And How to Know If You Need New Aftermarket Car Accessories
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are pieces of software that allow your smartphone to interface with your car’s built-in entertainment and information system, also known as your infotainment system. They increase convenience, reduce distraction, and allow you to use third party apps to stream your favorite music or podcasts through your car audio. The result - you actually set your phone down while driving.
Take a look at how you can keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and still get everything you want out of your infotainment system with these top tips on how to use Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
1. Stay Focused and Use-Hands Free Calling
The most basic thing you can do with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is talk on the phone. All you need to do is say “OK Google” or “Hey Siri,” and ask your virtual assistant to call someone. However, you can still dial a number the old-fashioned way by using a dialing pad at the bottom of your infotainment screen.
As soon as your call connects, you’ll hear your conversation through your car’s audio system. All you need to do is sit back, drive, and chat the entire way to your destination.
2. Get Useful Information Through Your Car Audio
How many times have you been in your car and seen some ominous-looking clouds? With Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, you can ask your virtual assistant to give you live updates on the weather. Just make sure you turn on voice detection before you drive.
Not sure if you need to ask Siri or Google about the weather? It all depends on your phone. Phones that use Google Android as their software require Android Auto and all iPhones use Apple CarPlay. If you’re having trouble figuring out which one to use in your vehicle, just contact Sound Sensations, and we’ll be happy to help.
3. Finally, Stop Driving in Circles
Let’s face it. Your phone is essential for a lot of things - but seeing your route on the tiny screen leads to missed turns and an ultra-frustrated driver. Get excellent navigation help with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Just set your destination and get turn-by-turn directions, live traffic updates, and the best possible route broadcasted through your car audio system. You can either tell your virtual assistant your destination or type it in manually to your phone’s map application.
Make sure you can see and hear directions by upgrading your vehicle with a professional car audio installation. This way, you can always be sure you never miss an exit or turn again.
4. Set Up Auto-Reply and Keep Your Eyes on the Road
At Sound Sensations, we think it’s wrong to text and drive, which is why we love this feature on Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Let your phone automatically reply to messages, so you can concentrate on the road. In fact, this feature is enabled by default on both Android and Apple.
You can set your own custom message by going to the Android Auto or Apple CarPlay app. You can also choose to have your incoming messages read aloud. However, you might want to turn this feature off if you have passengers in the car, so others don’t hear the personal details of your text messages.
Sound Sensations can also install more aftermarket car accessories that keep you and others safe while you’re driving. Ask our experts about dash cams, monitors, and other advanced driver assistance products by iBeam, a leader in vehicle safety solutions.
5. Set Up Ultimate Convenience With Auto Launch
Setting up Android Auto or Apple CarPlay every time you enter the car can be a chore. Thankfully, you can automate this process and save yourself a lot of time by using the automatic launch feature on both apps. It will automatically launch your chosen app as soon as it connects to your Bluetooth. Apple CarPlay can even automatically play music whenever you turn on your vehicle.
Most cars with infotainment centers can connect with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, but you might need to upgrade your older vehicle with a new head unit, if you want to use these high-tech apps. Schedule an appointment at Sound Sensations to see if your car is compatible with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
Sound Sensations Has More Than Car Audio and Auto Accessories in Marietta
We have the best technicians, too! Our highly trained professionals have decades of experience working with almost every kind of aftermarket car accessory available, and can even custom fit many accessories to older vehicles.
We’re also here for you after the installation is complete. We’ll explain the ins and outs of your new upgrade and help you customize it for your needs. It doesn’t matter if it’s a simple car stereo installation or a brand-new infotainment center, Sound Sensations is here to make your vehicle better than ever!
If you’re ready to upgrade your vehicle, call us at (770) 429-1600, contact us online, or just swing by our shop.
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