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SiriusXM CarPlay: How to Stream Your Favorite Channels on the Go

by Mike
10 minutes read

SiriusXM is a popular broadcasting service in the United States that provides audio content such as music, podcasts, live radio, and more. With over 400 channels available, users never run out of content to listen to on the SiriusXM app. For those who prefer listening to live radio and podcasts while driving, adding SiriusXM to the Apple CarPlay interface is a great option.

In this guide, the process of adding and using SiriusXM on Apple CarPlay will be explained, along with instructions on how to navigate the SiriusXM user interface and utilize offline listening. Additionally, frequently asked questions about SiriusXM on Apple CarPlay will be addressed.

How to Add and Use SiriusXM on Apple CarPlay

To enjoy SiriusXM on Apple CarPlay, users must first download the SiriusXM app from the App Store on their iPhone. After installing the app, they can sign in or sign up for an account and follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on the iPhone and select General.
  2. Scroll down and select CarPlay to open the CarPlay Settings.
  3. Choose the name of the car and select Customize.
  4. Locate the SiriusXM app and click the + icon to add it to Apple CarPlay.
  5. To show the app on the first page, tap the three-line icon next to the SiriusXM app and drag it to the front of the list.

After adding the app, connect the iPhone to the car and start Apple CarPlay. The SiriusXM app should now appear on the CarPlay interface.

Users can easily navigate the SiriusXM app on CarPlay using the touch screen or Siri voice commands. They can browse channels, view album art, and access their saved favorites. Additionally, they can switch between the SiriusXM app and other CarPlay-compatible apps seamlessly.

With these simple steps, users can easily add and use SiriusXM on Apple CarPlay, providing them with a seamless and enjoyable listening experience while on the road.

How to Use SiriusXM on Apple CarPlay

SiriusXM User Interface

To start listening to SiriusXM on CarPlay, the user must first sign up for a subscription through the official website. Subscription plans start at $9.99/month, with a promotion for first-time subscribers to listen for $1 for the first three months.

Once the subscription is set up, launching the SiriusXM app on CarPlay will present the user with three tabs to choose from: Recent, Favorites, and Discover.

Under the Recent tab, users can find their recently played music, podcasts, or radio stations. The Favorites tab allows users to add channels, specific shows, and episodes to a list of preferred content. Finally, the Discover tab offers a recommended list based on the user’s listening history, as well as browsing options for music, talk, news, and other available content.

Once the user selects audio content, the music will play on the screen below. The user can hit the Play button to listen to the music and press the Pause button to stop the music from playing. If the user does not like the currently playing song, they can tap the Forward arrow button to skip to the next song. Alternatively, they can tap the Rewind arrow button to switch to the previously played music and start playing it.

The Star button allows users to add the currently playing content to their Favorites list. Additionally, the Restart Show button plays the current show from the beginning, while the Go Live button allows users to listen to live radio stations on the SiriusXM app.

Offline Listening on SiriusXM

For SiriusXM subscribers, downloading podcasts and select on-demand shows allows for offline listening. To download a podcast or an on-demand show, the user can tap the Download icon next to the episode and start the download process. After downloading, the content can be accessed offline on Apple CarPlay from the Discover section of the app.

To listen to downloaded content, users can go to the Downloads section under the Discover tab on Apple CarPlay. From there, they can access and listen to the content that was downloaded on their iPhone.


If you’re having trouble tuning into a station on SiriusXM using Siri on Apple CarPlay, unfortunately, this is not currently possible. The SiriusXM app does not support Siri commands for tuning into stations, so you’ll need to manually select the station you want to listen to.

If you’re experiencing issues with the SiriusXM app on your CarPlay interface, there are a few troubleshooting steps you can try. First, restart your CarPlay interface and ensure that both the SiriusXM app and CarPlay are updated to the latest firmware. If updating doesn’t work, try removing the app from the CarPlay interface and then re-adding it.

Overall, while there may be limitations to using Siri with SiriusXM on CarPlay, there are still many ways to enjoy your favorite stations and content. By following these troubleshooting steps and staying up-to-date with the latest software updates, you can ensure a seamless listening experience on the go.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Troubleshoot SiriusXM Not Working on Apple CarPlay?

If you’re having trouble getting SiriusXM to work on your Apple CarPlay, there are a few things you can try:

  • Make sure your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS and that your car’s infotainment system is updated.
  • Check that your SiriusXM subscription is active and that you’re logged into the app on your iPhone.
  • Try restarting your iPhone and your car’s infotainment system.
  • If all else fails, contact SiriusXM customer support for further assistance.

What Steps Are Involved in Setting Up SiriusXM with Apple CarPlay?

To set up SiriusXM with Apple CarPlay, follow these steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your car’s infotainment system using a Lightning cable.
  2. Open the Apple CarPlay interface on your car’s infotainment system.
  3. Locate the SiriusXM app and select it.
  4. Log in to your SiriusXM account or sign up for a new account if you don’t already have one.
  5. Start streaming SiriusXM content through your car’s infotainment system.

How Can I Connect My iPhone to My SiriusXM-Enabled Car Radio?

If your car radio is equipped with SiriusXM but doesn’t support Apple CarPlay, you can still connect your iPhone to it using Bluetooth. Here’s how:

  1. Turn on Bluetooth on your iPhone and your car radio.
  2. Pair your iPhone with your car radio using the Bluetooth settings on your iPhone.
  3. Open the SiriusXM app on your iPhone.
  4. Start streaming SiriusXM content through your car’s audio system.

Is It Possible to Control SiriusXM Through Siri on Apple CarPlay?

Yes, you can use Siri to control SiriusXM on Apple CarPlay. Simply activate Siri by pressing and holding the voice control button on your car’s steering wheel or infotainment system, then say something like “Play SiriusXM Hits 1” or “Skip this song.”

Can I Access My SiriusXM Favorites Through Apple CarPlay?

Yes, you can access your SiriusXM favorites through Apple CarPlay. Simply select the Favorites tab in the SiriusXM app on your iPhone, and your saved stations and channels will appear in the Apple CarPlay interface.

What Are the Differences Between Using Apple CarPlay and the SiriusXM App in My Car?

The main difference between using Apple CarPlay and the SiriusXM app in your car is the interface. Apple CarPlay provides a simplified, streamlined interface that’s designed to be easy to use while driving, whereas the SiriusXM app offers a more comprehensive set of features and controls. Additionally, Apple CarPlay requires a compatible car infotainment system, whereas the SiriusXM app can be used on any smartphone or tablet.

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