Land Rover Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™: Setup, Features

January 29th, 2020 by

Land Rover Apple CarPlay interface

Apple and Android users are in for a treat! Since 2019 when Jaguar Land Rover announced the addition of Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ on select 2019 models as a part of the Smartphone Pack, there are now more Land Rover cars with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® than ever. Common apps include maps, music, phone, and messages. Certain functionality can even be controlled via the vehicle’s Voice Control, providing additional convenience.

Apple CarPlay® vs. Android Auto™

What is Apple CarPlay®, and what is Android Auto™? Both are smartphone mirroring systems that allow you as a driver to interact with key mobile apps through your vehicle’s touchscreen. They are simple and intuitive interfaces designed to minimize distraction while driving. There is not usually a difference in selection when it comes to shopping cars with Apple CarPlay® vs. cars with Android Auto™, as most vehicles will be built with compatibility for both systems. The main difference between Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ apps is which smartphones are compatible with which system:

  • Apple CarPlay® is compatible with Apple mobile devices only, including iPhones and iPads.
  • Android Auto™ is compatible with several different mobile devices, including LG, Google Pixel, Nexus, Samsung, and more.

How to Set Up Apple CarPlay®

Land Rover Apple CarPlay® is compatible with the iPhone 5 and above, running iOS 7.1 and above. Features include music, phone calls, Siri, messaging, and navigation. To access Land Rover Apple CarPlay®:

  1. Connect your Apple device to a USB port in the Land Rover center console.
  2. On the Land Rover InControl® touchscreen, select to launch your device with Apple Carplay®.
  3. Unlock your mobile Apple device, and select “Allow” to use Apple CarPlay®.
Hand holding iPhone near Land Rover touchscreen

Additional tips on how to use Apple CarPlay®:

  • A Siri voice session can be started either from the Apple CarPlay® screen or through a long press of the steering wheel voice button.
  • For best results, Apple devices should be updated to the latest iOS version.
  • Be sure you are using a media USB cable and not just a charging USB cable.
  • High-quality cables are recommended for Apple devices to enhance operation, ideally the cable that came with the phone.

How to Set Up Android Auto™

Land Rover Android Auto™ is compatible with Android phones running v5.0 (Lollipop) and above. Features include music, phone calls, Google voice support, messaging and navigation. To access Land Rover Android Auto™:

  1. Download the Android Auto™ app to your desired mobile device.
  2. Connect your Android device to a USB port in the Land Rover center console.
  3. On the Land Rover InControl® touchscreen, select to launch your device with Android Auto™.
  4. Read the Land Rover on-screen prompt, and select “Understood” to use Android Auto™.

Additional tips for how to use Android Auto™:

  • A Google voice session can be started either from the Android Auto™ screen or through a long press of the steering wheel voice button.
  • You can also simply say “OK Google” to get handsfree help while your driving.
  • Be sure you are using a media USB cable and not just a charging USB cable.

Which Models Offer Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™?

All 2020 Land Rover models offer Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, and it comes as a standard feature in nearly all 2020 models–either as a stand-alone feature or under the Smartphone Pack label. Only the entry-level Discovery Sport offers it as an upgrade on the base trim level.

  • 2020 Land Rover Range Rover — Standard Smartphone Pack
  • 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport — Standard Smartphone Pack
  • 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar — Standard Smartphone Pack
  • 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque — Standard Smartphone Pack
  • 2020 Land Rover Discovery — Standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport — Available Smartphone Pack
  • 2020 Land Rover Defender — Standard Smartphone Pack

If you don’t have a 2020 model year Land Rover, know that any Land Rover models with the following features are smartphone compatible:

  • InControl® Touch Pro™ or InControl® Touch Pro™ Duo
  • Navigation, InControl® Apps™, and Wi-Fi connectivity

Can My Land Rover Be Retrofitted with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto?

Yes! The Smartphone Pack can be retro-fitted on select 16, 17, 18, & 19 model year Land Rover vehicles. Land Rover Palm Beach is currently offering retrofit solutions for our existing customers. For more information on the Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto upgrade, please contact the Land Rover Palm Beach service department at 561-209-7000 or schedule a service appointment online.

Let Land Rover Palm Beach Be Your Guide

For more information about Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™, such as compatible phones, software versions, and available apps, please visit www.apple.com/ios/carplay/ or www.android.com/auto/. You can also explore additional Land Rover features in person at Land Rover Palm Beach if you contact us to schedule a test drive near Jupiter!

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