How to Connect Apple CarPlay

August 27th, 2020 by

What is Apple CarPlay?

You may have heard of Apple CarPlay, but have never understood exactly what it is or how it works. Allow our Mazda specialists at Hello Mazda of Valencia near Santa Clarita, California to give you a tour of the technology inside your new Mazda. Apple CarPlay is changing the way we navigate to our destinations, connect with others and how we listen to music, all by connecting that little computer in your pocket to your vehicle.

So what is Mazda Apple CarPlay? Apple CarPlay is software within your iPhone that enables you to connect to your radio or head unit, mirroring your phone with the ability to use compatible apps on your vehicle’s infotainment system. It can be connected with your typical phone charging lightning cable by plugging in the USB port or wirelessly with Bluetooth if your vehicle has the capability. Some manufacturers may require you to purchase a certain trim level or package to get Apple CarPlay. Our Mazda experts at Hello Mazda of Valencia near Santa Clarita, California can help you identify which vehicles have Mazda Apple CarPlay capability. Most major manufacturers offer Apple CarPlay.


Apple Car Play on the dashboard


What are the Requirements for Apple CarPlay?

There are some basic requirements to make Mazda Apple CarPlay work in your vehicle. First and foremost, your vehicle will need to have Apple CarPlay capability. All equipped vehicles should have the ability to connect to Apple CarPlay via charging cable to USB, others will have the ability to connect wirelessly with Bluetooth. Check your vehicle’s Owner Manual to see if your vehicle has wireless capability. The minimum requirement for Apple CarPlay is an iPhone 5 with iOS 7.1 or later. Make sure your iPhone is up to date with the latest version of iOS (Apple iPhone Operating System). This can be done by going to Settings > General > Software Update. While updating your software make sure your phone is connected to a power source and WiFi, it could take a while.

At Hello Mazda of Valencia near Santa Clarita, Ca we have Free WiFi as part of our free services offered to our guests. Additionally, our Mazda team would love to help you get your iPhone connected to Apple CarPlay. Whether you’re coming from North Hills, Glendale, Culver City, Los Angeles, Oxnard, Palmdale or Simi Valley – Hello Mazda of Valencia near Santa Clarita, Ca is SoCals Mazda of choice when it comes to customer care and helping set up your new Mazda. Interested in learning how to set up Apple CarPlay? Our service team can help.


The charging port of an iPhone


How Do I Connect To Apple CarPlay?

So how do you set up Apple CarPlay? Our Mazda specialists at Hello Mazda of Valencia in the Santa Clarita Valley would love to help you set up your Mazda with Apple CarPlay and give you a brief tour of how to use it. If you’re in a rush, here’s a quick tutorial on how to connect to Apple CarPlay with your iPhone.

  1. Connect to your stereo from your iPhone with a cable. This can be done using your basic charging cable and plugging into the nearest available USB. Not all stereos have a USB on them, some vehicles may require you to plug into a USB on, behind or below the dash. If you’re in need of these parts, check out our parts center.


The charging cable of an iPhone


  1. Connect wirelessly from your iPhone to your stereo. If your car supports wireless CarPlay, press and hold the voice command button on your steering wheel to set up CarPlay. Or make sure that your car is in wireless or Bluetooth pairing mode. Then on your iPhone, go to Settings > General > CarPlay > Available Cars and choose your car. Check the manual that came with your car for more information. Or give us a call at 844-653-0900 or contact us online and we can assist you.


An iPhone



Click Here for a short video on how to connect, access and use Apple CarPlay in your new Mazda.

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