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Boss BE950WCPA

Digital multimedia receiver (does not play CDs)

Item # 104BE950WP

Boss does a great job of giving drivers access to solid stereo features at a competitive price, and their BE950WCPA...

Find what Fits your car

Boss does a great job of giving drivers access to solid stereo features at a competitive price, and their BE950WCPA...

Item # 104BE950WP

In stock

Deeply discounted installation gear

$449.99

About the Boss BE950WCPA

Get in the car and go

Boss does a great job of giving drivers access to solid stereo features at a competitive price, and their BE950WCPA digital multimedia receiver is a prime example. With wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto built in, you don't even need to think about plugging in your phone when you hop behind the wheel. You'll get the best iPhone and Android control available in the car on a 6.75" capacitive touchscreen, and if you use Siri or Google Assistant regularly, you'll find that this hands-free control translates perfectly to the car. Built-in Bluetooth® also makes wireless music streaming and hands-free calls easy.

Get in the car and go

Boss does a great job of giving drivers access to solid stereo features at a competitive price, and their BE950WCPA digital multimedia receiver is a prime example. With wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto built in, you don't even need to think about plugging in your phone when you hop behind the wheel. You'll get the best iPhone and Android control available in the car on a 6.75" capacitive touchscreen, and if you use Siri or Google Assistant regularly, you'll find that this hands-free control translates perfectly to the car. Built-in Bluetooth® also makes wireless music streaming and hands-free calls easy.

Wired and wireless Apple CarPlay

CarPlay integrates your iPhone into the driving experience in a seamless interface, allowing you to access iPhone content with the sound of your voice. That means easy access to your music library, audiobooks, phone, messages, navigation, and many third-party streaming music apps, too. Learn more at www.apple.com/ios/carplay.

Wired and wireless Android Auto

If you're an Android user, this receiver is ready for your phone, too. Android Auto integrates your Android device into the driving experience without distracting you from the job at hand — driving. You'll have easy voice access to Google Maps, weather, music, and apps, not to mention your text messages. And you can make calls, too, of course. Get more info at www.android.com/auto.

Plus, Bluetooth

Bluetooth enables wireless streaming for stored music, Internet radio stations, podcasts, and audiobooks. This receiver also lets you take and make calls while keeping your hands on the wheel — an awesome safety feature when you're making your daily commute.

System-building tools

This Boss makes a supreme car command center, with a 6.75" touchscreen display that delivers system control, displays media info, and serves as a monitor for a connected backup camera (not included). The BE950WCPA's rear USB port lets you connect a smartphone, or you can access your digital music library loaded onto a flash drive. Plus, you'll get six ultra-clean preamp outputs for amplifiers powering your speakers and subs.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

USB note: This receiver doesn't include a USB extension cable for the rear USB port. We recommend adding the PAC USBDMA6 extension cable or another cable that's compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to your order.

You'll need a wired connection to your parking brake to access settings and other features on this receiver. Your parking brake must be connected and set in order to view video on its screen.

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Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • digital multimedia receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
    • 6.75" capacitive touchscreen
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    Smartphone Features:
    • wired and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • voice control with Apple or Android phones
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    Audio/Video Features:
    • plays USB memory devices
    • EQ and preset curves
    Expandability:
    • inputs: rear USB port (USB extension cable not included); rear aux input; rear-view camera input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front/rear/subwoofer)
    Other Information:
    • wired connection to parking brake required to access settings and other features on this receiver (the brake must be connected and set for video display)
    • built-in internal amp (20 watts RMS/80 peak x 4 channels)
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • warranty: 3 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # BE950WCPA

    What's in the box:

    • Digital multimeida receiver (15A fuse)
    • Trim-ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Parking brake/Amp remote harness
    • Aux/Camera harness
    • Microphone w/ self-adhesive bracket (attached 9.75' cord terminated by a male 3.5mm stereo connector)
    • GPS antenna (attached 59" cable terminated by Fakra connector)
    • 2 Side-brackets
    • Back-strap
    • 8 ISO-screws
    • Rear-support stud
    • Self-tapping screw
    • Rubber-boot
    • User's Manual
    • Warranty/Thank You Card

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    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input RCA (rear)
    Audio/video Input No
    USB Input Rear
    Backup Camera Input Yes
    Second Camera Input Yes
    CarPlay Wireless
    Android Auto Wireless
    Siri Control CarPlay only
    Alexa Voice Control N
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano No
    Touch No
    iPhone 5 and up
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 20 watts
    Peak Output 80 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 1kHz
    Preamp Outputs 5-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS) Apple, Google, Waze
    Navigation App Compatible (Android) Google, Waze
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Screen Size 6.75
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 7
    Wireless Remote No
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 3 Years
    Labor Warranty 3 Years
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 10 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3, WMA, FLAC, WAV
    High-res Playback N
    Second Camera Input Lane Watch N

    Product Research

    Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
    Built-in Bluetooth
    USB/AUX/Camera Connectivity
    Audio & Tuner Section
    Touchscreen & Steering Wheel Control

    Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

    Wireless Android Auto: The Boss Elite BE950WCPA receiver supports Android Auto with select Android smartphones using a wireless or wired connection. A Google or Samsung smartphone with Android OS 10.0+ or any smartphone with Android OS 11.0+ and 5GHz WiFi can utilize Android Auto Wireless with the Boss receiver using the latest version of the Android Auto app, plus a WiFi and Bluetooth connection. Android smartphones running Lollipop 5.0 or higher can also be hardwired to the Boss receiver via USB and Bluetooth. Android Auto extends the Android platform into your car in a way that's purpose-built for driving and automatically brings you useful information and organizes it into a simple on-screen user interface. It's designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road ahead. Features of Android Auto include -

    • Google Assistant: The Boss receiver enhances your Android Auto experience even more by incorporating Google Assistant using the head unit's external microphone and your car speakers for voice command and text-to-speech, which makes using Android Auto and all of its integrated applications fast, easy, and safe. You will need to press the "mic" button or say "OK Google" to activate the Google Assistant. Use the Google Assistant to make a call, send a message, reply to a message, get driving directions, or listen to music.
    • Google & Waze Maps: Use Google Maps to get where you're going with on-screen maps, voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, lane guidance, and more. Select your destination by using the head unit's touchscreen or just say where you want to go through the unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology. You can even listen to music from your Android Auto device or other connected source device while using Google Maps. If you prefer, you can switch over to a simpler version of the community-based Waze navigation app (version 4.27 or higher).
    • Phone & SMS: With Android Auto you get access to your contacts and messages through the Boss receiver while keeping your eyes on the road. Use the unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology to make a phone call, or have your text-messages read aloud to you while you concentrate on the road ahead; you can even reply to texts via voice command.
    • Music: Access your Android smartphone's music library through the Boss receiver via Google Play Music. You'll be able to browse music like you do on your smartphone with song/artist information display and album art. Use the receiver's touchscreen to select songs or just say what song you want to listen to through the head unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology. You also get access to online music and radio stations from Amazon Music, Tidal, Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Slacker Radio, & Tune-In. Music apps include song and station browsing, plus song/artist information and album art or station logo. Click here for a list of all compatible app for Android Auto.

    Notes:

    • The initial setup for Android Auto requires that your vehicle be stopped and the parking brake is engaged. You will need to connect the parking brake wire of the receiver's harness to your vehicle's parking brake circuit for the head unit to recognize that the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless music streaming cannot be used while Android Auto is being used with a connected Android smartphone.
    • Click here to learn more About Android Auto and to see what phones are compatible.

    Wireless Apple CarPlay: Apple CarPlay is a smarter, safer way to use your USB-connected iPhone 5 or newer in the car, while you stay focused on the road. Your iPhone can be connected to the Boss Elite BE950WCPA wirelessly via WiFi + Bluetooth or hardwired via USB. An iPhone 5 or newer (running iOS 9.0+) is required for a wireless connection, while an iPhone 5 or newer (running iOS 7.1+) is required for a hardwired connection. Apple CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and integrates them into the Boss Elite BE950WCPA. Apple CarPlay offers an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, view maps, listen to music, and access messages from your compatible iPhone through the Boss Elite BE950WCPA in-dash receiver. With Apple CarPlay, you can control these functions from the BE950WCPA receiver's 6.75" touchscreen or activate Siri for minimized distraction.

