CarPlay Not Working with the iPhone 11? This Easy Fix Could Help

The iPhone 11 generation, including here the standard iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, sometimes fails to connect to cars and launch CarPlay, some users are complaining.
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And while the issue isn’t new, as the first reports showed up just after Apple launched the new models in the fall of the last year, it looks like some iPhone 11 owners are still use CarPlay when connecting the smartphone to their cars.

First and foremost, what’s very important to know is that Apple has already released fixes for this issue. iOS 13.4 resolved the bug, and several iPhone 11 owners confirmed on Apple’s forums that installing this release brought things back to normal, with CarPlay now running correctly.

But if you’re among those who are still unable to launch Apple’s CarPlay on the iPhone, and you come across the same problem as these people on Apple’s forums and on reddit, the first you need to check is whether your smartphone is running the latest iOS version.

To do this on the iPhone 11, go to Settings > General > Software update and install any available updates.

If the iPhone is already up-to-date, you need to check if the car is already paired with the iPhone. This is an issue that’s mostly experienced on devices that are restored from a previous backup (if the iPhone 11 user owned another iPhone before) and thus the Bluetooth settings have also been migrated.

If the car is already paired with your iPhone, delete it and then reconnect the iPhone to the car so the whole thing is restarted. Some say that deleting all paired Bluetooth devices helped too, but this is a rather inconvenient workaround that you should only try as a last resort.

If this doesn’t work, you also need to check your head unit’s settings and remove all the phones that are paired. This should force it to forget the iPhone and then restart the process from scratch.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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