Apple CarPlay on Audi TT, how to connect

Audi TT supports Apple CarPlay that lets you access your iPhone apps like iTunes, Google Maps, Waze and Spotify through the information display of your vehicle. You can also make phone calls, send messages or use navigation with voice commands using Siri.

Audi TT – (photo by Audi)

Enable CarPlay and Siri on iPhone

You must have iPhone 5 or newer device with iOS 7.1 or newer version to use Apple CarPlay on Audi TT. Before you begin, ensure CarPlay and Siri are enabled on your iPhone. Also, make sure that the “Press Home for Siri” option is enabled under “Siri & Search” in settings.

If you can’t see CarPlay or Siri & Search under your iPhone settings, then go to Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > Allowed Apps, and make sure both CarPlay and Siri & Search are enabled.

CarPlay via USB

  1. Connect your Apple iPhone to your Audi TT USB port using an Apple-approved Lightning-to-USB cable.
  2. Touch Allow on your iPhone when prompted. This allows the use of CarPlay with your TT while phone is locked.
  3. After a few seconds Apple CarPlay will launch on your TT’s information display.
Apple CarPlay on 2021 Audi TT

To return to the display audio home screen, touch the Audi MMI icon. To go back to CarPlay interface, touch the Apple CarPlay icon on the home screen of the infotainment system.

If you’re unsure which USB port supports CarPlay on your particular TT variant, then consult your vehicle’s owners manual – or you can try plugging in the cable, one by one, in all the USB ports in dashboard and center console.

CarPlay not working on Audi TT

If Apple CarPlay does not start on your TT when you plug in the USB cable and there is no CarPlay icon in the list of apps in the infotainment system, it can be due to a number of reasons:

  • CarPlay is disabled in the infotainment system settings of your TT.
  • CarPlay is disabled in your iPhone, go to ‘Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > Allowed Apps’ and enable both CarPlay and Siri.
  • The Lightning-to-USB cable you’re using is defective. Try a different cable, preferably original Apple cable.
  • The connected USB port on your TT does not support CarPlay. Try other USB ports.
  • A software glitch is responsible for the CarPlay problem. Try resetting the TT’s infotainment system and/or your iPhone to its factory settings.
  • You’ve an older model of TT that does not support Apple CarPlay. Only 2017 and later model year Audi TT vehicles are compatible with CarPlay.

If you still can’t connect CarPlay on your Audi TT, then you should get your vehicle checked by an authorized Audi dealer.

Using Siri on Audi TT

Siri is Apple’s voice recognition feature that helps you to concentrate on the road while driving your TT as you can control the functions of the iPhone with voice commands.

The virtual assistant allows you to place phone calls, listen to and send text messages, play music on your iPhone, get directions and use other functions of your iPhone hands-free. You can even ask Siri for current weather conditions, stock prices or upcoming events on your calendar.

To access Siri, press and hold the talk button on the steering wheel of your TT until you hear Siri tone.

Pressing and holding voice command button on the steering wheel starts Siri virtual assistant when CarPlay is active.

You can also access Siri by holding down the home button located at the bottom left corner in the CarPlay app.

If the Listen for “Hey Siri” function is enabled in your iPhone device under Siri & Search settings, you can also just simply say: “Hey Siri”. After hearing the audible alert, you can begin asking Siri for assistance.

For best results when using Siri, speak clearly and reduce background noise by closing the windows and moonroof. Also, direct the air vents on dashboard so that they are not pointing towards the vehicle’s microphone.

Which TT models support CarPlay?

2017 and later model year Audi TT vehicles are compatible with Apple CarPlay.

Using Google Maps on Audi TT with CarPlay

If your iPhone has iOS 14+ operating system, you can freely use Google Maps in Apple CarPlay on your TT. Apple now allows the use of Google Maps in the home screen. Apple has allowed the competitor’s map service in its car application since iOS 12, but the homescreen that was newly introduced in iOS 13 in 2019 could not yet be equipped with maps. Here, users were still limited to Apple’s own map service. With iOS 14 that changes. Now CarPlay automatically selects the last service used for the view.