    • Maps: Through Apple CarPlay, the power and simplicity of Apple Maps comes to your dashboard; complete with turn-by-turn direction, traffic conditions, and estimated travel time. You can enter a new destination or choose a favorite or recent destination using the head unit's touchscreen or by simply asking Siri. CarPlay can also predict where you most likely want to go using addresses from your email, text messages, contacts, and calendars. If you have iOS 12.0 or newer on your iPhone with the latest version of Google Maps or Waze, you can choose to navigate via Google Maps or Waze instead of CarPlay. Google Maps and Waze do not support Siri voice control, but will have their own proprietary voice control function which has to be accessed through a touchscreen icon on the receiver.
    • Phone: With Apple CarPlay, you can use the BE950WCPA's interactive touchscreen or ask Siri to make calls, return calls, and check voicemail. To dial a phone number, simply tap the "Phone" icon and Siri will ask you who you want to call. Using the touchscreen you can manually enter a phone number from the on-screen keypad, scroll through contacts, or select from recent and miss calls. In addition, you get access to your voicemails via touchscreen and Siri. When a call comes in, simply tap the "Phone" icon to answer. You'll carry on your side of the conversation through the included external microphone, while the other party is heard through your vehicle's speakers. You can emphasize or weaken the volume level the microphone. You can also select which car speaker outputs the caller audio; you can select All, Front-Left, Front-Right, or Front-Left/Right.
    • Text Messages: Apple CarPlay also lets you enjoy a better and safer way of text messaging with friends and family when you're on the road, through the Boss receiver and Siri. Through your voice commands, Siri can send, read, and reply to your text messages so that you never have to glance at your phone while behind the wheel. When a new message comes in a banner will come across the screen and Siri will read back the message for you. Text messages cannot be read or typed from the head unit's touchscreen to prevent driver distraction.
    • Music Library: CarPlay lets you access your music in your iPhone's music library, plus iTunes radio from the Boss Elite BE950WCPA. You can browse your music by Playlist, Artist, Song, etc.. just like you would on your iPhone from the BE950WCPA's touchscreen. You can also use Siri to find and play back your music. The BE950WCPA's touchscreen will display song/artist information, as well as album art in the background. Tap the Now Playing icon on the Boss receiver's capacitive touchscreen and see song, artist, album information with Album Art displaying in the background. From the Now Playing screen you also get basic playback function, like Play/Pause, Previous Next/Track, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Repeat/Shuffle.
    • Audio Apps & Podcasts: CarPlay also supports additional audio apps that you've downloaded to your iPhone for enjoying music, podcasts, sports, news, and audiobooks - including Pandora, Tidal, Spotify, iHeart Radio, TuneIn Radio, Slacker Radio, Vox, Stitcher, MLB.com At Bat, CBS Radio News, NPR One, OverCast, Audiobooks.com & Audible (subscriptions and fees may app). Control them from the head unit's touchscreen or Siri just like you would from your iPhone. Your iPhone's touchscreen remains unlocked during CarPlay connection, so you are able to access additional music apps and listen to them through the Boss receiver; however these apps offer no control or display information from the head unit's touchscreen.
    • Apple HomeKit Compatible: CarPlay now supports control of Apple HomeKit enabled devices (sold separately) through Siri. Using CarPlay in your vehicle, you can ask Siri to close or open your garage door, turn on or off home lighting, increase or decrease the temperature of your thermostat, as well as control select functions of other Apple HomeKit enabled devices and appliances. Click here for a list of compatible Apple HomeKit products.
    Notes:
    • Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 or newer running iOS 7.1 or newer.
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless music streaming cannot be used while Apple CarPlay is being used with a connected iPhone.

    GPS Antenna: The included GPS antenna must be installed for wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to function. The GPS antenna can be mounted inside the front of vehicle on the dash or pillar.

    USB Cable Note: The rear-panel USB port is attached to the rear-chassis via a 5" pigtail, so you'll need a long USB cable or Lightning-to-USB cable to make connection between the Boss radio and your Android smartphone or Apple iPhone. Use a cable that is under 6' long and avoid using any extension cable.

    Cellular & Data Plan Requirements: Access to CarPlay and Android Auto apps will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Your compatible Apple or Android device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi.

    Smartphone Charging: The Boss Elite BE950WCPA will also charge (5V/2A) your Android Auto compatible Android smartphone or Apple CarPlay compatible iPhone while connected via USB with the vehicle's ignition switch set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth 3.0+EDR: The Boss Elite BE950WCPA is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 3.0+EDR allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.4 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Boss receiver.

    Simple Secure Pairing: With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Boss Elite BE950WCPA without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When an already paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units.

    Hands-Free Communication: The Boss Elite BE950WCPA allows for wireless communication between the head unit and your Bluetooth enabled smartphone. The BE950WCPA lets you to carry on the phone conversation using the integrated front-panel microphone or the included external microphone and your car audio speakers.

    • Answering Calls: The receiver will display the caller's phone number and an audible ring tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker during an incoming call. You can manually answer or end a call through the head unit's front-panel controls. or set the receiver to automatically answer the call.
    • Making Calls: You can make a call using the Boss receiver's LCD touchscreen via its on-screen keypad, your phone's transferred phonebook, or a list of your most recent calls.

    Note: Your music will mute automatically during a call.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Boss Elite BE950WCPA allows wireless play back of stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth enabled smartphone, tablet, or other device using a Bluetooth connection. You can control basic music playback functions, like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track from the Boss head unit (advanced music browsing will still be done from your Bluetooth source device). The unit will also display song/artist information (no Album art).

    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    USB/Aux/Camera Connectivity

    USB MSC Playback: In addition to CarPlay and Android Auto, the rear-panel USB port (attached to rear-chassis via 5" pigtail) allows for connection of a USB mass storage class device; such as a USB thumbdrive (up to 128GB) formatted in FAT32. The unit supports playback of a variety of music, video, and photo files loaded onto a compatible USB msc device. You can search by folder or file, control playback functions (such as Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track), well as view song/artist information - including album art. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the receiver's USB port (5V/2A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On. The BE950WCPA supports the following audio,video, and photo files loaded onto a USB MSC device.

    Media Type USB MSC
    Playable File Types Audio MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG
    Video AVI, MKV, MOV, WMV, OGM
    Photo JPEG, PNG, BMP

    Notes:

    • The rear-panel USB port is attached to the rear-chassis via a 5" pigtail, so you'll need a long extension cable to plug in your USB MSC device. Use a USB extension cable that is under 6' long to avoid signal loss.
    • The USB port does not support USB Hubs or card-readers.

    iPhone Music Playback: If you don't want to use CarPlay, you can simply connect your Aple iPhone 5 or newer device to the head unit's USB port via a Lightning-to-USB cable for music playback only. You'll be able to play stored music and music apps on your iPhone 5 or newer through the Boss Elite BE950WCPA with playback control, song/artist/album information (including album art), and battery charging. Playback controls include Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random. You'll also be able to search your iPhone 5's music libraries by Playlist, Artists, Albums, Genres, Songs, and Composers.

    Note: iPhone music playback is only supported by iPhone 5 or newer. Not compatible with iPod touch, iPod nano, or other 30-pin iPod/iPhone devices.

    Aux Input: The Boss Elite BE950WCPA features a rear-panel Aux input which consists of stereo RCA jacks for connecting an external portable audio/video source.

    Dual Camera Inputs: The Boss Elite BE950WCPA features dual camera inputs that consist of composite video jacks. There is a rear view camera input and a front view camera input. Cameras sold separately (see Accessories Tab). The unit offers 12V/0.5A accessory leads to supply power to your optional backup and front cameras.

    • Rear View Camera: When an optional rear view camera is connected to this unit, the rear view image is displayed on the integrated 6.75" touchscreen monitor when your vehicle is placed in reverse gear (purple/white wire of harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse gear circuit). Automatic video switching can be set to 1, 2, or 3 seconds.
    • Front View Camera: The BE950WCPA also features a second composite video camera input that can be used for connecting a front camera or dash cam (sold separately). The front view camera input is manually selected from the head unit's touchscreen (no auto switching).
    Note: The camera feature is meant as a back-up aid only; never solely rely on the cameras when backing-up. In addition to using the cameras, always look around you to make sure everything is clear when manuevering your vehicle.

    Audio & Tuner Section

    20W x 4Ch Amp: The Boss Elite BE950WCPA receiver is equipped with a 20 watt (RMS) x 4 channel amplifier.

    5Ch/2V Pre-outs: The Boss Elite BE950WCPA features stereo front, stereo rear and mono-subwoofer 2.0-volt pre-outs. The front and rear speaker pre-outs are balance and fade adjustable. The mono-sub preout is non-fading.

    Note: The receiver's internal amplifier can be turned off to reduce noise when only using the head unit's pre-outs.

    Sub Control w/ Low Pass Crossover: The head unit's subwoofer pre-out utilizes its own low pass crossover which can be set to 80Hz, 120Hz, or 160Hz @ 12dB/Oct. You can adjust the subwoofer output's level (-8 to +8) independently from the overall volume.

    EQ: The receiver offers 6 EQ presets - Pop, Blues, Classical, Jazz, Electronic, Rock, Country, or User. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 7-band EQ (60, 150, 400, 1k, 3k, 7k, 15k Hz) from -8dB to +8dB.

    Loudness: The Loudness feature enhances high & low frequencies at lower volume levels.

    Source Level: You can independently adjust the source level (-7 to +7) of the Radio, USB, Bluetooth, Aux In, Android Auto, and CarPlay for smoother volume level transition between sources.

    Default Volume: You can set the turn-on and default volume of the head unit's Media, Phone, Speech, and Ringtone from 0 to 40.

    AM/FM Tuner: The Boss Elite BE950WCPA features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. You can store up to 10 FM and 10 AM station presets. You can store your presets manually or have the receiver do it for you automatically.

    • RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible FM stations. FM stations with Radio Data System (RDS) service send inaudible digital information along with the regular radio program signal.
    • US/Euro Tuning: The tuner features selectable North America and European tuning.

    Touchscreen & Steering Wheel Control

    6.75" Capacitive Touchscreen: The Boss Elite BE950WCPA receiver features a fixed 6.75" capacitive touchscreen LCD monitor. The screen has a resolution of 800 x 480 (384,000 total pixels). The capacitive touchscreen provides a high contrast ratio, crystal clear display, and vivid text; as well as highly responsive touchscreen operation. Touchscreen operations include touch, swipe, and drag.

