iPhone 14 Pro CarPlay Issues? Car Microphone Problems?
Last updated on October 10th, 2022 at 05:23 pmPosted in Errors and Issues by Mike on September 22, 2022
Are you encountering iPhone 14 Pro CarPlay issues? Is the car’s microphone not working properly? Mic not picking up your voice loud enough and conversation partner has trouble hearing you? This looks like another day-one iPhone 14 problem!
iPhone 14 Pro CarPlay Issues
This issue has been reported by Dylan:
“carplay working strange with the new iPhone. My voice isn’t properly heard by the person on the other end of the line. is this a bug or just my 14 pro max?”
We’ve found similar complaints on Reddit:
“Carplay Microphone extremely quiet with iPhone 14 Pro Max and IOS 16.0.1”
Apparently this iOS 16 CarPlay problem is widespread and it seems to affect only the new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models running iOS 16.0.1 as well as iOS 16.0. Car microphone is underperforming for most type of calls including FaceTime, cellular and other third-party VoIP apps.
Update: Apple has released iOS 16.0.3 and a fix for this CarPlay microphone issue is announced in the release notes. Please update and confirm the fix in the comments!
How To Fix iPhone 14 Pro CarPlay Problems
Apple will have to patch this bug via software update. We expect iOS 16.0.2 to be released next week. In the meantime you can try the following:
1. Use Bluetooth Connectivity
A workaround of this problem requires you to connect to the car via Bluetooth directly, bypassing CarPlay. Car microphone should work normally in this case.
2. Use AirPods
Another way to get around the iPhone 14 CarPlay bug is to use AirPods or any other earphones or headset while you’re driving and plan to make a call.
3. Update to iOS 16.1 Beta
We don’t have a confirmation if this CarPlay bug has been fixed in the 2nd iOS 16.1 test version, but you can try it out yourself.
Be aware, though that a test version comes with its fair share of risks. So, perform a full iPhone backup before going for the update!
iPhone 14 Pro CarPlay Cutting Out
A second Carplay problem has been brought to our attention by a reader via email. He reports that CarPlay cuts out when driving over bumps. Are you experiencing this too? Share it in the comments.
Update: Apparently this issue has been fixed in iOS 16.1 Beta 2, as confirmed on Reddit.
This means that the fix might become available as early as iOS 16.0.2!
Have you managed to fix iPhone 14 CarPlay microphone issue? Do you have a better solution? Share your feedback in the comments!
Related: For other Day-1 iPhone 14 problems please check:
– Black screen, device unresponsive.
– Camera shaking and buzzing when used with third-party apps.
– Camera lag taking too long to load.
– Lens flare compromising more photos than usual.
I can confirm it’s not fixed in 16.0.2. Have a pioneer AVH 2300 and I’m experiencing the same microphone issue on my iPhone 14 promax I previously had a iPhone 12 Pro Max, it don’t have this issue.
Thanks for confirming Steve. Hopefully they will patch it soon.
I can confirm that I also do have problem with CarPlay cutting out while using on iPhone 14 Pro.
Thanks for the feedback. Can you provide more details? Similar pattern?
When I receive a phone call while using car play, everyone says they can’t hear me well. They say it sounds like I’m very far away.
Thanks for confirming Brenda. This is a known bug to Apple and it might be addressed as early as today as iOS 16.0.3 release is imminent.
Exact same issue here! I have a 14 Pro Max.
Should be fixed in iOS 16.0.3. Release is imminent.
Isn’t car play an apple product and now I can’t use my new iPhone 14 with car play, interesting!
Yes, it is. hopefully it will be fixed in iOS 16.0.3.
Ever since I got the iPhone 14 pro, my CarPlay microphone sucks. When it’s connected to my car via regular Bluetooth, it works perfectly.
So I am having the same issue.
Thanks for confirming. A fix is in progress. It could be released as early as today.
Having the same issue. So is it the phone or a bug that eventually will get fixed?
Most likely the phone.
Same issue as others. When CarPlay is activated, microphone pickup is poor when paired with android receiver. It works when BT connected to same receiver. When my phone connects to Kenwood wireless CarPlay receiver, it works. Seems to be isolated to CarPlay function on my ATOTO S8 receiver.
Thanks for reporting. Hopefully this will be fixed in iOS 16.2. Let us know if you have any breakthrough.
I have iphone 13 and people on other end of call say my call quality is poor and sounds like wind storm and tidal waves!! Please help!
Thanks for reporting. Is your device updated to iOS 16.2?
I have had an annoying Carplay problem with my iphone 13 pro max. During both incoming and outgoing calls the people speaking to me hear echoing of their voices. I can’t hear the echoing but the individuals I am speaking eith get so irritated by the sound that they don’t want to continue the conversation. If I don’t use carplay I don’t have the problem. I bought an iphone 14 pro max this week thinking that would help but to my dusmay I still have the same problem, The Lexus computer technician at my 5000 mikes check up thought changing the usb cord or the new software update would correct the issue but neither of those suggestions helped.
Thanks for reporting. This sounds frustrating. Are you able to connect your iPhone to a different car just to test if the problem persist. If it doesn’t the problem is most likely triggered by your car.
P.S.: When did the iPhone 13 Pro Max started to misbehave? Right after an iOS update? Can you remember the version?
I have the same echo problem with my iPhone 13 Pro and found various threads online (in my desparation to find a fix) that report the same issue. My other half has an iPhone 13 and also suffers from the same problem. Here some analysis facts:
* we are using wireless carplay
* any iPhone (any generation) using the car’s bluetooth phone connection does not suffer from the same problem, which in theory negates the car mic as the root cause
* iPhone 12 and higher versions show the problem, irrespective of the carplay settings
* I tested with an iPhoneX (10) with same iOS version and the problem does not expose itself
In summary seems to be an iPhone generation specific problem, unlikely to be iOS dependent which could therefore point at a hardware issue on iPhone 12’s and 13’s using carplay.
Anyone know of any fix?
Thanks for this detailed feedback. Unfortunately, there’s nothing new that we can suggest. If anyone has any breakthrough please let us know.
I’m having this issue in my 2023 Chevy Traverse and with my iPhone 13 Pro. It worked fine at first but now when I make CarPlay calls, I can hear who I called fine, but at slow rates of speed they say I sound far away and in the highway they just hear garbled wind/like whooshing noises, they cannot hear me . I’ve updated my phone, I’ve checked and re checked all settings, and I’m at my whitts end! What is causing this? Is this the same as everyone else’s issues? Please advise….