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Volkswagen Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Easy Installation

Each day our integration with technology and smart devices becomes more apparent as the demand for constant connectivity grows. In a fast-paced world, convenience and ease of use are prioritized as consumers gravitate toward products and services that are most compatible with other services they use, making it easy to control everything from one main dashboard. This is the dynamic at play when you sync your new Volkswagen Apple CarPlay or Volkswagen Android Auto feature with your smartphone. If you need a hand with properly linking the two, use the easy-to-follow instructions below to finish the job. 

What is Apple CarPlay & Which Volkswagen Models Have Apple CarPlay?

Apple CarPlay is a feature for Volkswagen and other vehicle manufacturers that allows you to sync your Apple device onto the infotainment screen of your car. This gives you a convenient, safer driving experience, as everything on your phone displays directly on your screen – helping you avoid glancing down and taking your eyes off the road to check messages or perform other tasks. Which Volkswagen models are compatible with this feature? The list below outlines which Volkswagen models, past and present, are compatible with this feature: 

How to Connect to Volkswagen Apple CarPlay Step by Step

Below you’ll find instructions for connecting wirelessly and via USB. 

How to Connect to Volkswagen Apple CarPlay Via USB

  1. Download the Apple CarPlay app from the App Store.
  2. Plug your iPhone into a USB port using a certified Lightning cable.
  3. A screen will appear, alerting you a new device has been connected. Select “Connect” on the screen to continue.
  4. Select “Allow” on your phone screen.
  5. Apple CarPlay will now be connected, and apps can be selected through the infotainment screen.

How to Connect to Volkswagen Apple CarPlay Wirelessly

  1. Pair your phone with the Volkswagen Multimedia System and Bluetooth. This is found on the Volkswagen infotainment screen in your car. On your phone, you’ll find your Bluetooth syncing options under “Settings.” 
  2. The vehicle and phone may ask permission to sync with one another – if they do, select “yes” on both. Allow your phone to share your contacts and multimedia with the Volkswagen Multimedia System. 
  3. When prompted, select “Apple CarPlay” on the touchscreen and select the app you’d like to use. Alternatively, you may also use voice command if you’d prefer it for safety and convenience. 

How to Connect to Volkswagen Android Auto Step by Step

How to Connect to Volkswagen Android Auto Via USB

  1. Download the Android Auto app and start it on your phone. 
  2. Plug the phone into the USB port. It is recommended to use the cable that came with the phone.
  3. Press the “App” button on the infotainment touchscreen and select “Android Auto” to begin.
  4. Select “OK” when the data transfer screen appears to continue.
  5. A confirmation message will now appear on your phone screen. Select “Allow” to continue.

How to Connect to Volkswagen Android Auto Wirelessly

  1. Select the Android Auto App on your infotainment touchscreen
  2. Open the Bluetooth options on your phone via the settings. Select “sync” or “pair,” depending on the phone. 
  3. Follow any additional prompts on your phone and the infotainment screen. 
  4. You’ll be asked to accept the Terms of Use before finishing the pairing. 
  5. Accept, and make sure the connection works. 

VW Android Auto & Apple CarPlay FAQS

Do Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Allow Voice Commands?

Yes, both Volkswagen Android Auto and Apple CarPlay offer voice command options to help you remain hands-free while you’re behind the wheel. 

Do You Have to Install Android Auto and Apple CarPlay? 

You’re only required to download the applications on your phone. They’re already pre-uploaded onto your infotainment package on your new Volkswagen. 

Need Help Connecting Your Device? 

If you need further assistance connecting your device, the service team at Compass Volkswagen is happy to help. There is no need to schedule an appointment for something like this – just stop by, and we’ll help you connect and get you back on the road! We can probably help you via phone as well. For any additional assistance or other questions, contact us, and we’re glad to assist!

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