Five Hidden Features of Apple CarPlay™

Staying connected while you drive has never been easier with Apple CarPlay. Check out our top five features of Apple CarPlay featuring the best apps for Apple CarPlay & more.

What is Apple CarPlay™?

First thing’s first, what is Apple CarPlay™?

Apple CarPlay was introduced in 2014 by Apple and mirrors certain apps from your phone onto your vehicle’s built in display. It allows you to access things like music, maps and make calls safely without going on your phone.

It’s a safer and smarter way to access your phone via your vehicle’s in built display when you’re behind the wheel.


How to use Apple CarPlay?

Using Apple CarPlay is as simple as having it installed in your vehicle and plugging your compatible iPhone into the Smartphone USB port.

Then, after following some simple prompts, the Apple CarPlay home screen will open on your car’s display with all your favourite apps ready to go.

The Honda Accord, Civic, Civic Type R, CR-V (except CR-V Vi) & even the NSX all come with Apple Carplay already installed. All you’ve got to do is plug in and go.

Now that we’ve figured out what it is and how you use it, let’s look at some hidden features so we’re getting the most out of our Apple CarPlay apps.


1. Third Party Map Applications

When it comes to Apple CarPlay maps, you’re not just limited to the standard Apple maps app. 

There are a number of third party apps that are compatible with Apple CarPlay and can offer a different experience than what you get with the default maps app.

These apps include Waze, Google Maps and more.


2. Find Your Car

Did you know that Apple CarPlay can help you find where you parked your car?

If you’ve ever lost your parked car (happens to the best of us) then this feature is for you.

When you disconnect your phone from Apple CarPlay, maps will automatically make a note of where you parked your car. So whenever you can’t locate your car, open Apple Maps and it will show you exactly where you left it.

It’s important to note that Maps won’t mark your parked car if you frequently park in the same location, like at home or work.


3. Home Screen Customisation

It’s possible to customise your home screen to make it more personalised and have all your favourite apps front and centre.

It’s fairly easy to do - you don’t even need to have Apple CarPlay active to do so. Just follow these steps

  1. On your iPhone open the Settings app

  2. Open the General section and then select Apple CarPlay

  3. Your car should be listed. Select it.

  4. You should be seeing a duplication of the Apple CarPlay screen. You can now move the apps around to a location of your choosing. If you press the small minus sign it will move the app to a hidden menu. To add it back, just go to hidden app menu and tap it.


4. Third Party Entertainment Applications

Don’t limit yourself to Apple Music. There’s plenty of new apps for Apple CarPlay out there that will get you through even the slowest of traffic jams.

Listen to an audiobook with the Audible app, catch up on some news with Stitcher or listen to your favourite podcast with Overcast or Downcast. 

These are only a taste of what’s on offer with Apple CarPlay. Click here to see what’s compatible with Apple CarPlay.


5. Siri Voice Assistance

Apple CarPlay also features Siri voice control, optimised for certain driving situations. To activate Siri, all you need to do is press the voice control button on your steering wheel and you’re good to go.

With Siri there's heaps you can do just with your voice. Depending on the car you ca


  • Check the weather forecast

  • Locate nearby restaurants

  • Check your calendar

  • Send messages

  • Read messages

  • Make calls


Honda’s Apple CarPlay

A select number of Honda models come equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so  iPhone® or Android™ users can now seamlessly integrate their device to their new car.

Access all of these hidden features plus more with Apple CarPlay today. 

Interested in learning more? Find a dealer near you today and get all your questions answered.

Apple CarPlay®, iPhone and Siri are trademarks of Apple Inc. CarPlay and Siri requires iPhone 5 model and above running iOS 7.1 or higher.

Android®, Android Auto and Google are trademarks of Google Inc. Android Auto and Google Voice Search requires Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or above.




*Depending on use, Android Auto or Apple CarPlay can share certain user and vehicle information (e.g. , vehicle location, speed and other operating conditions) with Google and its service providers or the connected iPhone, respectively. See Google’s and Apple’s privacy policies for details regarding the use and handling of data uploaded by Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Use of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay is at user’s own risk, and is subject to agreement to the Android Auto or Apple CarPlay terms of use, which are, respectively, presented to the user when the Android Auto application is downloaded to the user’s Android phone or included as part of the Apple iOS terms of use. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay vehicle integration is provided “as is,” and Honda cannot guarantee operability or functionality now or in the future due to, among other conditions, changes in the applicable software or operating system, service interruptions, or incompatibility or obsolesce of vehicle-integrated hardware or software. See dealer for details. Only use Android Auto or Apple CarPlay when conditions allow you to do so safely.