Subaru Forester’s Apple CarPlay Not Working: A Comprehensive Guide to Troubleshooting

Experiencing difficulties with your Subaru Forester’s Apple CarPlay can be a frustrating ordeal. As an expert with extensive experience in vehicle technology, I understand how complex it can be to troubleshoot CarPlay issues. This is due to the myriad of car systems involved, over and above your iPhone. If you’re facing issues and the tips provided in this article don’t work, chances are there’s a problem with your vehicle’s infotainment system.

Every Subaru Forester owner should have access to someone from the vehicle’s manufacturer for assistance. The ideal way to circumvent any major issues is to ensure your vehicle’s firmware is up-to-date. You might also find your car’s manual helpful, as it can provide some useful information on this topic.

Quick Tips to Get Your Subaru Forester’s CarPlay Up and Running

If you find your CarPlay not functioning as it should, here are some quick tips that could help you get it back on track:

  • Make sure “Allow CarPlay While Locked” is toggled on in your iPhone’s CarPlay settings.
  • Try resetting the infotainment system.
  • Check if Siri is on. If not, toggle “Hey Siri” off and back on.
  • Switch the USB port or cable (or both).
  • Ensure there are no Screen Time restrictions on your iPhone.
  • Ensure both WiFi and Bluetooth are enabled. You can check this under Settings > WiFi and Settings > Bluetooth on your iPhone.
  • Try turning Bluetooth off and on, or even turning off Bluetooth entirely when in your vehicle.
  • Delete old Bluetooth connections that are no longer in use.
  • Remove any vehicles from CarPlay settings that you no longer use or need.
  • Ensure that your iPhone has the latest version of iOS.
  • Confirm that your CarPlay stereo is using the latest firmware from the car manufacturer. You can find more information in your car’s manual.

Setting Up CarPlay on Your Subaru Forester

It’s crucial to understand the process of setting up CarPlay in your Subaru Forester. Start your car and ensure that Siri is active. Connect your iPhone to your car, and if you’re using CarPlay with a USB cable, plug your iPhone into the USB port in your car. For wireless CarPlay, ensure your stereo is in wireless or Bluetooth mode, then press and hold the voice-command button on your steering wheel.

On your iPhone, navigate to Settings > General > CarPlay. In Settings > General > CarPlay, tap your car then choose “Forget This Car.” Now, you can set up CarPlay again. Navigate to Settings > General > CarPlay. Tap “Available cars” and select your car.

If you’re facing issues with Siri, a potential solution is to turn Siri off and back on again. You can do this by tapping Settings > Siri & Search. If “Listen for Hey Siri” is on, toggle it off, wait for 20-30 seconds, then toggle “Hey Siri” back on and set up Siri again with your voice.

Apple CarPlay and iOS 13

With the introduction of iOS 13, Apple simplified the CarPlay Dashboard. The updated dashboard makes it easier to monitor Maps, audio controls, and Siri Suggestions. Moreover, you can now use your CarPlay’s dashboard to control your HomeKit accessories, such as garage door openers.

If you’re experiencing problems with Kenwood car audio systems, or any other brand, ensure you check their site or their Twitter account for the latest updates regarding iOS 13.

CarPlay Issues with iPhone XS/XR and the Latest iOS

Some iPhone XS users have reported continuing issues with CarPlay even after updating to the latest iOS version. A workaround that seems to help some users is to keep the phone connected to a USB charger, thus keeping the battery fully charged. This might mitigate the CarPlay problem until a permanent fix is provided by Apple.

Apple has resolved many of these issues in the latest iOS updates. If you have not yet updated to the latest iOS, it is recommended to do so.

Every vehicle, including the Subaru Forester, has its own unique set of quirks when dealing with CarPlay. By understanding and implementing these tips, you can ensure a smoother and more efficient CarPlay experience. Share your own tips and tricks in the comments below, or let us know if you have any questions!

What can I do when CarPlay is not working on my Subaru Forester?

Ensure your vehicle’s firmware is up-to-date, check if Siri is active, ensure both WiFi and Bluetooth are enabled, or try resetting the infotainment system. If these solutions don’t work, consult your vehicle’s manual or get in touch with the vehicle manufacturer.

How do I set up CarPlay on my Subaru Forester?

Start your car and make sure Siri is on. Connect your iPhone to your car. If you’re using a USB cable, plug it into the USB port in your car. For wireless CarPlay, ensure your stereo is in wireless or Bluetooth mode, then press and hold the voice-command button on your steering wheel.

What issues have been reported with CarPlay on iPhone XS with the latest iOS?

Some iPhone XS users have reported issues with CarPlay even after updating to the latest iOS version. A common workaround is to keep the phone connected to a USB charger, thus keeping the battery fully charged. This seems to mitigate the CarPlay problem.