If you’re not sure, you can go into the car setting and check if it will allow you to connect to CarPlay wirelessly via a WIFI connection.
(Updated as of June 2021)
To see the wireless connection see this Youtube Video
The CarLinkit 2.0 is for vehicles with CarPlay or Andriod Auto as a factory install. The CarLinkit 1.0 is for aftermarket Andriod head units that are compatible with CarPlay and Andriod Auto use.
For Aftermarket Andriod Head Units
List of Compatible Stereo Models:
Compatible with aftermarket Android car stereos installed into your vehicle.
These include the likes of:
For Manufacture installed CarPlay / Android Auto
NO Mazda Models are compatible
If it’s not compatible, you’ll have to find an adapter that is or move on to option 3.
PLEASE NOTE: It’s essential to understand that the adapters are not a perfect solution and are what I would call “temperamental”. The product works most of the time; however, it sometimes doesn’t connect and requires pulling the cable out and back in or restarting the engine.
It also takes around 10 seconds to fully connect to car play. Suppose you’re not happy enough with this. In that case, you should look at our option 3 recommendation as this method is Apple and manufacture approved.
The adapter is just a patch fix to trick the car into thinking it’s connected like usual, so there are occasional bugs. However, in my experience, when testing the product in a 2017 Vaxuall / Opal Corsa, it worked 90% of the time. This was good enough for the factional price of a new head you’d have to buy, as seen in option 3.
This option is the most expensive route to take to get wireless carplay but will be one of the only options if you couldn’t follow the previous two steps.
Unlike other car models such as BMW and Audi, MMI units are not common or main stream with Mazda. In this instance we therefore recommend replacing the whole head unit for the best result where possible. If you would still prefer to install an MMI unit, eBay is usually the best place to find them.
Installing a new head unit won’t always be possible in your Mazda, this is because of the position and unusual shape of the factory head units.
As you can see in the photo of the 2018 mazda CX-5 the head unit protrudes from the dashboard meaning standard replacement head units won’t be possible.
Alternatively, you can see in the 2009 Mazda 6 picture there is a dashboard area where a new wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto screen could fit.
See the link below for the head units we recommend on Amazon.
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If your not confident with installing a head unit yourself or not sure if it’s possible in your car model, retailers such as Best Buy or Halfords will often install a high value head unit for free and check if your cars compatible for you.