If you use a wireless connection for CarPlay, make sure your device is running iOS 9 or later. For USB connection, the iOS version is just as important, as CarPlay will not work on outdated iPhones.
In this article, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to check the iOS version on your iPhone and update it to the latest version.
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What iOS version is required for Apple Carplay?
What iOS version is needed for Carplay to work correctly?
This information is published on Apple's official website and on Wikipedia. You need an iOS with iOS 7.1 or higher installed.
How to check the current iOS version
As mentioned above, you need to have iOS 7.1 or higher installed on your iPhone for Carplay to work properly. You can find out the current version through your mobile device settings.
Here's how to do it:
Step 1. Go to Settings - General. The Settings icon is located on the Home screen.
Step 2. Under General, find the About line and tap on it.
Step 3. In the About section, look for the iOS Version line and make sure the number matches the Carplay requirements.
Step 4. If it doesn't, you'll need to update your device.
Step 5. After that, update both Carplay and iOS on your iPhone. This will avoid errors common to previous versions of Carplay.
How to update iOS to the latest version
Here's how to check the iOS version on your device:
Step 1. Open the "Settings" screen on your iPhone.
Step 2. Scroll down and tap on "General."
Step 3. Tap on "Software Update."
Step 4. If an update is available, you will see information about the new version of iOS and an "Install now" button below.
Step 5. Tap Install now button to update your device to the latest version of iOS.
Updating iOS may require a Wi-Fi connection and enough battery power. Make sure your iPhone is connected to a fast Wi-Fi network and charged to complete the update process.
After downloading the updates, restart your device and try connecting to CarPlay again. If that doesn't work either, it's worth replacing the Lightning USB cable.
Why do I need to perform an iOS update?
Reason 1. To fix bugs in Carplay and other apps related to GPS navigation
In case you experience issues with Carplay on your iPhone, an iOS update allows you to fix OS conflicts with other apps. Typically, you may not even be aware that there are any conflicts that are causing errors.
Reason 2. More stable and smoother app performance on both older and newer iOS devices
Developers are trying to optimize the performance of apps and make the experience of using GPS navigation in your car more pleasant and smooth.
Reason 3. Improved security
If an older version of iOS has vulnerabilities (especially zero-day ones), an OS update can quickly fix these flaws.
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