carplay throws everything you could do with an iphone while driving right onto your car’s infotainment screen or integrated display.
yes! it’s safer to access your phone through the screen in front of you than to use it directly while driving.
With CarPlay, you can access your phone’s music, GPS, receive calls, messages and do other things through your infotainment screen. As long as the car and region support the car game, you’re good to go.
the short answer is no; you can’t get carplay on an ipad by default. however, you can jailbreak the device or use it as a primary unit. however, it is not exactly the same.
ipad users may want to enjoy that luxury. so you may ask, can you get apple carplay on ipad?
why can’t you get carplay on ipad?
if you try to connect an ipad to carplay, you should get a message like this (eg “this device is not supported”). apple made this function, so an ipad does not support carplay; This feature is only available for iPhones. but why would apple do that?
some say that when apple created carplay, everyone had an iphone instead of an ipad. so the device is designed with iphone technology, possibly that is why ipad is not compatible with carplay.
Also, an ipad is as big as a car’s onboard system, so there’s no need to use it through carplay. instead, you could use the ipad as the central head unit, which is discussed later.
so if an ipad doesn’t support carplay, can it work on an ipad mini?
what about carplay on ipad mini?
ipad mini has features similar to an ipad, which means an ipad mini would also not support carplay. Also, CarPlay does not work on iPad variations such as iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Mini, or iPad Air.
apple carplay on ipad: alternatives
the following are three options you can use to get carplay.
1. use a compatible iphone
apple carplay practically designed for iphones. However, over the years Apple has created many versions of the iPhone and not all of them work with CarPlay; will only work on iphone 5 and later, running on ios 7.1 and later.
but make sure carplay is enabled on your iphone or it won’t work. To connect CarPlay to your iPhone, go to Settings, tap Screen Time, click Content & Privacy Restrictions, click Allowed Apps and enable CarPlay.
after you enable carplay on your iphone, please link the phone to your car. and there you have it.
whatever you want to do on your iphone, you can do it on your infotainment screen. These include streaming music, browsing, calling, messaging; you could even bring your favorite apps to your iphone.
note: all information in this article is also relevant for wireless carplay.
2. use an ipad as the main unit instead
Distraction aside, people use carplay on iphones to access their phone’s content on a bigger screen. so in practice you could use your ipad instead of your infotainment screen.
ipad allows you to do almost everything you could normally do with carplay. This includes streaming music, using GPS, receiving calls and messages, etc. But you’ll need to purchase a car mount and other accessories to install an iPad as a head unit.
The cost to do this ranges from $100 to $800, depending on how you do it. Check out our complete guide on how to install an ipad as a primary unit.
3. use carplay on ipad using ignition app or incar app
You can access CarPlay on your iPad using the Power app, formerly called CarPlay Activator. but you need to jailbreak ipad and make sure it is running on ios. To use the ignition app, you must:
- jailbreak your ipad using supported jailbreak tools
- install cydia app
- in app search ignition
- install app ignition
- In the ignition app, click the ignition logo.
- open carplay on your ipad screen
after which, you can enjoy music, use maps and other applications while driving, just like an iphone.
those who use ipad running on the os or can’t jailbreak their ipad running on ios can’t use the power on app. So if your iPad is not running on iOS and you are unable to jailbreak your iPad, the InCar app is an alternative.
Simply install the incar app on your ipad, then open it when you’re in your car. project apple carplay background on your ipad.