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Every few days my CarPlay fails and can't figure out why. Maps and iTunes are used and maps never has an issue. When I press the iTunes icon, the song (it can be on my iPhone or streaming radio) displays but when I push play, CarPlay shuts down, the phone does the "ding" and then reconnects. It will continually do this until until I power down the car.

I've tried powering down the radio, changing phone and changing cables. Nothing works.

Anyone else have this issue?
 

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I have given up on CarPlay working reliably and use BlueTooth exclusively now. It really is a shame that CarPlay is this unreliable. I don't know if it is Apple's problem or a Chevy implementation issue.
 

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I do notice that bluetooth works when carplay fails but sometimes it won't connect. I have to delete the mylink and then re-connect. Do you have that when using bluetooth?
 

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I do notice that bluetooth works when carplay fails but sometimes it won't connect. I have to delete the mylink and then re-connect. Do you have that when using bluetooth?
No. Bluetooth just always works. I listen to audio books while driving. The only issue I have is that the Audible app on my phone occasionally quits or dies sometime during the day when I'm at work or home on the weekends and not driving. Then when I get back into the car and Bluetooth reconnects and audio starts playing again, it isn't my Audio book that begins playing, but the first song in my music collection. I then have to start up the Audible app on my phone and start the book playing again. No biggie, and not a problem with the car's system, but with the phone/app.
 

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Since you have to plug in your iPhone every time you use CarPlay, doesnt CarPlay reduce the life of your battery in your iPhone since its always being plugged in and charged up?
 

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Since you have to plug in your iPhone every time you use CarPlay, doesnt CarPlay reduce the life of your battery in your iPhone since its always being plugged in and charged up?
Only if you never remove your phone from your car and use the battery. Lithium Ion batteries are fine to keep on a charge as long as they are depleated every month or so.

That being said, my phone seems to be replaced every year anyway, so I have never experienced a bad battery in any case. LOL! :D
 

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I've had CarPlay fail once where the Maps just produced a black screen until the car was restarted. Unplugging and re-plugging the phone didn't help.

I do have an issue where if I plug the phone in, allow CarPlay to start, but then switch back to radio (XM), CarPlay will randomly start playing music off the phone. Going back to radio will just repeat the random CarPlay activation thing. It's not a cable issue as it works perfectly when intended. Rebooting the phone has no effect.
 

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I use Car Play every day and rarely have problems. You should check to see if your lightning port has a dodgy connection or is dirty. Google how to clean a lightning port, or take it to an Apple store to have it done. Other things to check are your cable and what iOS version you're running. A bad cable can also make the connection intermittent. I did once have a problem where my phone did not make a solid connection until I had it cleaned out.
 

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Weird. Doesn't sound like your cable, which is often a culprit, since it works reliably with Maps, unless the audio signal is going over a bad trace in the USB/Lightning connector that Maps doesn't use, and Music does. Did you try rebooting the phone?

When I had some connection flakiness, I turned my Lightning connector the other way, since it can fit both ways, and it worked better. I then realized that there was some pocket fluff in my connector port and used compressed air to get it out. That fixed the problem, but I eventually replaced that cable and all is good.
 

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My 2016 does this as well. I tried everything and the only thing that gets it back to normal is a stopping and restarting the car. When it happens, it just consistently reboots to the carplay screen, connects, disconnects, over and over. It will never play audio except from the FM radio until I stop and restart the car.....which has always fixed it. I had it happen enough times that I started screwing with it and can almost make it happen whenever I want. I think it has to do with plugging the phone in while everything is still initializing when you first turn the car on.

The best way I have found to avoid it is I wait until I am driving down the road before I plug my iPhone in. Where I park (at work & home), I put it in reverse first to either back out of my space or back away from the garage door. I think the initial infotainment boot up, switching to the backup camera, and then back to the infotainment screen when I put it in Drive, combined with the plugging in of the phone is just too much for it sometimes and it wigs out. I can intentionally make it happen probably 80% of the time if I wanted. If I wait until I pull out onto my street or I'm half way out of the parking lot at work, then plug it in, I never have an issue. So thats what I do. Not ideal obviously, but its been a pretty easy workaround.
 

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I do notice that bluetooth works when carplay fails but sometimes it won't connect. I have to delete the mylink and then re-connect. Do you have that when using bluetooth?
Yes, this happens to me as well but I don't disconnect MyLink. The phone shows as connected but no audio will play, it just seems frozen. I'll tap an FM radio station, then go back to the media button, hit play or change close the app on my phone, restart it. It may take a few seconds but it always resumes normal operation. Just seems buggy, but eventually works without disconnecting MyLink.
 

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Yes, this happens to me as well but I don't disconnect MyLink. The phone shows as connected but no audio will play, it just seems frozen. I'll tap an FM radio station, then go back to the media button, hit play or change close the app on my phone, restart it. It may take a few seconds but it always resumes normal operation. Just seems buggy, but eventually works without disconnecting MyLink.
I can also confirm that the "switch to FM and back to Media" chicken dance works for those times when bluetooth is connected, but nothing on the iPhone plays and the "Play" icon on the car's touch screen is unresponsive.

If bluetooth won't connect, turning off bluetooth on the iPhone and then turning it back on after a few seconds seems to work ... the system tray that you can access by swiping up from the bottom of the screen of the iPhone has a convenient bluetooth on/off button.

Finally, a preventative measure: if I turn off the car and then open the door before the audio reconnects, then it often results in bluetooth shenanigans the next time I start the car. I've gotten into the habit of allowing the bluetooth audio to reconnect after turning off the car before I open the door. Seems to help.
 
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