TuneIn CarPlay: A Guide To Using TuneIn With CarPlay

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TuneIn is a popular service for listening to online radio stations and podcasts.

If you have a car that supports CarPlay, you can easily connect your phone to your car and listen to TuneIn through your car’s speakers.

With options to control the music through buttons on the steering wheel or touch screen in the center console, it’s easy to use TuneIn with CarPlay.

TuneIn is a streaming app that pairs seamlessly with CarPlay. The free app allows you to access over 100,000 local radio stations and podcasts on your stereo. You can listen to the local sports games and news or keep up with your favorite morning talk show while on the go. 

Apple CarPlay is an excellent way to get your favorite music apps, podcasts, and audiobooks in your car. It’s also the perfect way to use TuneIn.

In this article, I’ll give you a complete guide to using the TuneIn app with CarPlay. 

TuneIn CarPlay Setup

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TuneIn is the best app for listening to podcasts, live radio, and audiobooks on Apple CarPlay. It’s easy to set up in your car and works with or without a data connection.

Apple’s CarPlay is a great way to make your car ride feel less like a chore and more like a relaxing journey.

If you have an iPhone, pairing CarPlay with TuneIn is easy:

  1. Install the TuneIn app on your iPhone if you haven’t already got it. You can download this here.
  2. Then connect your iPhone to CarPlay using a lighting cable or wirelessly
  3. Find the TuneIn app on the CarPlay dash & enjoy!


Your satellite stations and playlists should now appear as choices when you select “TuneIn” from within CarPlay. If you currently don’t have CarPlay, you’ll need to “download it”.

TuneIn has made setting up for CarPlay unbelievably easy and accessible. You need not worry about whether you have the correct version of the app or if you need to update your operating system.

No hunting around online to find out how to get it set up. 

It’s simple—the most recent version of TuneIn Radio will show up when connected to any in-dash receiver that supports CarPlay after being installed on your iPhone.

Not all cars support CarPlay, so check whether your vehicle will be compatible.

TuneIn CarPlay App Features

TuneIn Radio is up there with the top radio apps to use, especially with CarPlay, for a good reason—it lets you stream radio stations from around the world to your device.

It has a seamless interface, is easy to use, and has a section for local radio stations that you can listen to depending on your area.

Some cars come with a built-in version of TuneIn, and more cars are being equipped with Apple CarPlay so you can listen to your most desired audio seamlessly while on the road. 

Easily Find New Content

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TuneIn makes it easy to discover new content.

The browse section on your screen will search the entire TuneIn catalog.

A list of suggested genres will appear, so it’s easy to find something similar even if you don’t know the radio name you’d like to hear. 

As you can see in the screenshot above, there are categories such as:

  • Local Radio
  • Music
  • Sport
  • News & Talk 


This automatically generates a list of stations organized by subject and location available on TuneIn—no need to spend time sifting through hundreds of results!

Popular Stations 

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While there are thousands of apps to choose from, general news channels seem to be the most popular.

The following are TuneIn trending at the time of writing:

  1. Heart London
  2. talkSPORT
  3. Virgin Radio
  4. KQED-FM
  5. TalkRadio
  6. LBC London
  7. FOX News Radio
  8. Classic FM
  9. LBC UK
  10. BBC World Service
  11. Bloomberg Radio
  12. Smooth UK
  13. CNN International
  14. Absolute Radio
  15. Radio X

Connects with Other Apps

The TuneIn app has a lot of great features that make it easy to find and enjoy your favorite music while you’re driving, including:


They also have a “driving mode”, although this is an option when using the app through CarPlay as it is already set up to avoid distractions.

User Friendly

You can easily connect your phone to your car and listen to TuneIn through your car’s speakers, with options to control a podcast or radio station through buttons on the steering wheel or touch screen in the center console.

Upgraded Options

Lastly, TuneIn also has a premium plan which offers listeners live sports broadcasts, news with fewer ad breaks, commercial-free music, and fewer ads.

This is an excellent option for those who want an upgraded listening experience while on the road.

They even offer a free trial if you want to try it out without fully committing to purchasing.


Whether you’re listening to music, sports or news podcasts, or even talk shows on education or finance topics, new podcasts are being created daily to help you learn something new while driving!

Ultimately, TuneIn Radio makes listening more accessible thanks to its selection of over 100,000 live radio stations worldwide—all available on your dashboard.

There’s something for everyone on TuneIn, from talk shows to music stations to podcasts, but the best thing about it is that it’s easy to use with CarPlay.

I would definitely recommend using the TuneIn CarPlay app, especially as it’s free. Just be careful of CarPlay data usage when using the app if you have a small data package.

I loved my car but was frustrated with my media system. So I upgraded my stereo, making silly wires and precarious phone mounts a thing of the past. The Apple Car Play stereo was so good I wanted to show more people how this could be done and truly upgrade their cars multimedia system! Founder StereoUpgrade.com
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