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Kia Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

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Whether you’re driving to work or taking your family for a vacation, in-car entertainment is a key part of the trip. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integrations are available on the latest Kia models and are an important part of the Kia technology suite that keeps you and your passengers entertained and also enhances the safety of your car. Our team at Kia of Streetsboro have put together this guide explaining what Android Auto and Apple CarPlay offers and the steps you can take to connect to each software on your Kia vehicle. If you’re having trouble connecting to Apple CarPlay or you would like to speak to a representative about the Kia lineup, contact our team online or by phone today.



What Are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are third-party apps that replicate your phone’s functions and run on your vehicle’s interface screen. Though Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are similar software suites, these apps have some fundamental differences in how they work and how they’re installed. Here’s a look at each of them.

Android Auto Information

Launched by Google in 2015, the Android Auto feature is a car assistant app that allows a driver to access features such as Google Maps and Google Voice Assistant. You can also perform various functions through your vehicle’s infotainment screen, such as respond to messages or emails, make calls, use navigation, and play music through apps like Pandora or Spotify. With an Android phone equipped with a version 5.0 operating system or higher, you can install Android Auto. KIA vehicles manufactured after 2015 can connect their interface to the Android phone.

Apple CarPlay Information

Apple CarPlay allows drivers to access their iPhone content using their car’s infotainment screens. Once the phone is connected to the car through Bluetooth or USB, you can listen to music, dictate messages to the phone, and make calls while your hands are firmly on the steering wheel. Drivers don’t have to lose focus when trying to call or text using the phone, making it safer for drivers who can’t multitask.

How To Connect to Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay offers compatibility with iPhone models Series 5 or higher. Also, a lightning USB connector is required in the installation process. The following steps will guide you on how to connect Apple CarPlay to your Kia:

  • Switch on the infotainment button of your Kia and press the phone button.
  • Select the YES option when the infotainment screen asks if you want to pair a phone.
  • From the vehicle display, press the Setup button, then press Connectivity.
  • In the provided list, click and turn on the Apple CarPlay option.
  • Get back to the home screen, then connect the iPhone to the car’s USB port. At this juncture, the car’s UVO system automatically detects Apple CarPlay and the iPhone.
  • Once you’ve accepted a request, press the Apple CarPlay key on the car display screen to access different apps from your iPhone.

KIA Models Equipped With Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Kia has kept up with its competitors when it comes to enhancing driver safety and improving car entertainment. All new Kia car models come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. Here is a list of Kia car models that have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity:

  • Sportage 2014 to present.
  • Soul 2014 to present.
  • Sedona 2015 to present.
  • Optima Hybrid 2015 to present.
  • Forte 2017 to present.
  • Cadenza 2017 to present.
  • Optima PHEV 2017 to present.
  • Sorento 2017 to present.
  • Niro 2017 to present.
  • NiroPHEV 2018 to present.
  • Forte5 2017 to 2018.
  • Stinger 2018 to present.
  • Telluride 2020.

The 2019 Kia K900 only offers Apple CarPlay, while the 2018 Kia Rio only offers Android Auto. Browse our new car inventory to learn more about the specific features of your favorite Kia model.

Explore All Kia Technology Features at Kia of Streetsboro Today

If you’ve been searching for a car, SUV, crossover, or minivan with modern and exciting entertainment features, visit our showroom at Kia of Streetsboro in Northeast Ohio and test drive your favorite Kia model. We have a wide inventory of models equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay features and come with amazing easy-to-operate infotainment screens. Our experts will take you through every model’s unique features as well as our financing plans and available incentives. Contact our team online to schedule a test drive.


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