Ignition CarPlay

CarPlay Activator, a tweak that we reviewed in depth a few weeks ago, is now available for download on Cydia as Ignition. The tweak, which is remarkably free of charge, is from well-respected developer Adam Bell. If you’re not interested in dropping north of $500 on a CarPlay head unit with a terrible resistive touch screen, then Ignition may be the answer to your CarPlay desires.

In the Cydia description, Bell states that Ignition is primarily meant for the iPad, and that iPhones are not really supported. He does, however, acknowledge that the iPhone 6 Plus is a viable candidate for Ignition. In the video walkthrough above, I’m using Ignition on my iPhone 6 Plus, and I find that it works great.

The next thing you’ll need to do is find a way to mount your iPad or iPhone in your car. That way, you’ll have an awesome CarPlay interface readily available with the great capacitive touch screen to go along with it.

Why spend extra and endure the headache of having an after market head unit installed when you can use this? Again, Ignition is available free of charge on the BigBoss repo. Check it out, and let me know what you think in the comment section down below.

  • Merman123

    Free?? Sweet!

    • JayDee917

      Yeah, too bad it’s buggy as hell on the IPhone 6 Plus.

  • The Afroman

    So my question to you is.. Does this have to be the device it’s Carplaying? Or can i mount an ipad mini in my car with this app and then have it “carplay” my iphone in my pocket.. because if not.. it’s kinda defeats the purpose

    Carplay is so i can just plug my phone in and boom my head unit with a bigger screen has the functionality of my phone.

    • Brandon Higgins

      The device you install this on is the device you’ll see carplay interface on. No other device comes into play with it.

    • TonyVee73

      I’m with you. Too bad it doesn’t act as a “real” Car Play device. I’d like to have my phone stream music and use it’s data since I’m on a totally unlimited plan and my iPad only has 3GB a month.

      • Rak S

        You can tether your iPad to your phone. That’s pretty much what you’d do with a real CarPlay setup, I believe.

      • Eric Ortiz

        Real Carplay set up is through a direct connection via lightning cable and the head unit has the buttons on it and your phone displays a black screen with carplay on it I believe.

  • romeodesigns

    I’m so pumped for this!!
    Moving to alberta from ontario & I’ve been waiting for this since the video preview breathed its first breath.

  • Jesse Margolis

    This is such a great tweak! its just a shame it doesn’t display properly on smaller screened devices like my 5S! What’re the chances the creator will release a version for smaller screened iPhones? Or even add the option to scale everything down to fit? But honestly after using this tweak on my iPhone 5S I’m very tempted to buy an iPad mini for my car! Amazing stuff!

    • Nevertrending

      It’s working amazing on my iPad atm. The developer made the tweak open source so someone just might release a version for smaller screens

    • deepdvd

      Try using the Upscale tweak and set it to the iPhone 6 setting. It looks better

  • Was waiting for this; but had to take it off; a total mess…. its not playing well with something

    • Joseph Uzilov

      On my 6plus also is a mess. Now i cant close this tweak to get back to home screen to go back to cydia and uninstall it. Pls help how to get out 🙁 managed to reboot twice, but brings my phone back to Ignition tweak

      • reboot by holding power home; then hold the up volume key as your phone returns; wait

      • Brent

        Just tap ‘ignition’ app icon on the CarPlay home screen to exit.

      • I had that issue too. I ended up forcing into Safe Mode and uninstalled that POS. Never again iDB, never again!
        Ps… Auxo 3 wasn’t worth the upgrade price I even paid.

      • Thanks, that worked. All I could see was a black screen and no icons, only my signal bars and LTE words.
        Not sure why this tewak was even released.

  • tacojrdotus

    i downloaded ignition from the BigBoss repo and when i resprung, it said it was a pirated version and that i have to buy it. Which is weird because it is a free release. Also, when i entered the carplay springboard, there are no apps to press (including the carplay app) so im stuck in the carplay springboard and i cant get out! help?

    • TK421

      Boot into safe mode and delete it.

      • Joseph Uzilov


      • TK421

        power down the device and turn it back on holding the volume up button. that will boot the phone without and tweaks. delete CarPlay and then respring.

      • tacojrdotus

        OMG i forgot i had Betterpowerdown installed! i forgot that i can go into safe mode thanks! 😀

      • Joseph Uzilov

        Thanks guys. My phone is back normal again.

    • franky

      try editors solution, it worked for me

  • Brandon Higgins

    This is a total mess on my iPhone 6. Besides the fact that it’s layout doesn’t look good on a small device I couldn’t exit the tweak even with a reboot. The only option to exit this tweak is boot with the volume up and uninstall

    • Merman123

      You have to respring to exit the interface. You can do this by clicking the “Ignition” icon once inside.

