CarPlay CarPlay adapter to convert to wireless CarPlay?

MrMister111

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I have a manufacturer fitted head unit that has CarPlay in and works great. The unit is wired only though. Works fine just a bit awkward when going short journeys when I'd like CarPlay but it's in bag or pocket and forget. It uses the USB plug in the front.

Is there a way to make it wireless somehow? I'm not talking a new head unit, a dongle or something? I know there is CarPlay dongle to add CarPlay on these Android head units, just wondering if there is such a thing.

I presume it communicates over Wifi and/or Bluetooth so is there not a USB dongle to fool the iPhone to say it's plugged in?

I'd buy one straight away for the convenience factor alone.
 

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One thing that prevents wireless CarPlay is not having a GPS system built into the car. Another thing is not having Wi-Fi built-in to the car.
 
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One thing that prevents wireless CarPlay is not having a GPS system built into the car. Another thing is not having Wi-Fi built-in to the car.
The Alpine ILX-107 has its own WiFi... for the sole purpose of connecting the phone to the head unit. It uses Bluetooth as a trigger to change over to 5GHz Wi-Fi direct for CarPlay. Call audio is routed over Wi-Fi as well.
 

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I was hoping a USB dongle could be plugged in to where I normally plug in my iPhone though to substitute. Presume the dongle would be Bluetooth and/or WiFi for this to communicate with the iPhone wirelessly.
 

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The Alpine ILX-107 has its own WiFi... for the sole purpose of connecting the phone to the head unit. It uses Bluetooth as a trigger to change over to 5GHz Wi-Fi direct for CarPlay. Call audio is routed over Wi-Fi as well.
It also has a built-in GPS with included GPS antenna.
 

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I have hunted around for something like this and it appears it is just not possible without Apple supporting it somehow. I would pay $99-$200 in a heartbeat for something like that either from Apple or third party.

For most of the factory head units, replacing it with a Wireless capable head unit is easily $1000+, and almost 0% chance of full compatibility with the rest of the cars systems.
 
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Hard to work out what it is, if it converts one of these 3rd party Android units to allow CarPlay, or if it allows wireless CarPlay I'm not 100%. There's a few of these about to get CarPlay on a non-CarPlay unit, ie Android unit.

Looks like this and says specifically for Android head unit only.
£28.53 25% Off | Car Link Dongle Link Dongle Universal Auto Link Dongle Navigation Player USB Dongle For Apple Android CarPlay
https://m.aliexpress.com/item/1811818.html

If it worked I'd buy though for the convenience factor alone. Although my USB CarPlay still has a bug whereby I have to unlock my iPhone randomly "to allow USB accessories".
 
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That looks more like it! Wireless activator even sounds what it needs to do.

Yes let me know please!

Found it on Amazon as well, but even more. Suppose Amazon better protection even though a 3rd party seller?

Just be worried on iOS updates breaking it and the support
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07WG1J1DC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_rC6yDb648FP5S
WOW - This adapter looks like a dream come true, but it does look sketchy at the same time...Unfortunately my 2017 Nissan Maxima isn't on the list of supported vehicles, even though I do have Apple CarPlay. Looking forward to see what others say about this adapter...
 

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It does look like what I want. However I've been on the website and a lot of pages don't even work.

I'd be worried on support for firmware in case a new iOS version broke it.

If it was a bit cheaper I'd maybe risk, but just worried on support as well.
 
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I contacted them via website. They say they'd keep up with updates for iOS.

I'm just not sure as it's £131 on AliExpress or Amazon UK. At £50 I would have probably tried it.

I wonder how it works, asked but didn't answer. Apparently you connect to the dongle via Bluetooth. I just wonder if Apple could stop it easily on an iOS updates. Can't imagine audio manufacturers will be to happy if this works.

If not works as expected, I wonder if others can do it and maybe bring price down? This is only one I've heard about, anyone else found any others?
 
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Don't think BT will have enough bandwidth, otherwise Apple would have used BT. It would make sense if the dongle uses Wi-Fi.
 

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Don't think BT will have enough bandwidth, otherwise Apple would have used BT. It would make sense if the dongle uses Wi-Fi.
It says to connect the dongle to your iPhone via BT though.

I've asked numerous question, like how to connect, does it lag etc but no reply
 

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They probably gave you bad info. BT to for setup and wi-fi for CarPlay make more sense.
Ah I see the icons now, maybe they just meant the initial connection from iPhone to they dongle is BT then thanks.

So tempted on this, but the cost....and support...?...

I just think once Apple get wind of it they could disable it somehow in an iOS updates or similar.
 

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Can’t get to work so far....working with manufacturer with updates, but doesn’t look like can at moment
 
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Can’t get to work so far....working with manufacturer with updates, but doesn’t look like can at moment
From what I read in several different listings - there are many on Amazon for what looks like the same product - this was made to connect an Android phone to a "display" meant for Androids and this "connector" would allow you to use it with an iPhone. Perhaps if someone could test my "understanding" of the connector on a car that actually connects to Android phones? (Yeah, I know - wrong forums.) It also said in some of the descriptions that it would not currently work with iOS 13.
 

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I purchased the Carlinkit wireless activator for my Audi A4 with Factory wired carplay. Basically it is a WiFi to USB adaptor that uses Bluetooth to initiate the wireless CarPlay. I purchased it as the A4 comes with a wireless charging pad, but you still have to plug in for CarPlay. I paid around $126 for it. It does work, with a few caveats. Firstly, the text that initially appears when your phone is connecting is in chinese. Luckily my better half translated it for me. Secondly, the audio is scratchy for the first 10-20 seconds; then it works as you would expect. Also, on the Audi, the dash display shows “unknown“ for the track and artist (but the CarPlay display on the center display works just like wired CarPlay). Lastly, it was a bit of a pain to purchase. I had not used Alibaba to buy anything before, and it really was setup to be a business buying these things in bulk, not a one-off like me.

All-in-all, it was worth it; but I can only verify it working on an Audi (even though they mention other makes & models). Just don’t expect much in the way of good documentation. I was able to talk to the seller through WhatsApp, and they have been good so far with support, firmware, etc., but it is a very manual process.

Link to the one I got: https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Wireless-carplay-Activator-module-Android-auto_62184751318.html
 
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MrMister111

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I It does work, with a few caveats. Firstly, the text that initially appears when your phone is connecting is in chinese. Luckily my better half translated it for me
Can you tell me what it says? It’s happened to me once, when 1/2 worked.

Does Bluetooth stay connected the whole time to AutoKit-BT? As mine connects to it but then shows disconnected all the time
 

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My Subaru has built in Bluetooth, which you can use with phone calls but for CarPlay, you have to plug the phone into the car.
 

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My Subaru has built in Bluetooth, which you can use with phone calls but for CarPlay, you have to plug the phone into the car.
That's like my Lexus - you can use BlueTooth actually for phone calls, messages and it plays music also BUT if you want to use CarPlay (like to see the Map apps on the screen), you have to plug it in via USB. Would love this "wireless" connection if it works properly on my car.