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Top 5 Apple Carplay Wireless Adapters In 2023 | In-Depth Guide

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Top 5 Apple Carplay Wireless Adapters In 2023 | In-Depth Guide

Hey there! Since 2020, we’ve been putting together an annual roundup of the best wireless CarPlay adapters, and we’re excited to share our latest picks for 2023! We’ve tested a bunch of options, focusing on CompatibilityConnectivity, Audio Quality, Ease of Use, and, of course, Price. We’ve spotted some cool new brands this year and also checked out the latest from our old favorites, especially those that are making a splash on Amazon. Can’t wait for you to see what made the cut for our comprehensive 2023 list!

Apple Carplay Wireless Adapters In 2023 (Update in Dec 2023)

Looking for the best Carplay Wireless Adapter? We have got you covered in this in-depth guide to buying one based on connectivity time, stability, price, and compatibility.

We have tested 15 wireless adapters from OLD FAVORITES including Carlinkit, MMB, NewCarSoul

And COOL NEW BRANDS:

Teeran, Schmidt Spiele, Auerds, Tuliyet, Tuliyet,LOBOAIR, Luckymore

 The ranking list changes made based on product price product upgradations and new products released in the market)

To save your time, we write the conclusion here:

Quick Recommendation:

Budget Pick
Product: New Car Soul 3 in 1 Video Box 2.0
Price: $52
Stability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Compatibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Connectivity Time: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Final Rate: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Best Seller
Product: Carlinkit 5.0
Price: $85.99
Stability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Compatibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Connectivity Time: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Final Rate: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Best Compatibility
Product: MMB Carplay Adapter Plus 3.0
Price:$165
Stability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Compatibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Connectivity Time: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Final Rate: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Most Functions
Product: Ottocast Play2Video Box
Price:$149.99
Stability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Compatibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Connectivity Time: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Final Rate: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Apple Carplay Wireless Adapters In 2022 (Update on August 15, 2022)

Don’t forget to take a peek at some of the gems we discovered in our 2022 tests! While they may not always beat the new kids on the block in price, brands like Carlinkit are continuously improving, offering peace of mind with their quality and tech advancements. For instance, Carlinkit has revamped its upgrade model and even rolled out a handy mobile app, making device management a breeze. Plus, MMB has stepped up the game with a fresh multimedia CarPlay box that’s perfect for BMW enthusiasts this year.

Check Out Our 2022 Wireless CarPlay Adapter Ranking List

Budget Pick
Product: New Car Soul Wireless CarPlay Adapter
Price: $69.99
Stability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Compatibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Connectivity Time: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Final Rate: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Stop manufacturing now,  Upgraded to the 2.0 version, and added the watch video function in the 2.0 version.

Best Seller
Product: Carlinkit 3.0
Price: $85
Stability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Compatibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Connectivity Time: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Final Rate: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Best Compatibility
Product: MMB Carplay Adapter Plus 2.0
Price:$109.99
Stability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Compatibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Connectivity Time: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Final Rate: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Stop manufacturing now,  Upgraded to the 3.0 version, and added the watch video function and updated to Andoird 12

Most Functions
Product: New Car Soul Multimedia Video Box
Price:$109.99
Stability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Compatibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Connectivity Time: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Final Rate: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 NOTE:

Update Dec 9,2023

The Carlinkit 5.0 released which is good news for Android phone users. The Carlinkit 3.0 and 4.0 can only work for iPhones, but Carlinkit 5.0 can work for both iPhone and Android phones.

The Carlinkit 4.0 has been released now, it adds wireless android auto function, which means the unit could support both your iPhone and Android phones.

However, I will still say Carlinkit 3.0 is a budget pick because it didn’t make other upgradations on the 4.0

Check out the here:

Carlinkit 3.0 

Carlinkit 4.0

Carlinkit 5.0

Update on August 15, 2022:

We have re-ranked this list based on product price, and system upgradation changes. 

  1. We found an interesting wireless CarPlay adapter: the New Car Soul 3 in 1 adapter, it supports both Carplay and Android auto wirelessly, what’s more, it can stream videos&Neflix&Youtube, it is a developed device at the same price level. So we make it on the top of our list
  2. Carlinkit 4.0 is released, it is an upgrade version of 3.0, it can not only support CarPlay but also support android auto. However some android auto users found the device cannot work properly, so we didn’t add it to the list. Carlinkit 3.0 is still the best option for CarPlay users. If you use android auto, you could read our latest rank for the wireless android auto adapters.
  3. Joyeauto has released their 2.0 version of the MMB wireless CarPlay adapter, it also added the Android auto wireless function, it can support CarPlay and Android Auto now, also it has updated its support car list, it can support all car models now. If you have enough budget for the unit, you could choose the MMB Adapter for better compatibility and performance.
  4. We also found the lowest price for a wireless CarPlay solution: New Car Soul Wireless CarPlay Adapter, it is 69.99 on sale. As for our test, it has the same performance as Carlinkit 3.0 and even has more compatible car models. But the disadvantage is It will get heated when used for a long time

Do you consider yourself a fan of Apple’s convenient ecosystem that allows you to connect multiple devices? If yes, then this ultimate guide is for you. Undoubtedly, one of the best parts of being an Apple user is that the ecosystem makes your life easier as you don’t have to reconnect various devices repeatedly.

