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Apple CarPlay™ now available in aftermarket stereos

iOS control through your dash

Apple's CarPlay technology is the newest way to take advantage of your iPhone® with a Lightning™ connector through your car stereo. You'll be able to use certain phone functions as you drive, but in a manner that'll let you stay focused on the road. Compatible receivers give you access to your iPhone's calling, music, mapping, and message applications with a simple one-cord connection to your iPhone using the phone's Lightning-to-USB cable.

Apple CarPlay simulated screen image

This is what your Apple CarPlay compatible receiver's screen looks like when you connect your iPhone 5 or newer.

How Apple CarPlay works

When you connect your iPhone to an Apple CarPlay compatible receiver, large, familiar iOS app icons appear on the stereo's touchscreen, along with the time and a "home" button you can press to activiate Siri® voice control. You'll be able to operate some apps with fingertip touches, while many functions can be initiated with Siri. You won't even have to take your hands off the wheel once you've started.

The iOS apps include:

  • Phone — Make calls, return calls you missed, and check your voicemail, all with Siri's help. You'll be able to see your caller information right on the receiver's screen.
  • Music — Pull up your iPhone's artists, songs, playlists, and more through your stereo's controls, or tell Siri what you want to hear. The display will mirror your iPhone's iTunes® screen, so you'll be able to see what's playing and choose tracks easily. Apple CarPlay will also support audio from select other music and podcasting apps, for added driving entertainment.
  • Maps — View your Apple Maps screen on the receiver's display, complete with turn-by-turn directions, traffic conditions, and estimated travel time. Use Siri and your voice to enter a destination or search for nearby points of interest.
  • Messages — You already know that texting and driving is a bad idea. With Apple CarPlay, you can have Siri send, read, and reply to your text messages for you, so you won't have to look at or touch your phone while you're behind the wheel.
  • Now Playing — One touch will show you instantly what's providing the soundtrack to your travels.

Most other apps will not be accessible through Apple CarPlay, with the exception of select audio apps such as Spotify, Beats Music, iHeartRadio, and Stitcher. Apple may approve more apps for Apple CarPlay in the future, but they'll likely only be apps that can be used safely while driving and with Siri.

Where to find Apple CarPlay

You can find Apple CarPlay compatible receivers as a factory option in select 2014 and newer vehicles, with more manufacturers joining in the future. There are even reports of Apple developing a wireless CarPlay interface for select factory systems (no word yet on when this might become a reality for aftermarket stereos).

Check out our full selection of car stereos that are compatible with Apple CarPlay. Some of the stereos we offer are also compatible with Android Auto™, making them ideal for shared vehicles driven by owners of different types of phones.

  • James Harburger from Katonah, NY

    Posted on 7/9/2015

    Will the 2016 Toyota Highlander support Apple CarPlay? Is it an alternative to getting Navigation with the car? (I have a 2015 Subaru Legacy with Nav and it cannot compare with what the Navigation capability of Siri

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/9/2015

    James, Toyota currently doesn't appear to have plans to incorporate CarPlay into their 2016 vehicles. They're sticking with their proprietary Entune system for now. If you're like the navigation on your iPhone, you may want to look into installing a CarPlay-compatible aftermarket receiver. We've seen them in action here at Crutchfield, and CarPlay is pretty awesome feature, especially for Siri-lovers.

  • Jason Cornwell from Santa Monica

    Posted on 9/9/2015

    If I replace the Stock JBL unit in my 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited - do any of the after market Units that support Apple Car Play also give me all the information about my car?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/10/2015

    Jason, it's a possibility, but you'll need to also install an iDatalink Maestro and wiring harness to access vehicle information. Also, if your factory unit has navigation, then professional installation is recommended for that vehicle because you'll need to fabricate a dash kit to fit a new stereo. I've passed your info along to an advisor, who will contact you soon.

  • L Rodriguez from Oklahoma City

    Posted on 9/25/2015

    Is it possible to change the Malibu 2015 MyLink console with a Carplay system?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/28/2015

    L Rodriguez, yes. I've passed your info along to our sales department. An advisor will contact you shortly to help you find a stereo that works for you.

