How to Use Android Auto™ Wireless or Apple CarPlay®

Apple CarPlay in a 2021 Honda Accord


Los Angeles shoppers can’t help but love our new Toyota vehicles for the innovative technology features in the latest models. One standard feature that’s becoming more and more common among the vehicles in our inventory is Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ wireless technology. Curious as to how to connect Apple CarPlay® or how to use Android Auto™ without a USB connector in your vehicle? Then check out this comprehensive breakdown from the service experts at Toyota of Whittier to learn how to set up both applications. Then, contact us online to find out which models come outfitted with these exciting features. 

How to Use Android Auto™ Wireless

Your best bet will be to use an Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or any version after that model. We’ve noticed that Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) is optimal for Bluetooth connectivity. Follow our step-by-step guide below on how to use Android Auto™ without USB cables: 

  1. Turn Android Auto On: Turn on Android Auto™ in your car’s settings.
  2. Download App: Download the Android Auto™ app from Google Play. 
  3. Unlock Screen: Unlock your phone’s screen.
  4. Double-Check App Permissions: Review the Safety Information and Android Auto™ permissions.
  5. Activate Notifications: Turn on notifications for Android Auto™.
  6. Connect Your Phone to Your Car: If your car supports a wireless Bluetooth connection, go to Settings > General > Your Car’s Make & Model > Select Your Vehicle
  7. Finish Connection: On your vehicle’s display, select Android Auto™.

How to Connect Apple CarPlay®

Before getting started, you’ll need to have an iPhone 5 or any later version and be sure that your Toyota vehicle supports Apple CarPlay®. Then, on your iPhone, go to Settings > Siri & Search > Turn Siri on.

Follow the instructions outlined below to connect your Toyota to Apple CarPlay®:

  1. Connect Your Phone Into USB Port: Plug your phone into the CarPlay® USB port, which should be labeled with the CarPlay® logo.
  2. Select Your Car Via Bluetooth: If your car supports a wireless Bluetooth® connection, go to Settings > General > CarPlay® > Available Cars and select your car.
  3. Turn On the Car: Start your car and let it run.
  4. Use Voice Control to Activate Siri: Ask Siri what’s needed by either pressing and holding the Voice Control button on your steering wheel or touching and holding the CarPlay® Home button on your touchscreen until Siri appears.

Explore Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™ Technology at Toyota of Whittier Today!

You can take advantage of undisrupted entertainment and unrivaled connectivity during your trips and commutes around El Monte now that you know how to connect Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ to your vehicle. Having any issues connecting your smartphone to your car? Schedule a service appointment at Toyota of Whittier today and be sure to check oiut our current service specials to save yourself some money!

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