How To Enable Waze Navigation On Apple Carplay

Here’s the truth :

Nothing pisses me off more than spending valuable time in traffic everyday knowing fully well i could be at home Netflix and chilling with my girl. I’ld bet you feel the same way i do and that’s probably why you’re reading this article right now.

In search of a solution , i discovered “Waze” which is an awesome navigation app i’ve been using for a while now and in this tutorial i am going to share 3 ways on how to get waze on carplay (Waze Carplay / Carplay Waze) and if you like google maps then don’t forget to also ready my guide on using google maps with carplay.



Waze navigation app has the best traffic data report accuracy compared to Google maps and apple maps. However, the user interface is not the most attractive of the trio and might be difficult to set up.


Waze Carplay : How To Enable Waze Navigation On Apple Carplay

Here are a few things to note before we proceed ;

The workaround in this article ensures that you only get audio traffic feed from waze directly to your carplay headunit , while the traffic data displays on your iPhone / Apple gadget. You don’t get to see live traffic feed directly on your car’s head unit.

At the time of writing , there is NO WAY to directly display waze traffic feed on your head unit and this is the best you can get until waze becomes official on Appstore. So if you’re expecting something different , you can turn around now. However , if you discovered a method that display waze live feed on Apple Carplay , do not hesitate to share with us.

The methods shared below are confirmed and working fine. I tested them myself and they worked fine. Other users also confirmed them to be working. So if they don’t work for you then you’re probably doing something wrong.

I’ld assume that you have already downloaded the Waze App to your iPhone/ Apple Gadget via the Appstore. You can download now if you haven’t.

Method 1 (For tech geeks) :

This method is recommended for the tech savvy and those who would love to get their hands dirty. It involves jail breaking your iPhone and using an app called NGXplay to use apps like Google maps , Waze and more with apple carplay.

This is a very technical method and i do not recommend it unless you’re absolutely sure of what you’re doing. Watch video below for details :


Method 2 (The simplest & the one i’m currently using) :

This is the simplest method and the one i used to enable waze carplay. With just a few steps , you should be able to get waze on carplay in 10mins or less ; that is if you know what you’re doing.


Firstly, you need to access the settings on your Apple Device and select general settings.



Under the general settings, activate the background app refresh setting.




This makes sure that the system gets a live feed from its connections because that’s the only way you can get live traffic updates. Turning this setting on would increase your battery consumption naturally, so, you should probably turn it off when you have no use for it.

Under the background app refresh setting, scroll down and activate the Waze option.



Afterwards, go back to the settings’ first screen and enter the privacy settings.



Then turn on the location services.





That gives the app a live update of your current location instead of guessing where you are on the map like you would on paper maps. Once the app recognizes your location, it can calculate the time to your destination, the best routes to your destination and guide you in case you’re unfamiliar with the location you’re travelling to.


Under the location services, scroll down and set the waze option to always.



Now turn on the waze app on your phone and connect it to the carplay system. The maps won’t be displayed on your carplay system, but you’ll get direction alerts while you drive without interrupting any other apps you have running on the system.

One more thing , Make sure that the connection between apple carplay and waze app is enabled.


To get directions, select the location you’re driving to on your phone, start the turn by turn navigation protocol and press the Go now button.

One major precaution is that while the waze app is on and giving you directions, try to reduce the amount of other apps you have running on the carplay system. This is because unlike quad core processors or high tech hardware, the carplay system can only handle so much on the go. Also, the Apple’s Operating system’s default setting shuts down background apps when the load gets too much, in this case, the waze app.

This installation process also works on other navigation apps.

Alternatively, you can quit other apps on the carplay system and use the waze navigation directly on the front end and not as a background app. The advantage of doing this is that you get to see the directions appear on screen while you drive. However, you won’t be able to run other apps while at it and that might make for a boring road trip.

Hope you found this tutorial useful? You can leave a comment below if you have any questions and also read our guide on getting a new car stereo.

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7 thoughts on “How To Enable Waze Navigation On Apple Carplay”

  1. “The Waze maps won’t be displayed on your carplay system, but you’ll get direction alerts while you drive.”

    No thanks. Methinks this probably needs to be mentioned at the BEGINNING of the article.

  2. pour ceux qui ont installé un auto radio Pioneer compatible Carplay bien entendu. Evidemment avec carplay, pas Waze.
    Pioneer a développé une appli du nom de appradio et là miracle j’arrive à capter waze.
    Dabord telécharger waze sur son iphone.
    telecharger appradio sur son iphone
    avant de mettre le contact sur sa voiture. Ouvrir waze sur son iphone et charger son itinéraire. Brancher son iphone en USB sur son autoradio.
    Mettre le contact, l’autoradio Pioneer s’allume, une fenètre s’ouvre choisir carplay ou appRadio. Choisir appRadio , une icone Waze est présente, cliquer et le parcours s’ouvre sur l’écran avec le son. L’écran de l’iphone devient noir
    Voilà le travail………et vogue la galère………

  3. Better yet, don’t even connect your iPhone to your CarPlay.

    Waze will alert you turn by turn and the map will display on your iPhone.

    What a genius I am!

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