Using Waze navigation on Audi TT with CarPlay

You can use Waze navigation app in CarPlay if you have iOS 12 or higher operating system installed on your iPhone. Download and install Waze app from App Store on your iPhone, then start CarPlay on your TT’s infotainment system display. Then touch Waze icon to launch the app.

Using Spotify on TT

You can use Spotify to stream music on your TT. Just install the Spotify app from App Store and its icon will appear in the infotainment display when CarPlay is active.

You can use voice commands to play music hands-free on Spotify with Siri. Just add “on Spotify” at the end so that Siri knows which service you’re referring to (e.g. “Hey, Siri, play my ‘Your Mix of the Week’ playlist on Spotify”).

Siri can play songs, artists, albums, playlists, podcasts, and more. You can also “like” music, ask what’s playing, and control playback (e.g. volume, skip song, play / pause).

Do not disturb while driving

When driving, keep your eyes on the road. A quick look at the navigation device is of course allowed in order not to miss the next junction. The “Do not disturb while driving” function can be activated so that your iPhone does not distract you with unnecessary notifications while driving your TT. iOS 13 extends this option to CarPlay as well. On your iPhone go to Settings > Do Not Disturb, then scroll down and touch “Activate” under “Do not disturb while driving”.

Not all apps are compatible with CarPlay

If you think you can use all your iPhone apps in your Audi TT with CarPlay, then you’re wrong. The selection of compatible applications is limited, and you have to live with restrictions, especially with messenger apps. iMessage and WhatsApp can be controlled almost exclusively via Siri. That means you cannot see your message history, but only have new messages read out to you or even dictate messages yourself.

The following apps can be used with CarPlay on your TT, among others: Music, Phone, News, Podcasts, Audio books, Audible, Google Maps, Sygic TomTomGO, Whatsapp, calendar, Settings, Telegram, Waze, Spotify, TuneIn, Tidal, Pandora, Youtube Music and Amazon Music.

Sort apps in CarPlay

You can sort CarPlay apps in your TT quickly and easily through your iPhone. To do this, go to Settings > General > CarPlay, then select your vehicle under “MY CARS”. On the next screen you can rearrange app icons by touching and dragging them. You can also hide icons by touching the minus button on them.

Author: Nabeel K

6 thoughts on “Apple CarPlay on Audi TT, how to connect

  1. Anonymous Reply

    Thank you for the article on this which I found helpful. I recently purchased a 2018 Audi TT and have followed all the phone instructions but do not seem to have CarPlay appearing as an option or enabled on the car itself.

    I notice there are upgrades available for this for sale but do I need to purchase these or should it just work?

    • Nabeel Post authorReply

      Does your Audi TT have the “Audi smartphone interface” package? Apple CarPlay is included in this package. It was an optional feature in 2018 Audi TT.

      Audi smartphone interface: Apple CarPlay™ and Google™ Android Auto integration for compatible devices via USB connection displaying smartphone content directly on MMI® display. Integration of navigation, telephone, music and select third-party applications conveniently controlled through MMI® controller.

      • Anonymous Reply

        I don’t believe it does have that package. I think I can get it retrospectively added at a cost.

        There seems to be both more expensive Audi dealership installation option £300+ or independent businesses offering to do this for half the cost.

        All appear to be wired solutions however.

        Does that sound about right?

        • Nabeel Post authorReply

          Yes, it will be a wired solution. Wireless Apple CarPlay is not even available in 2022 Audi TT. However, there are aftermarket devices available, for example CPLAY2air, which you can use to connect CarPlay wirelessly.

          • Anonymous Reply

            So if I activated CarPlay in the Audi TT Via Audi or other company and then bought CarPlay2Air it would mean not having to connect every time and this would still display in the Audi Virtual Cockpit?

            Thanks again for your help

            • Nabeel Post author

              Yes, that is how it works. But since you’re upgrading, do contact CPLAY2air support to verify if your upgrade is supported. Their sales page mentions:

              Will this work in my car:
              If you have a factory-installed CarPlay unit and you see your make and year below, then yes!
              Audi 2017-2021