  • Sheila Ford from Walnut Creek

    Posted on 10/1/2015

    Hey Alexander, I have a 2010 Honda Insight - I'd love to get Carplay and better speakers. Any suggestions?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/1/2015

    Sheila, I've passed your information along to our sales department. An advisor will be contacting you soon to help you find the right upgrade for your Insight.

  • Axel

    Posted on 10/14/2015

    Do you know what unit I can use for an 03 accord coupe? Very weird set up in those categories aftermarket work

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/14/2015

    Axel, I've passed your information along to our sales department. An advisor will be contacting you soon to help.

  • Tom Ignad

    Posted on 10/16/2015

    2014 Silverado 1500, thanks in advance.

  • Dar from Del Mar

    Posted on 10/17/2015

    I am looking into the new Kenwood Excelon DDX9902s and have a question about CarPlay. First off, I understand that the HU comes with a Nav antenna. However, if I am using Maps through my phone via CarPlay, what happens if I drive through an area where I end up losing coverage? Am I out of luck until I get coverage again or is the nav antenna supposed to be a solution to that? Or is it just designed for better vehicle location accuracy?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/19/2015

    Tom, if you'd like to find out what fits your Chevy Silverado, you can use our vehicle selector. If you need any recommendations, just give us a call!

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/19/2015

    Dar, the Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S is actually not a navigation receiver. So, you will not gain any GPS support outside of what your phone can provide. If you'd like CarPlay in a navigation receiver, these are your choices. And yes, built-in navigation will offer wider coverage than what your phone can provide. However, the two features don't work in parallel. When deciding to use navigation, you'll need to use either the built-in navigation, or navigation via CarPlay.

  • Mike

    Posted on 10/20/2015

    I've seen and I'm on the hunt for a new generation of car stereo that lets you "snap" your phone in and out of the stereo's faceplate (or facia) - whereas the phone then becomes the faceplate and control center. Anyone seen those yet?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/21/2015

    Mike, check out this Sony receiver. It's the only one we carry that features a built-in cradle for a smartphone.

  • Dave

    Posted on 11/12/2015

    Have any of the aftermarket carplay units been updated to connect via Bluetooth like the new factory carplay units?

  • Jean-Paul from Cary

    Posted on 11/13/2015

    I have a 1997 Lexus ES300 and want to get an Apple CarPlay Handsfree Receiver. What can I buy if at all?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/16/2015

    Dave, at this point, we don't have any aftermarket stereos that are capable of wireless CarPlay, but 2016 may change that. For the time being, a wired connection is required.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/16/2015

    Jean-Paul, I've passed your info along to our sales team. An advisor will contact you soon to help you find the CarPlay-equipped receiver that'll work for you.

  • Mike Zoltek from Jamison

    Posted on 11/30/2015

    Question, I have a 2016 HRV... it has both a back up camera and a side view camera. Are there carplay models that will support both of those inputs, that's really my only concern with upgrading. Thanks

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/2/2015

    Mike, I've passed your question along to our sales team for the best answer. An advisor will contact you soon.

  • Joe from Florida

    Posted on 12/6/2015

    Can a 2013 Honda Accord be upgraded to their own new radios that include Carplay? They haven't been very helpful in answering.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/7/2015

    Joe, that would be a question for your local Honda dealership. However, you might want to consider an aftermarket stereo with more features and better specs than the average factory radio. You can use our vehicle selector to confirm which CarPlay-equipped stereos fit your car and get some info on what else is needed for the installation. Or just give us a call.

  • Mike from Oklahoma City

    Posted on 1/8/2016

    Totally backwards question from what you usually get BUT I want to get an SUV that I can add car play to without much work. I have been looking for a 2009 Lexus GX470 and a 2012 grand Cherokee.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/11/2016

    Mike, we don't recommend radio replacement for that Lexus. In the 2012 Grand Cherokee, you'll need to modify the sub-dash, but you'll be able to install a wide array of receivers. Give us a call with any questions.

