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[2022] 10 Solution to Fix CarPlay Not Working on iPhone 13

Following its release late this year, the iPhone 13 has seen an encouraging acceptance from both tech enthusiasts and trend followers alike. This is mostly due to some improved features the iPhone 13 has over its predecessors, like the display, memory and camera. However, a bug has been noticed in this new release.

In trying to stream songs from Apple Music or other third-party applications like Spotify, CarPlay tends to crash. This issue was first raised by iPhoneTricks reader as he insisted CarPlay was not working on his wife’s iPhone 13 pro max when she tries playing music.

Similar complaints on Apple’s Support Forum also suggests that this is a general issue, peculiar to just the iPhone 13.

carplay not working iphone 13

1st Section. Why is My iPhone CarPlay Not Working?

CarPlay not working on the new iOS could be as a result of different factors, some of which includes:

  • Problems with Siri: The Apple CarPlay feature tends to malfunction if Siri is not enabled or when an issue with its update occurs.
  • CarPlay Connectivity: If your car’s wireless or USB connection is faulty, the CarPlay feature wouldn’t work.
  • Operating System Upgrade Glitch: iOS upgrades might have a few glitches that interfere with how the system works. While this is quite normal with software updates, it’s very avoidable.
  • CarPlay Restrictions: Your iPhone could restrict the Apple CarPlay application. In such cases, you will not be able to use the CarPlay feature with the device.

2nd Section. How to Fix CarPlay Not Working on iPhone 13?

1. Turn On Siri

The first step to fixing this iOS 15 CarPlay not working issue is to turn on Siri on your iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Mini, especially if you have been using voice commands for CarPlay. To turn Siri on, follow these steps:

  • Go to the Settings app on your device.
  • Find the Siri and Search option and click on it.
  • Enable the option of Listen for “Hey Siri”.
  • Select the “Press on the side button” option and enable “Allow Siri when locked”.


After carrying out these steps, the CarPlay feature should work perfectly. However, keep your device connected to a stable internet connection.

2. Disable EQ in Music

According to different help forums, it appears a good number of iPhone 13 users were able to solve the CarPlay issue by disabling Equalization. You can try this out by following these steps:

  • Open Settings and search for Music.
  • Tap on the EQ option and turn it off.
  • Reboot your device and try reconnecting to CarPlay.

turn off eq

3. Turn Off Sound Recognition

Turning off sound recognition is another easy way to fix CarPlay on iPhone 13/12.

  • Go to the settings on iPhone.
  • Tap on the Accessibility option.
  • Locate the Sound Recognition option and click on it.
  • Disable the Sound Recognition feature.

sound recognition option

4. Check CarPlay Restrictions

It’s not out of place for some settings to change by default after upgrading to a new iOS. Hence, you should check if your device restricts the CarPlay feature. You can do this by following these steps:

  • Open the Settings application on your device.
  • Open the Screen Time option and click on Content and Privacy Restrictions.
  • Click on Allowed Apps.
  • Your device will request for the Screen Time passcode. Once entered correctly, you can enable CarPlay.

check carplay restrictions

If the CarPlay issue was a result of restriction, these steps should get the CarPlay working perfectly with your iPhone 13.

5. Refresh Airplane Mode

Airplane Mode is a function that switches off all the connections and Wi-Fi networks. Refreshing airplane mode can be very helpful in correcting different connectivity issues in your mobile phone.

  • Go to Settings.
  • Enable Airplane mode. By default, this mode is always turned off.
  • Reboot your iPhone.
  • Disable Airplane Mode when the phone comes back on.

airplane mode

6. Set Dolby Atmos to Auto

Sometimes, CarPlay not working issue occurs not only when you attempt to play music, but also when you end a phone call. Someone has suspected that the new Dolby Atmos Apple Music setting could be causing this.

In attempting to set Dolby Atmos as ‘Always On’, iOS 15 does a good job of informing users that the feature is not supported by all speakers which could inevitably crash CarPlay. To solve this problem, you could turn this setting off or make it auto.

  • Open Settings and tap on Music.
  • Open Dolby Atmos option.
  • Turn it off or set it as Automatic.
  • Reboot your device and try reconnecting to CarPlay.

dolby atmos

7. Try Different USB Cables and Ports

‘CarPlay stops working’ issue might be as a result of your iPhone not being properly connected and chances might be that the USB cable or port might be faulty.

Thoroughly check the cable you are using if it’s not an original Apple cable as iPhones often have issues with third-party cables. Also, check for breaks and links in the wire which can stop it from working properly.

The USB port could also be the culprit. With cars having several ports that support CarPlay, try changing the port to see if it solves the problem.

8. Bluetooth Issues with CarPlay and iPhone

As with most wireless connection malfunctions, bluetooth could be the major culprit. Try disabling Bluetooth on your iPhone and restart the device. Try reconnecting to the CarPlay again to see if this works.

Alternatively, you can check the Bluetooth settings to see if old connections are interfering with the CarPlay. Get rid of old connections or reset your CarPlay connection to see if it helps.

iphone bluetooth

9. Reset All Settings

If every other step has failed to correct the CarPlay issue, you can use this as a last resort. It should only be used if every other option fails because you will have to reconfigure your device afterwards.

  • Open Settings and search for General.
  • Go to Transfer or Reset iPhone.
  • Tap Reset and select the Reset All Settings option.
  • All your phone settings would be reset after providing your passcode.

reset all settings

3rd Section. Ultimate Solution to Fix CarPlay Not Working on iPhone 13

All the solutions listed above are quick fixes that could work if the cause of the CarPlay issu is related to different settings. However, this issue could also be related to new software updates, which would require a much more professional fix.

FoneGeek iOS System Recovery is a 100% working iPhone system repair tool that can be used to resolve different iOS issues easily without the risk of data loss. Here’s how to fix CarPlay not working issue using FoneGeek.


Step 1: Download and install FoneGeek iOS System Recovery on your PC. Select Standard Mode from the main interface.

choose repair mode

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable and run the program.

connect ios device

Step 3. The FoneGeek tool automatically displays matched firmware packages for you. Click Download to start downloading the firmware package.

download firmware

Step 4. After downloading the package, click on the Start to Fix option to resolve the CarPlay not working issue.


Subsequently, your iPhone would go through a reboot. After the reboot, all CarPlay issues would have been solved and you can now use the feature conveniently.

Alternatively, with the latest iOS 15 version still unstable and full of bugs, you can downgrade your device to older, more stable versions. FoneGeek iOS System Recovery can also be used to downgrade iOS version of your device.

All in all, these are some fixes that can be used to solve the CarPlay not working problem. Nevertheless, if after trying all these solutions you are still unable to solve the problem, then it will be best to get the help of a specialist.

Joan J. Mims

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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