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HOW TO CONNECT TO APPLE CARPLAY

Difficulty Level: Novice  |  Time Required: 5 Minutes  |  Tools Required: None | Related Parts, Products, Services or Technology: Apple iPhone required

If your vehicle has Apple CarPlay®, you can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages via Siri®, and enjoy your favorite music — all on your vehicle’s built-in infotainment display.


TO USE APPLE CARPLAY, YOU FIRST NEED TO CONNECT YOUR IPHONE® TO THE INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM.


CONNECT THROUGH LIGHTNING CABLE

  1. Using your iPhone’s Lightning cable, connect your phone to the vehicle’s USB data port.
  2. Unlock your phone.
  3. The Apple CarPlay icon on your vehicle’s touchscreen turns green when it is ready for use. Or, if your vehicle has a Projection icon, it will change to Apple CarPlay.
  4. If Apple CarPlay does not automatically launch, touch the Apple CarPlay icon on your infotainment screen.
  5. When Apple CarPlay is active, the screen will show the iPhone apps that are accessible.  

CONNECT WIRELESSLY

Only select vehicles and select iPhones offer this option. If your vehicle and phone do offer this option, work through these steps to enable a wireless connection with Apple CarPlay:

  1. Pair/connect your phone to the infotainment system using Bluetooth®.
  2. Follow the prompts on the screen and on your phone to start a wireless Apple CarPlay session.

On some vehicles, after you start Apple CarPlay using a Lightning connection, you're asked if you want to enable wireless Apple CarPlay for future use. If you agree, the next time you go for a drive, your phone will automatically connect wirelessly with Apple CarPlay.  

TO EXIT APPLE CARPLAY

  1. To exit Apple CarPlay, press the Home button.
  2. To return to Apple CarPlay, press and hold the Home button OR touch the CarPlay icon.  

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How do I know my vehicle is compatible with Apple CarPlay?

You can tell if your vehicle is compatible with Apple CarPlay if you see the APPLE CARPLAY or PROJECTION icon on your infotainment touchscreen. You can also check the Apple CarPlay availability page to see if your vehicle is compatible with Apple CarPlay.

How can I find out if my phone supports Apple CarPlay?

Apple CarPlay works on iPhone 5 or later. For information about phone compatibility, visit the Apple CarPlay site.

Will Apple CarPlay work with third-party apps such as Google Maps™ or Waze on my vehicle?

Yes, it will. However, you must be certain that the app developer has updated their app to work with CarPlay, and you must install the most current version of those apps onto your compatible iPhone in order for those apps to work with Apple CarPlay. Your iPhone must also be updated to iOS 12 or later.

Why can’t I start Apple CarPlay when I connect my phone with my Lightning cable?

If your iPhone is locked for more than an hour, you must unlock it to use Apple CarPlay. Next, be sure your Lightning cable is plugged in properly.

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Information on this page is specific to the Buick models below. If your vehicle is not on the list or these instructions don't apply, then please see your Owner's Manual.

  • Cascada 2017-2019
  • Enclave 2018-2022
  • Encore 2017-2021
  • Encore GX 2020-2022
  • Envision 2017-2022
  • LaCrosse 2016-2021
  • LeSabre 2021
  • Regal 2016-2017
  • Regal Sportback 2018-2021
  • Regal TourX 2018-2021
  • Verano 2017
  • Apple®, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod touch, Apple Music and Siri are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Vehicle user interface is a product of Apple and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible iPhone and data plan rates apply. Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc.

  • Functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth® and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.

  • Not compatible with all devices.

  • The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by General Motors is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.

  • The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Click here to see all Buick vehicles’ destination freight charges.

  • EPA estimated MPG 25 city, 30 highway FWD.

  • Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • EPA estimated.

  • Functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth® and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.

  • EPA estimated MPG 30 city, 32 highway 1.3L engine FWD.

  • Buick Driver Confidence: Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Following Distance Indicator and IntelliBeam. Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for more important feature limitations and information.

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires the Android Auto app on Google Play and a compatible Android smartphone. Data plan rates apply. You can check which smartphones are compatible at g.co/androidauto/requirements. Android, Google Play and Android Auto are trademarks of Google LLC.

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Apple® and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible iPhone® and data plan rates apply. Apple CarPlay, Siri, iPhone and Apple Music are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

  • Safety or driver-assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • With rear seats folded. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • Buick Driver Confidence Plus: Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Following Distance Indicator, IntelliBeam, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Park Assist. Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • The system wirelessly charges one compatible mobile device. Some phones have built-in wireless charging technology and others require a special adapter/back cover. To check for phone or other device compatibility, click here or consult your carrier.

  • EPA estimated MPG 18 city/26 highway FWD.

  • Requires available Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires the Android Auto app on Google Play and a compatible Android smartphone. Data plan rates apply. You can check which smartphones are compatible at g.co/androidauto/requirements. Android, Google Play and Android Auto are trademarks of Google LLC.

  • Bose® is a registered trademark of the Bose Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.

  • EPA estimated FWD model.

  • Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Preproduction model shown throughout. Actual Production model may vary.

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