Easy Steps to Wirelessly Connect to Android Auto/Apple Car Play

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How To Wirelessly Connect to Android Auto/Apple CarPlay

Most of us are pretty dependent on our smartphones. Probably too dependent, to be honest. But that is a discussion for another day. The addition of the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto suites of applications has been nothing short of game-changing for vehicle owners using this technology. In the five or six years since this capability has been available, all-new worlds have been opened in device integration. More and more Chevy, Buick, and GMC vehicles offer wireless connectivity to both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Our product experts thought it would help to outline the simple steps to use this new wireless capability. 

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Connecting to Android Auto Wirelessly

Only compatible Android-based smartphones and properly equipped vehicles will offer a wireless connectivity option. Check your owner’s manual or ask a Budds’ Chevy product expert if your car has this capability. Your smartphone must be running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) or higher, and you have to have an active data plan. Follow these steps to wirelessly connect your smartphone to your vehicle’s infotainment system to use Android Auto:

1. After turning on your car, truck or SUV, tap the gray Android Auto button.

2. Connect your phone to the infotainment system using Bluetooth.

3. Simply follow the prompts on the vehicle’s touchscreen as well as on the phone.

Connecting to Apple CarPlay Wirelessly

The iPhone is one of the most popular smartphones on the planet. Software engineers have done an amazing job streamlining the steps to connect an iPhone to your vehicle’s infotainment system. Owners of the iPhone 5 and later will be able to connect to Apple CarPlay. To tell if your vehicle’s infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay, look for the Apple CarPlay or Projection icon on the home screen. Some cars will ask owners to enable a wireless connection after making the connection with a Lightning cable.

Follow these steps to enable wireless connectivity: 

1. Connect your iPhone to the infotainment system using Bluetooth.

2. Follow the prompts on your phone’s screen and on the vehicle’s touchscreen to complete the process.

If you run into any problems along the way, feel free to reach out to a Budds’ Chevy product expert. We’ll be happy to get everything up and running as quickly as possible.