How to Use Waze on CarPlay to Replace Apple Maps

Jul 28, 2019 - 9 Comments

Use Waze on CarPlay

If you use Waze to navigate you may appreciate having the Waze app be front and center on CarPlay while you’re driving with iPhone. You might even be interested in replacing Apple Maps with Waze if you use the Waze app more than Apple Maps on your CarPlay vehicle.

This article will show you how to use Waze on Apple CarPlay with iPhone as your mapping and driving navigation app.

Requirements for using Waze on CarPlay: the car must have CarPlay compatibility, the iPhone must be running iOS 12 or later, you must have iPhone setup with CarPlay, and the Waze app must be updated to a recent version.

If you don’t yet have the Waze app on iPhone you can download it from the App Store here.

How to Use Waze on CarPlay Instead of Apple Maps

  1. Connect iPhone to CarPlay if you haven’t done so already
  2. Open “Settings” app on iPhone
  3. Go to “General” and then choose “CarPlay”
  4. Select the car with CarPlay
  5. Locate Waze and then tap and hold on the Waze icon to drag it to the primary CarPlay Home screen for fast access
  6. Optional: replace Apple Maps with Waze on CarPlay, by moving the Apple Maps icon to another screen to make Waze icon more prominent on CarPlay display
  7. Exit out of CarPlay settings on iPhone for changes to take effect
  8. Use Waze on CarPlay in the vehicle as usual by tapping on the Waze app on the CarPlay display

With Waze prominently on the CarPlay display, you can easily launch Waze and use it as your preferred mapping application in your vehicle.

If you want multiple maps options to use with CarPlay, you can also use Google Maps with CarPlay, and you can also always use the built-in Apple Maps application.

You might be wondering if it’s possible to make Waze the default maps application on CarPlay or with iPhone, but that is not currently available as a feature. Instead, you’ll have to launch Waze and use it through CarPlay that way.

You can also ask Siri to find you directions somewhere with Waze by summoning Siri and then saying “Get me directions to Apple Store with Waze” or a similar command, of course specifying your intended destination.

If you know of any other method of approach to using Waze with CarPlay or you have some fancy workaround to get Waze to be the default mapping application on iPhone or CarPlay, share it with us in the comments below!


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Shlomo says:

    With iOS 13.4 it is possible to show navigation apps other than Apple’s in CarPlay dashboard. However, Waze didn’t implement that feature yet.
    Still, there’s hope. See Waze’s suggestion box and vote

  2. 1252 says:

    Fully agree with James, this is another Google spy tool!

    • DOHICKYSUR says:

      Anything that tracks your location can be a “spy tool”, and so is your phone, or your car GPS, any device with wi-fi, cellular, or Bluetooth, any social network or social media, any product that uses your location… what is specific about Waze that makes it more so or are you just making this up?

  3. Steve says:

    Do you have any information as to how I can install Car Play on my Android Car System? My car is a 2016 Honda Civic.
    Any information would be very much appreciated.
    I always use Waze as my preferred navigation tool.
    Thank you.

    • Comeau Richard says:

      Your 2016 Civic is already CARPLAY ready.

      All you need is an iPhone 5 and up, running ios 8.4 and up.

      Waze support have only been introduced in ios12 though.


  4. James says:

    The title of your post should be: ‘How to f**k up your privacy’. Cheers.

    • Randy Mossberg says:

      That sounds like a hyperbolic comment and no explanation at all, care to explain?

      Waze is for car navigation, it uses your GPS to navigate your car. So does Apple Maps, Google Maps, meanwhile tons of other apps want your GPS coordinates for unknown reasons too.Do you think one app that tracks your GPS is better than another app that tracks your GPS?

      You sound concerned about privacy, I understand that. But your phone is tracking you literally all the time, your phone and other tech devices are often listening to you as well, you might even use social media which is a mass surveillance service masquerading as ‘social network’ that many people have fallen for, how do you feel about any of that?

      Maybe there should be a comments rule on the internet; add something to the conversation, or don’t comment at all?

  5. Mark says:

    Waze is pretty much the only navigation app I use but every time I have to activate, it glitches music playback. At first, I thought it was a bad cable but it happens with every cable I’ve used (Apple, Nomad, cheapo Amazon).

    Any idea what causes this? Hoping iOS 13 (and Waze update) will fix this…

    • DCJ001 says:

      I have had this same issue since I bought my iPhone X🅂 ten months ago. But my iPhone SE works perfectly.

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