If you use Apple CarPlay with your iPhone, you may be wondering how to change the order of the icons on the car̵7;s infotainment screen. The solution is buried in the Settings app – we go through how to configure it.
At the time of writing, you can only customize CarPlay on your iPhone, not the touch screen of your car. This is to prevent you from having an accident because you are touching the touch screen. You can also customize CarPlay only after you have linked your iPhone to a vehicle that supports it.
To get started, tap the Gear icon on your iPhone to open “Settings.”
Scroll down and tap “General.”
On the next screen, tap the vehicle for which you want to configure the CarPlay screen. Each vehicle listed can support its own configuration of icons. If the vehicle you want is not on the list (and it is compatible with CarPlay), you must first link your iPhone to it.
Click “Customize” in the settings for your vehicle brand.
Then you will see a long list of CarPlay compatible apps on your iPhone. Here you can press and hold any app to drag it and rearrange the order. The apps on the CarPlay display in your vehicle reflect the order in which they appear in the list.
For example, let’s say you’re arranging the apps shown in the image below on your iPhone.
The CarPlay display in your vehicle then looks like the arrangement shown in the image below. Of course, the look will vary based on the screen size and resolution.
To delete an app icon from the CarPlay screen, tap the red minus sign (-) next to it in the list on your iPhone. The app will move to the area at the bottom under “More apps.” Apps that do not have a red minus sign cannot be removed from the CarPlay screen.
To add an app to the “More Apps” section of the CarPlay view area, click the green plus sign (+) next to it in the list on your iPhone.
If you ever mix everything up and want to restore the arrangement of the app icons to their default mode, just click “Reset” in the upper right corner.
When you are done configuring, you can exit “Settings” and your selected icon arrangement will be set. If your iPhone is linked to your vehicle, you should see the results immediately.
Otherwise, you can just link your vehicle to CarPlay and you will see the new arrangement the next time you use it. Drive safe!
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