driving down the highway. Remember that CarPlay is all about being hands-free, so use your voice to make the call.

Listening to your voicemail

Depending on your profession, you may receive tons of voicemail that you need to listen to and keep up with. In most cases, you can listen to that voicemail right from your car. Select vehicles and aftermarket head units seem to have some trouble with Apple’s voicemail system, making it so that you can’t access it. Accessing it is simple, so here is how you do it.

  1. Open the Phone app.
  2. Tap the Voicemail tab on the top.
  3. Select the one you want to listen to.

If this doesn’t work in your vehicle, you are not alone. There are a number of reports online of it not working properly, so you may need to disconnect your phone from CarPlay and listen to them the old-fashioned way.

Answering an incoming call

Not all of the phone calls in your car will be ones that you initiate. Receiving a phone call is even easier than making one in the car. While it may seem overly easy to understand how to answer it, there are actually a few ways you can do it, and here they are.

  1. Press the Green phone button on your steering wheel (if your car has one).
  2. Press the Green on-screen button.
  3. Slide to answer on your phone (if you are parked only).

That’s it. It is that easy to answer an incoming phone call, and it automatically routes the audio through the speakers of your car.

Things to keep in mind

There are a few things to consider when making phone calls through your car. Naturally, the phone calls will be coming through the speakers of your car, so if you have passengers, they will also be able to hear the call you are making. If you want to make a private phone call, you’ll want to disconnect the phone from CarPlay and use a headset to make it safe. Even if there are no other people in the car, you want to keep an eye on the volume level of your calls, as people around you at lights, in parking lots, etc may be able to hear parts of it.

CarPlay helps make you safer in the car, and while you are hands-free while making and receiving phone calls, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to pay attention. If you find yourself getting upset, overly excited, or distracted, you should still pull over to the side of the road or park in a spot to safely finish the phone call before getting back on the road.

Your favorite tips?

Do you have any favorite tips for making phone calls in the car using CarPlay? If so, be sure to share them in the comments!

How to get directions and use Apple Maps with CarPlay


How to get directions and use Apple Maps with CarPlay

How do I use Apple Maps with CarPlay to get where I need to be?

Outside of streaming services, I’d be willing to bet the most used CarPlay app is Maps. Whether you’re looking for a business to or traveling out of state, it’s much easier to be told where to go than navigating from memory or a map.

Most of Maps interface in CarPlay is pretty easy to understand, but there are a few tricky parts. Let’s take a look at some of the app’s basic functions and how you can use them to get the most out of your experience.

How to use the CarPlay Maps interface

To launch Maps, you need only tap on the Maps icon, then let it find your location. From here, you can zoom in and out on the 2D map; change the terrain to a 3D map; or explore and seek directions.

CarPlay HomescreenCarPlay Suggestions

Heading to an area you aren’t really familiar with, or looking for something new to do in an area you’ve been to a number of times? Tap the Destinations button.

CarPlay offers suggestions based on your location: Each icon on the screen represents a different type of venue, including Parking, Gas, Food, Coffee, and the like; tapping one will populate a list of places close to your current GPS location.

If there are places that you visit frequently and you don’t want to have to search for each time, you can mark them as a favorite on your iPhone or iPad for quick and easy access; on your CarPlay system, you can access those favorite locations by tapping on the Heart icon within the Destinations screen to see your list.

If you are looking for something specific that you can’t happen to find to see if it is nearby, you can tap the magnifying lens to search manually for it.

How to get directions with CarPlay

CarPlay Map ViewCarPlay Search

Whether you’re traveling somewhere new or just want to check your route, the Maps app in Apple’s CarPlay system can give you directions to wherever you need to go. There are a few ways to get directions: Most of the time you’ll likely initiate the process from the touchscreen display in your car, but you can also use Siri or your iPhone to get directions.

How to get directions with the Maps app

  1. Tap on the Maps icon, then let it find your location.
  2. Tap the Destinations button. Your recent destinations will show up under the Recent icon, but if you want to search for something specific, tap the Search icon in the upper right corner.
  3. Type the name of the place you want to go or the address, and CarPlay will offer suggestions.

    CarPlay RoutesCarPlay Route Options

  4. Once you’ve selected the location, you’ll see a screen displaying your route time, ETA, and distance to travel. If there are multiple routes available, tap on the Route Options button to pick the best one.
  5. Once you’ve chosen your route, tap Start and then the navigation directions will begin.

How to get directions with Siri

  1. Press and hold the CarPlay button on your steering wheel, or press and hold the CarPlay Home button in the bottom left corner.
  2. Tell Siri “Get me directions to [place]” or “Find me [type of place]”.
  3. Siri will offer suggestions; when you pick one, it will display on your CarPlay touchscreen.

How to get directions with your iPhone

Sometimes, searching for a place or finding an address may be easier from your iPhone. If you have a passenger in the car or are stopped safely in a parking lot, you can search for the information via the phone’s Maps app. (We very much encourage you to not search for things or mess with your phone while driving, however, as that is far from safe.)

Once you’ve selected a destination on your iPhone, it will automatically show up inside the CarPlay Maps app on your car’s touchscreen.

Your favorite tips?

Do you have any favorite tips that help make it even easier to get around with CarPlay? If so, be sure to drop them in the comments below so I (and others!) can benefit from them.