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How to connect the Waze app to Carplay

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Waze is a convenient minimalist navigation app, popular in many European countries. In addition to route guidance, you can find information about places of interest, compare prices at gas stations, read reviews, monitor the traffic situation, etc.


For convenient and safe use, the navigator can be connected to Apple CarPlay. This is done as follows:

Step 1. Install Waze app from App Store.

Step 2. Connect your phone to the car using Bluetooth or USB connection;

Step 3. Tap the Waze icon on the CarPlay display.

Note. As of 2021, Waze has been added to the CarPlay main screen, so no extra effort is required to connect.

If you do not have Waze on your head unit for some reason, check for updates.

If CarPlay has been updated but Waze is not showing then try this:

  1. Open the iPhone Settings;
  2. Go to "Main";
  3. Go to CarPlay;
  4. Select the name of your vehicle;
  5. Tap the "+" icon.

All the classic Waze functionality will then be available for use through your vehicle.

Does Siri work with the Waze navigation app when connected to CarPlay?

Yes, it does. When the navigation app is running on your phone and connected to the car interface, you can use Siri for commands such as:

- "Hey Siri, how to get to the restaurant."
- "Hello Siri, how to get to the airport."
- "Hello Siri, how to get home."

In addition to route guidance, Siri can find certain places on the map and speak their descriptions.

If the voice commands don't work, check to see if the voice assistant on your mobile device is working properly.

If the Siri function on your phone is working properly, the problem may lie in the technical part of your car. Check if the microphone works. You can do this during a call with your phone connected to the car.

What Waze features are available on Apple CarPlay?

Like any navigator, Waze strives to make it as easy and safe as possible for the driver while driving. That's why the main feature is hands-free navigation. All commands can be given using Siri.

Voice messages will inform you not only about the route, but also about traffic accidents, etc. This allows you not to look at the screen during the trip.

Additional functionality:

  • Real Time Traffic Information. Navigator uses real-time traffic data to give you the fastest route to your destination based on current traffic conditions.

  • Community Alerts. The app allows users to report traffic jams, accidents, speed traps, and other hazards in real time. This information is shared with other users to help everyone get to their destinations safely and efficiently.

  • Offline Maps. While CarPlay requires a data connection to work, Waze allows you to download offline maps for areas where you may not have a reliable connection. This is especially useful for traveling to remote or international locations.

  • Music and Podcasts. You can play music or podcasts through your car while using your navigator. If you want to listen to your favorite playlist or talk show while traveling, this is the most convenient way.

Are there any additional settings available in Waze when using it with Apple CarPlay?

Yes, there are some additional settings available when using Waze in a vehicle. There are several options that can be configured:

Voice Settings. You can disable voice prompts and only use navigation, or add your own commands using the settings.

Notification settings. You can customize notifications for urgent calls, messages, navigation events, and messages. For example, you can completely turn off audible notifications while the vehicle is in motion.

Navigation settings. You can customize navigation options such as Avoid toll roads, Avoid highways, Avoid ferry crossings, Avoid tunnels, Avoid one-way streets, Avoid busy intersections.

Sound settings. You can adjust the sound level in the car, for example, separately for navigation and for music or podcasts.

These settings will help you set up Waze for optimal use in the car.

How to stream music via Waze

Yes, Waze allows you to listen to music and podcasts through third-party audio apps without leaving navigation mode in Apple Carplay.

Available audio players include Amazon Music, Apple Music, Audible,, Claro, RTL2, Música MX, Deezer, FUN Radio, iHeartRadio, NPR One, NRJ Radio, Pandora,, RTL, Scribd, Spotify, Stitcher, TIDAL, TuneIn, TuneIn Pro, YouTube Music, Castbox.

Any of these players can be used with the Waze app. Playback can be controlled using the buttons at the top: Play; Pause; Next Track; Previous Track.

You can click on "show list" or "audio apps" to select a different player for the tracks.

How do I connect my audio player to Waze?

If you do not have third party player apps downloaded:

  1. Tap on the Settings icon;
  2. Tap on "Audio player;
  3. Tap on "Available audio applications" and select the player you want to connect.

If the player is already installed:

  1. Tap on the note icon;
  2. Select the player;
  3. Tap "Accept".

Note that Waze itself is not capable of playing music. It only does this through third party players. And we are talking about official services, where you will have to have an account and subscribe.

What version of iOS is required to use Waze on CarPlay?

iOS 12 or later is required to use CarPlay.

How do I set Waze as the default navigation app for CarPlay?

This is not possible at this time. CarPlay is an Apple product, so Apple Maps will open by default anyway.

How do I disable Waze from Apple CarPlay?

You can simply disable your device in the CarPlay settings section of your head unit.

You can also just plug in another navigation app.

Ilia is a professional writer. He has expert knowledge in GPS and cartography with 15 years of experience. Additionally, Ilia has extensive experience in data recovery on PC and mobile. He started his career as a journalist by reviewing PC and mobile apps. His current responsibilities are to keep track of users' questions on MGT and answer them.