  • Frank from Tustin

    Posted on 1/12/2016

    I need to know about CarPlay for 2015 accord hybrid ex-l. Any ideas? Do I need or could I buy an amp?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/13/2016

    Frank, we don't recommend stereo replacement in your Accord hybrid, so unfortunately there's no way to upgrade it with CarPlay.

  • Thomas from Rockville

    Posted on 1/23/2016

    Are there any Carplay units compatible with a 2014 BMW335?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/24/2016

    Thomas, unfortunately, our vehicle research team has not yet researched your vehicle, so we won't be able to confirm if a double-DIN CarPlay-equipped receiver will fit your BMW. Check back with our vehicle selector in a few months to see if we have more info on your vehicle.

  • Jared

    Posted on 1/31/2016

    What options do I have for a 06 BMW 330i? I have an iPhone 6s. Thanks

  • Jim W. from Limington

    Posted on 1/31/2016

    I have a 2015 Toyota Tundra with the non jbl entune system. What Apple car play head units do you offer that will fit my truck?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/1/2016

    Jim, I've passed your question along to our sales team. An advisor will contact you soon to help find the stereo that's right for you and your Tundra. In the meantime, you can use our vehicle selector to confirm which stereos fit your car and get some info on what else is needed for the installation.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/1/2016

    Jared, you can use our vehicle selector to confirm which stereos fit your car and get some info on what else is needed for the installation. Unfortunately, your BMW's dash won't accomodate an Apple CarPlay-equipped receiver.

  • Jose from Harker Heights

    Posted on 2/14/2016

    Can I installed it into a 2012 Mercedes c250?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/15/2016

    Jose, unfortunately, our team has not had the opportunity to research your 2012 Mercedes, so we can't give you a definitive answer. Your best bet may be to inquire on Mercedes forums, but keep in mind that installation information varies not only between years and models, but also between factory packages. Be sure that any information you find applies to your exact vehicle.

  • Michael from Winder, GA

    Posted on 3/15/2016

    I've just replaced almost everything in my 2013 Prius V. Last year was kickers in the doors, this year I went with a five-channel amp and then shortly later a sub because my doors were going to explode. I've had to compromise on a setup issue, but after the sub install it's awesome. So my question is would any CarPlay units works with a Prius V? I know they'll fit. But I'm minorly worried about losing hybrid stats (a couple of screens showing you a few things but nothing I use much). Other than that I'd want to keep the rear camera, steering wheel controls and AUX/USB in. Entune is useless, and the factory head units are ridiculously overpriced if you've priced them ($2500!!!).

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/15/2016

    Michael, you'll have your choice of Apple CarPlay-equipped receivers. You can use our vehicle selector to confirm which stereos fit your car and get some info on what else is needed for factory integration and installation. If you have any questions, definitely give us a call.

  • Tom Coopman from Waukesha

    Posted on 3/26/2016

    I purchased and installed the Alpine iLX-007 Radio with CarPlay in my Motorhome seven months ago. The CarPlay function no longer works and I keep getting an error saying this USB device is not supported. Worked fine whenever I plugged in my iPhone in the past. When the option does appear for CarPlay the screen does not respond to touch. When we try to play the radio the delay for volume or to change channels is about 5 seconds. Bottom line is I now have a small boat anchor in my dash!

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/28/2016

    Tom, sorry to hear about your dash trouble. If you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you could call Alpine customer support at 1-800-257-4631 or you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • Al Underwood from Jackson, MS

    Posted on 3/28/2016

    I see these aftermarket units with usb in the back(?) explain getting to it and how (if I can) have a music flash drive and my iPhone plugged in?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/29/2016

    Al, great question. Some receivers with rear USB inputs come with USB extension cables, or we offer a variety extensions like this one. A rear USB input is a handy way to create a custom input for your smartphone or USB device wherever you need it. Or to wire a more permanent source. In my case, I ran a USB cable from the back of my receiver to my glovebox where I keep an old iPod loaded with music. That way, I keep the face of my stereo free of extra wires and my dash clutter-free.

