How to Connect to Apple CarPlay

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HOW TO CONNECT TO APPLE CARPLAY

Difficulty Level: Novice  |  Time Required: 5 Minutes  |  Tools Required: None |  Related Parts, Products, Services or Technology: Apple iPhone required 

If your vehicle has Apple CarPlay®, you can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages via Siri®, and enjoy your favorite music — all on your vehicle’s built-in infotainment display.


To use Apple CarPlay, you first need to connect your iPhone® to the infotainment system.


CONNECT THROUGH LIGHTNING CABLE


1. Using your iPhone’s Lightning cable, connect your phone to the vehicle’s USB data port.     

 

2. Unlock your phone.

 

3. The Apple CarPlay icon on your vehicle’s touchscreen turns green when it is ready for use. Or, if your vehicle has a Projection icon, it will change to Apple CarPlay. 

 

4. If Apple CarPlay does not automatically launch, touch the Apple CarPlay icon on your infotainment screen.

 

5. When Apple CarPlay is active, the screen will show the iPhone apps that are accessible. 

CONNECT WIRELESSLY 


Only select vehicles and select iPhones offer this option. If your vehicle and phone do offer this option, work through these steps to enable a wireless connection with Apple CarPlay:


1. Pair/connect your phone to the infotainment system using Bluetooth.

2. Follow the prompts on the screen and on your phone to start a wireless Apple CarPlay session.


On some vehicles, after you start Apple CarPlay using a Lightning connection, you're asked if you want to enable wireless Apple CarPlay for future use. If you agree, the next time you go for a drive, your phone will automatically connect wirelessly with Apple CarPlay.
 

To Exit Apple CarPlay

1. To exit Apple CarPlay, press the Home button.

2. To return to Apple CarPlay, press and hold the Home button OR touch the CarPlay icon. 

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HOW DO I KNOW MY VEHICLE IS COMPATIBLE WITH APPLE CARPLAY?

You can tell if your vehicle is compatible with Apple CarPlay if you see the APPLE CARPLAY or PROJECTION icon on your infotainment touchscreen. You can also check the Apple CarPlay availability page to see if your vehicle is compatible with Apple CarPlay.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT IF MY PHONE SUPPORTS APPLE CARPLAY?

Apple CarPlay works on iPhone 5 or later. For information about phone compatibility, visit the Apple CarPlay site.

WILL APPLE CARPLAY WORK WITH THIRD-PARTY APPS SUCH AS GOOGLE MAPS™ OR WAZE ON MY VEHICLE?

Yes, it will. However, you must be certain that the app developer has updated their app to work with CarPlay, and you must install the most current version of those apps onto your compatible iPhone in order for those apps to work with Apple CarPlay. Your iPhone must also be updated to iOS 12 or later.

WHY CAN’T I START APPLE CARPLAY WHEN I CONNECT MY PHONE WITH MY LIGHTNING CABLE?

If your iPhone is locked for more than an hour, you must unlock it to use Apple CarPlay. Next, be sure your Lightning cable is plugged in properly.

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Information on this page is specific to the Cadillac models below. If your vehicle is not on the list or these instructions don't apply, then please see your Owner's Manual.

  • ATS Coupe 2016-2019
  • ATS Sedan 2016-2019
  • ATS-V Coupe 2016-2019
  • ATS-V Sedan 2016-2019
  • CT4 2020-2022
  • CT5 2020-2022
  • CT6 2016-2018, 2020-2022
  • CT6 Sedan 2019
  • CTS Sedan 2016-2019
  • CTS-V Sedan 2016-2019
  • ELR 2016 ELR
  • Escalade/Escalade ESV 2016-2022
  • XT4 2019-2022
  • XT5 2018-2022
  • XT6 2020-2022
  • XTS 2016-2019
  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Apple® and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible iPhone® and data plan rates apply. Apple CarPlay, Siri, iPhone and Apple Music are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

  • Functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth® and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.

  • Not compatible with all devices.

  • The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by General Motors is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.

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  • Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires the Android Auto app on Google Play and a compatible Android smartphone. Data plan rates apply. You can check which smartphones are compatible at g.co/androidauto/requirements. Android, Google Play and Android Auto are trademarks of Google LLC.

  • Functionality is subject to limitations and varies by vehicle, infotainment system, and location. Select service plan required. Certain Alexa Skills require account linking to use. Amazon, Alexa and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. See onstar.com for additional details.

  • The system wirelessly charges one compatible mobile device. Some phones have built-in wireless charging technology and others require a special adaptor/back cover. To check for phone or other device compatibility, see my.cadillac.com/learn or consult your carrier.

  • Always pay attention while driving and when using Super Cruise. Do not use a hand-held device. Visit cadillac.com/supercruise for compatible roads and full details.

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  • Read the vehicle's owner's manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • Lower-profile tires wear faster. Tire and wheel damage may occur on rough or damaged roads or from surfaces, curbs, debris or obstacles. This damage is not covered by the GM New Vehicle Limited Warranty. For more details, go to my.cadillac.com/learnabout/tires or see your dealer.

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