    • Wallpaper & Background: You can select between 7 pre-loaded wallpaper backgrounds. You cannot download a custom image.
    • Dimmer & Brightness Settings: You can manually adjust the LCD touchscreen monitor's brightness for day and nighttime viewing. You can also setup the unit to have the display dim when you turn your vehicle's lights on (the orange wire of the wiring harness must be connected to your vehicle's headlight circuit).
    • Date & Time Display: The receiver offers date (Month/Date/Year) and time (12 or 24 hour) display.

    Capacitive Push-Button Control: In addition to its 6.75" capacitive touchscreen, there are five capacitive push-button controls along the left edge of the screen that operate Power On/Off, Volume Up, Volume Down, Mute, and Voice Recognition (for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay). The button illumination is variable and can be changed to White, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue or Purple.

    Parking Brake Interlock: For safety reasons, you cannot view a video source on the built-in touchscreen monitor as long as the vehicle is in motion. In order to display video, the light green wire (within harness) must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake light circuit, and the vehicle's parking brake must be engaged. While your vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the head unit's menu screens/settings, source information, metadata, and album artwork; as well as the CarPlay and Android Auto.

    Note: The parking brake wire must also be connected and the parking brake engaged for certain setup functions and menu options.

    Optional Steering Wheel Control: The unit features a SWC (steering wheel control) input which lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional Metra, Maestro, or PAC steering wheel control adapter (sold separately).

    Beep Tone: The in-dash receiver provides an audible beep to confirm operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

