8 Fixes CarPlay Not working iPhone 12/11 Pro Max, XR, XS Max,X,8,7,6S [2021 Updated]

Last Updated on May 19, 2021

Go with the guide to Some Quick Fixes for iOS CarPlay not working after iOS update issues happens like CarPlay Bugs, CarPlay Not Working. CarPlay is the safest way to operate the iPhone while driving. You can play music, access apps, call someone, Send messages, and more. And with the hope for the best, if you find that CarPlay is not working on iPhone, that moment will be much annoying for you. However, we have got few bugs with iOS 14, and one of the known issues is CarPlay not working after the iOS 14 update on iPhone and iOS 14 Supported iPhones.

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Reddit user skin for the solution on “On my way to work today, I connected my iPhone to my VW Tiguan as I normally do, and to my disappointment, the connection failed. I retried many times, but it would not connect. It worked yesterday.” And Other car owners of Mercedes, Honda, VW CarPlay problem.

We have made a list of some solutions which will fix quickly CarPlay not working on the iPhone. Here’s how you can do it.

Fixes to Troubleshoot Solutions to Fix iPhone CarPlay Not Connecting in your Car

CarPlay Not Working in Car with iOS 12

CarPlay says connection failed or CarPlay Not Connecting issues. 60% this solution work, try to restart the power button of the radio console. Or use Hard Reset Console installed in your Car. if not helped, follow my next guide in this article to fix CarPlay issues.

→ iOS 12 or later iOS device able to use the Third-Party Navigation app on CarPlay [WAZE, Google Maps and More], If you missing or not able to open.

→ CarPlay Won’t Work or Not Showing:- Connect your iPhone Via lightning cable or USB cable to your Car’s CarPlay. Go to “Settings” > “General” > “CarPlay”. [Your Car Installed and Support Wireless CarPlay, Press and hold the voice control button on your Steering wheel to start Carplay setup from here].

iOS 14 or later, Apple Added New CarPlay Settings app and Calendar app to Carplay. Carplay Calendar is in a simple user interface now more helpful to find upcoming events and Appointments. So you can quickly get the direction turn by turn. 
→ in iOS CarPlay has new three settings for Do Not Disturb while Driving, Appearance and Siri Suggestions in Dashboard. Appearance is great that turns the screen into Dark mode or Light mode. Also, you can choose it for automatic so your Carplay screen turns automatically to dak mode in night and light in the daytime. 

→ iOS 13 has a new Music app, play music using Siri command. 
→ Left of the dashboard, you have a quickly launched icon that recently used. Just like Music, Navigations, and Phone app or other communication apps.

See the list of available cars, tap on your car name. Learn here how to Set up Wireless carplay on your iPhone.

New* Hey Siri in CarPlay in iOS 13 or later

“Hey Siri” is not supported iOS 12 or Earlier, which means iPhone 6/6 Plus and Earlier model will not work with iOS 13 Features. One of the most useful features is Hey Siri for CarPlay. Without the physical button start command to Map or Other Navigation apps that support Hey Sir. so Car Manufacturer can use Built-in Hey Siri Support.

Fix 1: Update the iPhone for CarPlay Not Working

If you haven’t updated the iPhone to the latest firmware, then update it right now. Eventually, the updated version may contain bug fixes and security patches. First Check it to fix iOS 12 CarPlay Not working issues and the Annoying bug with iOS 12 CarPlay bugs or the latest iOS 12.1.

  • Step 1: Launch “Settings”.
  • Step 2: Tap “General” and scroll down to find “Software Update”.
  • Step 3: To check for updates click on “Software Update”.

If any available, then download and install.

Fix 2: Restart you Car

you don’t see or Stopped showing Carplay icon or cannot find the CarPlay logo from your Car’s display you should also restart your car.

Fix 3: Check Restrictions

If you have put Car Play on the list of restriction then Car Play will never work. Let’s check restrictions.

  • Step 1: In the “Settings”, open “Screen Time”.
  • Step 2: Turn on Screen Time if it’s already turned on then Locate “Content & Privacy Restrictions”.
  • Step 3: Enter the required password if asked your iPhone.
  • Step 4: Scroll and find “Allowed Apps” > “Enable CarPlay“.

Fix 4: Make sure Siri is turned on

You can’t ask the iPhone to make phone calls or play music if Siri isn’t enabled on your device. To verify follow the steps.

  • Step 1: Go to “Settings” and open “Siri & Search”.
  • Step 2: Toggle it on. Set up Siri on the iOS device.

Fix 5: Reset All Settings on iPhone

Reset All Settings is the most common practice that people aware of with the all-star devices, We can do reset all the devices that erase all the settings that customized depends on usage. But sometimes people are not getting in mind, Here’s iPhone reset all settings isn’t erase the whole device.

But only settings go to default. I personally have done many times and got fixed some serious software issues. Let’s follow the below steps to reset all settings without deleting Media or Notes, Contacts, Messages and more.

  1. Go to the Settings app on the iPhone.
  2. Tap on the General option.
  3. Scroll to Reset > Reset All Settings. 
  4. Your iPhone will ask the Lock screen passcode, Enter and Verify Reset All Settings. Your iPhone will reboot one time, so don’t beware of that. Wait for few seconds until you see the welcome screen on iPhone.

Fix 6: Restart iPhone or Hard Reset iPhone

The first thought comes to our mind when we find our iPhone not working properly is to restart the iPhone. Because it takes a few seconds to complete this process and most of the glitches get fixed quickly.

  • For iPhone 11 Pro Max/ XR/ iPhone XS Max/ iPhone X X/8
Step 1: Press and release Volume Up key.
Step 2: Press and release Volume Down key.
Step 3: Now, Press and hold the Power button and release when you see the Apple logo on the screen.
  • For iPhone 7/7Plus

Step 1: Press Volume Down and Home button simultaneously until the Apple logo arrives on screen.

  • For iPhone 6s and earlier

Step 1: Press and hold the Home button and Power button at the same time and release it when the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Fix 7: Check Cable and Try

Apple suggests us to use the cable that comes with iPhone’s package. The original cable will work properly compare to local cables or Third-party Cables. Use lightning cable only come with this.

Fix 8: Restore new iOS or Clean Install

Restore iOS with the latest version of iOS using iTunes also help to fix serious problems and Freezing problems. Follow this guide on how to Restore iPhone. This fix helps in all types of Apple CarPlay problems forcefully.

Wrap up:-

  • If the above tips failed to fix Apple CarPlay not working on iOS 12/11.4/11.3. Contact Apple Support or Book Appointment at the nearby Apple store and support [Find nearby Apple Store or Service center].
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1 Comment
  1. After many, many attempts to fix my Apple Carplay, I finally got an answer that solved the problem. I have an iPhone 7, and one day it just stopped working- no rhyme or reason. I called Apple, I went to the Apple Genius Bar, I read hundreds of blog posts, but it wasn’t until I spoke to the technician at my Mercedes dealer that I was able to get an answer. So here’s what he said- which solved my problem.

    1. Disconnect your phone from your car.
    2. Connect another iPhone- any other iPhone works.
    3. Carplay should pop up.
    4. Disconnect the other phone.
    5. Connect your phone.

    I know it seems crazy- but it worked for me.

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