Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are infotainment interfaces that allow drivers to use certain smartphone apps in their cars easily. If you’re considering buying a new or used Mazda and you’d like to know if it comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, we’ll provide you with the answers. Then you can visit CardinaleWay Mazda Mesa, the Mazda dealer serving Tempe, and pick out your Mazda model. If you already own a Mazda, our service department can install Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on your current vehicle, depending on the model year.What is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is a feature that allows you to connect your iPhone or Android phone to your car’s infotainment system. Once connected, many of the apps on your phone will work through the infotainment system’s interface. Think of it as a stripped-down version of your phone’s operating system that runs on your vehicle’s display. You can control music, display maps and navigation, use voice commands and more. According to the Tempe Mazda dealership, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto help you drive safely. You won’t have to look at your phone, which will allow you to concentrate on driving.Does Mazda Have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
The 2018 Mazda6 was the first Mazda model to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Since then, Mazda has added this feature to many of its cars and SUVs. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto comes standard in every 2021 Mazda vehicle.How Do I Use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
Using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is simple. Just use your lightning or USB cable to plug your iPhone or Android phone into your car’s USB port. The phone will connect automatically, and you’ll be ready to use your apps in the Mazda Connect system. This includes sending text messages, using music apps such as Spotify and Pandora, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, getting directions from Google Maps, and a lot more. Apple CarPlay is built into your iPhone’s OS, so there’s no need to download any apps. Android users will need to download the Android Auto app onto their phones.Can I Get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on My Older Mazda?
If you own a 2014 or newer Mazda model equipped with Mazda Connect, we can update your car with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s a quick service. Our service technicians will install new software and hardware during the update, including a fast-charging 2.1-amp USB port and the latest version of Mazda Connect.Mazda offers this update to owners to help reduce the incidence of distracted driving. Mazda’s infotainment system incorporates shortcut buttons, a multi-function Commander knob, and voice commands to help drivers keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the steering wheel.
Contact the Cardinale Mazda Mesa Service Center if you have any questions about Apple CarPlay and Android Auto or if you’d like to schedule an upgrade to your current Mazda vehicle. The upgrade has an MSRP of $199 plus labor and takes approximately two hours.