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    Customer Q&A

    54 questions already asked

    Q
    My truck has factory mic installed already, would this already be wired into the current wiring that is already in said truck and if so, would new radio be compatible for hands free option? Thanks.
    [ Taylor  Jul 02, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    I would say, do some research on your current head unit and see what each wire is for before you do your purchase. I would need the information of year make and model of your vehicle and factory radio specifications to be able to accurately answer your question.
    [ Y.Spec.Auto  Jul 06, 2021 ]
    A
    I used the wiring interface recommended for this radio and my 2011 Silverado, paid for the ReadyHarness service (worth it!), and all functionality from the old setup continues to work with the new system, including my factory installed mic.
    [ JEFF  Jul 04, 2021 ]
    A
    Based on the install I had done, no. After market head units rarely are able to utilize factory installed mics. You may try to replace the factory installed mic with the after market head unit's mic. This may require addition hardware. However, you can place the new mic in various locations to utilize it. There is also a mic built into the head unit that should work also so you can go hands free with either option.
    [ Cassandra  Jul 04, 2021 ]
    A
    My Tahoe has OnStar built in so I have a factory mic but this radio uses an external mic that can be mounted near the driver. Mine is on top of the steering wheel. So it is hands free but your mic may be obsolete. It is a really good radio and one of the only wireless options I could find at the time. Highly recommended.
    [ BENJMAIN  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    the boss head unit has a built-in mic and the upper left hand corner but if you get the adapter for your steering wheel controls it can connect to the internal mic but the mic is better quality in the Bosch unit then the truck
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    Q
    Is the android auto actually wireless?
    [ Nick2043  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    Yes, flawlessly wireless by Bluetooth or WiFi.
    [ KEVIN P  Jun 18, 2021 ]
    A
    Yes, it takes like 20-30 seconds or so to connect, but it works fully wirelessly.
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    A
    I just installed the Boss BE950WCPA in my vehicle & while this unit does feature wireless android auto, in my case its unusable. I have my phone mounted on the dash in one of those wireless induction chargers. It's maybe two feet away from the head-unit & yet looses bluetooth connection every few minutes. The onscreen message suggest moving the phone closer, which I will try but seriously, how much closer than two feet does it need to be? Super frustrated although I can't discount the possibility it's my aging Pixel 3 phone that's to blame. Regardless though, I'm betting wired is the way to go if you want a solid connection, especially as the unit's error handling is not very good, kicking you out to the main menu when it looses connection instead of simply retrying in the background. Unfortunately the USB port on my phone no longer works which is the main reason I purchased this radio as it supposedly supports wireless android auto.
    [ Chris Evans  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    A
    It runs through bluetooth using the app you download onto your phone from the app store. No wire needed.
    [ TODD  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    A
    I can't answer for Android but I would assume so because the Apple car play is wireless, I did see in the settings wireless android auto but I have an iPhone so I can't confirm
    [ Zach  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    Q
    Does this unit actually feature wireless Carplay?
    [ Rich  Jun 13, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    A
    yes for Android or for Apple
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    Yes
    [ VERONICA  Jun 14, 2021 ]
    Q
    i just finished installing this radio ... and while the backup camera works, it doesnt come on automatically when i put the car in reverse (i have to go to the home menu and select the camera option) ... i installed the exact same camera on a sony unit and it does automatically bring up the camera when selecting reverse ... have i wired something incorrectly? is there a configuration option i'm missising? ... or is this just how the radio works?
    [ bcoggin  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    In order for this functionality to work, the 'reverse input' wire on the stereo needs to be wired to something that receives power when the car goes into reverse.
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    A
    The radio has a purple wire coming off the back labled "Reverse Light (+)". This needs to be connected to the wire that powers the reverse lights of your vehicle to "trigger" the camera to turn on. You can call Crutchfield's help line to find out where that is under the dash. Or look at your account on their website - under your order there should be a link called "view your custom wiring instructions", It will have info about where the wire is and what color(s) it is. For my 2004 F250, there is a relay on the fuse box that has a black with pink stripe wire to connect it to, but every vehicle will be different.
    [ MATT  Jun 15, 2021 ]
    A
    On this radio it has 2 wires for the rear camera. One is powered on all the time which is probably the one you are connected to. The other one if I remember right says rear camera signal or reverse signal. The signal wire will switch the radio to rear camera view when it receives a 12v signal. I just wired mine to the signal wire using the red wire on the video cable, so I don't have the ability to turn the camera on except when in reverse. My camera gets it's power from the reverse light wire in my tail light. I am not sure that it matters but your camera is probably powered on all the time.
    [ TODD  Jun 13, 2021 ]
    A
    You have to find the right "reverse trigger" wire for your particular vehicle. It won't work without the reverse voltage. If you've don't that, check your settings.
    [ KRAIG  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    A
    I would assume it is a wiring issues. This unit supports having the backup camera turn on when putting the car in reverse. (its working on my uint with my wifes minivan). The settings should have this enabled by default but there is the option to turn this off so it might be worth looking in the settings to ensure it is enabled.
    [ DWIGHT  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    Q
    Can you use the existing factory installed back-up camera and in-cabin mic with this stereo or are you forced to use the external mic that comes with the stereo and buy a new back-up camera?
    [ Payton  Jun 10, 2021 ]
    3 answers
    A
    I was able to use my existing Toyota backup camera but not the in-cabin mic. This unit does have a mic built into the display which worked fine for me so i left the external mic in the bag.
    [ DWIGHT  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    A
    The video in connection is a standard yellow rca style jack, and the mic goes into a female mini stereo plug. If those are what you have then they will work.
    [ NEVILLE LOREN  Jun 11, 2021 ]
    A
    To the best of my knowledge you have to use a new back-up camera and use the new mic on the stereo. I have a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado and the Back-up camera is in the rear view mirror though. This may be able to be used on newer models.
    [ Nicholas  Jun 10, 2021 ]
    Q
    Can you stream Netflix from your phone to the screen if you are parked?
    [ Corey  Jun 02, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    A
    yes but the parking brake has to be on and it has to be in park.
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    No, but this is a limitation of android auto, not of the stereo. I am not sure if this is possible with Apple Carplay though
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    Q
    My truck has factory mic installed already, would this already be wired into the current wiring that is already in said truck and if so, would new radio be compatible for hands free option? Thanks.
    [ Taylor  Jul 02, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    I would say, do some research on your current head unit and see what each wire is for before you do your purchase. I would need the information of year make and model of your vehicle and factory radio specifications to be able to accurately answer your question.
    [ Y.Spec.Auto  Jul 06, 2021 ]
    A
    I used the wiring interface recommended for this radio and my 2011 Silverado, paid for the ReadyHarness service (worth it!), and all functionality from the old setup continues to work with the new system, including my factory installed mic.
    [ JEFF  Jul 04, 2021 ]
    A
    Based on the install I had done, no. After market head units rarely are able to utilize factory installed mics. You may try to replace the factory installed mic with the after market head unit's mic. This may require addition hardware. However, you can place the new mic in various locations to utilize it. There is also a mic built into the head unit that should work also so you can go hands free with either option.
    [ Cassandra  Jul 04, 2021 ]
    A
    My Tahoe has OnStar built in so I have a factory mic but this radio uses an external mic that can be mounted near the driver. Mine is on top of the steering wheel. So it is hands free but your mic may be obsolete. It is a really good radio and one of the only wireless options I could find at the time. Highly recommended.
    [ BENJMAIN  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    the boss head unit has a built-in mic and the upper left hand corner but if you get the adapter for your steering wheel controls it can connect to the internal mic but the mic is better quality in the Bosch unit then the truck
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    Q
    Is the android auto actually wireless?
    [ Nick2043  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    Yes, flawlessly wireless by Bluetooth or WiFi.
    [ KEVIN P  Jun 18, 2021 ]
    A
    Yes, it takes like 20-30 seconds or so to connect, but it works fully wirelessly.
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    A
    I just installed the Boss BE950WCPA in my vehicle & while this unit does feature wireless android auto, in my case its unusable. I have my phone mounted on the dash in one of those wireless induction chargers. It's maybe two feet away from the head-unit & yet looses bluetooth connection every few minutes. The onscreen message suggest moving the phone closer, which I will try but seriously, how much closer than two feet does it need to be? Super frustrated although I can't discount the possibility it's my aging Pixel 3 phone that's to blame. Regardless though, I'm betting wired is the way to go if you want a solid connection, especially as the unit's error handling is not very good, kicking you out to the main menu when it looses connection instead of simply retrying in the background. Unfortunately the USB port on my phone no longer works which is the main reason I purchased this radio as it supposedly supports wireless android auto.
    [ Chris Evans  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    A
    It runs through bluetooth using the app you download onto your phone from the app store. No wire needed.
    [ TODD  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    A
    I can't answer for Android but I would assume so because the Apple car play is wireless, I did see in the settings wireless android auto but I have an iPhone so I can't confirm
    [ Zach  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    Q
    Does this unit actually feature wireless Carplay?
    [ Rich  Jun 13, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    A
    yes for Android or for Apple
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    Yes
    [ VERONICA  Jun 14, 2021 ]
    Q
    i just finished installing this radio ... and while the backup camera works, it doesnt come on automatically when i put the car in reverse (i have to go to the home menu and select the camera option) ... i installed the exact same camera on a sony unit and it does automatically bring up the camera when selecting reverse ... have i wired something incorrectly? is there a configuration option i'm missising? ... or is this just how the radio works?
    [ bcoggin  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    In order for this functionality to work, the 'reverse input' wire on the stereo needs to be wired to something that receives power when the car goes into reverse.
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    A
    The radio has a purple wire coming off the back labled "Reverse Light (+)". This needs to be connected to the wire that powers the reverse lights of your vehicle to "trigger" the camera to turn on. You can call Crutchfield's help line to find out where that is under the dash. Or look at your account on their website - under your order there should be a link called "view your custom wiring instructions", It will have info about where the wire is and what color(s) it is. For my 2004 F250, there is a relay on the fuse box that has a black with pink stripe wire to connect it to, but every vehicle will be different.
    [ MATT  Jun 15, 2021 ]
    A
    On this radio it has 2 wires for the rear camera. One is powered on all the time which is probably the one you are connected to. The other one if I remember right says rear camera signal or reverse signal. The signal wire will switch the radio to rear camera view when it receives a 12v signal. I just wired mine to the signal wire using the red wire on the video cable, so I don't have the ability to turn the camera on except when in reverse. My camera gets it's power from the reverse light wire in my tail light. I am not sure that it matters but your camera is probably powered on all the time.
    [ TODD  Jun 13, 2021 ]
    A
    You have to find the right "reverse trigger" wire for your particular vehicle. It won't work without the reverse voltage. If you've don't that, check your settings.
    [ KRAIG  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    A
