How to stop getting Messages, WhatsApp, or other app notifications in Apple CarPlay

When your iPhone is connected to CarPlay, you see iMessage, SMS, WhatsApp, and other notification banners from supported apps on your car’s display. If you don’t like this, here are two ways to block text and app notifications in CarPlay.

Message notifications in CarPlay

CarPlay text notifications

At times, if you’re driving with your family or friends, some texts coming in may be embarrassing. For example, in my case, it used to feel a bit uneasy to get several quick texts or WhatsApp notifications from my fiancĂ© on the CarPlay screen with the family (parents or siblings) sitting in the back seat.

Similarly, when I’m driving, I like to focus on the road and not let Messages, WhatsApp, Telegram, or other CarPlay notifications disturb me.

WhatsApp notification in CarPlay with Google Maps open in the background

Thankfully, disabling these notifications from appearing on your car’s screen is easy.

How to turn off app notifications on your car’s screen

There are two ways to do that.

1. Stop text notifications from showing in CarPlay

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Notifications.
  3. Select Messages, WhatsApp, Telegram, or the desired app.
  4. Switch off Show in CarPlay.
Turn off Show in CarPlay for Messages in iPhone notification settings

From now on, when you’re using CarPlay and someone texts you via these apps, the incoming notifications won’t appear on your car’s screen.

Note: You’ll see the option for Show in CarPlay in notification settings only if you have connected your iPhone to CarPlay previously.

Must see: How to hide, show, and move apps in Apple CarPlay

2. Enable Driving Focus

The above steps turn off text notifications for all future CarPlay instances. However, let’s say you don’t want to go that extreme, and, on some drives, you want these app notifications on your car’s screen, and in some, you don’t.

To achieve this, you can manually enable Driving Focus (earlier called Do Not Disturb while Driving) during drives when you don’t want notifications.

Additionally, you can set up an automatic reply that will be sent out to the message sender when you’re driving!

Here are two easy tutorials to help:

No text or WhatsApp notifications during CarPlay

Use one of the above methods to avoid app notifications when your iPhone is connected to CarPlay. You can choose to permanently turn off Messages notifications or have them hidden only for a particular drive by using Driving Focus. Have a safe and pleasant drive.

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