      • Brandon Higgins

        I thought the home button on the interface was to exit. Thanks. Guess reddit needs to know as well cause they’re all thinking the same lol.

  • Burge

    Here’s how you can mount a iPad mini.

    • SIMON

      Sorry, but I think that’s big, unstable ugly shit.

      • Burge

        It’s for a iPad mini. I’ve got the iPhone version and it’s perfact. This I’ll tell you will not be unstable. You can lock the iPad inplace and that locks in to the holder in place As for ugly, you don’t see most of it the iPad is in the way. You only see the stem and how it goes it to the 12V.

      • Rak S

        Do you need co connect a separate cable to charge the iPad? If so, that’s a bit of a shame. In an ideal world, it should be a simple plug in to lighter port, to both support and charge the device.

      • Burge

        That would be sweet. You do need a cable.

  • asdlb4

    Meh… Unless I’m missing something it seems like I could pretty much do the same thing using a dedicated screen on my phone or iPad. I know icons are bigger and it’s more voice friendly, but I’m just not sold yet.

    • Masaki79

      Agreed. Hopefully over time it will evolve in to something awesome.

    • Rowan09

      I have Bluetooth in my car stereo and tried this out. CarPlay is useful because it limits the need to look down at your phone for text, calls, etc. I wish they allowed you to AirPlay to my speakers though for music. If you don’t have Bluetooth in your car it’s not as great of an experience.

  • HeavyComponent

    NICE! I’ve been waiting for this. Going to test the navigation on a 25 minute drive to my friend house in a few hours. 🙂

  • Jose Gonzalez

    Does not work with Springtomize 3 or Callbar 7-8 just deleted everything working great now!!! Iphone 6plus

    • HeavyComponent

      I have Springtomize 3 and Callbar 8 enabled with Ignition working.

  • Jose Gonzalez

    Did not work for me …..Callbar 8 sent it to a crash loop and springtomize did as well? What gives?

  • Instantly caused nonstop issues on my iPhone and luckily got my phone working before restoring.
    I’m really done with any tweaks or apps iDB recommends, all are very mediocre and not worth the install

  • Drdrey

    It broke my iPad.
    Stuck at Apple logo and can’t get safe mode to work.
    I press volume up but nothing happens.
    Anyone know why?
    Ipad air 2 pangu 8.1

    • David Hvilivitzki

      You need to hold the volume up from the second you see the apple logo until the device loads, not just press it.

      • Drdrey

        I hold it but nothing happens.
        And I know that it’s not working because Apple logo changes color to warmer because of flux tweak.

  • ShawnTXDFW

    Is there anyway you can share apps via Bluetooth or Air Drop from iPhone to iPad? I’m curious if there’s a tweak out there for that.

  • infamousgeek

    Guys, guys, guys, before you try this app, make sure you are using Simple Passcode on your iPhone 6+ or you will not be able to log back into your phone (unless you boot into safe mode as previously stated). I learned the hard way…

    Once Simple Passcode is on, this app works as it should.

    • Benjamin J Schwartz

      I’m not using simple passcode and it works just fine on my 6+. I am, however, using touchID (isn’t everyone?) to unlock without issue.

      • infamousgeek

        I do not use TouchID. I use long passcode, and with Ignition activated there is no Done button on the keyboard therefore it’s impossible to complete the passcode.

  • Best Xmas Present. Now I’m definitely jailbreaking.

    • Bad news, the tweak sucks

  • Falk M.

    Mounting my iPad in the car? All 10 inches of it?
    Dream on. I’d rather use my iPhone 5 then.

    Not recommended, got that, but is it possible? Thinking of jailbreaking only for this.

    • Rusty

      It is possible on the 6, works just about fine for me, just some of the buttons get squashed together and overlap.

  • timoever

    So extremely disappointed this is only for the larger devices. I had really been anticipating this tweak… It would fit just fine on my iPhone 6..

  • Alberto Espinal

    Just tried it on my Plus and it’s buggy, the titles are cut off, and other little things here and there so I uninstalled it, it’s a shame I was hoping that he would’ve made it possible for the iPhone but maybe in the future

    • Kr00

      Instead of criticism, how about a thanks for his efforts? It is free, but hey, if you can do a better job, go right ahead. With your superior intelligence you could do a far better job, right?

      • Alberto Espinal

        Are you finished with your rant? Now go clean yourself!

      • Kr00

        Ditto. The world owes you nothing. Get over yourself, asshole.

      • Alberto Espinal

        Exactly, I don’t owe you shit, and I don’t want the world to owe me shit, you were the one coming to my comment not me, go take a dump and then eat it!

      • Kr00

        Then how about you stop ranting like a selfish prick. The developer of this hack owes YOU shit, but your words show you think he does. Get your head out of your ass, you might enjoy the sunlight for a change. You must love yourself sooo much, coz no one else could.

