You can use either CarPlay or MirrorLink on your stereo to mirror your iPhone on the car screen. Android users can use Android Auto or MirrorLink to mirror their phones to car screen. You can also use a Wi-Fi mirror car adapter to mirror all sorts of smartphones on any type of infotainment system.
In this post, we will discuss how you can mirror the smartphone to the car screen. We will discuss different easy-to-execute ways to mirror Android devices, iPhones, and other smartphones to different types of infotainment systems.
Without more ado, let’s see how you can mirror the phone to the car screen on your own.
For iPhone users, the best way to mirror their phones to car screen is CarPlay. This app from Apple allows car drivers to mirror their iOS devices to their vehicle’s infotainment screens and use several of its features directly from the stereo.
From making/receiving calls to playing audiobooks and getting directions from Siri, CarPlay’s mirroring of iPhone to car stereo system come in handy in many instances.
Let’s see how you can mirror your iPhone to car screen with both wired and wireless connections.
Plug your iPhone into the USB port of your stereo system. There will either be a smartphone or CarPlay icon present there.
Usually, the connection will automatically activate CarPlay on your stereo and start mirroring your phone on the infotainment display.
Otherwise, tap the CarPlay logo given on the stereo’s display.
Wireless Connection (Only for Car Stereos with Wireless CarPlay Compatibility)
Press and hold the Voice Control button on your steering wheel and use Siri to activate the CarPlay.
Otherwise, turn on the Bluetooth on your phone with its pairing mode. Then, go to Phone’s Setting, expand General, and select CarPlay.
Pick your Car’s name from the CarPlay menu to establish the connection.
How to Mirror an Android Phone to Car Screen
Android users can mirror their phones to car stereo screens by using an interoperability tech MirrorLink. The developers of this technology have introduced it for both Android and iOS phones. However, it is only compatible with particular cars and phone models. You should visit MirrorLink’s website to find out if your car screen and the Android phone have MirrorLink support.
Plug your Android phone into the USB port of the stereo via cable.
Go to your Phone’s Setting and locate MirrorLink there. In most phones, you will find it in the drop-down and sub-menus of Connections tab.
Tap on the MirrorLink and select the option “Connect to car via USB.” Your phone display will start projecting on the car screen.
You can also use MirrorLink to connect your iPhone to the stereo and mirror and its display on the car screen.
Android Auto is another app that lets you mirror various features of your phone to the car screen. Many modern car infotainment systems come with Android Auto compatibility. If your phone has Android version 9 or below, you have to download the Android Auto from the Play Store.
Connect your phone to the USB port.
Tap the Android Auto icon on the car screen and start using your phone features on your infotainment screen.
Some vehicles also have a Wireless Android Auto feature where you can wirelessly mirror your phone to car screen via Bluetooth pairing.
How to Mirror Phone to Car Screen through a Wi-Fi Mirror Car Adapter
Wi-Fi mirror car adapter is a device particularly designed to mirror cell phone screens on car infotainment systems. You can use these adapters to mirror your phone to car screen if:
You are using a phone with operating systems other than Android or iOS.
Your care infotainment system doesn’t cave CarPlay, Android Auto, or MirrorLink compatibility.
You want to fully mirror the cell phone display on the car’s infotainment.
Setting up phone mirroring via the adapter goes as follows:
Connect the adapter to the car display by following the manual of the particular mirror box you’ve bought.
Go to the Wireless Display in the Display submenu of Settings in Android phones and connect to the ID of the adapter.
iPhone users have to first connect the adapter to their phone, just like Wi-Fi. Then they have to turn on the “Activate Mirroring” option present here: Control Center> AirPlay>Hotspot
When you want to terminate the mirroring session, just switch off the Airplay connection on iPhones and Wireless Display on Android phones.
We hope that this article helps you mirror any of your smartphones to all sorts of car infotainment systems. We would strongly suggest you mirror your phone to the car screen for better road safety. On top of that, a mirrored screen also makes for a better music experience if you use your phone to play songs on your car stereo.
If you find this article helpful, don’t forget to share it with your fellow car owners who tend to use their phones a lot on the move.
Last update on 2021-04-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API