Apple CarPlay on Subaru infotainment system
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Apple’s CarPlay is a great alternative to the slow and laggy built-in software running on your vehicle’s infotainment system. Despite this, whether you’re plugging your phone into someone else’s car or a rental, you sometimes don’t want CarPlay to start automatically. Here’s how to disable the feature.

Disable CarPlay From Your iPhone

To easiest way to ensure that CarPlay never automatically starts is by completely disabling the application from your iPhone. To do this, start by jumping into the “Settings” app on your smartphone.

Open the "Settings" app on your iPhone

Next, select the “Screen Time” option.

Tap the "Screen Time" option

Scroll down and tap into the “Content & Privacy Restrictions” menu.

Select "Content & Privacy Restrictions"

You will likely find most of the items here grayed out and disabled. Before proceeding, toggle on “Content & Privacy Restrictions.” After, select “Allowed Apps.”

Toggle on "Content & Privacy Restrictions" and then tap "Allowed Apps"

Finally, toggle “CarPlay” off.

Disable the "CarPlay" option

CarPlay will immediately stop running if your iPhone is plugged into your infotainment unit and will stop launching in the future.

From our testing, if your iPhone is plugged into your car when you turn the setting back on, you’ll need to unplug and plug your lightning cable back in to restart CarPlay.

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Disable CarPlay From Your Vehicle

Subaru infotainment system settings menu
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Alternatively, you can completely disable CarPlay from launching your vehicle’s head unit. Although every car, SUV, truck, van, etc. is different, you can usually find the option to disable connected-devices somewhere in the device’s settings. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual if you can’t find the option.

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