CarPlay Features and Integration

How to Get YouTube on CarPlay: A Quick Guide

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Are you tired of being stuck in traffic with nothing to do but listen to music? Well, you're in luck because with Apple CarPlay, you can now watch YouTube videos directly on your car's infotainment system! In this article, we'll show you how to get YouTube on CarPlay so you can watch your favorite videos on the go.

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Firstly, you'll need to make sure your iPhone is compatible with CarPlay. Most newer iPhones are compatible, but it's always best to double-check.

Once you've confirmed compatibility, you'll need to connect your iPhone to your car's infotainment system using a lightning USB cable. If your car has wireless CarPlay, you can skip the cable and connect wirelessly.

Now that you're connected, you're ready to get YouTube on CarPlay.

Unfortunately, YouTube isn't an official CarPlay app, but there are still ways to access it.

You can use the Safari browser on your CarPlay system to navigate to the YouTube website and watch videos from there.

Alternatively, there are third-party apps like CarBridge and NGXPlay that allow you to access YouTube and other apps not officially supported by CarPlay. Keep reading to learn more about these apps and how to use them.

Setting Up YouTube on CarPlay

Setting up CarPlay

If you want to watch YouTube videos on your CarPlay system, you will need to follow a few simple steps. In this section, we will guide you through the process of setting up YouTube on CarPlay.

Understanding CarPlay Compatibility

Before we get started, it is important to note that not all cars are compatible with CarPlay. Make sure that your car's infotainment system is compatible with CarPlay. If you are unsure, you can check with your car manufacturer or dealer.

Connecting iPhone to CarPlay

To connect your iPhone to CarPlay, you will need a USB cable or a wireless connection.

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If you are using a USB cable, connect your iPhone to the infotainment unit using a good iPhone lightning USB cable. Plug the cable to your iPhone and the other end to a USB port on your car. A prompt will appear on the infotainment display screen asking you to confirm if you want to connect to CarPlay.

If you are using a wireless connection, make sure that your iPhone and car are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Then, go to your iPhone's settings and select "General" and then "CarPlay." Follow the prompts to set up a wireless connection.

Using Safari to Watch YouTube

Once you have connected your iPhone to CarPlay, you can use Safari to watch YouTube videos.

Open the Safari browser on your CarPlay system. Type "" in the address bar and press Enter. The YouTube website will load, allowing you to search and browse videos.

Select the video you want to watch and enjoy.

Note that there are also third-party apps and best CarPlay adapters that allow you to watch YouTube on CarPlay. However, using Safari is the simplest and most straightforward method.

Advanced Methods for YouTube on CarPlay

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If you are looking for more ways to access YouTube on your CarPlay, there are a few advanced methods you can try. These methods involve jailbreaking your iPhone or using third-party apps and workarounds. However, please note that these methods may come with safety and limitations issues that you should be aware of.

Jailbreaking for YouTube Access

Jailbreaking your iPhone can give you access to apps and features that are not available on the App Store, including YouTube on CarPlay. However, jailbreaking can also void your warranty and make your device vulnerable to security risks.

If you decide to jailbreak your iPhone, you can use apps like CarBridge or NGXPlay to enable YouTube on CarPlay. These apps allow you to mirror your iPhone screen on the CarPlay display and access YouTube and other apps that are not officially supported by CarPlay.

Third-Party Apps and Workarounds

If you don't want to jailbreak your iPhone, there are third-party apps and workarounds that you can use to access YouTube on CarPlay.

One such app is WheelPal, which allows you to install unsupported apps on your CarPlay display without jailbreaking your iPhone.

Another workaround is to use the TrollStore, which is a collection of apps that have been modified to work on CarPlay. However, these apps may not be as stable or reliable as official CarPlay apps, and they may also come with safety and limitations issues.

Safety and Limitations

When using advanced methods to access YouTube on CarPlay, it is important to keep safety and limitations in mind. For example, streaming videos on CarPlay can be distracting and may increase the risk of accidents.

In addition, some CarPlay adapters may not support video streaming or may have limited bandwidth, which can affect the quality of the video and the performance of your CarPlay system. You can check out Carluex’s high-quality CarPlay adapters, which support video streaming, movies, and games!


Getting YouTube on CarPlay enhances your in-car entertainment experience by providing access to a vast array of videos, music, and other content. While Apple does not officially support YouTube on CarPlay, various third-party apps, quality wireless CarPlay adapters, and software tweaks can enable this functionality, allowing you to enjoy your favorite content safely and conveniently while driving. Ensure that you always prioritize safety by using voice commands and limiting distractions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you play YouTube through Apple CarPlay?

Yes, you can play YouTube through Apple CarPlay. You just need to connect your iPhone to your car's infotainment system using a USB cable. After that, you can access YouTube on your car's display screen and watch videos.

Why is YouTube not showing on CarPlay?

If YouTube is not showing on CarPlay, it could be because of a few reasons.

Firstly, make sure that your iPhone is connected to your car's infotainment system.

If it is connected and you still cannot see YouTube, try restarting your iPhone and your car's infotainment system. If the problem persists, try updating your iPhone and your car's infotainment system to the latest version.

How do I add apps to CarPlay?

To add apps to CarPlay, you need to first make sure that the app is compatible with CarPlay.

If it is compatible, you can download the app on your iPhone and it will automatically appear on your car's display screen when you connect your iPhone to your car's infotainment system. If the app is not compatible with CarPlay, you cannot add it to CarPlay.

How to watch movies through CarPlay?

You can watch movies through CarPlay by using apps like Netflix or YouTube.

Simply connect your iPhone to your car's infotainment system using a USB cable and open the app on your iPhone.

The app will then appear on your car's display screen and you can start watching movies.

Please note that watching movies while driving is dangerous and illegal in many countries.

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