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Has anyone tried or has successfully gotten to make CarPlay work wirelessly? If so please share the details. Thanks
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Only a small handful of cars support wireless carplay.
 

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Far all the nice Honda tech in my Touring, I really, really wish they had incorporated wireless cell phone charging and Bluetooth connectivity for Android Auto.


My favorite thing this for is just the looks of it. It's a beautiful car by any standard, but especially so given the relatively modest price tag. Parked beside a white late model BMW last night, and my wife commented that our Insight looked more elegant.
 

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Far all the nice Honda tech in my Touring, I really, really wish they had incorporated wireless cell phone charging and Bluetooth connectivity for Android Auto.


My favorite thing this for is just the looks of it. It's a beautiful car by any standard, but especially so given the relatively modest price tag. Parked beside a white late model BMW last night, and my wife commented that our Insight looked more elegant.
Honda might be saving it for the mid-gen refresh.

If you notice, our rear tail light design looks really similar to the Audi A3. ;) We also have a thread discussing the even more elegant Japanese Insight. https://www.gen3insight.com/forum/2...ppreciate-how-beautiful-japanese-insight.html
 

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Far all the nice Honda tech in my Touring, I really, really wish they had incorporated wireless cell phone charging and Bluetooth connectivity for Android Auto.
Wireless CarPlay and wireless Android Auto are included in the 2020 Fit, so hopefully will be headed to Honda's higher end models in the near future... but would have been nice to have now. I try to use bluetooth connection as much as possible instead.

https://www.gen3insight.com/forum/3...nced-honda-sense-honda-connect-announced.html
 

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This new dongle being discussed on reddit is suppose to make factory head units enable wireless carplay.

https://carplay2air.com/products/cp...y-android-auto-module-and-mirror-link-feature
https://www.reddit.com/r/CarPlay/co...ter_and_it/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x

I'm okay with plugging in my phone to keep the battery charged so I will pass on the expensive dongle.
Waze (via CarPlay) would drain the battery quickly unless plugged in for my 1+ hour drive. I'm good with the 1-foot lightning cable. I rarely need to charge at home as it's 100% when I arrive at/from work.
 
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Wireless android auto only came out April 2018, so it's no surprise they didn't include.

It's actuallly worked out well for me, since my phone doesn't have wireless charging, having to plug in means I always keep my phone charged, did take some getting used to.
 

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I purchased the CarPlay2Air unit. Not sure if it works in the Insight, website said it does. I’ve used it my 2020 CR-V Hybrid Touring and my 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Limited. Easy initial setup and quick to connect at vehicle start. No lag in using Siri to get directions. Have not used it for phone calls, text messages, or listen to music as of yet. But I’m pretty impressed after messing around with it briefly. Definitely something to look into!
 

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I purchased the CarPlay2Air unit. Not sure if it works in the Insight, website said it does. I’ve used it my 2020 CR-V Hybrid Touring and my 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Limited. Easy initial setup and quick to connect at vehicle start. No lag in using Siri to get directions. Have not used it for phone calls, text messages, or listen to music as of yet. But I’m pretty impressed after messing around with it briefly. Definitely something to look into!
Web reviews are generally positive for CarPlay2Air (with the caveat that while it works great now, there's minor risk that Apple could issue a software update that kills it, since it's non-official).

Wondering if you noticed any significant difference in battery use/drain when plugged in via USB versus via wireless CarPlay2Air connection? And any new observations to share on other call/message/music functions?
 

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Web reviews are generally positive for CarPlay2Air (with the caveat that while it works great now, there's minor risk that Apple could issue a software update that kills it, since it's non-official).

Wondering if you noticed any significant difference in battery use/drain when plugged in via USB versus via wireless CarPlay2Air connection? And any new observations to share on other call/message/music functions?
Wireless CarPlay is heavy on the battery. Using GPS location constantly has tended to drain the battery to my iPhone 11 Pro Max faster than normal. CR-V Hybrid touring has a wireless charger so That solves that issue. I bought a second one to use in my 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Limited and also purchased a USB powered wireless charging pad as that vehicle doesn’t have the wireless charger from the factory. 15 bucks, problem solved! Sending text messages is easy with no issues. Phone calls tend to have a delay in the audio.... so learning to talk slower helps (I tend to talk really fast!) but it can be kind of annoying. Music stored in your phone plays with clarity and no issues. Streaming music can be a hit or a miss depending on your data connection. Overall, I’m really happy with it. Have had the device not connect to the phone once.... unplugged and re-connected then had no issue.

