Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are technology features that make it easier for drivers to connect to their phones. If you’re pondering a purchase of a new Mazda car or SUV and you’re curious to know whether it features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, we’ll explain all you need to know, including how these systems work. Then head up to CardinaleWay Mazda Las Vegas, the best Mazda dealership near Summerlin, and get a new Mazda model with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto installed. If you drive an older Mazda, you can bring it to our service department to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto installed.
What is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
Staying connected is now more important than ever, and drivers demand in-car connectivity, particularly if they spend a lot of time behind the wheel of their vehicles. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make it easy for drivers to connect their smartphones to their cars. Once connected, drivers can use many of their phone’s features in the car’s infotainment system, including checking messages, playing music, and displaying maps and driving directions. According to the Summerlin area Mazda dealership, using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to plug your phone into the Mazda Connect infotainment system will help to prevent you from looking at your phone while driving.
How Can I Access Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
Using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto couldn’t be easier. Simply plug your phone into your car’s USB port, and it will connect automatically. Once your phone connects, you’ll be able to use many of your phone’s apps, such as text messaging, Google Maps, Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify and more! Apple CarPlay is already installed on iPhones as part of iOS. Just plug in and connect. If you own an Android phone, you’ll have to download the Android Auto app first.
Does Mazda Have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
The first Mazda to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto was the 2018 Mazda6. Every 2021 Mazda vehicle includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Can My Older Mazda Get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
If you drive a 2014 Mazda model or newer, and it’s equipped with Mazda Connect, you can add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as a dealer-installed update. It’s a quick upgrade. Our service technicians will install new software and hardware, including a fast-charging 2.1-amp USB port and the newest version of the Mazda Connect system.
Mazda offers this retrofit for older models as part of its initiative to stop distracted driving. To that end, the automaker’s infotainment system utilizes voice command functions, a multi-function Commander knob, and shortcut buttons designed to keep drivers’ hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.
If you’d like the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto upgrade for your Mazda, contact the Cardinale Mazda Las Vegas Service Center and schedule a service visit. The upgrade takes about two hours and has an MSRP of $199 plus labor.