How to Add Waze to Apple CarPlay

Get rid of Apple Maps and switch to Waze Navigation

With Apple CarPlay, you can use your iPhone and Apple Maps as a navigation tool while driving. However, you may want to use a third-party navigation tool like Waze. Here’s everything you need to know about adding Waze to CarPlay, plus some tips on how to use it.

Your iPhone must be compatible with iOS 12 or later to support third-party navigation apps in CarPlay. This includes iPhone 11 and above, iPhone X, iPhone 8 series, iPhone 7 series, iPhone 6 series, iPhone SE, and iPhone 5s.

How to add Waze to CarPlay

Waze is a community-based GPS and navigation app. It does a great job of helping you avoid traffic jams and find the cheapest places to buy gas. It’s easy to install and add new apps to CarPlay.

Install Waze on your iPhone by downloading it from the App Store.

Download Waze

Connect your iPhone to your car’s CarPlay system.

Open CarPlay on your car’s infotainment system. Waze should be available as an icon on the dashboard.

Sometimes apps need to be added manually. From your iPhone, go to Settings > General > CarPlaychoose the name of your car, then select the + next to Waze to add it.

How to use Waze in CarPlay

Waze involves minimal setup to get started. This is what you need to know to use Waze.

Open Waze in CarPlay.

Waze opens the home screen in Apple CarPlay

Switch to your iPhone and select Begin in the Waze app.

Accept push notifications and allow access to the microphone.

What can I do with Waze?

Waze works like other navigation apps, but it comes with some useful extra features. Here is an overview of its basic features.

speed tracking

When looking at the map screen, the left side highlights the speed at which you are moving. It also tells you the speed limit of the road you are on.

Waze app in Apple CarPlay showing the map screen

Look for cheap gasoline

Do you want to find the nearest gas station? Most navigation apps offer this as standard. Waze goes a step further by letting you see nearby local gas stations, as well as current gas prices at the gas station. Prices are regularly updated by other Waze users.

Waze app for iOS that displays advanced information, including gas station prices

Detailed travel times

In addition to telling you how long your trip will be, Waze suggests the best times of day within the hour to travel. Plot the average traffic at that time of day to determine the best time.

reporting tools

You can report accidents, hazards or heavy traffic to warn other users of problems on your route. Reporting this information helps the app keep up with what’s happening during the trip.

Waze reporting functionality

What can’t Waze do?

Waze is a useful navigation app. Still, it has some issues that Apple Maps doesn’t. Here is a brief description of its limitations.

  • You can’t set it as the default browser appNote: Due to Apple limitations, you cannot set Waze as the default navigation app in your car. If you ask Siri for directions, Apple Maps opens automatically.
  • Limited points of interest details: Waze is a bit sketchy with map details, unless you zoom in a lot. So it’s not as good as Apple Maps for at-a-glance navigation.

Siri only supports Apple-based apps, so always open Waze manually to use the app.

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