Be 100% that your location is set to ALWAYS for both Apple Maps and Google Maps for the best results on GPS. Otherwise I’ve noticed the map will stop tracking you and thus be inaccurate when it comes to directions. Turn the location to ALWAYS and I’ve had perfect results since then.
 

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Semi-related (?) - wireless CarPlay is expected to be offered for the GenX 2021 Accord during its mid-cycle refresh. This info is based on mentions in the early release 2021 Accord owners manual regarding usage of wireless CarPlay.

Wireless CarPlay wasn't offered for the Gen3 2021 Insight or GenX 2019 Civic mid-cycle refreshes, but it's a good sign that the next generation of each of these models will get wireless CarPlay as standard feature. I'm a little jealous of this, and wished it had appeared a generation earlier. And doubtful that the OEM version can be retrofit onto older models/generations...
 

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Semi-related (?) - wireless CarPlay is expected to be offered for the GenX 2021 Accord during its mid-cycle refresh. This info is based on mentions in the early release 2021 Accord owners manual regarding usage of wireless CarPlay.

Wireless CarPlay wasn't offered for the Gen3 2021 Insight or GenX 2019 Civic mid-cycle refreshes, but it's a good sign that the next generation of each of these models will get wireless CarPlay as standard feature. I'm a little jealous of this, and wished it had appeared a generation earlier. And doubtful that the OEM version can be retrofit onto older models/generations...
If the Accord is getting it for the 2021 model year then the 2022 Insight might get it due to sharing similar entertainment system software. I wonder if Honda will be nice enough to push out another OTA update to add this feature for us. I think we have the hardware to support it like the bluetooth for the inital handshake and the bandwidth of the 5GHz band wifi.
 

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If the Accord is getting it for the 2021 model year then the 2022 Insight might get it due to sharing similar entertainment system software. I wonder if Honda will be nice enough to push out another OTA update to add this feature for us. I think we have the hardware to support it like the bluetooth for the inital handshake and the bandwidth of the 5GHz band wifi.
Confirmed today that the top level Accord trims (EX-L and Touring) get wireless CarPlay. and Android Auto. Since Honda didn't release this to all Accord trims, I'm guessing OTA update isn't an option for our Insights right now.
 

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Confirmed today that the top level Accord trims (EX-L and Touring) get wireless CarPlay. and Android Auto. Since Honda didn't release this to all Accord trims, I'm guessing OTA update isn't an option for our Insights right now.
It could be missing a certain piece of hardware or they're just intentionally blocking software support on the lower trims for profit reasons. Honda has gated remote start based on the keyfob you have even though all trim levels on the Accord support it. On our EX Insight we can unlock the nav app on the DII for Android Auto turn by turn directions. I'm pretty sure the NAV app is just blocked from showing up on the center display for the EX since we do have GPS hardware same as the Touring Insight.
 

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Honda recently sent out a survey to pre-2021 Accord owners asking if they're willing to pay at least $50 for a software update to add wireless Carplay / Android Auto. I'm thinking our infotainment systems have the hardware to support it which is very similar to the Accord if a software update is all the Accord needs to enable the feature.

https://www.reddit.com/r/CarPlay/comments/k44g25
 

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Since the infotainment system is the same as on the Insight, curious if any Insight owners got surveyed. Could be interesting to at least have it for short drive convenience (and better interface), even if you don't have wireless charging, or if you have Magsafe charging that can at least charge at a reasonable rate.

 

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Has anyone tried the CPLAY2air dongle in an insight? I think wireless carplay would be a cool feature to have if the dongle responds properly. If I know it works, we could then find a way to hide that dongle from the "cell phone pad."
 
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