How to Turn Off CarPlay: A Simple Guide for Vehicle Owners

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If you’re an iPhone user, you might be familiar with CarPlay. This feature allows you to connect your iPhone to your car’s infotainment system, giving you access to various CarPlay apps, maps, and music while driving. However, there might be times when you want to turn off CarPlay, and you’re not sure how to do it.

As an iPhone user myself, I’ve had to turn off CarPlay a few times, whether it’s because I want to use my car’s built-in navigation system or simply because I don’t want any distractions while driving.

Fortunately, turning off CarPlay is a straightforward process, and there are a few ways to do it. In this article, I’ll share some methods that you can use to turn off CarPlay on your iPhone.

Why Turn Off CarPlay?

As someone who uses CarPlay regularly, you might wonder why anyone would want to turn it off.

However, there are a few reasons why you might want to do so.

  1. Turning off CarPlay can help save battery life on your iPhone. When CarPlay is active, it uses a lot of power to keep your phone connected to your car’s infotainment system. If you’re on a long road trip and need to conserve battery, turning off CarPlay can help.
  2. Some people prefer to use their car’s built-in infotainment system instead of CarPlay. If you find that CarPlay is causing issues, or you simply prefer the interface of your car’s system, turning off CarPlay might be the best option for you.
  3. Lastly, if you’re having trouble getting CarPlay to work properly, turning it off and then back on again can sometimes help. This can be especially helpful if you’re experiencing connection issues or if CarPlay isn’t responding as it should.


Overall, while CarPlay is a useful and convenient feature, there are times when turning it off can be beneficial.

Whether you’re looking to save battery life, prefer your car’s built-in system, or need to troubleshoot CarPlay issues, turning it off is a simple process that can be done in just a few steps.

How to Turn Off CarPlay on Your iPhone

If you want to turn off CarPlay via your iPhone, here are the following steps:

Step 1: Access Your iPhone Settings

To turn off CarPlay on your iPhone, you’ll need to access your iPhone’s settings. To do this, open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Find CarPlay Settings

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Once you’re in the Settings app, scroll down until you see the “General” option. Tap on it to open the General settings page. From there, you’ll need to scroll down again until you see the “CarPlay” option. Tap on it to open the CarPlay settings page.

Step 3: Turn Off CarPlay

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On the CarPlay settings page, you’ll see an option to “Allow CarPlay While Locked.” If this option is turned on, CarPlay will continue to run even when your iPhone is locked. To turn off CarPlay, simply toggle this option to the off position.

Once you’ve turned off CarPlay, it will no longer appear on your car’s infotainment system and will not launch in the future. If you ever want to turn CarPlay back on, simply follow these same steps and toggle the “Allow CarPlay While Locked” option back on.

That’s it! Turning off CarPlay on your iPhone is quick and easy, and can be done in just a few simple steps.

How to Turn Off CarPlay on Your Car

CarPlay is a great feature that allows you to use your iPhone while driving, but there may be times when you want to turn it off and do it more robustly from your vehicle. Here’s how to do it.

IMPORTANT: Please understand that the steps to deactivate CarPlay may differ based on your specific vehicle. The information provided here is a general guide to help you navigate turning off CarPlay in your vehicle. If these instructions do not work, you may need to delve deeper into your car’s infotainment system settings. Alternatively, refer to your owner’s manual or reach out directly to your vehicle manufacturer for further assistance.

Step 1: Locate the CarPlay Button on Your Car’s Screen

The first step is to locate the CarPlay button on your car’s screen. This button is usually located in the infotainment system’s main menu or on the home screen. It may also be labeled as “Projection” or “Smartphone Integration.”

Step 2: Press and Hold the CarPlay Button

Once you have located the CarPlay button, press and hold it for a few seconds. This will bring up a menu with several options.

Step 3: Select ‘Disconnect’ or ‘Turn Off CarPlay’

From the menu, you can select either “Disconnect” or “Turn Off CarPlay.” If you select “Disconnect,” your iPhone will no longer be connected to the car’s infotainment system. If you select “Turn Off CarPlay,” the feature will be disabled until you turn it back on.

It’s important to note that disabling CarPlay will not affect other features of your car’s infotainment system. You will still be able to use Bluetooth, AM/FM radio, and other functions.

In conclusion, turning off CarPlay is a simple process that can be done in just a few steps. Whether you need to focus on the road or just want a break from technology, disabling CarPlay is easy and convenient.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you’re having trouble turning off CarPlay, try these troubleshooting tips:

Try Restarting Your iPhone and Car

If you’re having trouble turning off CarPlay, try restarting your iPhone and car. To restart your iPhone, press and hold the power button until the slider appears. Slide the slider to turn off your iPhone. To restart your car, turn off the engine and then turn it back on again.

Reset Your iPhone or CarPlay Settings

If you’re still having trouble turning off CarPlay, try resetting your iPhone or CarPlay settings. To reset your iPhone settings, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. This will reset all your iPhone settings to their default values. To reset your CarPlay settings, go to Settings > General > CarPlay > Your Car > Forget This Car. This will remove your car from the list of synced cars.

If none of these troubleshooting tips work, contact Apple Support for further assistance.

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