These days, Apple CarPlay is the standard when it comes to integrating smartphone technology with a vehicle’s infotainment system. General Motors offers it in nearly all of its vehicles, but some owners may prefer to ditch CarPlay entirely and use GM’s baked-in infotainment system features instead. Incidentally, there is no “off switch” to do that, but there are two methods to deactivate the system on your iPhone, both of which we’re covering in today’s GM Authority How-To.
Forgetting A CarPlay Vehicle Via Settings
This method is similar to configuring an iPhone to forget a Wi-Fi network or unpair from a Bluetooth device, as it also works to “forget” the car. But though this method stops CarPlay from taking over when connected to a vehicle’s infotainment system, but for those with more than one car, the process will need to be repeated for each vehicle.
5. Tap Forget This Car and then Confirm
Turning Off Apple CarPlay Entirely
This method is a bit more straightforward for folks with multiple vehicles, as it will completely deactivate CarPlay for the device. Note that this method is only applicable for iPhones equipped with iOS 12 or higher.
Now, CarPlay should be disabled on the device entirely.
As we covered previously, the majority of new GM vehicles currently on sales offer CarPlay, and some new models are rolling out wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the 2021 model year, the first of which is the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While wireless CarPlay is certainly more convenient than wired CarPlay, some folks might prefer not to use the system at all.
Which do you prefer, dear reader – Apple CarPlay, or the baked-in infotainment features? Let us know in the comments, and make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more tips like these as well as ongoing GM news coverage.