  • Kevin from Wyomissing, PA

    Posted on 4/5/2016

    Couple of questions that I am guessing I could find answers to with enough hunting and "googling" - but this seems to be a much faster route (thank you). Waiting for my used car dealer to get my "new" 2011 Chevy Suburban LTZ shipped to PA from ME. I replaced my in dash system in my current 2004 Suburban - and would like to put a new on in the 2011. Would like to put in an Apple CarPlay unit in. Do you have one you recommend? Can you still use "other" features of a more traditional system - like the XM Radio? Does Apple's CarPlay support the use of Apps like PodCasts and Audible Books? Any insight appreciated. Thank you.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/6/2016

    Kevin, I've passed your question along to our sales team. An advisor will contact you soon to help find the right Apple CarPlay receiver for your Suburban. In the meantime, you can check out your choices here (be sure and enter your vehicle information as well).

  • Matt Vietor from Cincinnati

    Posted on 5/8/2016

    It seems like car manufacturers are deliberately designing their dashboards to prevent customers from upgrading the head unit easily. I wonder if this is to force them to pay the manufacturer the thousands of dollars they want for Carplay now that they offer it.

  • Derek from Dundee

    Posted on 5/9/2016

    i have a 2015 Buick Verano, is there a way to install CarPlay on to my infotainment center or any way to install more apps like weather and navigation to an existing Intellilink

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/9/2016

    Derek, we don't recommend radio replacement in your Verano, and unfortunately that would the only way to enjoy Apple CarPlay in your vehicle if Buick doesn't provide that as an option. If you have any questions about software updates to your factory system, you'd need to check with your local dealership.

  • TC from Atlanta

    Posted on 5/20/2016

    I am being told that Apple is preventing Kenwood from shipping their 2016 excelon radios with Apple carplay. Is this true?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/24/2016

    TC, while I can't speak for Kenwood, I did pass the question along to our Merchandising team and they told me that we hope to have the 2016 Excelon stereos soon.

  • Jonathan from Eatontown, NJ

    Posted on 6/17/2016

    I have a 6spd 2016 Honda Accord. It came with Car Play. I am quite disappointed with Car Play, much ado about nothing. There is one negative feature. If I leave my ipod connected to the USB port in the console, the factory radio controls it very nicely. But if I also and simultaneously connect my iphone to another usb port, the ipod icon on the radio trys to play music from the iphone. So one cannot use ipod and car play simultaneosuly. I don't know if this a Honda bug or an Apple bug. Does Crutchfield sell anything that would enable me to use both, with the Honda factory radio ?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/20/2016

    Jonathan, sorry, our fix would entail installing an aftermarket radio. Your best bet is to contact your Honda dealership in case they or Apple have a firmware fix that corrects this problem.

  • Scott Walker from Moses Lake

    Posted on 7/9/2016

    I have a STANDARD radio. Not some digital screen thing, in my 86 chevy. Pandora links to my alpine and renders it useless. Usually it won't even play Pandora. Just locked me out of my phone. How do I get this off my iPhone 5S so my passengers can change the station or access my phone in some matter?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/11/2016

    Scott, it sounds like you're saying you have an aftermarket Alpine single-DIN stereo. If that's the case, a Pandora source selection will lock your phone but allow you to make music selections from the radio itself. To work around that, select Bluetooth as a source instead, and play music via the Pandora app on your phone. That will leave your phone unlocked for other use. If you have any questions about your Alpine stereo and we once carried it (or still do), search for the model number on our site and you'll find its manual available for download under the Details tab.

  • Regina from Oklahoma City

    Posted on 7/22/2016

    Hi! I have a 2008 Honda pilot, what are my options for carplay? I do have a Aux option.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/25/2016

    Regina, you have some great options when it comes to Apple CarPlay in your Pilot. I've passed your question along to our sales team, and an advisor will contact you soon to help. In the meantime, if you'd like to see what fits your car, use our vehicle selector and view this list.

  • Ahmed

    Posted on 8/14/2016

    Alex, I have 2007 Acura MDX. which Carplay capable stereo do you recommend? Anything available with wireless carplay yet?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/15/2016

    Ahmed, unfortunately, we don't recommend radio replacement at all for your vehicle. We do, however, Bluetooth integration devices that don't involve radio replacement, and while that's not on par with Apple CarPlay, it's a great step toward phone integration. Give us a call.

