For multiple versions of iOS we can use our iPhone connected to the car thanks to CarPlay, although with iOS 14 good news has arrived. It is a version of our own iPhone that will appear on our car screen and gives us much more secure control of various iPhone apps.
For example, we can see Google Maps, respond to WhatsApp messages, or play Spotify listings from the screen and steering wheel controls. However, most cars have CarPlay compatibility via cables, although Apple CarPlay is also wireless compatible.
What is CarPlay and how is it used?
CarPlay is a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car without taking your attention away from the road
We can also use the buttons on the steering wheel to control the music or even summon Siri. The only thing you need to have is a car or an infotainment system, compatible with CarPlay and connect your iPhone.
By simply connecting the iPhone using a USB cable and selecting CarPlay on your car screen, you can start using this iPhone function. However, there are also ways for this connection to be established wirelessly.
How to use wireless CarPlay
Some cars are already compatible with Wireless CarPlay, but many other brands such as Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes, Peugeot, Renault, Volvo and many others do not support wireless CarPlay. Fortunately, there is a solution.
Since switching to a car with wireless CarPlay is not an option, there is a way to enjoy wireless CarPlay in any car via an external accessory that we connect to our infotainment system.
The best known option is CPLAY2AIR, a small adapter that we will connect to the same USB of our car in which we connect the iPhone and which will allow us to have wireless CarPlay in our car. It accumulates very good reviews, even if its price is high. It is only sold on its official website.
Video presentation of the CPLAY2air adapter from Solutions4Auto on Vimeo.
There are also other options on Amazon that promise to enable CarPlay wirelessly in any car. By doing this, you will forget about the cables. Just getting in the car with the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on iPhone
One of the top rated options is Carlinkit 2.0, although it’s not affordable either. In AliExpress we also have some interesting cheaper options, but you have to assess if it is worth it because it is not easy to manage the guarantees.
Remember that in order for everything to work, the first time you need to enter your iPhone into Adjustments> General> CarPlay, click on Available cars and select your car. Now CarPlay will work wirelessly every time you get in and start the car.