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Hyundai Introduces Free DIY Upgrade To Apple CarPlay/Android Auto For US Models

Existing Hyundai owners of vehicles of the 2015 model year and newer can upgrade their infotainment systems for free and obtain Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
Hyundai releases do-it-yourself installation for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on Certain Models 4 photos
Hyundai releases do-it-yourself installation for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on Certain ModelsHyundai releases do-it-yourself installation for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on Certain ModelsHyundai releases do-it-yourself installation for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on Certain Models
Hyundai has announced this facility for users in the USA, but it might be introduced for European customers of compatible models shortly. The same goes for Hyundai owners in other global markets.

The update is free as long as owners do it themselves. Hyundai says it is easy to install, and everything starts from their website, MyHyundai.com.

In the case of less tech-savvy users, Hyundai dealerships nationwide will have the software on hand and charge an undisclosed installation fee, but they will only have this starting with June.

To download and complete the update, a user must have the VIN on hand, as well as a USB memory stick or an SD card from the Navigation system. The latter requires an adapter to use on most computers, so take that into account.

From there, owners must follow the installation steps. We recommend writing them down, or opening them on your phone as well, to ensure you do not have to repeat the procedure in case you forget what to do.

The oldest Hyundai model to be available for upgrade is the 2015 Sonata, as well as the 2015 Genesis. There is an essential condition for this update to be suitable for the car – the vehicle must have been ordered with the navigation system – in the case of the Sonata, and an 8-inch touchscreen navigation system with a rear-view camera for the Genesis.

Newer Hyundai models that can support this update are the 2016 Elantra GT and Tucson, as well as the Sonata and Genesis. Naturally, the Navigation system must be present to support the feature. In the case of 2017 models, the Santa Fe Sport with a 7-inch touchscreen and those with an 8-inch navigation system also are suitable for this update, although they have not reached customers yet. The same goes for the 2017 Santa Fe.

Hyundai has also announced that they will have news on this topic for owners of the Sonata Hybrid, Veloster, Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, and Azera. If you ask us, they will probably support the same update as long as they have a compatible infotainment unit.

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