How To Use Apple CarPlay And Android Auto – The Easy Way

How’s that technology, hey! What’ll it do next?! You’ll probably be able to safely and legally be able to operate your phone while driving one of these days!… W..what?! You already can?!

That’s right! Car companies have realised that being able to operate your phone safely, by making it as seamless as changing the radio, is a major innovation in comfortable, luxury driving. 

That being said *drumroll please* introducing… Apple CarPlay and Android Auto!

But how do you use these features? 

Need not worry, because that’s where we come in! In this article, we will be walking you through how to use these products, and anything else you should know. 

 

What Is This Technology? 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are new technologies that have further innovated hands-free phone use while driving a car. Basically, your phone connects to your car, and is displayed on the HUD screen where the radio should be. Though the screen in your car won’t be quite as useful as your phone, and some of the features you cannot operate while moving, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allows you to do the following with ease: 

  • Navigate and use maps
  • Listen to podcasts and music 
  • Send and receive calls

 

What Is The Difference Between Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

What’s the difference between Coca-Cola and Pepsi? You say tomato I say tomato, potato potato, Apple CarPlay Android Auto. You want to know what the difference is between them? A whole lot of not much. 

These two products are both ways two very similar brands, Apple and Android, have tried to make hand-free phone use more intuitive in the car. As such, they more or less function the same, but have a different interface. 

So in layman’s terms, they do the same thing but look different. 

 

Should You Use Apple CarPlay Or Android Auto? 

So, which one is better? Should you use Apple CarPlay, or should you use Android Auto? Can you use iPhone with Android Auto? How do I connect Android to Apple CarPlay? 

Well, your phone will connect automatically to its desired operating system. So, rather than debate which hands-free system you should use, debate which phone you should get. If you: 

  • Have an iPhone, it will connect to Apple CarPlay. 
  • Have an Android, download the Android Auto app off the Play Store and it will connect to Android Auto. 

 

The Advantages Of Apple CarPlay And Android Auto 

Is the technology just for marketing, and to increase sales without actually doing anything? Absolutely not! There are a couple advantages of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which include: 

Decrease Distraction 

Obviously, in an ideal world, you wouldn’t have any distractions while driving. But, it cannot be helped. Even a bird flying past, or a passenger talking to you is a distraction. Your phone being in the car is no different. 

This technology decreases your distraction level to your phone by allowing you to access necessary utilities safely while driving.

By decreasing your distraction level, you increase your safety. 

Increase Comfort

Being able to control your music at whim, listen to a podcast, or call a friend, all with voice controls or an easy-to-use interface will definitely make your drive more comfortable. 

 

How To Access Apple CarPlay

Accessing Apple Play is very easy and very intuitive. For your Car Play to work, all you have to do is follow these steps. 

Connecting With Bluetooth 

  1. Make sure you bluetooth is on 
  2. Get into pairing mode on your car’s display screen
  3. Once your phone is connected, make sure it is unlocked, and press the media or phone icon on your display screen
  4. Once you have done this, your phone should automatically connect to Apple CarPlay 

Connecting With A Cord 

  1. Make sure your phone is unlocked 
  2. Plug your cord into your car’s USB slot 
  3. Play your cord into your phone 
  4. Your phone should prompt you to enable Apple CarPlay

If you aren’t sure if your car has Apple CarPlay, or you want further help trying to connect it, either check your user manual or contact a professional. 

 

How To Access Android Auto 

Accessing Android Auto is very easy and very intuitive. For your Android Carplay to work, all you have to do is follow these steps. 

Connecting With Bluetooth 

  1. Make sure you bluetooth is on 
  2. Get into pairing mode on your car’s display screen
  3. Once your phone is connected, make sure it is unlocked, and press the media or phone icon on your display screen
  4. Once you have done this, your phone should automatically connect to Android Auto

Connecting With A Cord 

  1. Make sure your phone is unlocked 
  2. Plug your cord into your car’s USB slot 
  3. Play your cord into your phone 
  4. Your phone should prompt you to enable Android Auto

If you aren’t sure if your car has Android Auto, or you want further help trying to connect it, either check your user manual or contact a professional. 

 

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