How to Anytime: CarPlay and Android Auto

Modern technology has also been reflected in cars, where you will find many features. If you like to listen to music in your car or make hands-free calls during your drives, CarPlay or Android car are great tools. We’ll cover what it is and what it’s for in today’s How to Anytime.

CarPlay or Android Auto are features that allow you to connect your iOS or Android mobile phone to your car radio, mirroring your phone’s content to our cars’ big screen radios.

This allows you to safely use your mobile phone’s selected apps and enjoy your drive even more. Connecting your phone is very simple. To connect your Android phone, you’ll need the Android Auto app and a standard USB charging cable.

Apple owners only need a Lighting charging cable and the activated Siri voice assistant to connect. The advantage is that by connecting your phone via the charging cable, you don’t have to worry about your phone running out of power even on a long drive.

What Android Auto and CarPlay have to offer

Connecting your smartphone gives you a range of features that make your journey easier and more enjoyable. Some of the best features are undoubtedly Waze navigation mirroring or Google Maps. This ensures you won’t get lost on your journey wherever you’re going, plus you’ll have more up-to-date information on traffic restrictions and traffic than you would from a regular car navigation app. You also have the advantage of being able to find the nearest petrol station or place to eat on the way.

Music and podcast lovers will appreciate the use of music apps such as Spotify, Amazon Music or Google Play Music. Of course, basic apps and features like calling and messaging are supported. To ensure your safety during your drive, the car radio is set to read the messages directly instead of displaying them on the screen. You can then reply with a voice command. You can also use this function for chat apps such as WhatsApp, Messenger or Skype. Calling is even easier. Just find a name in your contact list or enter a phone number and make a call. That way, you don’t have to hold your mobile phone and risk a fine, but can get on with your driving in peace while you deal with your urgent call.

Another interesting feature, is the Calendar app display. Thanks to this, you won’t miss any more appointments or doctor’s visits and you’ll know exactly where you need to go.

There are plenty of apps you can use on your journey. So be sure to take one cable in the car on your next ride with Anytime so you can hit the road fully equipped with technology.