What is Apple CarPlay in a Kia? Find all the answers to your Kia tech questions here at Rick Case Kia!

Recent studies have shown that we check our phones on average of 80 times a day. Now, that may seem like a lot, but with everything from weather to news to convenient apps at our fingers tips, our phones are probably one of the things that most of us couldn't live without. However, for the time that we spend on the road, it's best to put the phone down for safety's sake. Fortunately though, there is a way you can enjoy the features and functionalities of your phone without the distraction of having it in your hand at all times: Apple CarPlay.


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What is Apple CarPlay and what does it do?

Equipped to many of our new 2018 and 2019 Kia models via their onboard Kia UVO infotainment systems, Apple CarPlay is a connectivity technology that allows the infotainment system to seamlessly mirror your phone, providing access to many of its apps and functionalities by way of its intuitive touchscreen interface or easy to use voice commands.

  • Want to send a text to let a friend know you're on your way over while you're on the go? Simply hit the voice command button on your steering wheel and you can dictate to the Apple CarPlay system and have it fire off that text for you.
  • On the flipside, if you get a message or a call, you can have it read back to you, or even answer the call via the audio system and keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
  • Need directions? What about a weather report? Or what if you want to keep up-to-date on your favorite podcasts? With Apple CarPlay, many of the apps you love are right at your fingertips, and easily opened at a moment's notice via the touchscreen that lies right in your sightline.

How do I get started with Apple CarPlay on my Kia?

If your Kia car is properly equipped to support Apple CarPlay and you have an iPhone 5 or later model, it only takes a few easy steps to set it up for yourself.

  1. On your Kia UVO system, click the SETUP button, then navigate the menu to either CONNECTIVITY or PHONE PROJECTION
  2. Check the box next to ENABLE Apple CarPlay and accept any subsequent prompts
  3. Connect your iPhone to the vehicle's USB port via the Apple Lightning cable, and accept any subsequent prompts to start Apple CarPlay

And that's it! It really is just that easy to use Apple CarPlay on your Kia. So, if you'd like to enjoy the benefits this innovative and intuitive system brings, feel free to swing by Rick Case Kia to take one of our Apple CarPlay-eligible Kia models out for a spin!

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