      • Alberto Espinal

        Haha hahaha

      • Kr00

        Thought so. Nothing intelligent to offer.

      • Alberto Espinal


      • Alberto Espinal

        I don’t have to explain shit to you, you don’t pay my rent, do you think you gonna bend me out of shape for this nonsense, I got better things to do, and I couldn’t careless about that developer and by the way I pay for good tweaks not this garbage!

      • Kr00

        FYI moron, this hack was free. All you seem to do is bitch bitch bitch. Have a happy life living with yourself. I bet no one else can.

  • Benjamin J Schwartz

    The tweak runs great on my iPhone 6 plus, however this only serves to highlight the lack of support available for CarPlay. Also, the interface for messages (in CarPlay – not blaming this tweak) is utter garbage.

  • Arjan Vlek

    Installed it, but found it a bit glitchy. Then I realized that it is not usable on a Wi-Fi only iPad since it has no GPS built-in and only connects to internet at home, also Apple Maps does not work offline.

  • Jose Gonzalez

    Well finally gave up on ignition its what we need just to many flaws….Thanks for trying Adam Bell in the future it will be a great app….Tweak!! Merry Xmas IDB!!! And please dont complain its free?

  • Paul Edmund

    So disappointed that this doesn’t work on a 5S. Was really looking forward to it.

  • Paul Edmund

    Really disappointed this won’t work on a 5S. Was really looking forward to this. Was willing to pay $4.99 for something like this.

  • Jay Phillips

    It completely screwed up my iPhone 6. I had to uninstall it. I’ve noticed that the majority of new jailbreak tweets I’ve tried don’t work. They all interfere with each other. The icons are all messed up, bunched together, or completely missing. And uninstalling doesn’t always help. I uninstalled infinidock once to see if it was the problem and all of the icons that were off screen in the dock were gone. Which meant I couldn’t get to cydia. I’ve learned long ago to never put settings off screen but after installing this app I couldn’t even get to settings. It would be nice if there was a comparability list. These apps work well together, these mess each other up. Would save me a lot of time and money on apps that won’t work together.

    • Kr00

      Might help if you read the copy.

      “In the Cydia description, Bell states that Ignition is primarily meant for the iPad, and that iPhones are not really supported.”

  • no 5S port in the nearest future?

  • Mariano Martinez

    Can Spotify icon be used?

  • ousmanesokona

    Crashing my srpingboard like crazy. 5S IOS 8.1.1 Pangu

    • Kr00

      Might help if you read the copy first.

      “In the Cydia description, Bell states that Ignition is primarily meant for the iPad, and that iPhones are not really supported.”

  • Alan

    maps dont load on iPad mini 1. useless 🙁

  • Zampona

    Does this work with handoff so that I could make and receive phone calls from my phone through my iPad when the iPad is tethered to the phone?

    • Kr00

      That function only works when both devices are on the same wifi network not tethered through hotspot.

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    Use less on iPad. I can’t call, text, or get turn-by-turn on it.

  • Johnny

    Is there a Spotify app for this CarPlay app?!

  • zoser

    6 Plus on 8.1 pangu jail broken. I installed the tweak but no icon appears on home screen? This happen to anyone else??

  • truncj

    Am I the only person that had no issues with it on iPhone 6? (not plus).. Sizing was perfect, functionality had no problems…used maps & spotify without issue. And I used common sense to realize that I had to tap ignition again to bring it back to the regular springboard. General public is hard to please.

    • Paul Edmund

      Can you post a screen shot?

  • Here is what I get on an iphone 6. Zoom level is set for small in Little Brother. Might there be a setting somewhere that corrects this mess?

  • roro206

    Where is Beats music? Carplay supported according to the Apple site.

  • Paul Edmund

    This is awesome. How did you get this to work?

    What tweaks do you have installed?


  • Josh Cumba

    I searched for ignition on Cydia but couldn’t find it. I looked through all the tweaks from BigBoss repo and couldn’t find it. Any ideas?

  • Nesly Lacroix

    I tried it on my 5S and as shown in the video, it does not work for some music players. It worked for the native Misic app. Though it does not display album art. It is not ready yet for prime time.

  • John Doe

    As only iOS 7.1 and up have the CarPlay option. A tweak to accompany ‘ignition’ that brings CarPlay to iOS 7.0.6! is all that’s needed. Is that even possible?

  • Emil Aloysius

    It’s pretty buggy on the iphone 6 plus. More like the beta version was less buggy and the apps seemed to fit the screen proper than this version.

  • diks2

    Nice resource on cydia sources.Thanks for sharing.

  • Michael Sweeney

    Has it been updated to use maps in Canada yet?