Emulate the CarPlay experience on your iPhone or iPad with CarPlay iOS 2.0

By , Jun 22, 2016

CarPlay iOS 2 Jailbreak Tweak iPhone

Two years ago, we showed you a jailbreak tweak called CarPlay iOS, which allowed you to emulate the CarPlay head unit user interface directly on your jailbroken iPhone or iPad.

Although the tweak was limited due the nature of the features that come bundled in the CarPlay interface, the developer has been working on a treat for those who liked playing with the original tweak; CarPlay iOS 2.0 is now available in Cydia.

Demo the CarPlay UI directly on your iOS device

With the CarPlay UI on your iPhone, you can access the apps and features you would normally see on the head unit of a CarPlay-enabled vehicle.

With CarPlay, only the apps you might really need to see or access while you were operating your vehicle would appear in the CarPlay UI, such as:

  • Phone
  • Music
  • Maps
  • Messages
  • Now Playing
  • Settings
  • Podcasts

The developer has come through in making the tweak a lot more usable in the new 2.0 release by adding new features. It’s still very much a limited emulation since it’s occurring on the device itself, but we think you’ll find the tweak has a lot more to offer this time around.

New features to toy around with in CarPlay iOS 2.0

  • Fusion mode: You can now launch third-party apps in the CarPlay interface and use the hardware Home button to close out of the apps instead of having to tap on the software Home button.
  • OTA tweak updating: The tweak now supports OTA updating, which means you don’t have to use Cydia to install updates when the developer launches one.
  • Points of interest: The Maps app now supports points of interest, which lets you have a more useful navigation experience when your iPhone or iPad is running the CarPlay iOS tweak.
  • Start and stop: The tweak is now intelligent enough to know when to start the CarPlay UI based on whether or not you’ve started driving, and can also stop the CarPlay UI when you disconnect the charging cable. You can also use Status Bar shortcuts to show or hide the CarPlay UI.
  • Support for Google Maps: You can now use Google Maps instead of Apple Maps as the default navigation app in CarPlay mode.
  • Support for Spotify: Newfangled support for a new Spotify login system makes it possible to access Spotify music instead of Apple Music from the CarPlay UI.
  • Dynamic now playing app: When listening to music, the Now Playing app in the CarPlay UI is now dynamic to show you what you’re listening to.
  • Infinity license: You can now transfer your CarPlay iOS license between all of your jailbroken devices without having to purchase a new one for each device.

Configuring the tweak

As far as configuring the tweak goes, you’re going to have options to manage the way your CarPlay UI looks and to configure its behavior based off of the new features.

To configure it, you’ll launch the Settings app on the Home screen of the CarPlay Home screen. This is not the same Settings app as you normally launch on your iOS Home screen, so keep this in mind.

The app is separated into four tabs: Settings, Your License, Start & Stop, and About. The only tabs you’ll really mess with here are the Settings and Start & Stop tabs.

The Settings tab has most of your universal CarPlay iOS settings that let you configure the UI how you want it to look:

CarPlay iOS Prefs 1

Among the things you can change here are:

  • Enabling and configuring weather information
  • Enabling and configuring moving speed information
  • Enabling and configuring current battery information
  • Choosing a background for the CarPlay UI
  • Having your device auto-lock itself when disconnected from power
  • Choosing between left or right-hand driver
  • Enabling Fusion Mode for use of the Home button
  • Choosing an icon size for your CarPlay Home screen

The Start & Stop tab has feature configuration related to the new Start & Stop feature:

CarPlay iOS Prefs 2

Here, you can configure the following options:

  • Choose a name for the car driver
  • Choose between Fahrenheit or Celsius for temperature
  • Enabling Wi-Fi while driving
  • Enabling Bluetooth while driving
  • Enabling cellular data while driving
  • Choosing a brightness level while driving
  • Enabling or disabling the Siri co-pilot feature
  • Disabling Wi-Fi when not driving
  • Disabling Bluetooth when not driving
  • Disabling cellular data while driving
  • Choosing a brightness level while not driving

My thoughts on CarPlay iOS

CarPlay iOS is a tweak that lets you emulate the CarPlay UI on your iPhone or iPad. It’s limited in features, but it could provide you with a CarPlay-like experience if you were to get yourself a phone or tablet stand for your car’s dash or windshield.

Some of the features that have been implemented in version 2.0, such as Start & Stop, Fusion Mode, and support for Google Maps are sure to make this release far more desirable than the first, but it’s still probably going to be a tough sale. After all, the tweak isn’t free – you can download it for free from Cydia, but then you have to activate your license later on for a monetary amount.

For those who don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a CarPlay-supported head unit installation, this tweak provides a way to have some of the meat and potatoes of the features right on your device, and may be worth checking out if CarPlay was something you were looking into having.

Wrapping up

CarPlay iOS 2.0 is available in Cydia now. You can download the tweak for free from Cydia’s BigBoss repository, but when you do, you’ll need to activate your license later on for $4. You can also opt for the infinity license that can be transferred between multiple devices for $12.90, or opt for bulk licensing options.

Should you try this tweak? It depends on whether or not you want to experiment with CarPlay.

Let us know what you think about emulating the CarPlay experience directly on your iOS device in the comments below!

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  • malhal

    So can you put an old phone/ipad in the dash and then use BT to connect your current phone to it? Otherwise I’m not sure if this is suitable for an old phone afterall since it wouldnt have your data on it.

  • I need a jailbreak right now!

  • Rob

    I installed it but theres no springboard icon…crash reporter has done the same thing to me. I’m wondering if I have a bad tweak installed or if it’s just these 2 tweaks.

    • Richard Grounds

      I am having the same issue. I can’t figure out how to start it. There is no icon, and nothing in settings to even configure it. Any ideas?

      • Diego

        Try reboot you device.

  • Guy

    I would love to see Apple add this as a mode you can put your phone in while driving

  • Disasterpiece

    now if this was only stock and had Waze as an option… #Heaven

  • Donstil

    Does it support rotation?
    I have A iPad in my dash but homebutton has to be on the left.

    • Diego

      Yes, you can change the side of the homebutton.

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    Apple should really implement CarPlay in most cars…

  • Diego

    Using since always, and it is always on my car.

  • Sass Family

    I have not been able to figure out how to add third party apps to the home screen (i.e. Waze & Pandora)

    • Bill Golden

      Neither has anyone else

  • Bill Golden

    Just downloaded this, heck even paid the guy the license fee. Flat out doesn’t work. Looks good, but falls flat when you try to use it in any meaningful way. Nice try though.

    • Bill Golden

      So the developer of this app recently updated it. Still doesn’t work. I have no issue with the Icon showing but the app itself, just flat out STILL doesn’t work. Everything this app is supposed to do can be accomplished via other apps (think activator+) much more simply, and cleanly but without the benefit of the flashy UI. Simply put, looks good, 90% of it doesn’t work.