Moreover, you can connect with your MacBook while also keeping a hold on other gadgets with Siri’s help. While the Apple ecosystem had a limit to control almost everything in your house, but not your automotive.

However, things changed in 2014 when Apple first introduced Apple CarPlay, which allowed Apple users to connect their car with their smartphone. The features include calling controls, voice to text, music controls, using Google maps for direction, and many more features.

The applications that support the device come with massive icons that are developed keeping automotive usage in mind. Now, let’s check out the top 5 Apple Carplay wireless adapters that you should opt for if you are looking forward to converting your wired Carplay to wireless with ease.

4.8/5
Pros
💁‍♂️Lifetime technical support (free online upgrade)
💁‍♂️Fast Connection
💁‍♂️Perfect stability in a moving car
💁‍♂️Wide range supported cars
💁‍♂️Easy to use for beginners
💁‍♂️Work for both Iphone and Android phones
Cons

❌It cannot work on car model for BMW
❌Power Consumption: Using wireless features may consume more power from the phone battery.
Pros
💁‍♂️Support Youtube&Netflix&online video
💁‍♂️Convert Wired CarPlay to wireless
💁‍♂️Convert wired android auto to wireless
💁‍♂️Fast Connection
💁‍♂️Perfect stability in a moving car
💁‍♂️Wide range supported cars
💁‍♂️Works with multiple cars including Audi, Chevrolet, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz
💁‍♂️Easy to use for beginners
Cons

❌ It cannot download other apps In CarPlay, it just support CarPlay features and Youtube &Netflix
Pros
💁‍♂️Lifetime technical support (free online upgrade)
💁‍♂️Fast Connection
💁‍♂️Perfect stability in a moving car
💁‍♂️Wide range supported cars
💁‍♂️Works with multiple cars including Audi, Chevrolet, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz
💁‍♂️Easy to use for beginners
Cons

❌ It will cut In and out In the middle of calls on some vehicles some vehicles
Pros
💁‍♂️Comes with CE/ROHS/FCC certificate
💁‍♂️Android users can also connect through the mirror-link feature
💁‍♂️Fast connection, about 12 seconds
💁‍♂️Quality controlled device
💁‍♂️Perfect stability in a moving car
💁‍♂️Easy to use for beginners
💁‍♂️It can support all car models in the market, except BMW 💁‍♂️Fast upgrade
Cons

❌ Price is higher than its competitors
4.6/5

NEW CAR SOUL Z1

Stop manufacturing now,  Upgraded to the 2.0 version, and added the watch video function in the 2.0 version.

 

Pros
💁‍♂️Convert wired CarPlay to wirelss
💁‍♂️Easy to use 💁‍♂️Work for 99% car models
💁‍♂️Price is cheap
Cons
❌Doesn’t support Android Auto
❌It will get heated when used for a long time
Pros
💁‍♂️Easy to install and use
💁‍♂️Universal compatibility with most car models and iPhone versions
💁‍♂️Sleek and compact design
Cons
❌Audio may cut out in some areas
❌Firmware may need updating for some cars
Pros
💁‍♂️The unit is small and can easily be hidden or mounted out of the way.
💁‍♂️The Smart IC Chip technology strengthens the WiFi signals resulting in lower noise / no lag when playing music or making a call and responsive map when using real-time GPS navigation.
💁‍♂️The adapter is truly plug and play, and it worked straight out of the box.
Cons
❌The adapter takes a bit to start up (max 10 seconds) but it has been really reliable.
❌The microphone doesn’t work properly in some cases.
❌The Siri function may not work properly in some cases.
Pros
💁‍♂️Easy to set up and use
💁‍♂️Works with all factory wired CarPlay cars
Cons
❌This module looks similar with the MMB Wreless CarPlay adapter 2.0, but since Joyeauto stopped manufacturing the 2.0 version now, and this brand price is much cheaper than MMB carplay, so it is still a good choice to consider

Carlinkit 3.0 Review: Best Carplay In 2021

Everything You Should Know About The Brand

Carlinkit was started in 2014 with a mission of creating an innovative product that connects with automotive and smartphones easily. The company created a product that is compatible with Android Auto, CarPlay, Mirror Connection, Carlife, HiCare, and AirPlay.

