APPLE CARPLAY in Your Mercedes-Benz with MBUX: A Complete Guide (Part 1)

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In this guide, we will explore the world of Apple CarPlay and how to connect and use it in your Mercedes-Benz with MBUX. Apple CarPlay is a revolutionary technology that allows seamless integration between your iPhone and your car’s multimedia system. With Apple CarPlay, you can access various apps such as Apple Music, Apple Maps, Spotify, Google Maps, and more directly from your car’s display. This guide is the first part of a three-part series that will take you through the process of setting up and using Apple CarPlay in your Mercedes-Benz.

Step 1: Connect Apple CarPlay to Your Mercedes-Benz

Connecting Apple CarPlay to your Mercedes-Benz is a straightforward process. First, make sure you have a USB-C to Lightning cable (or the original iPhone cable) and a dongle (if needed) to connect to the relevant USB-C port in your car. Plug in the cable and connect it to your iPhone. When you plug it in for the first time, your phone will prompt you with a notification asking if Apple CarPlay can use your phone while it’s locked. Allow this permission to make the process smoother in the future.

Once connected, Apple CarPlay will automatically appear on the car’s display. You can access it by tapping on the Apple CarPlay icon on the screen. The Apple CarPlay home screen allows you to navigate through various apps using either the touchpad or the touchscreen. To go back to the MBUX screen, simply press the home button on the top right of the display.

Step 2: Exploring Apple CarPlay Features

The Apple CarPlay home screen offers a range of familiar icons representing different apps. You can access phone functions, Apple Music, Apple Maps, messages, and other integrated Apple apps. Additionally, you can download compatible apps such as Google Maps, Waze, Spotify, Amazon Music, and WhatsApp to enhance your CarPlay experience. These apps will appear on the home screen automatically once they are downloaded to your phone.

Apple CarPlay also provides a seamless navigation experience through its built-in maps feature. If your Mercedes-Benz doesn’t have a built-in navigation system, you can use Apple Maps or Google Maps to get turn-by-turn directions. Apple CarPlay also integrates with your calendar, allowing you to see upcoming appointments and even recommending routes based on saved locations.

Step 3: Using Apple CarPlay with MBUX

One of the key advantages of using Apple CarPlay with MBUX is the option for wireless connectivity. While most models require a wired connection, selected models like the new S-Class and C-Class offer wireless Apple CarPlay. With wireless connectivity, you can easily connect your iPhone via Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay will automatically appear on the screen.

It’s worth noting that although wireless charging may be slower compared to wired charging, using a wired connection ensures a faster charging process. This is particularly useful when using power-intensive apps such as Apple Music or Spotify while simultaneously using maps for navigation.


In conclusion, Apple CarPlay revolutionizes the way you interact with your iPhone while driving in your Mercedes-Benz. With seamless integration, you can access a wide range of apps, navigate with ease, and enjoy a personalized digital experience in your car. Connecting and using Apple CarPlay in your Mercedes-Benz with MBUX is a simple and rewarding process that enhances your driving experience.

Remember, this guide is just the first part of a comprehensive three-part series. In the next installment, we will address troubleshooting common issues with Apple CarPlay. Stay tuned for Part 2, where we will provide solutions to common problems and tips to optimize your Apple CarPlay experience. If you’re a power user looking for advanced tips and tricks, make sure to check out Part 3.

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