Get Home Safely with Apple CarPlay Navigation: A Step-by-Step Guide


Apple CarPlay has revolutionized the way we use our cars. With CarPlay-enabled navigation apps that offer far more features than out-of-date infotainment navigation, it’s easier than ever to get to your destination safely and efficiently. In this Apple CarPlay 101 Guide, let us walk you through the steps to use navigation apps in Apple CarPlay and make sure you always arrive at your destination with ease.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your car’s display. Make sure your iPhone is updated and your car is compatible with Apple CarPlay. Once you have connected to CarPlay, your car’s infotainment display will show the Apple CarPlay menu interface.

Step 2: Launch the Apple Maps app or your navigation app of choice (it could also be Google Maps, Waze, TomTom and many more). Click on the app icon on the display to launch it.

The CarPlay home screen, select Maps to begin

From there, you can search for a specific address or point of interest, or input your destination using the app’s own user interface.

You can use keyboad, your iPhone or Siri to enter your destination

Some CarPlay apps allow you to also use your iPhone to input destinations or you can ask Siri to ‘direct me to X’, where ‘X’ is your desired destination.

Step 3: Start Navigation. Once you have inputted your destination, click on the “Go” or “Start” button. Apple CarPlay will then provide turn-by-turn directions and voice guidance to help you get to your destination.

Destination Route Screen – Tap Go to start navigation

If you own an Apple watch, some apps now also chime and use vibrations when approaching a key point in navigation commands. Make sure your volume is up to hear directions. Some directions are also displayed in the instrument cluster of more modern vehicles.

Step 4: Monitor your progress. As you drive, you can keep an eye on your progress through the display. If you need to make any changes to your route, you can do so from the display as well.

Apple Maps CarPlay Display (Left) and Side Screen Display on iPhone (Right)

If you have your iPhone in a car mount, depending on the navigation app you chose, your iPhone screen can also give you additional content separate from what’s displayed on your CarPlay display, such as a simple list of turning points or directions.

With these simple steps, you can use Apple CarPlay navigation to get to your destination safely and efficiently. Say goodbye to the days of trying to read a map or program a GPS while driving. Let Apple CarPlay and its many navigation apps do the heavy lifting and make sure you always arrive at your destination on time.

Navigation using Apple CarPlay is a great way to make your driving experience more enjoyable and stress-free. Give it a try and see for yourself how it can help you get to your destination safely and efficiently.

For more helpful hints and tips for Apple CarPlay, head over here for a full list of how to and guide content.

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