    I would assume it is a wiring issues. This unit supports having the backup camera turn on when putting the car in reverse. (its working on my uint with my wifes minivan). The settings should have this enabled by default but there is the option to turn this off so it might be worth looking in the settings to ensure it is enabled.
    [ DWIGHT  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    Q
    Can you use the existing factory installed back-up camera and in-cabin mic with this stereo or are you forced to use the external mic that comes with the stereo and buy a new back-up camera?
    [ Payton  Jun 10, 2021 ]
    3 answers
    A
    I was able to use my existing Toyota backup camera but not the in-cabin mic. This unit does have a mic built into the display which worked fine for me so i left the external mic in the bag.
    [ DWIGHT  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    A
    The video in connection is a standard yellow rca style jack, and the mic goes into a female mini stereo plug. If those are what you have then they will work.
    [ NEVILLE LOREN  Jun 11, 2021 ]
    A
    To the best of my knowledge you have to use a new back-up camera and use the new mic on the stereo. I have a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado and the Back-up camera is in the rear view mirror though. This may be able to be used on newer models.
    [ Nicholas  Jun 10, 2021 ]
    Q
    Can you stream Netflix from your phone to the screen if you are parked?
    [ Corey  Jun 02, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    A
    yes but the parking brake has to be on and it has to be in park.
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    No, but this is a limitation of android auto, not of the stereo. I am not sure if this is possible with Apple Carplay though
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    Q
    My truck has factory mic installed already, would this already be wired into the current wiring that is already in said truck and if so, would new radio be compatible for hands free option? Thanks.
    [ Taylor  Jul 02, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    I would say, do some research on your current head unit and see what each wire is for before you do your purchase. I would need the information of year make and model of your vehicle and factory radio specifications to be able to accurately answer your question.
    [ Y.Spec.Auto  Jul 06, 2021 ]
    A
    I used the wiring interface recommended for this radio and my 2011 Silverado, paid for the ReadyHarness service (worth it!), and all functionality from the old setup continues to work with the new system, including my factory installed mic.
    [ JEFF  Jul 04, 2021 ]
    A
    Based on the install I had done, no. After market head units rarely are able to utilize factory installed mics. You may try to replace the factory installed mic with the after market head unit's mic. This may require addition hardware. However, you can place the new mic in various locations to utilize it. There is also a mic built into the head unit that should work also so you can go hands free with either option.
    [ Cassandra  Jul 04, 2021 ]
    A
    My Tahoe has OnStar built in so I have a factory mic but this radio uses an external mic that can be mounted near the driver. Mine is on top of the steering wheel. So it is hands free but your mic may be obsolete. It is a really good radio and one of the only wireless options I could find at the time. Highly recommended.
    [ BENJMAIN  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    the boss head unit has a built-in mic and the upper left hand corner but if you get the adapter for your steering wheel controls it can connect to the internal mic but the mic is better quality in the Bosch unit then the truck
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    Q
    Is the android auto actually wireless?
    [ Nick2043  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    Yes, flawlessly wireless by Bluetooth or WiFi.
    [ KEVIN P  Jun 18, 2021 ]
    A
    Yes, it takes like 20-30 seconds or so to connect, but it works fully wirelessly.
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    A
    I just installed the Boss BE950WCPA in my vehicle & while this unit does feature wireless android auto, in my case its unusable. I have my phone mounted on the dash in one of those wireless induction chargers. It's maybe two feet away from the head-unit & yet looses bluetooth connection every few minutes. The onscreen message suggest moving the phone closer, which I will try but seriously, how much closer than two feet does it need to be? Super frustrated although I can't discount the possibility it's my aging Pixel 3 phone that's to blame. Regardless though, I'm betting wired is the way to go if you want a solid connection, especially as the unit's error handling is not very good, kicking you out to the main menu when it looses connection instead of simply retrying in the background. Unfortunately the USB port on my phone no longer works which is the main reason I purchased this radio as it supposedly supports wireless android auto.
    [ Chris Evans  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    A
    It runs through bluetooth using the app you download onto your phone from the app store. No wire needed.
    [ TODD  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    A
    I can't answer for Android but I would assume so because the Apple car play is wireless, I did see in the settings wireless android auto but I have an iPhone so I can't confirm
    [ Zach  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    Q
    Does this unit actually feature wireless Carplay?
    [ Rich  Jun 13, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    A
    yes for Android or for Apple
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    Yes
    [ VERONICA  Jun 14, 2021 ]
    Q
    i just finished installing this radio ... and while the backup camera works, it doesnt come on automatically when i put the car in reverse (i have to go to the home menu and select the camera option) ... i installed the exact same camera on a sony unit and it does automatically bring up the camera when selecting reverse ... have i wired something incorrectly? is there a configuration option i'm missising? ... or is this just how the radio works?
    [ bcoggin  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    In order for this functionality to work, the 'reverse input' wire on the stereo needs to be wired to something that receives power when the car goes into reverse.
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    A
    The radio has a purple wire coming off the back labled "Reverse Light (+)". This needs to be connected to the wire that powers the reverse lights of your vehicle to "trigger" the camera to turn on. You can call Crutchfield's help line to find out where that is under the dash. Or look at your account on their website - under your order there should be a link called "view your custom wiring instructions", It will have info about where the wire is and what color(s) it is. For my 2004 F250, there is a relay on the fuse box that has a black with pink stripe wire to connect it to, but every vehicle will be different.
    [ MATT  Jun 15, 2021 ]
    A
    On this radio it has 2 wires for the rear camera. One is powered on all the time which is probably the one you are connected to. The other one if I remember right says rear camera signal or reverse signal. The signal wire will switch the radio to rear camera view when it receives a 12v signal. I just wired mine to the signal wire using the red wire on the video cable, so I don't have the ability to turn the camera on except when in reverse. My camera gets it's power from the reverse light wire in my tail light. I am not sure that it matters but your camera is probably powered on all the time.
    [ TODD  Jun 13, 2021 ]
    A
    You have to find the right "reverse trigger" wire for your particular vehicle. It won't work without the reverse voltage. If you've don't that, check your settings.
    [ KRAIG  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    A
    I would assume it is a wiring issues. This unit supports having the backup camera turn on when putting the car in reverse. (its working on my uint with my wifes minivan). The settings should have this enabled by default but there is the option to turn this off so it might be worth looking in the settings to ensure it is enabled.
    [ DWIGHT  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    Q
    Can you use the existing factory installed back-up camera and in-cabin mic with this stereo or are you forced to use the external mic that comes with the stereo and buy a new back-up camera?
    [ Payton  Jun 10, 2021 ]
    3 answers
    A
    I was able to use my existing Toyota backup camera but not the in-cabin mic. This unit does have a mic built into the display which worked fine for me so i left the external mic in the bag.
    [ DWIGHT  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    A
    The video in connection is a standard yellow rca style jack, and the mic goes into a female mini stereo plug. If those are what you have then they will work.
    [ NEVILLE LOREN  Jun 11, 2021 ]
    A
    To the best of my knowledge you have to use a new back-up camera and use the new mic on the stereo. I have a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado and the Back-up camera is in the rear view mirror though. This may be able to be used on newer models.
    [ Nicholas  Jun 10, 2021 ]
    Q
    Can you stream Netflix from your phone to the screen if you are parked?
    [ Corey  Jun 02, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    A
    yes but the parking brake has to be on and it has to be in park.
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    No, but this is a limitation of android auto, not of the stereo. I am not sure if this is possible with Apple Carplay though
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    Q
    My truck has factory mic installed already, would this already be wired into the current wiring that is already in said truck and if so, would new radio be compatible for hands free option? Thanks.
    [ Taylor  Jul 02, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    I would say, do some research on your current head unit and see what each wire is for before you do your purchase. I would need the information of year make and model of your vehicle and factory radio specifications to be able to accurately answer your question.
    [ Y.Spec.Auto  Jul 06, 2021 ]
    A
    I used the wiring interface recommended for this radio and my 2011 Silverado, paid for the ReadyHarness service (worth it!), and all functionality from the old setup continues to work with the new system, including my factory installed mic.
    [ JEFF  Jul 04, 2021 ]
    A
    Based on the install I had done, no. After market head units rarely are able to utilize factory installed mics. You may try to replace the factory installed mic with the after market head unit's mic. This may require addition hardware. However, you can place the new mic in various locations to utilize it. There is also a mic built into the head unit that should work also so you can go hands free with either option.
    [ Cassandra  Jul 04, 2021 ]
    A
    My Tahoe has OnStar built in so I have a factory mic but this radio uses an external mic that can be mounted near the driver. Mine is on top of the steering wheel. So it is hands free but your mic may be obsolete. It is a really good radio and one of the only wireless options I could find at the time. Highly recommended.
    [ BENJMAIN  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    the boss head unit has a built-in mic and the upper left hand corner but if you get the adapter for your steering wheel controls it can connect to the internal mic but the mic is better quality in the Bosch unit then the truck
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    Q
    Is the android auto actually wireless?
    [ Nick2043  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    Yes, flawlessly wireless by Bluetooth or WiFi.
    [ KEVIN P  Jun 18, 2021 ]
    A
    Yes, it takes like 20-30 seconds or so to connect, but it works fully wirelessly.
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    A
    I just installed the Boss BE950WCPA in my vehicle & while this unit does feature wireless android auto, in my case its unusable. I have my phone mounted on the dash in one of those wireless induction chargers. It's maybe two feet away from the head-unit & yet looses bluetooth connection every few minutes. The onscreen message suggest moving the phone closer, which I will try but seriously, how much closer than two feet does it need to be? Super frustrated although I can't discount the possibility it's my aging Pixel 3 phone that's to blame. Regardless though, I'm betting wired is the way to go if you want a solid connection, especially as the unit's error handling is not very good, kicking you out to the main menu when it looses connection instead of simply retrying in the background. Unfortunately the USB port on my phone no longer works which is the main reason I purchased this radio as it supposedly supports wireless android auto.
    [ Chris Evans  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    A
    It runs through bluetooth using the app you download onto your phone from the app store. No wire needed.
    [ TODD  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    A
    I can't answer for Android but I would assume so because the Apple car play is wireless, I did see in the settings wireless android auto but I have an iPhone so I can't confirm
    [ Zach  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    Q
    Does this unit actually feature wireless Carplay?
    [ Rich  Jun 13, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    A
    yes for Android or for Apple
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    Yes
    [ VERONICA  Jun 14, 2021 ]
    Q
    i just finished installing this radio ... and while the backup camera works, it doesnt come on automatically when i put the car in reverse (i have to go to the home menu and select the camera option) ... i installed the exact same camera on a sony unit and it does automatically bring up the camera when selecting reverse ... have i wired something incorrectly? is there a configuration option i'm missising? ... or is this just how the radio works?
    [ bcoggin  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    In order for this functionality to work, the 'reverse input' wire on the stereo needs to be wired to something that receives power when the car goes into reverse.
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    A
