What is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on a Volkswagen?

Volkswagen Apple CarPlay

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Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are systems within a car or SUV that allows seamless smartphone integration. Apple smartphones can be plugged in directly to the vehicle via a USB cable and the system will automatically identify the phone. Android smartphones will require downloading the Android Auto app on your smartphone first. This eliminates complicated set-ups. It is much easier and more user-friendly to use than a Bluetooth system for hands-free calling.

Hands-free calling can be done without the need to ‘pair’ a phone. Contacts can be loaded from your phone to the vehicle and voice commands used to dial numbers.  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also allow the use of certain Apps (Applications) from your smartphone. The ability to view and use navigation is huge. This effectively wipes out the need for an expensive built-in navigation system in the vehicle.

Other apps compatible with the system include messaging. Text messages can be received and relayed through the cars sound system. Responses can also be made using voice commands through Siri or Google Assistant. Music can also be streamed through the system using apps such as Pandora, Spotify or music within the smartphone device itself.

There are hundreds of Android Auto compatible apps to choose from. Apple has a fair selection of frequently used apps available. Both systems allow integration with manufacturer apps too.

Colbey Day from Fremont Volkswagen in Casper, Wyoming gives a quick demonstration in this video.


Which Volkswagen models have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

At this time, Volkswagen has one of the most comprehensive lists of CarPlay and Android Auto compatible vehicles. In the US, these vehicles include most 2018 and newer models;

  • Beetle
  • Golf
  • Jetta
  • Passat
  • Tiguan
  • Atlas
  • Arteon (coming soon)


To find out more information or check it out for yourself, contact your preferred Volkswagen dealership. 


Which smartphones will work with Volkswagen Apple CarPlay or Android Auto?

You must have a compatible smartphone with data to use the system.


iPhone ten s, iPhone ten s Max,iPhone ten r, iPhone X,  8,  8 Plus,  7, 7 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 6, 6 Plus, SE, 5s, 5c, and 5.



  • An Android phone running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and up with a data plan. Android recommends Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and up.