Spotify Carplay

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Spotify carplay settings

Hyundai Santa Fe supports Apple CarPlay that lets you access your iPhone apps like iTunes, Google Maps, Waze and Spotify through the touch-screen of your vehicle. You can also make phone calls, send messages or use navigation with voice commands using Siri.

Enable CarPlay and Siri on iPhone

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You must have iPhone 5 or newer device with iOS 7.1 or newer version to use Apple CarPlay on Hyundai Santa Fe. 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.

Enable CarPlay in Santa Fe

CarPlay must be enabled in your Santa Fe’s infotainment system settings before you can use it. To enable CarPlay, select SETUP, then Device Connections, then Apple CarPlay and make sure that the checkbox next to “Enable Apple CarPlay” is checked.

Connect iPhone to Santa Fe’s USB port

  1. Connect your Apple iPhone to your Hyundai Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe while phone is locked.
  3. Apple CarPlay icon will appear on the home screen of Santa Fe’s touchscreen, touch it to launch CarPlay.

To return to the display audio home screen, touch the Hyundai icon.

If you’re unsure which USB port supports CarPlay on your particular Santa Fe 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 Hyundai Santa Fe

If Apple CarPlay does not start on your Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe.
  • 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 Santa Fe does not support CarPlay. Try other USB ports.
  • A software glitch is responsible for the CarPlay problem. Reset the Santa Fe’s infotainment system to its factory settings.
  • You’ve an older model of Santa Fe that does not support Apple CarPlay. Only 2017 and later model year Hyundai Santa Fe vehicles are compatible with CarPlay.

Using Siri on Hyundai Santa Fe

Siri is Apple’s voice recognition feature that helps you to concentrate on the road while driving your Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe until you hear Siri tone. If your vehicle is not equipped with navigation then just give the button a single press to start Siri.

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 Santa Fe models support CarPlay?

2017 and later model year Hyundai Santa Fe vehicles are compatible with Apple CarPlay.

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Using Google Maps on Hyundai Santa Fe with CarPlay

If your iPhone has iOS 14+ operating system, you can freely use Google Maps in Apple CarPlay on your Santa Fe. 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 Hyundai Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe’s infotainment system display. Then touch Waze icon to launch the app.

Using Spotify on Santa Fe

You can use Spotify to stream music on your Santa Fe. 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 Santa Fe. 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

Spotify Carplay Problems

If you think you can use all your iPhone apps in your Hyundai Santa Fe 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.

Apple Carplay Spotify Issues

The following apps can be used with CarPlay on your Santa Fe, 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.

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Sort apps in CarPlay

You can sort CarPlay apps in your Santa Fe 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.

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Video Demonstration

Spotify remains the number one music streaming app despite the competition in this sector becoming fiercer, but the parent company seems to remain fully committed to providing users with more features and polished performance going forward.

Spotify Car Play Issues

Needless to say, this is quite the correct approach in the long term, as Spotify needs to provide its growing number of subscribers with the experience they are supposed to get for a product they’re paying for.
More recently, Spotify has released new quiet updates for both Android and iPhone, which means users on Android Auto and CarPlay are also supposed to install them.
At first glance, these are just minor updates that come with additional polishing under the hood, so no, there’s no new feature in these releases. But the good news is that Spotify might have fixed some issues experienced by drivers in their cars, including the weird problem that’s causing the radio to be turned on automatically when pausing music in Spotify.
While a confirmation doesn’t exist at this point given Spotify hasn’t provided us with a changelog, the release notes published in the App Store point to some generic changes.
On iPhone, Spotify is now at version 8.5.60, and according to this vague changelog, the new release comes with bug improvements and fixes, improved stability, and minor UI polishing. On Android, the latest update increases the app version to
In case you’re wondering, you’re obviously recommended to install this new version even if it comes without a changelog. Most likely, the magic happens under the hood, so if you previously experienced any issue with Spotify, there’s a small chance that this new pair of updates comes to resolve it.
You can get the new version for iPhone from the App Store, while Spotify for Android can be downloaded from this page to manually update the app using the stand-alone APK installer.