    The radio has a purple wire coming off the back labled "Reverse Light (+)". This needs to be connected to the wire that powers the reverse lights of your vehicle to "trigger" the camera to turn on. You can call Crutchfield's help line to find out where that is under the dash. Or look at your account on their website - under your order there should be a link called "view your custom wiring instructions", It will have info about where the wire is and what color(s) it is. For my 2004 F250, there is a relay on the fuse box that has a black with pink stripe wire to connect it to, but every vehicle will be different.
    [ MATT  Jun 15, 2021 ]
    A
    On this radio it has 2 wires for the rear camera. One is powered on all the time which is probably the one you are connected to. The other one if I remember right says rear camera signal or reverse signal. The signal wire will switch the radio to rear camera view when it receives a 12v signal. I just wired mine to the signal wire using the red wire on the video cable, so I don't have the ability to turn the camera on except when in reverse. My camera gets it's power from the reverse light wire in my tail light. I am not sure that it matters but your camera is probably powered on all the time.
    [ TODD  Jun 13, 2021 ]
    A
    You have to find the right "reverse trigger" wire for your particular vehicle. It won't work without the reverse voltage. If you've don't that, check your settings.
    [ KRAIG  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    A
    I would assume it is a wiring issues. This unit supports having the backup camera turn on when putting the car in reverse. (its working on my uint with my wifes minivan). The settings should have this enabled by default but there is the option to turn this off so it might be worth looking in the settings to ensure it is enabled.
    [ DWIGHT  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    Q
    Can you use the existing factory installed back-up camera and in-cabin mic with this stereo or are you forced to use the external mic that comes with the stereo and buy a new back-up camera?
    [ Payton  Jun 10, 2021 ]
    3 answers
    A
    I was able to use my existing Toyota backup camera but not the in-cabin mic. This unit does have a mic built into the display which worked fine for me so i left the external mic in the bag.
    [ DWIGHT  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    A
    The video in connection is a standard yellow rca style jack, and the mic goes into a female mini stereo plug. If those are what you have then they will work.
    [ NEVILLE LOREN  Jun 11, 2021 ]
    A
    To the best of my knowledge you have to use a new back-up camera and use the new mic on the stereo. I have a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado and the Back-up camera is in the rear view mirror though. This may be able to be used on newer models.
    [ Nicholas  Jun 10, 2021 ]
    Q
    Can you stream Netflix from your phone to the screen if you are parked?
    [ Corey  Jun 02, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    A
    yes but the parking brake has to be on and it has to be in park.
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    No, but this is a limitation of android auto, not of the stereo. I am not sure if this is possible with Apple Carplay though
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    Q
    My truck has factory mic installed already, would this already be wired into the current wiring that is already in said truck and if so, would new radio be compatible for hands free option? Thanks.
    [ Taylor  Jul 02, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    I would say, do some research on your current head unit and see what each wire is for before you do your purchase. I would need the information of year make and model of your vehicle and factory radio specifications to be able to accurately answer your question.
    [ Y.Spec.Auto  Jul 06, 2021 ]
    A
    I used the wiring interface recommended for this radio and my 2011 Silverado, paid for the ReadyHarness service (worth it!), and all functionality from the old setup continues to work with the new system, including my factory installed mic.
    [ JEFF  Jul 04, 2021 ]
    A
    Based on the install I had done, no. After market head units rarely are able to utilize factory installed mics. You may try to replace the factory installed mic with the after market head unit's mic. This may require addition hardware. However, you can place the new mic in various locations to utilize it. There is also a mic built into the head unit that should work also so you can go hands free with either option.
    [ Cassandra  Jul 04, 2021 ]
    A
    My Tahoe has OnStar built in so I have a factory mic but this radio uses an external mic that can be mounted near the driver. Mine is on top of the steering wheel. So it is hands free but your mic may be obsolete. It is a really good radio and one of the only wireless options I could find at the time. Highly recommended.
    [ BENJMAIN  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    the boss head unit has a built-in mic and the upper left hand corner but if you get the adapter for your steering wheel controls it can connect to the internal mic but the mic is better quality in the Bosch unit then the truck
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    Q
    Is the android auto actually wireless?
    [ Nick2043  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    Yes, flawlessly wireless by Bluetooth or WiFi.
    [ KEVIN P  Jun 18, 2021 ]
    A
    Yes, it takes like 20-30 seconds or so to connect, but it works fully wirelessly.
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    A
    I just installed the Boss BE950WCPA in my vehicle & while this unit does feature wireless android auto, in my case its unusable. I have my phone mounted on the dash in one of those wireless induction chargers. It's maybe two feet away from the head-unit & yet looses bluetooth connection every few minutes. The onscreen message suggest moving the phone closer, which I will try but seriously, how much closer than two feet does it need to be? Super frustrated although I can't discount the possibility it's my aging Pixel 3 phone that's to blame. Regardless though, I'm betting wired is the way to go if you want a solid connection, especially as the unit's error handling is not very good, kicking you out to the main menu when it looses connection instead of simply retrying in the background. Unfortunately the USB port on my phone no longer works which is the main reason I purchased this radio as it supposedly supports wireless android auto.
    [ Chris Evans  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    A
    It runs through bluetooth using the app you download onto your phone from the app store. No wire needed.
    [ TODD  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    A
    I can't answer for Android but I would assume so because the Apple car play is wireless, I did see in the settings wireless android auto but I have an iPhone so I can't confirm
    [ Zach  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    Q
    Does this unit actually feature wireless Carplay?
    [ Rich  Jun 13, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    A
    yes for Android or for Apple
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    Yes
    [ VERONICA  Jun 14, 2021 ]
    Q
    i just finished installing this radio ... and while the backup camera works, it doesnt come on automatically when i put the car in reverse (i have to go to the home menu and select the camera option) ... i installed the exact same camera on a sony unit and it does automatically bring up the camera when selecting reverse ... have i wired something incorrectly? is there a configuration option i'm missising? ... or is this just how the radio works?
    [ bcoggin  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    In order for this functionality to work, the 'reverse input' wire on the stereo needs to be wired to something that receives power when the car goes into reverse.
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    A
    The radio has a purple wire coming off the back labled "Reverse Light (+)". This needs to be connected to the wire that powers the reverse lights of your vehicle to "trigger" the camera to turn on. You can call Crutchfield's help line to find out where that is under the dash. Or look at your account on their website - under your order there should be a link called "view your custom wiring instructions", It will have info about where the wire is and what color(s) it is. For my 2004 F250, there is a relay on the fuse box that has a black with pink stripe wire to connect it to, but every vehicle will be different.
    [ MATT  Jun 15, 2021 ]
    A
    On this radio it has 2 wires for the rear camera. One is powered on all the time which is probably the one you are connected to. The other one if I remember right says rear camera signal or reverse signal. The signal wire will switch the radio to rear camera view when it receives a 12v signal. I just wired mine to the signal wire using the red wire on the video cable, so I don't have the ability to turn the camera on except when in reverse. My camera gets it's power from the reverse light wire in my tail light. I am not sure that it matters but your camera is probably powered on all the time.
    [ TODD  Jun 13, 2021 ]
    A
    You have to find the right "reverse trigger" wire for your particular vehicle. It won't work without the reverse voltage. If you've don't that, check your settings.
    [ KRAIG  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    A
    I would assume it is a wiring issues. This unit supports having the backup camera turn on when putting the car in reverse. (its working on my uint with my wifes minivan). The settings should have this enabled by default but there is the option to turn this off so it might be worth looking in the settings to ensure it is enabled.
    [ DWIGHT  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    Q
    Can you use the existing factory installed back-up camera and in-cabin mic with this stereo or are you forced to use the external mic that comes with the stereo and buy a new back-up camera?
    [ Payton  Jun 10, 2021 ]
    3 answers
    A
    I was able to use my existing Toyota backup camera but not the in-cabin mic. This unit does have a mic built into the display which worked fine for me so i left the external mic in the bag.
    [ DWIGHT  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    A
    The video in connection is a standard yellow rca style jack, and the mic goes into a female mini stereo plug. If those are what you have then they will work.
    [ NEVILLE LOREN  Jun 11, 2021 ]
    A
    To the best of my knowledge you have to use a new back-up camera and use the new mic on the stereo. I have a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado and the Back-up camera is in the rear view mirror though. This may be able to be used on newer models.
    [ Nicholas  Jun 10, 2021 ]
    Q
    Can you stream Netflix from your phone to the screen if you are parked?
    [ Corey  Jun 02, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    A
    yes but the parking brake has to be on and it has to be in park.
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    No, but this is a limitation of android auto, not of the stereo. I am not sure if this is possible with Apple Carplay though
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    Q
    My truck has factory mic installed already, would this already be wired into the current wiring that is already in said truck and if so, would new radio be compatible for hands free option? Thanks.
    [ Taylor  Jul 02, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    I would say, do some research on your current head unit and see what each wire is for before you do your purchase. I would need the information of year make and model of your vehicle and factory radio specifications to be able to accurately answer your question.
    [ Y.Spec.Auto  Jul 06, 2021 ]
    A
    I used the wiring interface recommended for this radio and my 2011 Silverado, paid for the ReadyHarness service (worth it!), and all functionality from the old setup continues to work with the new system, including my factory installed mic.
    [ JEFF  Jul 04, 2021 ]
    A
    Based on the install I had done, no. After market head units rarely are able to utilize factory installed mics. You may try to replace the factory installed mic with the after market head unit's mic. This may require addition hardware. However, you can place the new mic in various locations to utilize it. There is also a mic built into the head unit that should work also so you can go hands free with either option.
    [ Cassandra  Jul 04, 2021 ]
    A
    My Tahoe has OnStar built in so I have a factory mic but this radio uses an external mic that can be mounted near the driver. Mine is on top of the steering wheel. So it is hands free but your mic may be obsolete. It is a really good radio and one of the only wireless options I could find at the time. Highly recommended.
    [ BENJMAIN  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    the boss head unit has a built-in mic and the upper left hand corner but if you get the adapter for your steering wheel controls it can connect to the internal mic but the mic is better quality in the Bosch unit then the truck
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    Q
    Is the android auto actually wireless?
    [ Nick2043  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    Yes, flawlessly wireless by Bluetooth or WiFi.
    [ KEVIN P  Jun 18, 2021 ]
    A
    Yes, it takes like 20-30 seconds or so to connect, but it works fully wirelessly.
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    A
    I just installed the Boss BE950WCPA in my vehicle & while this unit does feature wireless android auto, in my case its unusable. I have my phone mounted on the dash in one of those wireless induction chargers. It's maybe two feet away from the head-unit & yet looses bluetooth connection every few minutes. The onscreen message suggest moving the phone closer, which I will try but seriously, how much closer than two feet does it need to be? Super frustrated although I can't discount the possibility it's my aging Pixel 3 phone that's to blame. Regardless though, I'm betting wired is the way to go if you want a solid connection, especially as the unit's error handling is not very good, kicking you out to the main menu when it looses connection instead of simply retrying in the background. Unfortunately the USB port on my phone no longer works which is the main reason I purchased this radio as it supposedly supports wireless android auto.
