How do I activate CarPlay on iOS 14?

By Govind

The introduction of the iOS 14 update has brought along a series of opinions from excited and eager iPhone users. While some people are excited about the upgrades to the design elements, some users are looking forward to the new functional updates with the new iOS version.

Despite everything, Apple hasn’t forgotten their beloved CarPlay feature in their iOS 14 updates. There are a few small but substantial changes that the users can very well look forward to.

The CarPlay iOS 14 has a stunning layout and supposedly works a lot better than the previous version as well. If your car supports the CarPlay functionality and your iPhone is already upgraded to the latest iOS 14, you have all the features lined up for the time of the day.

This article will explore all the steps you need to follow to activate CarPlay on iOS 14.

Check the compatibility

The first step towards activating CarPlay on your iOS 14 is to analyze whether or not your car and your iPhone support this feature. There are currently over 600 car models that are compatible with the CarPlay feature.

As for your phone, you’d need an iPhone 5 and above to be able to connect to car play. However, the availability of iOS 14 is still limited. Not every iPhone user has access to this upgraded OS yet.

Once you have checked the compatibility, the next step to activating your CarPlay on iOS 14 is to pair the devices.

Pairing Up the Car and iPhone

If you want to connect CarPlay wirelessly with your iPhone to use the feature, here’s what you need to do:

  • Open your iPhone
  • Go to Settings
  • Navigate to General and then tap on CarPlay

Next, you have to pair your car model with the iPhone through this CarPlay option on the phone. Once connected and paired, save the car for future use so you don’t have to repair it every time you get into the car.

If you are pairing it for the first time, make sure your Bluetooth toggle in the iPhone with iOS 14 is turned on. While it searches and scans for the nearest devices, look at “Other Devices” that are available at the bottom of the screen.

From there, you can select your car and then follow the on-screen instructions for successfully pairing the two.

Activating the CarPlay on iOS 14

Once you have paired your iPhone with the CarPlay feature, you will find that the car’s display features a larger display than your iPhone home screen.

So, the feature is not just activated in your car, you can use it to play songs, change the wallpaper displays and even listen to songs and podcasts while you are driving. It also allows you to take calls and answer texts if needed.


The iOS 14 has introduced a series of amazing new features into the CarPlay functionality that’s available for a few select car models. Not only does it streamline the usage of the users while they are driving, but it also makes everything safe and hands-free.

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By Govind
Being in love with the tech world, Govind joined the technology world in 2015 and started writing about tech stuff (mobile, PC, games, other gadgets). He loves playing games, travelling, photography and sharing the latest news & updates about every Apple products (iPhone, iPad, Mac, etc.).

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