How to Disable Apple CarPlay on iPhone

How to Disable Apple CarPlay on iPhone
Apple CarPlay on Subaru infotainment system
Justin Duino

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
Justin Duino

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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Lucila is a freelance writer and lifelong learner with an ongoing curiosity to study new things. She enjoys checking out the latest grammar books and writing about video games more than anything else. If she's not running through Colorado’s breathtaking landscape, she's indoors hidden away in her cozy game room trolling noobs and leveling up an RPG character. She is a Final Fantasy IX apologist (although she loves them all… except XV), coffee aficionado, and a bit of a health nut. Lucila graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing.

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