    [ Chris Evans  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    A
    It runs through bluetooth using the app you download onto your phone from the app store. No wire needed.
    [ TODD  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    A
    I can't answer for Android but I would assume so because the Apple car play is wireless, I did see in the settings wireless android auto but I have an iPhone so I can't confirm
    [ Zach  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    Q
    Does this unit actually feature wireless Carplay?
    [ Rich  Jun 13, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    A
    yes for Android or for Apple
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    Yes
    [ VERONICA  Jun 14, 2021 ]
    Q
    i just finished installing this radio ... and while the backup camera works, it doesnt come on automatically when i put the car in reverse (i have to go to the home menu and select the camera option) ... i installed the exact same camera on a sony unit and it does automatically bring up the camera when selecting reverse ... have i wired something incorrectly? is there a configuration option i'm missising? ... or is this just how the radio works?
    [ bcoggin  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    In order for this functionality to work, the 'reverse input' wire on the stereo needs to be wired to something that receives power when the car goes into reverse.
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    A
    The radio has a purple wire coming off the back labled "Reverse Light (+)". This needs to be connected to the wire that powers the reverse lights of your vehicle to "trigger" the camera to turn on. You can call Crutchfield's help line to find out where that is under the dash. Or look at your account on their website - under your order there should be a link called "view your custom wiring instructions", It will have info about where the wire is and what color(s) it is. For my 2004 F250, there is a relay on the fuse box that has a black with pink stripe wire to connect it to, but every vehicle will be different.
    [ MATT  Jun 15, 2021 ]
    A
    On this radio it has 2 wires for the rear camera. One is powered on all the time which is probably the one you are connected to. The other one if I remember right says rear camera signal or reverse signal. The signal wire will switch the radio to rear camera view when it receives a 12v signal. I just wired mine to the signal wire using the red wire on the video cable, so I don't have the ability to turn the camera on except when in reverse. My camera gets it's power from the reverse light wire in my tail light. I am not sure that it matters but your camera is probably powered on all the time.
    [ TODD  Jun 13, 2021 ]
    A
    You have to find the right "reverse trigger" wire for your particular vehicle. It won't work without the reverse voltage. If you've don't that, check your settings.
    [ KRAIG  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    A
    I would assume it is a wiring issues. This unit supports having the backup camera turn on when putting the car in reverse. (its working on my uint with my wifes minivan). The settings should have this enabled by default but there is the option to turn this off so it might be worth looking in the settings to ensure it is enabled.
    [ DWIGHT  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    Q
    Can you use the existing factory installed back-up camera and in-cabin mic with this stereo or are you forced to use the external mic that comes with the stereo and buy a new back-up camera?
    [ Payton  Jun 10, 2021 ]
    3 answers
    A
    I was able to use my existing Toyota backup camera but not the in-cabin mic. This unit does have a mic built into the display which worked fine for me so i left the external mic in the bag.
    [ DWIGHT  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    A
    The video in connection is a standard yellow rca style jack, and the mic goes into a female mini stereo plug. If those are what you have then they will work.
    [ NEVILLE LOREN  Jun 11, 2021 ]
    A
    To the best of my knowledge you have to use a new back-up camera and use the new mic on the stereo. I have a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado and the Back-up camera is in the rear view mirror though. This may be able to be used on newer models.
    [ Nicholas  Jun 10, 2021 ]
    Q
    Can you stream Netflix from your phone to the screen if you are parked?
    [ Corey  Jun 02, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    A
    yes but the parking brake has to be on and it has to be in park.
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    No, but this is a limitation of android auto, not of the stereo. I am not sure if this is possible with Apple Carplay though
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    Q
    My truck has factory mic installed already, would this already be wired into the current wiring that is already in said truck and if so, would new radio be compatible for hands free option? Thanks.
    [ Taylor  Jul 02, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    I would say, do some research on your current head unit and see what each wire is for before you do your purchase. I would need the information of year make and model of your vehicle and factory radio specifications to be able to accurately answer your question.
    [ Y.Spec.Auto  Jul 06, 2021 ]
    A
    I used the wiring interface recommended for this radio and my 2011 Silverado, paid for the ReadyHarness service (worth it!), and all functionality from the old setup continues to work with the new system, including my factory installed mic.
    [ JEFF  Jul 04, 2021 ]
    A
    Based on the install I had done, no. After market head units rarely are able to utilize factory installed mics. You may try to replace the factory installed mic with the after market head unit's mic. This may require addition hardware. However, you can place the new mic in various locations to utilize it. There is also a mic built into the head unit that should work also so you can go hands free with either option.
    [ Cassandra  Jul 04, 2021 ]
    A
    My Tahoe has OnStar built in so I have a factory mic but this radio uses an external mic that can be mounted near the driver. Mine is on top of the steering wheel. So it is hands free but your mic may be obsolete. It is a really good radio and one of the only wireless options I could find at the time. Highly recommended.
    [ BENJMAIN  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    the boss head unit has a built-in mic and the upper left hand corner but if you get the adapter for your steering wheel controls it can connect to the internal mic but the mic is better quality in the Bosch unit then the truck
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    Q
    Is the android auto actually wireless?
    [ Nick2043  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    Yes, flawlessly wireless by Bluetooth or WiFi.
    [ KEVIN P  Jun 18, 2021 ]
    A
    Yes, it takes like 20-30 seconds or so to connect, but it works fully wirelessly.
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    A
    I just installed the Boss BE950WCPA in my vehicle & while this unit does feature wireless android auto, in my case its unusable. I have my phone mounted on the dash in one of those wireless induction chargers. It's maybe two feet away from the head-unit & yet looses bluetooth connection every few minutes. The onscreen message suggest moving the phone closer, which I will try but seriously, how much closer than two feet does it need to be? Super frustrated although I can't discount the possibility it's my aging Pixel 3 phone that's to blame. Regardless though, I'm betting wired is the way to go if you want a solid connection, especially as the unit's error handling is not very good, kicking you out to the main menu when it looses connection instead of simply retrying in the background. Unfortunately the USB port on my phone no longer works which is the main reason I purchased this radio as it supposedly supports wireless android auto.
    [ Chris Evans  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    A
    It runs through bluetooth using the app you download onto your phone from the app store. No wire needed.
    [ TODD  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    A
    I can't answer for Android but I would assume so because the Apple car play is wireless, I did see in the settings wireless android auto but I have an iPhone so I can't confirm
    [ Zach  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    Q
    Does this unit actually feature wireless Carplay?
    [ Rich  Jun 13, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    A
    yes for Android or for Apple
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    Yes
    [ VERONICA  Jun 14, 2021 ]
    Q
    i just finished installing this radio ... and while the backup camera works, it doesnt come on automatically when i put the car in reverse (i have to go to the home menu and select the camera option) ... i installed the exact same camera on a sony unit and it does automatically bring up the camera when selecting reverse ... have i wired something incorrectly? is there a configuration option i'm missising? ... or is this just how the radio works?
    [ bcoggin  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    In order for this functionality to work, the 'reverse input' wire on the stereo needs to be wired to something that receives power when the car goes into reverse.
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    A
    The radio has a purple wire coming off the back labled "Reverse Light (+)". This needs to be connected to the wire that powers the reverse lights of your vehicle to "trigger" the camera to turn on. You can call Crutchfield's help line to find out where that is under the dash. Or look at your account on their website - under your order there should be a link called "view your custom wiring instructions", It will have info about where the wire is and what color(s) it is. For my 2004 F250, there is a relay on the fuse box that has a black with pink stripe wire to connect it to, but every vehicle will be different.
    [ MATT  Jun 15, 2021 ]
    A
    On this radio it has 2 wires for the rear camera. One is powered on all the time which is probably the one you are connected to. The other one if I remember right says rear camera signal or reverse signal. The signal wire will switch the radio to rear camera view when it receives a 12v signal. I just wired mine to the signal wire using the red wire on the video cable, so I don't have the ability to turn the camera on except when in reverse. My camera gets it's power from the reverse light wire in my tail light. I am not sure that it matters but your camera is probably powered on all the time.
    [ TODD  Jun 13, 2021 ]
    A
    You have to find the right "reverse trigger" wire for your particular vehicle. It won't work without the reverse voltage. If you've don't that, check your settings.
    [ KRAIG  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    A
    I would assume it is a wiring issues. This unit supports having the backup camera turn on when putting the car in reverse. (its working on my uint with my wifes minivan). The settings should have this enabled by default but there is the option to turn this off so it might be worth looking in the settings to ensure it is enabled.
    [ DWIGHT  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    Q
    Can you use the existing factory installed back-up camera and in-cabin mic with this stereo or are you forced to use the external mic that comes with the stereo and buy a new back-up camera?
    [ Payton  Jun 10, 2021 ]
    3 answers
    A
    I was able to use my existing Toyota backup camera but not the in-cabin mic. This unit does have a mic built into the display which worked fine for me so i left the external mic in the bag.
    [ DWIGHT  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    A
    The video in connection is a standard yellow rca style jack, and the mic goes into a female mini stereo plug. If those are what you have then they will work.
    [ NEVILLE LOREN  Jun 11, 2021 ]
    A
    To the best of my knowledge you have to use a new back-up camera and use the new mic on the stereo. I have a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado and the Back-up camera is in the rear view mirror though. This may be able to be used on newer models.
    [ Nicholas  Jun 10, 2021 ]
    Q
    Can you stream Netflix from your phone to the screen if you are parked?
    [ Corey  Jun 02, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    A
    yes but the parking brake has to be on and it has to be in park.
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    No, but this is a limitation of android auto, not of the stereo. I am not sure if this is possible with Apple Carplay though
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    Q
    My truck has factory mic installed already, would this already be wired into the current wiring that is already in said truck and if so, would new radio be compatible for hands free option? Thanks.
    [ Taylor  Jul 02, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    I would say, do some research on your current head unit and see what each wire is for before you do your purchase. I would need the information of year make and model of your vehicle and factory radio specifications to be able to accurately answer your question.
    [ Y.Spec.Auto  Jul 06, 2021 ]
    A
    I used the wiring interface recommended for this radio and my 2011 Silverado, paid for the ReadyHarness service (worth it!), and all functionality from the old setup continues to work with the new system, including my factory installed mic.
    [ JEFF  Jul 04, 2021 ]
    A
    Based on the install I had done, no. After market head units rarely are able to utilize factory installed mics. You may try to replace the factory installed mic with the after market head unit's mic. This may require addition hardware. However, you can place the new mic in various locations to utilize it. There is also a mic built into the head unit that should work also so you can go hands free with either option.
    [ Cassandra  Jul 04, 2021 ]
    A
    My Tahoe has OnStar built in so I have a factory mic but this radio uses an external mic that can be mounted near the driver. Mine is on top of the steering wheel. So it is hands free but your mic may be obsolete. It is a really good radio and one of the only wireless options I could find at the time. Highly recommended.
