How to Connect Apple CarPlay to the 2017 Chevrolet Volt
As a plug-in hybrid, the 2017 Chevrolet Volt is the most tech-forward vehicle in Chevrolet’s innovative lineup. The 2017 Volt’s advanced technology means both trims come with an eight-inch touchscreen with Chevrolet MyLink and support for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which allow your smartphone or tablet to communicate with your Volt and use the onboard systems to make calls, play music, navigate the streets, and use a number of other apps. Here’s a quick guide on how to get Apple CarPlay to work with a new 2017 Volt:
Step 1: Set Up Your Phone
For CarPlay to work, your iPhone has to have the right software and settings. Specifically, you’ll need an iPhone 5 or later with at least iOS 7.1 installed, plus Siri should be turned on. Siri isn’t essential to the connection, but she can help answer questions and guide you on the spot if you should have any questions. She also acts as the iPhone’s voice command system so without her, you’ll be limited to using the touchscreen to interact with CarPlay.
Step 2: Plug In
The Chevy Volt’s center console has a USB port located conveniently close to where you can store your smartphone. By going wired, your Volt and your iPhone will have a solid connection that won’t get interrupted by a failing battery.
Step 3: Start CarPlay
Assuming your Volt is on and MyLink is running, as soon as you plug in your iPhone you should see either the CarPlay homepage or a new app icon that will let you activate CarPlay. If that’s not the case, try resetting both your phone and your car, and if that doesn’t work then you should ask Siri what you need to do. If it connects without a hitch, you’ll be able to talk to Siri through the Volt’s voice command system and use her to interact with your iPhone apps, make calls, and dictate text messages.
Step 4: Enjoy!
The list of supported apps is growing every day, and already you can use CarPlay with essentials like Pandora, iHeartRadio, At Bat, and Audiobooks.com. With a Chevrolet vehicle, you won’t have to worry about your data plan, either, since the available OnStar connection can act as a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, connecting up to seven devices at once.
The 2017 Chevy Volt isn’t your only option when it comes to using Apple CarPlay, and in fact, Chevrolet is leading the way when it comes to integrating CarPlay and Android Auto into all its newest vehicles. However, the Volt is one of the most efficient vehicles offered by Chevrolet or any other manufacturer, and the list of available and standard features goes far beyond compatibility with iPhones and Android phones.