Apple CarPlay can be helpful for connecting your phone to your car’s infotainment system, but there may be times when you need to turn it off. We made this guide to help you understand how the Apple CarPlay feature works and how to turn it off when you don’t want it.
Many newer cars already have Apple CarPlay built in. It’s an easy-to-use software that lets you sync your iPhone with the infotainment system in your car. It works with the touch-screen display, buttons, voice commands, and audio system.
When you connect your car’s infotainment system to the Apple CarPlay software, you can use some iPhone apps through your car’s built-in interfaces, such as its touch-screen display. When you plug your phone into your car or connect it wirelessly, CarPlay will automatically sync.
Different CarPlay features
CarPlay has a number of helpful features that make it easy to use apps on your phone while driving. There are virtual car keys, navigation software, voice commands, options for sending messages, and entertainment features in these apps.
Virtual Car Keys
With the virtual car keys feature, you can use your phone to open and start your car. You can start your car from a distance and let your friends and family use your keys. You can also set limits on who can use your car and when they can use it with virtual car keys.
This is a useful feature for letting new drivers know when they can use your car.
For example, if you have a teen driver living with you, you can link the virtual car keys to the teen’s profile and limit when they can use them. The virtual car keys app can also keep working for up to five hours after your phone’s battery dies.
Software for navigation
With Apple CarPlay, you can connect your phone to your car and use your favorite navigation app. Even though many cars have GPS built in, your phone may have other features that you like better.
By connecting your device to your car, you can use the car’s interface to show your favorite navigational tool. The app can use your car’s audio system to play voice directions that are clear, loud, and easy to follow.
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CarPlay connects the voice-command system on your phone to your car. Voice commands let you use your phone’s apps and ask for information without having to use your hands. You can use your voice to ask for directions, ask for music, make phone calls, and send messages.
This lets you keep your attention on the road, making you safer, while still giving you easy access to your phone’s features.
Messaging: Hands-free messaging is another useful thing that CarPlay has to offer. It lets you use voice commands and the car’s audio system to send and receive electronic messages like emails and texts.
You can listen to messages and tell your contacts how to respond by speaking. This is a good way to stay in touch with people and take care of work-related correspondence while you’re on the go.
CarPlay also lets you use entertainment apps while you’re on the road. Using your favorite phone apps, you can listen to music, podcasts, audiobooks, and radio shows. When you use the apps on your phone, you have more choices than when you use the standard software in your car.
When to use CarPlay and when not to?
There are times when you might want to use CarPlay and times when you might want to turn it off. When you might want to use CarPlay:
Adding to Convenience: CarPlay has many useful features that make it easy to use phone apps while driving. CarPlay could be a good choice for you if you need uninterrupted access to your messaging systems or if the apps on your phone are better than the ones on your car’s system.
Getting More Software Options: If you use CarPlay, you can get more software options than what your car already has. For instance, the navigation system in your car may not have as many options as your favorite GPS system that you have on your phone.
Controlling Access: There are settings in CarPlay that let you limit who can use your car and its functions. With the virtual car key feature, you can choose who can get into and drive your car and when they can use it. This is helpful for people who share their car often.
When you don’t want to use CarPlay?
Using Your Car’s Built-In Features: Some drivers would rather use their car’s built-in features than the ones on their phones. If you turn off CarPlay, your car will use its own settings instead of the ones on your phone.
Driving a Rental Car: CarPlay protects your privacy and security, but if you turn it off before you rent a car, the car is less likely to be able to access your personal information.
Limiting Distractions: Because CarPlay gives you more choices, turning it off can cut down on the number of distractions it gives you.
How to Stop using CarPlay?
Disclaimer: The tips in this article are general and are not meant to replace the specific instructions for your car. Please look at the owner’s manual or repair guide before trying to fix anything.
You can turn off CarPlay in two ways: through your Settings, which lets you stop connecting to a single car, or through your iPhone’s restrictions menu, which lets you stop connecting to any car.
Using Settings to turn off CarPlay:
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Scroll down to the third section of options and click “General.”
3. Choose “CarPlay” from the “General” settings menu.
4. The “CarPlay” menu shows you the cars that are paired with your phone. To stop being connected to a car, tap the option you want to forget. When you choose a vehicle, you go to the menu for that vehicle.
5. Tap “Forget This Car” in the car’s menu.
6. Tap “Forget” on the pop-up menu to confirm that you want to forget about the car. You can forget one car with this option, but your iPhone can still connect to other cars.
Using Restrictions to turn off CarPlay:
1. Open the Settings app on your phone.
2. Move your cursor to the second part of the app and click “Screen Time.”
3. Scroll down and tap “Content & Privacy Restrictions” in the Screen Time menu.
4. Choose “Apps I can use.” If your menu doesn’t let you click this option, you can turn on the menu by toggling the button to the right of the “Content & Privacy Restrictions” title. When you open the menu, the button should be green.
5. Under “Allowed Apps,” scroll down until you see “CarPlay.” Tap the switch button to turn it off. When you turn off the app, the button should be gray. Once the app is turned off, it won’t work in any car. To turn the feature back on, you can tap the button again.