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How to Use Apple CarPlay® in Your Mercedes-Benz

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With Apple CarPlay®, you can integrate some of your iPhone’s main functions with the Mercedes-Benz multimedia system. Standard on certain Mercedes-Benz models, including the AMG® GT and E-Class, Apple CarPlay® allows you to make phone calls from your contacts, send text messages using voice control, use your phone’s navigation, and listen to music. Learn how to use Apple CarPlay® in your Mercedes-Benz below!

How to Set Up Apple CarPlay® in Your Mercedes-Benz

Setting up Apple CarPlay® is fast and easy. Follow the steps below to connect your iPhone to your Mercedes-Benz and begin enjoying the integrated features:

  • First, using a USB cord, plug your iPhone into the USB port for the smartphone integration system.
  • When you’re connecting your iPhone to your car for the first time, choose the “Start Automatically” option. As the selection suggests, this will allow your phone to automatically connect to Apple CarPlay® in the future when plugged in, making it faster and easier for you. Note: If a friend or family member is connecting their phone, and you don’t wish to have their phone automatically connect to your vehicle in the future, you can select the “Select Manually” option.
  • Once your phone is connected, you’re able to control your phone’s main functions using the COMAND® controller, the buttons on the dash, or the Siri® Voice Operating Control System.
  • While you can use Apple CarPlay® for many tasks, there are certain tasks, such as seat adjustment and ambient lighting, that need to be done using the COMAND® system. To exit Apple CarPlay® and perform these functions, simply press the Mercedes-Benz icon on the screen.
  • To return to Apple CarPlay®, manually select your phone from the device list.
  • When you’re done using Apple CarPlay®, simply unplug your phone from the USB port.

How to Connect to Apple CarPlay® Wirelessly

If you’re driving a newer Mercedes-Benz in Costa Mesa, it may be equipped with wireless Apple CarPlay®. Here’s how to wirelessly connect to Apple CarPlay® using Bluetooth®* integration:

  • Open your iPhone® settings and navigate to Bluetooth®*, make sure your phone is in discoverable mode
  • On the main touchscreen display in your Mercedes-Benz, click on Phone, then select “connect device”
  • If this is your first time wirelessly connecting your phone, click “connect new device”
  • Select your iPhone® when the device name appears on the screen
  • Your iPhone® will prompt you to accept the passcode to connect it to your vehicle’s display; click to accept it
  • Next, your iPhone® will ask you to allow it to sync your contacts and favorites to your vehicle’s display; click to allow it
  • On the main vehicle display, click “Accept and Start Apple CarPlay®” after reading the Data Protection Notice
  • Your iPhone® is now wirelessly connected to your vehicle’s main display via Apple CarPlay®! You can access your entire phone right from the touch display.

What Can You Do with Apple CarPlay®?

Once setup is complete, you can use Apple CarPlay® for everything from making hands-free calls, to streaming music, to navigating:

  • Make Phone Calls: Say the name of your contact aloud, and Apple CarPlay® will place the call for you—no hands necessary.
  • Dictate Text Messages: Choose a contact, dictate your message, say, “Send,” and you’re done!
  • Stay Entertained: Listen to your favorite tunes or stream a podcast while you cruise around Laguna Beach.
  • Navigation: Use Apple Maps to conveniently search for coffee shops, restaurants, theatres, and other points of interest in Orange County. Or, if you prefer Google Maps, this is also compatible with Apple CarPlay®.
  • Quick COMAND® Access: To adjust your seat, in-cabin temperature, ambient lighting, etc., select the “Mercedes-Benz” icon on the Apple CarPlay® screen, or press the appropriate hard key on the dash. This will take you back to the COMAND® system.

Start Exploring Apple CarPlay® Apps

Apple CarPlay® enables you to enjoy a more connected drive in Corona Del Mar. In addition to giving you access to your phone and messages, many of your favorite iOS apps are compatible with Apple CarPlay®. Here are some of the most popular Apple CarPlay® apps to explore:

  • Apple Music and Apple Podcasts
  • Spotify
  • Waze
  • TuneIn® Radio
  • Audible
  • WhatsApp
  • NPR One
  • iHeartRadio
  • and many more!

What Phones are Compatible?

As you may have surmised, Apple CarPlay® is only compatible with Apple iPhone® devices. So long as you’re using an iPhone® 5 or newer model, you’ll have no problem connecting your device.

Get More Apple CarPlay® Help at Mercedes-Benz of Chicago

Contact us for more information about Mercedes-Benz Apple CarPlay® or other Mercedes-Benz features, such as ATTENTION ASSIST®, Mercedes me app, and mbrace®. Having trouble integrating Apple CarPlay®? Mercedes-Benz of Chicago can help. Visit our Cook County dealership and one of our team members can set it up for you!

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