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Aug 10, 2022
As the perversity of inanimate objects goes, your BMW Apple CarPlay may at times encounter errors – very often ones you can easily tackle with the right knowledge at hand.
If you’re having connection problems, sound issues, your apps are not displayed, or your Apple CarPlay is not working at all, this guide will be your first-aid to have your BMW Apple CarPlay up and running in a matter of minutes.
NOTE: This blog was created for educational purposes only. Our support team won’t be able to help you out if you activated Apple CarPlay at the BMW dealership or with a third-party provider.
There can be several reasons why Apple CarPlay is not working. You may have:
But the most common reason is forgetting how to set up Apple CarPlay correctly in the first place. So before anything, always make sure to follow Apple CarPlay setup guidelines.
If you’re having troubles connecting your Apple CarPlay make sure you’re doing it the right way. Here’s the proper way to perform the Apple CarPlay pairing on iDrive 6.0 (NBT EVO ID6):
For BMWs with iDrive 7.0, the process of CarPlay setup works as follows:
Done? Now you should:
Your Apple CarPlay should be performing well again. To test it out give Siri the first shot and see if your voice recognition functions are all set up correctly.
Also, know that since iOS15.5 was released there are occasional problems with connecting to CarPlay – if they occur you may have to repeat the pairing process again from scratch, sometimes even a third time.
Now what if you can’t enable CarPlay because the option is not showing up in your iPhone settings? It may happen that your phone has put on CarPlay restrictions.
In that case go to Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions, tap Allowed Apps and enable CarPlay.
Is your Apple music not working on Apple CarPlay? Or perhaps you find the entire Apple CarPlay sound not working whatever app you open? Again, it may be caused either by a BMW malfunction, app issues or iPhone settings.
To rule out the fault of BMW speakers, make sure you can hear music from your car when not in Apple CarPlay mode. And to test the app you’ve got troubles with, try to play it through your phone. If in both cases you can hear the sound perfectly fine, it may turn out when entering CarPlay your phone is muting a particular app or the entire phone.
So again, what you want to do is play with the internal app settings on your iPhone and overall phone sound settings.
Can’t use your Apple CarPlay touchscreen all of a sudden? Let’s begin with a simple fix first.
If you’re keen on your voice control possibilities and one day find your Apple CarPlay Siri not working… you should know what you gotta do by now :) Microphone issues may happen due to Bluetooth failure or CarPlay interface problems, so first go with the easy fix – iPhone reset and CarPlay paring.
Another common issue drivers encounter is poor Google Maps connectivity. If you find the Apple CarPlay maps not working, the first thing you gotta make sure is whether your iOS system is updated. Google Maps work only on iPhones running iOS 12 or higher.
Now, to troubleshoot the maps app on your iPhone follow these steps:
Can’t restore your wireless connection with Apple CarPlay? Try using it via cable – this way you’ll be able to verify whether the problem comes from CarPlay itself or the wireless connectivity. If it turns out, the issue is on wireless connection, go through the phone reset and Apple CarPlay pairing process again, as you may have to restore your Bluetooth connection.
If you’re using 2 iPhones make sure they’re named differently in device settings. It may very well happen that your CarPlay won’t connect, cause it’s getting confused which iPhone to pair up with.
To change your iPhone name go to Settings > General > Device > Name. Once you change your iPhone’s name go through the pairing process once again.
Apple CarPlay not working despite the undertaken steps?
If you’ve tried to fix your BMW Apple CarPlay issues with the steps above, but none of them worked, try pairing your CarPlay with another iPhone (of a different model). It may turn out yours isn’t well suited to be used with Apple’s hub.
Currently the list of iPhones compatible with BMW Apple CarPlay includes:
Don’t want to use Apple CarPlay any longer? You can simply turn it off by disconnecting your phone Bluetooth from BMW. Just open your iPhone settings app and go to General > CarPlay> tap on your vehicle ID > Forget This Car.
Now your Apple CarPlay will be turned off until you re-pair it with your BMW.
To upgrade your Apple hub there’s no need to install any additional software. CarPlay updates along with the new iOS releases, so as long as you make sure to run the latest iOS on your iPhone your CarPlay will be updated simultaneously with the latest features.
But Apple’s offerings may not be enough for you when you’re equally fond of Android apps. For such situations, CarPlay & Android Auto MMI Prime retrofit would be the upgrade of your choice combining the two competitive realms together. Integrate it with the native iDrive display and use your favorite apps, including YouTube just as intuitively as you would with the factory Apple CarPlay.
Got any other issues with BMW Apple CarPlay you’d like us to help you with? Let us know in the comment section. You may inspire an idea for another blog post :)
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