How to: Enable Wireless Apple CarPlay

Published On November 5, 2015 | How To

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Although Wireless Apple CarPlay has been available in iOS 9, whether you have a factory fitted CarPlay stereo in your 2016 vehicle or the latest aftermarket CarPlay system, CarPlay owners are still waiting for manufacturers to unveil or switch on compatible systems.

Wireless CarPlay seems more likely to be a feature that manufacturers and aftermarket makers will announce in 2016, but that doesn’t stop us from knowing how to enable it and be ready.

First let’s enable wireless CarPlay on your iOS device.

1. Enter the Settings App.


2. Select ‘General’ Settings.

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3. Select ‘CarPlay’ Settings.

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4. From the CarPlay settings screen, if you have Bluetooth switched off, you’ll be prompted to turn it on, to ‘enable wireless CarPlay’.

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5. With your in-car stereo wireless CarPlay active/enabled, press and hold the voice button on your steering wheel or select the option in your stereo’s menu to begin the wireless pairing process between your device and the stereo system.

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At this current time of writing, there is no car or aftermarket system available that has wireless CarPlay enabled. I believe we will hear more about this in early 2016. As soon as this changes I’ll update this guide, should the process change.

If you’re interest, read more about the upcoming wireless Apple CarPlay.

  • Ahmed Chandab

    Any news wether the ILX-007e will allow for wireless CarPlay?

    • Justin Gray Decker

      I’m also very interested in this specific development.

      • Ahmed Chandab

        Last I spoke to Alpine the rep said they don’t have plans to activate the wireless function. Seems lazy from Alpine though he seemed like he has no idea when questioning him.