In today’s connected world, integrating your smartphone with your car’s infotainment system has become essential for a seamless and safe driving experience. If you own a Mercedes-Benz and an iPhone, you’re in luck because Apple CarPlay offers an intuitive way to access your favorite apps, make calls, send texts, and more while keeping your eyes on the road.
In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of connecting Apple CarPlay to your Mercedes-Benz.
Preparing Your Mercedes-Benz
Before you start connecting Apple CarPlay to your Mercedes-Benz, ensure that your vehicle is equipped with the necessary features. Most modern Mercedes-Benz vehicles come with Apple CarPlay compatibility, but if you’re not sure, consult your vehicle’s manual or contact your dealership.
Check Compatibility: Make sure your Mercedes-Benz is equipped with the COMAND or MBUX infotainment system, as these are the systems that support Apple CarPlay.
Update Software: Ensure that your Mercedes-Benz’s infotainment system is running the latest software version. You can usually find software update instructions in your vehicle’s manual or on the Mercedes-Benz website.
Preparing Your iPhone
Next, you’ll need to prepare your iPhone for Apple CarPlay.
Check iOS Version: Make sure your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS. You can check and update your iPhone’s software by going to “Settings” > “General” > “Software Update.”
Install CarPlay-Compatible Apps: Apple CarPlay works with a variety of apps, including Apple Maps, Music, Messages, and more. Ensure these apps are installed and up to date on your iPhone.
Connecting Apple CarPlay
Now that your Mercedes-Benz and iPhone are ready, let’s connect them using Apple CarPlay.
Connect Physically or Wirelessly:
- For wired connection: Use a USB cable (preferably an Apple-certified one) to connect your iPhone to one of the USB ports in your car.
- For wireless connection (available on some models): Ensure your iPhone has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi turned on. On your car’s infotainment system, go to “Settings” > “Connect Device” > “Connect Device with Cable” > “Connect New Device” and select your iPhone.
- Enable CarPlay on Your iPhone: When prompted, allow CarPlay to access your iPhone by going to “Settings” > “General” > “CarPlay.” Select your Mercedes-Benz from the list of available vehicles.
- Follow the On-Screen Prompts: Your Mercedes-Benz infotainment screen should now display the CarPlay interface. You can control CarPlay using your car’s touchscreen, steering wheel controls, or voice commands (if supported).
What Can You Do with Apple CarPlay?
Once you’ve successfully set up Apple CarPlay in your Mercedes-Benz, you’ll discover a world of convenience and connectivity at your fingertips. Here’s a closer look at what you can do with Apple CarPlay:
1. Make Phone Calls: With Apple CarPlay, making phone calls is a breeze. Simply say the name of your contact out loud, and CarPlay will take care of the rest, ensuring you can keep your hands on the wheel and your attention on the road.
2. Dictate Text Messages: Stay connected without distractions by dictating text messages. Choose a contact, dictate your message, say, “Send,” and your message is on its way—all without touching your phone.
3. Stay Entertained: Enjoy your favorite music or stream podcasts as you drive. Apple CarPlay lets you access your music library and various streaming platforms, ensuring you stay entertained while cruising.
4. Navigation: Never get lost again. Use Apple Maps to easily search for coffee shops, restaurants, theaters, and other points of interest in your area. If you prefer Google Maps, it’s also compatible with Apple CarPlay for seamless navigation.
5. Quick COMAND Access: Need to adjust your seat, cabin temperature, or ambient lighting? You can do so conveniently from the Apple CarPlay interface. Just select the “Mercedes-Benz” icon on the CarPlay screen or use the appropriate hard keys on your dashboard to access the COMAND system.
Mercedes-Benz Apple CarPlay offers a variety of features to enhance your driving experience. Now you can take everything you love about your iPhone on the road. Just look at all the things you can do with Mercedes-Benz Apple CarPlay. It’s much more than an infotainment system.
Available with 2021 Mercedes-Benz models and newer, Apple CarPlay lets you lock, unlock, and start your Mercedes-Benz with a compatible iPhone. Is someone else driving? This app allows you to easily share car keys with family and friends.
And, no worries if you forget your car charger at home. Car Keys functions continue to work even after your iPhone battery dies—for up to five hours!
When you take your virtual assistant on the road, your hands never need to leave the steering wheel. Stay safe and connected at all times when you have Apple CarPlay.
Things you can do using Siri voice control commands:
- Make hands-free phone calls and return missed calls.
