Why Won’t My Phone Connect to Volkswagen Apple CarPlay?
We don’t hear it often, but once in a while a driver will ask: why won’t my phone connect to Volkswagen Apple CarPlay? If you have Apple CarPlay in your new Volkswagen model but are struggling to connect your iPhone, there are a few things you might want to check into to easily solve the problem. We’ll run through some of those solutions here.
How to Fix Failed Connection to Apple CarPlay In Your VW
Usually, connecting your iPhone to Apple CarPlay in a Volkswagen is as simple as plugging it into a USB cable. If you’re running into issues, however, there are some common problems drivers are running into. Usually, you’ll find it is an issue with the phone itself.
- Incompatible phone: The Apple CarPlay system may not be compatible with all iPhone models. And even if your phone is compatible, you’ll want to be sure you have the latest updates installed on the phone. You can find out if your iPhone is compatible here.
- Incompatible cable: Another issue some are running into has to do with the USB charging cable they’re using. You’ll want to use a Lightning to USB cable, preferably the one that came with your iPhone originally or one from Apple. Other Lightning cable brands may not work.
- Phone restrictions: Some have found that there were restrictions on their phone that had to be turned off. On your iPhone, go into Settings > General > Restrictions > CarPlay, and turn restrictions off.
- VPN apps: Others have reported that having VPN apps on their phone caused an issue, and deleting such apps should be enough to fix the problem.
This is only a short list of some of the reasons why your phone won’t connect to Volkswagen Apple CarPlay, so if you know of any others and their potential solutions, be sure to share them in the comments section below. Also, be sure to try restarting both your phone and the car when attempting these fixes. Of course, if you’re still running into problems, feel free to bring your phone and the vehicle to a qualified VW service technician.