Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have completely changed how our smartphones interact with our cars. Both interfaces allow users to access the contents of their smartphone on the infotainment system of the car. Enabling hands-free usage, they are significantly safer as well. In this article, we show you how to link your Toyota car with your smartphone using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
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How to link your Toyota Car with Apple CarPlay
Step 1: Make sure the car is either parked or stationary. Turn on the LCD monitor on the dashboard.
Step 2: Connect your Apple smartphone to the LCD monitor using a lightning cable.
Step 3: Press the Menu button on the LCD monitor and tap on ‘Apps’.
Step 4: Select Apple CarPlay.
Step 5: Give the necessary permission on your iPhone.
You will now be able to use your iPhone’s apps on your car’s touchscreen infotainment system.
How to link your Toyota Car with Android Auto
Step 1: Download and install the Android Auto app on your smartphone.
Step 2: Grant the necessary permissions to the Android Auto app.
Step 3: Make sure the car is either parked or stationary. Turn on the LCD monitor on the dashboard.
Step 4: Connect your Android smartphone to the infotainment system using a USB Type-C data cable.
Step 5: Press the Menu button on the LCD display and select Apps.
Step 6: Tap on Android Auto.
You will now be able to use your Android smartphone’s apps on your car’s infotainment system.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I use Android Auto and Apple CarPlay together?
While, your car may offer support for both, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, you can only use one application at a time.
How do I connect my Toyota to AppleCar Play?
Connect your iPhone to the infotainment system using a lightning cable and tap the CarPlay logo on the LCD screen on the dashboard.
Can I use Google Maps on Apple CarPlay?
Google Maps is one of the apps optimised for Apple CarPlay and can be used on your car’s infotainment system.
This is how you can link your Toyota car to your smartphone using Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Once you’re smartphone is connected to your car, you will be able to use some of the apps on the dashboard interface. While most navigation and music streaming apps are optimised for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the same cannot be said about Instant Messaging apps. It is only recently that Android Auto started supporting WhatsApp calls. Other IMs are unsurprisingly absent on the platform.
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