CarPlay CarPlay sometimes just doesn't connect or start? ...

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by cmeisenzahl, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. cmeisenzahl macrumors 6502

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    2018 Subaru Crosstrek with CarPlay. It requires that the phone be connected via USB/Lightning cable. The overwhelming majority of the time simply connecting the phone will make CarPlay available. But once in a while it doesn't. In that case I disconnect and reconnect the iPhone's (iPhone X, previously 7+) Lightning cable and it works.

    But once in a while it doesn't. Today I restarted the car, and unplugged/reconnected the phone, and CarPlay never became available.

    Using iOS 11.1.1. Any ideas as to what's happening here?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. cmeisenzahl thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sadly, but not surprisingly, restarting the phone fixed it for now.
     
  3. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

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    I have found on my VW - I have to wait a minute or so after the car "radio" starts to reliably get car play to work. Fortunately, for me, I have a stop sign down the street so I wait until there to plug in car play
     
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  5. Ralfi macrumors 68000

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    My CarPlay just died today....2016 VW GTI.

    It's functionality gradually depleted after many a plugging in of the cable; first I got audio, but no screen (only a 'App Connect is connecting message), then I got nothing but a message on screen saying I need to request App Connect permission from a dealership...

    Also, VW Navigation decided I didn't have a compatible version & also refused to work.

    & then my phone couldn't even be detected.

    So on a day where I needed some form of navigation, none of my options worked.

    Had to insert the Airpods & listen to Google Maps turn by turn....which is still better than Apple Maps on CarPlay anyway...

    So being a Sunday, I'll need to wait until tomorrow to book the car into VW for what'll most likely be a traumatic experience....
     
  6. Jussayin macrumors newbie

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    Not just Subarus, I have a 2018 Ford F-350 Platinum and CarPlay fails 20% of the time. I have to connect through Bluetooth at that point to listen to music from my iPhone.
     
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    For my Honda, I should be getting a software update for the head unit soon. It's supposed to address a bunch of issues, including CarPlay connection problems. I'll try to remember to post the results later.
     
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    Man I hope there’s some kind of update for my 2016 Civic Touring. Connecting has become very inconsistent. In fact, it’s gotten to the point where I almost don’t care if my next vehicle has CarPlay...
     
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  11. nyscott1 macrumors newbie

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    --- Post Merged, Aug 12, 2018 ---
    I have the same intermittent problems on a Ford Mustang 2917 and a 2018 Cadillacxt5
     
  12. cyclingplatypus macrumors 65816

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    I've found that sometimes the phone needs to be unlocked before it is recognized.
     
  13. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

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    I also find that I can't plug it in right away in my 2017 VW. I have to make sure the radio unit is running for a minute or so before I can plug it in - so it is start the car and wait until I get to the stop down the street from me before I can plug in
     
  14. simonsi macrumors 601

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    My 3rd party head unit has to boot, then takes a few more seconds to connect. 1 in 1000 it doesn't and I have to unplug and plug again. Just a couple of times I recently got a message where the phone (IP7), needed to be unlocked to access the USB accessory...that went away after a couple of those. Spotify fails much more often, 25% needing the app on the phone restarted before it will run under CarPlay.
     
  15. cmeisenzahl thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The problem is MUCH improved since I switched from an Anker cable to a white Apple cable. Not completely fixed, but probably 80% better.
     

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