- Listen to voicemails and dictate audio message replies.
- Listen to your favorite radio station.
- Stream music and podcasts or listen to an audiobook.
- Open your calendar to check your schedule for the day.
- Look up the phone number of your favorite restaurant.
- Find the nearest EV charging station.
Stuck in traffic on Interstate 75 and running a little late? No problem! Just ask Siri to share your ETA with whoever is expecting you.
With Mercedes-Benz Apple CarPlay, access the power of Apple Maps from your vehicle’s touchscreen, leveling up your navigation to the amazing. In addition to turn-by-turn directions, speed limit notifications, and estimated arrival times, Apple CarPlay turns your drive into an adventure.
As you near your destination, Apple Maps relays detailed information about roads, nearby neighborhoods, and even gas stations. Plus, local area landmarks and points of interest are displayed on the screen in all their 3D glory.
Turn your new Mercedes-Benz into a multimedia mecca. With Mercedes-Benz Apple CarPlay, access your Apple Music library and listen to your favorite band. You can also use a wide variety of mobile apps available on your iPhone in addition to entertainment apps. Many of your favorite iOS apps are compatible with Apple CarPlay, such as iHeartRadio, News+, Audiobooks.com, SiriusXM Radio, and more.
Is There a Monthly Charge for Apple CarPlay?
When you purchase a vehicle from Mercedes-Benz of Sarasota with Apple CarPlay integration, there is no monthly charge to use the feature. However, depending on your service provider and plan, message and data rates may apply when you use Mercedes-Benz Apple CarPlay for certain functions. These may include:
Using Apple CarPlay navigation to find a restaurant in downtown St. Pete.
Sending text messages to let your kids know you’re on your way to pick them up from the Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch.
Listening to music as you cruise to Anna Maria Island.
Listening to a podcast or audiobook on a road trip to take a pontoon tour of Winter Park Chain of Lakes.
Start Exploring Apple CarPlay Apps
Apple CarPlay opens the door to a range of iOS apps that enhance your driving experience in Corona Del Mar. In addition to core functions like calls and messages, you can access a variety of popular apps, including:
- Apple Music and Apple Podcasts
- TuneIn Radio
- NPR One
- iHeartRadio …and many more!
What Phones Are Compatible? It’s worth noting that Apple CarPlay is exclusively compatible with Apple iPhone devices. As long as you’re using an iPhone 5 or a newer model, you can easily connect your device to your Mercedes-Benz and take advantage of the seamless integration offered by Apple CarPlay.
Which Mercedes-Benz Models Come With Apple CarPlay?
Mercedes-Benz of Sarasota stocks a wide variety of new and pre-owned Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs with Apple CarPlay capabilities. These include:
- Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2016-2022
- Mercedes-Benz CLA 2016-2022
- Mercedes-Benz CLS 2016-2022
- Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2016-2022
- Mercedes-Benz GLA 2016-2022
- Mercedes-Benz GLE 2016-2022
- Mercedes-Benz GLS 2017-2022
- Mercedes-Benz SL 2017-2022
- Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2018
- Mercedes-Benz GLC 2018-2022
- Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2018-2022
- Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2019-2022
- Mercedes-Benz Metris 2020
- Mercedes-Benz GLB 2020-2022
- Mercedes-Benz GLS 2020-2022
- Mercedes-Benz EQA 2021-2022
- Mercedes-Benz EQC 2021-2022
- Mercedes-Benz EQB 2022
- Mercedes-Benz EQS 2022
If you encounter any issues while connecting Apple CarPlay, here are some troubleshooting tips:
Check Cable and Connections: If you’re using a wired connection, ensure the USB cable is functioning correctly and securely connected.
Restart Your iPhone and Car: Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve connectivity issues. Restart both your iPhone and your Mercedes-Benz.
Check Bluetooth and Wi-Fi: Ensure that Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are enabled on both your iPhone and your car’s infotainment system.
Reset CarPlay: If all else fails, you can reset CarPlay on your iPhone by going to “Settings” > “General” > “CarPlay” > “Forget This Car.” Then, reconnect your iPhone to your Mercedes-Benz as described above.
Connecting Apple CarPlay to your Mercedes-Benz is a straightforward process that enhances your driving experience by providing access to your favorite apps and services in a safe and convenient way. By following the steps outlined in this guide and ensuring your software and hardware are up to date, you can enjoy the benefits of Apple CarPlay seamlessly and safely while on the road. Stay connected, stay safe!