CarPlay Not Connecting To iPhone After iOS 16 Update? (Fix!)
CarPlay not connecting to iPhone after iOS 16 update? CarPlay not working in iOS 16.0.3 either? Apparently, this issue occurs when your device is connected to a VPN and Apple will fix it in iOS 16.1! Here is what to do until then!
CarPlay Not Connecting iOS 16 Problem
This issue has been reported by Sasha:
“16.0.2 is not working with the carPlay (a major problem).”
and confirmed by Calvin:
“carplay still not working after updating to ios 16.0.3. help please!”
We’ve found similar reports on Reddit too.
How To Fix CarPlay Not Working iOS 16
Apple has acknowledged the issue and has provided a fix in the upcoming iOS 16.1 update which is due on Monday, October 24.
However, if you want to fix it sooner reports show that this issue is most likely caused by the VPN connection on your iPhone.
1. Disconnect VPN
You could temporary disable the Virtual Private Network until your’re able to install iOS 16.1 on your device:
This is done either from the specific VPN app on your device (i.e. Free VPN, Express VPN, etc.).
Open Settings and browse for General -> VPN & Device Management -> VPN.
2. Update To iOS 16.1 RC
If you need your VPN connection and can’t wait a couple more days until iOS 16.1 is officialy out you can fix CarPlay by installing the Release Candidate version.
iOS 16.1 RC is currently available over the air, but you have to sign up as an Apple Beta Software Program member to be able to download it. All details are available here.
Have you managed to fix CarPlay not connecting iOS 16 problem? Do you have a better solution or other issues to report? Share your feedback in the comments.
Related: CarPlay randomly disconnects from iPhone in iOS 16? Here is what you can do to fix it.
If your iPhone has updated to iOS 16.1, try say “Hey Siri, take me to”. CarPlay would tell you that the Apple Maps cannot be found on your iPhone but you can download it from the App Store. Well, the Apple Maps is there as seen on the car display and the iPhone. What’s wrong with you, Siri?
Thanks for reporting this Ivan. We’re looking into it. Anyone else having the same issue?
I am having the same issues. This morning I put maps on because there was construction on my way to work and CarPlay kept crashing down, on my way to work. I thought it was the charging port but it’s not the case. I have reset my phone multiple times and taken off the VPN of my phone and still not working. Hopefully there is a solution soon.
Thanks for confirming. After you reset iPhone does it work for some time before crashing again or it won’t work at all?
Does the same happen with a wired connection?
yes , on & off connections . Really annoying
Thanks for feedback. Does it work ok if you use a wired connection?
16.1 on iPhone14 Connect the phone only. iPhone 12 with Same Software is Running normal. iPhone 14 was changed, same issue. I am getting mad
By cable connection it worjs
Sorry to hear this. You’ll have to stick with the cable until they release a new update.
CarPlay appears to open successfully on starting the car.
However, Apple Maps shows as just a grid with no map features, Google Maps tries to open but can’t be used for navigation. iPhone 13 iOS 16.1
I have unpaired and re-paired the phone.
Doesn’t work in my Nissan (2022 U.K. model) but worked seamlessly before.
No access to phone, messages, or WhatsApp.
Apple Music works grudgingly
Thanks for the extended feedback Mike. Would appreciate a photo if possible at contact[at]iphonetricks.org, to be able to report this to Apple with more details.
CarPlay does not work at all after updating to iOS 16.1. Tried in 2 different cars with CarPlay and neither worked. Also seem to have an issue with the phone actually recognizing that a charger is connected.
iphone 14 pro. ios 16.1 – carplay will recognize the phone but when making or receiving phone calls, you can’t hear them and they can’t hear you. also, when trying to scroll through car play, it freezes once you click on messages, and then it prevents you from moving around to other apps. you have to disconnect from car play and reconnect to it.
Thanks for reporting. Though that the the phone calls issue was fixed in iOS 16.1. Does it make a difference if you restart your iPhone?
This all started after installing 16.1 ISO. My iPhone 13 Max Started the issue of car play turning off and on. I also thought it was the Port. Then it just quit all together and will not come back. I talked with Apple 3 Times about this issue. Every time they rum me through the same steps to resolve this issue. I even went as far as to erase everything in my phone and stated from scratch. I plug my phone in the USB and it thinks my phone is a Ipod. I guess all i can do now is hope the next update fixes this issue
Thanks for reporting Mick. Sorry to hear this. Apple should release a iOS 16.1.1 bug fixing update. There are too many bugs and iOS 16.2 is only scheduled for December.
No love on 16.2 beta 2 with iPhone 13 Pro. It’s a crap shoot whether or not Carplay will connect when plugged in through USB. And when it does, it almost always goes into that loop where it keeps connecting and disconnecting. I’ve had these problems since installing iOS 16. My daughter plugs her iPhone XR with older software in and it fires right up. This is a major disappointment, but the risk one takes with Betas.
Thanks for confirming. iOS 16.1.1 is out in the meantime. Not sure if it helps yet. You can downgrade to it if you want.
Apple CarPlay is not working in 2021 bmw. Running iOS 16.1 on a 12mini.
I have tried powering down and restarting, deleting the connection from the car and reconnecting, same with Bluetooth connection, new cord, and every suggestion I’ve read on the internet.
Is Apple working on the issue?
Thanks for reporting. Is there any particular reason why you don’t upgrade to 16.1.1 and let us know if the problem persists?
CarPlay audio does not work on my 2022 VW Taos. I’m on IOS 16.1.1. Only maps works, but when I try to play apple music or make a phone call, it disconnects from my iPhone. Even on google maps, the maps have to be muted. Very annoyed.
Thanks for sharing Dimitri. Does it get fixed if you forget the car and re-pair?
It does not.
You can downgrade to iOS 16.1 if it worked before:
It hasn’t work on any of the IOS 16 software unfortunately :(
Upgrade to iOS 16.2 Beta 3 and test if it works?
You can always revert back to 16.1.1.