How to: Install CarPlay Apps

Published On November 1, 2015 | How To

CarPlay Dash

So you have a shiny new iPhone, and you have a compatible CarPlay in-car stereo or aftermarket headunit, then you are ready to install some CarPlay Apps!

Luckily, Apple have made it simple. If you already have an iOS device (iPhone 5 or above) with iOS firmware installed (iOS 7.1 or later), then you are already good to go.

All you need to do is simply plug in your iPhone to your vehicle via a lightning cable or dock and then navigate to Apple CarPlay using your in-car stereo menus.


Apps for Apple CarPlay are installed on your phone, not in your vehicle’s stereo. So you already have some CarPlay apps installed, at least Apple’s own (Phone, Messages, Maps, Music, Poscasts and Audiobooks), and with a quick search on the Apple App Store for ‘CarPlay’ you’ll find, and be able to download, some more CarPlay compatible apps from there too.

We try to cover all CarPlay compatible App releases here at CarPlay Life, so check out our Apps overview page for all the CarPlay Apps you can download onto your iOS device.