    [ BENJMAIN  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    the boss head unit has a built-in mic and the upper left hand corner but if you get the adapter for your steering wheel controls it can connect to the internal mic but the mic is better quality in the Bosch unit then the truck
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    Q
    Is the android auto actually wireless?
    [ Nick2043  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    Yes, flawlessly wireless by Bluetooth or WiFi.
    [ KEVIN P  Jun 18, 2021 ]
    A
    Yes, it takes like 20-30 seconds or so to connect, but it works fully wirelessly.
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    A
    I just installed the Boss BE950WCPA in my vehicle & while this unit does feature wireless android auto, in my case its unusable. I have my phone mounted on the dash in one of those wireless induction chargers. It's maybe two feet away from the head-unit & yet looses bluetooth connection every few minutes. The onscreen message suggest moving the phone closer, which I will try but seriously, how much closer than two feet does it need to be? Super frustrated although I can't discount the possibility it's my aging Pixel 3 phone that's to blame. Regardless though, I'm betting wired is the way to go if you want a solid connection, especially as the unit's error handling is not very good, kicking you out to the main menu when it looses connection instead of simply retrying in the background. Unfortunately the USB port on my phone no longer works which is the main reason I purchased this radio as it supposedly supports wireless android auto.
    [ Chris Evans  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    A
    It runs through bluetooth using the app you download onto your phone from the app store. No wire needed.
    [ TODD  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    A
    I can't answer for Android but I would assume so because the Apple car play is wireless, I did see in the settings wireless android auto but I have an iPhone so I can't confirm
    [ Zach  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    Q
    Does this unit actually feature wireless Carplay?
    [ Rich  Jun 13, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    A
    yes for Android or for Apple
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    Yes
    [ VERONICA  Jun 14, 2021 ]
    Q
    i just finished installing this radio ... and while the backup camera works, it doesnt come on automatically when i put the car in reverse (i have to go to the home menu and select the camera option) ... i installed the exact same camera on a sony unit and it does automatically bring up the camera when selecting reverse ... have i wired something incorrectly? is there a configuration option i'm missising? ... or is this just how the radio works?
    [ bcoggin  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    In order for this functionality to work, the 'reverse input' wire on the stereo needs to be wired to something that receives power when the car goes into reverse.
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    A
    The radio has a purple wire coming off the back labled "Reverse Light (+)". This needs to be connected to the wire that powers the reverse lights of your vehicle to "trigger" the camera to turn on. You can call Crutchfield's help line to find out where that is under the dash. Or look at your account on their website - under your order there should be a link called "view your custom wiring instructions", It will have info about where the wire is and what color(s) it is. For my 2004 F250, there is a relay on the fuse box that has a black with pink stripe wire to connect it to, but every vehicle will be different.
    [ MATT  Jun 15, 2021 ]
    A
    On this radio it has 2 wires for the rear camera. One is powered on all the time which is probably the one you are connected to. The other one if I remember right says rear camera signal or reverse signal. The signal wire will switch the radio to rear camera view when it receives a 12v signal. I just wired mine to the signal wire using the red wire on the video cable, so I don't have the ability to turn the camera on except when in reverse. My camera gets it's power from the reverse light wire in my tail light. I am not sure that it matters but your camera is probably powered on all the time.
    [ TODD  Jun 13, 2021 ]
    A
    You have to find the right "reverse trigger" wire for your particular vehicle. It won't work without the reverse voltage. If you've don't that, check your settings.
    [ KRAIG  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    A
    I would assume it is a wiring issues. This unit supports having the backup camera turn on when putting the car in reverse. (its working on my uint with my wifes minivan). The settings should have this enabled by default but there is the option to turn this off so it might be worth looking in the settings to ensure it is enabled.
    [ DWIGHT  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    Q
    Can you use the existing factory installed back-up camera and in-cabin mic with this stereo or are you forced to use the external mic that comes with the stereo and buy a new back-up camera?
    [ Payton  Jun 10, 2021 ]
    3 answers
    A
    I was able to use my existing Toyota backup camera but not the in-cabin mic. This unit does have a mic built into the display which worked fine for me so i left the external mic in the bag.
    [ DWIGHT  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    A
    The video in connection is a standard yellow rca style jack, and the mic goes into a female mini stereo plug. If those are what you have then they will work.
    [ NEVILLE LOREN  Jun 11, 2021 ]
    A
    To the best of my knowledge you have to use a new back-up camera and use the new mic on the stereo. I have a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado and the Back-up camera is in the rear view mirror though. This may be able to be used on newer models.
    [ Nicholas  Jun 10, 2021 ]
    Q
    Can you stream Netflix from your phone to the screen if you are parked?
    [ Corey  Jun 02, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    A
    yes but the parking brake has to be on and it has to be in park.
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    No, but this is a limitation of android auto, not of the stereo. I am not sure if this is possible with Apple Carplay though
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    Q
    My truck has factory mic installed already, would this already be wired into the current wiring that is already in said truck and if so, would new radio be compatible for hands free option? Thanks.
    [ Taylor  Jul 02, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    I would say, do some research on your current head unit and see what each wire is for before you do your purchase. I would need the information of year make and model of your vehicle and factory radio specifications to be able to accurately answer your question.
    [ Y.Spec.Auto  Jul 06, 2021 ]
    A
    I used the wiring interface recommended for this radio and my 2011 Silverado, paid for the ReadyHarness service (worth it!), and all functionality from the old setup continues to work with the new system, including my factory installed mic.
    [ JEFF  Jul 04, 2021 ]
    A
    Based on the install I had done, no. After market head units rarely are able to utilize factory installed mics. You may try to replace the factory installed mic with the after market head unit's mic. This may require addition hardware. However, you can place the new mic in various locations to utilize it. There is also a mic built into the head unit that should work also so you can go hands free with either option.
    [ Cassandra  Jul 04, 2021 ]
    A
    My Tahoe has OnStar built in so I have a factory mic but this radio uses an external mic that can be mounted near the driver. Mine is on top of the steering wheel. So it is hands free but your mic may be obsolete. It is a really good radio and one of the only wireless options I could find at the time. Highly recommended.
    [ BENJMAIN  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    the boss head unit has a built-in mic and the upper left hand corner but if you get the adapter for your steering wheel controls it can connect to the internal mic but the mic is better quality in the Bosch unit then the truck
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    Q
    Is the android auto actually wireless?
    [ Nick2043  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    Yes, flawlessly wireless by Bluetooth or WiFi.
    [ KEVIN P  Jun 18, 2021 ]
    A
    Yes, it takes like 20-30 seconds or so to connect, but it works fully wirelessly.
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    A
    I just installed the Boss BE950WCPA in my vehicle & while this unit does feature wireless android auto, in my case its unusable. I have my phone mounted on the dash in one of those wireless induction chargers. It's maybe two feet away from the head-unit & yet looses bluetooth connection every few minutes. The onscreen message suggest moving the phone closer, which I will try but seriously, how much closer than two feet does it need to be? Super frustrated although I can't discount the possibility it's my aging Pixel 3 phone that's to blame. Regardless though, I'm betting wired is the way to go if you want a solid connection, especially as the unit's error handling is not very good, kicking you out to the main menu when it looses connection instead of simply retrying in the background. Unfortunately the USB port on my phone no longer works which is the main reason I purchased this radio as it supposedly supports wireless android auto.
    [ Chris Evans  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    A
    It runs through bluetooth using the app you download onto your phone from the app store. No wire needed.
    [ TODD  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    A
    I can't answer for Android but I would assume so because the Apple car play is wireless, I did see in the settings wireless android auto but I have an iPhone so I can't confirm
    [ Zach  Jun 16, 2021 ]
    Q
    Does this unit actually feature wireless Carplay?
    [ Rich  Jun 13, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    A
    yes for Android or for Apple
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    Yes
    [ VERONICA  Jun 14, 2021 ]
    Q
    i just finished installing this radio ... and while the backup camera works, it doesnt come on automatically when i put the car in reverse (i have to go to the home menu and select the camera option) ... i installed the exact same camera on a sony unit and it does automatically bring up the camera when selecting reverse ... have i wired something incorrectly? is there a configuration option i'm missising? ... or is this just how the radio works?
    [ bcoggin  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    5 answers
    A
    In order for this functionality to work, the 'reverse input' wire on the stereo needs to be wired to something that receives power when the car goes into reverse.
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
    A
    The radio has a purple wire coming off the back labled "Reverse Light (+)". This needs to be connected to the wire that powers the reverse lights of your vehicle to "trigger" the camera to turn on. You can call Crutchfield's help line to find out where that is under the dash. Or look at your account on their website - under your order there should be a link called "view your custom wiring instructions", It will have info about where the wire is and what color(s) it is. For my 2004 F250, there is a relay on the fuse box that has a black with pink stripe wire to connect it to, but every vehicle will be different.
    [ MATT  Jun 15, 2021 ]
    A
    On this radio it has 2 wires for the rear camera. One is powered on all the time which is probably the one you are connected to. The other one if I remember right says rear camera signal or reverse signal. The signal wire will switch the radio to rear camera view when it receives a 12v signal. I just wired mine to the signal wire using the red wire on the video cable, so I don't have the ability to turn the camera on except when in reverse. My camera gets it's power from the reverse light wire in my tail light. I am not sure that it matters but your camera is probably powered on all the time.
    [ TODD  Jun 13, 2021 ]
    A
    You have to find the right "reverse trigger" wire for your particular vehicle. It won't work without the reverse voltage. If you've don't that, check your settings.
    [ KRAIG  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    A
    I would assume it is a wiring issues. This unit supports having the backup camera turn on when putting the car in reverse. (its working on my uint with my wifes minivan). The settings should have this enabled by default but there is the option to turn this off so it might be worth looking in the settings to ensure it is enabled.
    [ DWIGHT  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    Q
    Can you use the existing factory installed back-up camera and in-cabin mic with this stereo or are you forced to use the external mic that comes with the stereo and buy a new back-up camera?
    [ Payton  Jun 10, 2021 ]
    3 answers
    A
    I was able to use my existing Toyota backup camera but not the in-cabin mic. This unit does have a mic built into the display which worked fine for me so i left the external mic in the bag.
    [ DWIGHT  Jun 12, 2021 ]
    A
    The video in connection is a standard yellow rca style jack, and the mic goes into a female mini stereo plug. If those are what you have then they will work.
    [ NEVILLE LOREN  Jun 11, 2021 ]
    A
    To the best of my knowledge you have to use a new back-up camera and use the new mic on the stereo. I have a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado and the Back-up camera is in the rear view mirror though. This may be able to be used on newer models.
    [ Nicholas  Jun 10, 2021 ]
    Q
    Can you stream Netflix from your phone to the screen if you are parked?
    [ Corey  Jun 02, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    A
    yes but the parking brake has to be on and it has to be in park.
    [ SCOTT  Jul 03, 2021 ]
    A
    No, but this is a limitation of android auto, not of the stereo. I am not sure if this is possible with Apple Carplay though
    [ Noah  Jun 17, 2021 ]
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