Apr 6 2019
Nowadays the most practical feature for the aftermarket Android head unit may be adding carplay to the car, compared with just adding navigation system to the car a few years ago. Driving with carplay function is safer and more convenient on the road, because you are able to control music playing, maps and even other apps conveniently by touch screen on the aftermarket screen unit.
Carplay is with Siri voice control, so you can focus on driving and also use the Apple iPhone functions on the display screen at the same time.
When you are planing to upgrade the factory radio system with aftermarket Android head unit, adding the carplay option can bring you more convenience and carplay is a cost-effective product.
Is it easy to connect and make carplay working? The answer is yes. Let’s take a wired apple carplay USB device for example.
As you can see, it looks like a USB device but it’s built-in Apple carplay function which also supports Android auto, so it supports both iPhone and Android phone.
Wired Apple Carplay VS Wireless Carplay
Wireless carplay is not as stable as the wired carplay, and wireless Apple carplay costs more, so we suggest you choose the wired Apple carplay, you can run the USB cable to the glove box and put the USB port and carplay box in the glove box.
Connect Carplay with iPhone
Firstly you should prepare a original USB cable for your iPhone, the original USB cable for charging is ok, because some aftermarket USB cables may not be compatible, so we highly recommend you using a original USB cable to connect your iPhone.
After connected your iPhone with the Android head unit and carplay device, you can click AutoPlay app from the Android unit, if you don’t have this AutoPlay app installed, you can contact us, we will send the apk file to you for free. This AutoPlay app is easy to install, just like the other apps installation.
Then the screen will display it’s connecting, wait for a few seconds, finally connected successfully.
Steps one by one:
- turn on autoplay or autokit app from your unit
- Make sure the USB cable from your unit works well now, you can use a USB flash drive to test it.
- connect USB port from your unit’s USB cable with carplay box
- connect your phone’s original USB cable with the other end of the carplay box
- connect your phone with your phone’s USB cable
- wait for a few seconds, it will show connecting, and then it displays carplay menu
If your carplay does not work, you can take a video to show how you do the above steps one by one, so we can know which step may be wrong.
Connect Carplay with Android phone
You will need to download Android auto app from Google play-store in order to use this carplay device with your Android phone. After you installed the Android auto in your phone, you will need to enter settings, open the developer options, turn on USB debugging, connect the USB cable, allow USB debugging. It may remind you to install some other related google apps, this can help to run the Android auto app properly. The same as connecting carplay with iPhone, you’d better use a original USB cable to connect your Android phone, after connected, you are able to control music playing, maps, and add other apps.
This Apple carplay USB device is compatible with nearly all aftermarket Android head units. If you order our BMW head unit or head units for other cars, and choose this carplay option, we will install AutoPlay app for you while testing before shipping. So after installation of the Android unit, you can easily connect the carplay.