  • Ed

    Posted on 8/29/2016

    Alex, I have a 2016 Acura MDX - is carplay available as a replacement for the factory touchscreen?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/1/2016

    Ed, unfortunately we don't recommend radio replacement for your Acura.

  • pixelrogue from Pittsburgh PA

    Posted on 9/3/2016

    Will this (or any other Car Play unit) play well wij the existing built in technology (backup camera, steering wheel controls, etc)?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/6/2016

    Pixelrogue, yes, many of our Apple CarPlay-equipped receivers have that functionality when you use a third-party adapter. Compatibility will depend on your vehicle as well, but you can use our vehicle selector to confirm which stereos fit your car and get some info on what else is needed for the installation. Or just give us a call!

  • David from Galveston

    Posted on 9/14/2016

    I have a 2007 VW beetle with the Monsoon Stereo. Would there be any way for me to get a CarPlay compatible unit installed? I would guess that only the ones that the screen slides out would work.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/15/2016

    David, unfortunately, no. Apple CarPlay is currently only available in select 4" tall car stereos, and you are correct about your Beetle's dash -- it can only accommodate a 2" tall stereo.

  • Cynthia from Marin, ca

    Posted on 12/8/2016

    I'm looking into a 2017 Range Rover Sport Any way to get an aftermarket system to support apple CarPlay?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/8/2016

    Cynthia, unfortunately, we have not yet researched that vehicle. Your best bet will be to inquire with your nearest professional installer.

  • Alexandre COLOMBANI from Gradignan

    Posted on 2/15/2017

    Hi, is there any carplay fold out stereo available today?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/16/2017

    Alexandre, no, we don't carry a fold-out version. Here's a complete list of our car stereos with Apple CarPlay.

  • Shada from Pittsburgh

    Posted on 5/9/2017

    I have a 2016 Chrysler 200. How do I add CarPlay ?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/12/2017

    Shada, that will depend on the trim level of your vehicle. I've passed your question along to our advisors, and someone will contact you soon to help. In the meantime, you can use our vehicle selector to confirm what gear will fit in your car. Or just give us a call.

  • Smith from North Charleston

    Posted on 6/5/2017

    Hi Alexander! What do I need to connect CarPlay in my 2015 Range Rover. You are doing a fantastic job. Smith

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/7/2017

    Smith, unfortunately we have not researched that vehicle, so we won't be able to make any recommendations. Your best bet would be to consult a local, trusted professional installer.

  • Parveen from Irvine, CA.

    Posted on 7/23/2017

    Hi Do I suggest any aftermarket plugins for Nissan Rogue 2016 where I can use apple car play.

  • Dominic DeVito from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/25/2017

    Parveen, that will depend on the trim level of your vehicle. I've passed your question along to our advisors, and someone will contact you soon to help. In the meantime, you can use our vehicle selector to confirm what gear will fit in your car. Or just give us a call.

  • Tony moon from maysville ky.

    Posted on 1/11/2018

    I have Wi-Fi at home. When I get in my car will the WiFi automatically kick in when I leave the house? I see where the Alpine has WiFi do I have to have data on my phone to keep getting WiFi how does that work? Because I just use my WiFi at home don't have internet after I leave the house on my phone. Thanks

  • Dominic DeVito from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/11/2018

    Hi Tony - great question. I've reached out to Alpine and according to them, without a cellular connection, the ONLY CarPlay feature that would be workable with the iLX-107 is the ability to wirelessly stream music from your phone which you have already downloaded to your phone (i.e., not from a streaming service like Pandora or Spotify). Any other feature (Maps, Messaging, anything involving Siri) would not be possible without a cell network connection for data. If you have any more questions about what other options might be available for your vehicle, get in touch with an advisor via phone, email, or chat.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/15/2018

    Tony, Alpine's iLX-107 receiver uses ad-hoc Wi-Fi as a way to wirelessly pair a compatible iPhone with the receiver. However, this connection will not allow you to connect to the internet. You'll need a data plan for that.

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