​Troubleshooting the Newest Apple CarPlay Update

17th Sep 2023

Software updates can sometimes be a mixed bag. While they bring new features and enhanced security, they can also introduce bugs and compatibility issues. While new Apple CarPlay updates often bring with them exciting new features and improved security, they may also introduce bugs or compatibility issues. If you've recently installed one and are experiencing difficulties, look no further! In this blog, we'll guide you through troubleshooting its installation so you can continue enjoying its many features safely while driving smoothly.

Understanding the Need for Updates

Before we jump into troubleshooting, it's important to know why updates are critical. They're like health check-ups for your software, fixing vulnerabilities and improving performance. But just like some check-ups may lead to a bit of discomfort before you feel better, software updates can have similar teething problems.

Common Problems Post-Update

Installation of software updates may cause you to encounter various problems, from minor annoyances to major challenges. Here, we detail how you can address some of the more frequently occurring Apple CarPlay update problems.

1. Apple CarPlay Not Connecting

Check Your Cable and Ports

As with any technology issue, the first step in troubleshooting CarPlay problems should always be taking a close look at its physical connections. Think of CarPlay like a lamp; if its plug or bulb are loose or broken it won't illuminate. Check your USB cable or ports are undamaged as this could also contribute to problems.

Restart Your Devices

Powering down and powering back on your iPhone and car system is a straightforward yet effective solution, much like taking a good night's rest - you wake up refreshed and ready to face a brand new day.

2. Apps Not Loading or Crashing

Update the Apps

If you're struggling with apps not loading or crashing, ensuring they are updated is crucial. This is akin to replacing old, worn-out tires on a car—you can't expect to drive smoothly otherwise.

Reinstall the Apps

If updating does not solve the issue, try uninstalling and reinstalling the problematic app. Sometimes files get corrupted during updates; uninstalling can restore them and install can fix that.

3. Screen Freezing or Lagging

Check for Software Updates

If you've installed the newest Apple CarPlay update and your screen is freezing or lagging, you might want to check for any incremental updates that might fix these glitches. Sometimes manufacturers release quick patches to mend such issues.

Reset Your Car’s Infotainment System

It may sound extreme, but resetting your car's infotainment system can be the magic potion for many issues. Please refer to your vehicle's manual on how to do this safely without affecting other settings.

4. Siri Not Responding

Ensure Siri is Enabled

If Siri has suddenly gone mute after the newest Apple CarPlay update, double-check to ensure Siri is enabled in your settings. Imagine Siri as a call center representative; she can't assist you if she's not on duty.

Check Your Internet Connection

Siri needs a stable internet connection to work. Ensure you're connected to a reliable network or that your mobile data is switched on.

Troubleshooting the Speed Bumps

Now, let's get to the heart of the matter—the potholes in this newly-paved road.

1. Problems with Wireless Connectivity

Wireless Apple CarPlay was supposed to be a blessing, allowing your phone to stay safely in your bag or charge quietly, instead of getting tangled up in a web of cables on your dashboard.

The iCloud Private Relay Culprit

If you're using iCloud+ with the new iCloud Private Relay feature, chances are, it’s meddling with your CarPlay connectivity. Private Relay is like the overly protective parent who keeps their child from playing outside. It means well, but it might prevent CarPlay from functioning smoothly.


  • Turning Off Private Relay: Head to Settings > iCloud and locate the Private Relay toggle to disable it.
  • Resetting Network Settings: If step one doesn’t work or you don’t use iCloud+, try resetting your iPhone's network settings. But be cautious, as this will also wipe out all saved Wi-Fi passwords.

2. Music App Mishaps

Playing music should be one of the most straightforward functions, but here we are, scratching our heads as Apple CarPlay inexplicably crashes when streaming tunes.

The Equalizer Conundrum

Several users have found that having the Equalizer (EQ) setting turned on in music apps causes CarPlay to crash. It's like a DJ tripping over his equipment in the middle of a set—unexpected and frustrating.


  • Turn Off EQ Settings: Go to your music app settings and disable the Equalizer.
  • Apple Music Users: Also turn off the ‘Late Night’ function, as it’s known to cause issues.

These are community-driven solutions and are yet to be officially verified, so keep a pinch of salt handy.

Concluding Thoughts

Troubleshooting the newest Apple CarPlay update doesn't have to be a headache. Much like how a car mechanic systematically No matter if it be connectivity issues, software glitches, or issues with your CarPlay Dashboard or infotainment system - solutions may often be within easy reach.

So if you find that Apple CarPlay's latest update is making driving less comfortable but rather more complicated, don't panic - just learn more about your options to find what best works for you. And refer back to this blog, follow the tips, and you'll likely find your way out of the technological maze.

Happy driving, and may your journeys be as smooth as your now-trouble-free Apple CarPlay experience!