How to Customize CarPlay

How to Customize CarPlay

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Apple CarPlay is a versatile tool that enhances your driving experience with easy access to navigation, music, and more. But did you know there are many other ways to use CarPlay? Let’s dive into how you can customize your CarPlay setup and discover some hidden features.

Step-by-Step: Customize CarPlay

Customizing your CarPlay screen is simple and can be done from your iPhone, even when CarPlay isn’t active. Follow these steps:

  1. Open iPhone Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap CarPlay.
  4. Select your car for specific settings.
  5. Tap Customize.
  6. Use the plus (+) or minus (-) signs to add or remove apps.
  7. Tap and drag apps to rearrange them on the CarPlay screen.

Once you connect your iPhone to CarPlay in your car, your changes will be applied automatically.

Hidden Tricks and Secrets

CarPlay is user-friendly, but it also has several lesser-known features that can enhance your experience. Here are some hidden gems:

Create a Custom Radio Station

If you enjoy the song you’re listening to, you can create a radio station that plays similar music. On the Now Playing screen, tap the button with three dots and select “Create Station.”

Locate Your Parked Car

CarPlay can help you find your parked car. Enable the “Show Parked Location” feature in the Maps settings on your iPhone. This feature uses GPS to remember where you parked, though it might not work in underground garages.

Speed Limit Alerts

Avoid speeding tickets by keeping an eye on the speed limit displayed during turn-by-turn navigation. This feature works on most highways and major streets.

CarPlay Compatible Apps

CarPlay supports a wide range of apps beyond navigation and calls, making your driving experience more enjoyable and productive. Here are some categories and examples:

Music Apps

  • Apple Music
  • Spotify
  • YouTube Music
  • Tidal
  • Amazon Music

Radio Apps

  • SiriusXM Radio
  • CBS Radio News
  • iHeartRadio
  • Pandora

Podcast Apps

  • Overcast
  • Downcast
  • Pocket Casts
  • Stitcher

News Apps

  • NPR One
  • MLB app (for sports news)


  • iBooks
  • Audible

Messaging Apps

  • Apple Messages
  • WhatsApp Messenger


  • Apple Maps
  • Waze
  • Google Maps
  • Sygic

How to Install CarPlay in an Older Car

If your vehicle doesn’t support CarPlay, you can upgrade to an aftermarket head unit that is compatible with CarPlay. Brands like Pioneer, Kenwood, and Sony offer units that can be installed in most vehicles.

Frequently Asked Questions

What cars have Apple CarPlay? Over 600 vehicle models currently support CarPlay. You can find an updated list on the Apple website.

How do I organize apps in CarPlay? To rearrange CarPlay apps, go to Settings > General > CarPlay on your iPhone, select your car, and tap Customize. Then, tap and hold the app you want to move and drag it to the desired position.

Can I add Netflix to CarPlay? No, CarPlay does not support video streaming apps like Netflix.

Is myQ compatible with Apple CarPlay? Yes, CarPlay integrates with the My Mitsubishi Connect app, allowing you to control your smart garage.

By customizing CarPlay and exploring its hidden features, you can greatly enhance your driving experience. Enjoy the journey with a more personalized and efficient CarPlay setup!