These features make users’ life comfortable as it makes them use their infotainment system wirelessly. The company has successfully created sub-brands including Loadkey, Carlinkit, and Carlinke. There are more than 5 million users around the globe in 300+ countries and regions.

Interestingly, the company also provides an affiliate marketing program.

Carlinkit 3.0: What Makes It Different?

Carlinkit 3.0 is the latest version updated by the company. It allows users to update software online for free. It is one of the market-leading products that connect with both, WiFi and Bluetooth.

You can transform your factory wired CarPlay to a Wireless connection using this wireless carplay adapter. All you need to do to get an automatic and wireless connection to carplay without requiring a data cable is to connect this wireless carplay USB dongle. 

Furthermore, the tiny Wireless Carplay Adapter enhances your overall driving experience. However, there are a few things you need to bear in mind before you can start using the device. First off, it is only for vehicles that feature factory wired Apple CarPlay. Aside from that, it only works with iPhone IOS10 or above.

In other words, it will help you avoid cable trouble. You can effortlessly bring wireless CarPlay & Mirror-link to your car without breaking a sweat. Furthermore, this wireless dongle works with Volvo, VW, Skoda, Porsche, Audi, as well as aftermarket pioneer radio that comes with built-in CarPlay. 

Consumers are advised to check the list of supported vehicles before purchasing them. Those who aren’t sure should contact the company before purchasing.

After plugging the Wireless CarPlay adapter into your vehicle’s USB port, you’d need to wait for a couple of minutes before it opens on the car screen. The next step involves clicking on CarPlay on the car screen. Aside from that, you should enable CarPlay on your smartphone. Using Bluetooth connectivity, search and select this dongle and pair connection. This will open CarPlay.

Among other things, you will get Play music with Spotify, USB Flash Drive movies and music playing, Mirror-link for iPhone and Android Phone, and Car screen as YouTube APP TV Screen. This delivers a superior driving experience.

Moreover, each item goes through professionally testing. The company uses strong quality control. If you face issues in terms of installation or setup, you can simply contact the company for assistance. However, all you need to do is to plug the dongle into your vehicle that has a normal Type-C or USB port.

Quick connect

Isn’t it frustrating when you want to take your car out for 10 minutes of drive and wait for your device to connect? Carlinkit 3.0 makes sure that you don’t have to wait for a long time as it quickly connects as soon as you enter the car. 

After using the device, I noticed that it was barely 7-10 seconds after opening the car’s door and settling in. If you are someone who also lacks patience in this fast-moving world, then you should definitely get this adapter to make your Carplay wireless. 

Convert any wired Carplay to wireless

Have you ever purchased a wireless adapter and then figured out that the device doesn’t support your car? Thankfully with Carlinkit 3.0, you don’t have to worry about your car’s model. It can simply convert any factory wired Carplay to wireless with the help of WiFi and Bluetooth. 

It supports many car models including Audi 2017-2020, Borgward 2017-2020, Bentley 2017-2020, Chevrolet 2016-2020, Ferrari 2016-2020, Fiat 2017-2020, Ford 2017-2020, Honda 2016-2020, Hyundai 2015-2020, Land Rover 2017-2020, Jaguar 2017-2020, Mercedes-Benz 2016-2020, Nissan 2017-2020, Porsche 2017-2020, Toyota 2016-2020, and Volkswagen 2015-2020.

You can easily get calls, receive and send messages, use the voice to text feature, and also use the navigation smoothly. With this, I can gladly say goodbye to the USB cable that used to get tangled around my gear system. Simply plug and play. 

Flawless connection automatically

If you are using this device for the first time, then it takes up to 30 seconds to connect. Otherwise, the adapter comes with a 5.8 GHz module that provides fast speed, more stability, and low latency.

Additional Features

Besides supporting multiple car models, It also supports 8 countries’ languages including English, French, Mandarin, and more. Aftermarket head units include Alpine, Kenwood, Pioneer, and Sony.

Compact in size

The size of the product is one of the best parts as you don’t have to struggle with keeping a big dongle in your car. The compact size of the device provides you with more space and you can also carry it in your pocket.

Allows wired connection

In case, you wish to use the dongle with a wired connection, then the device also comes with a USB-A port that allows you to connect your smartphone easily. 

Product Specifications

  • Product weight: ‎5.9 ounces
  • Dimension: ‎80 mm x 46 mm x 13 mm
  • Colors: Black, White

Pros Of Using Carlinkit 3.0

  • You will get a sleek and compact design that looks elegant with your car’s interior.
  • Easy to use for beginners.
  • Connects automatically every time you enter the car, which makes it easier to go on a quick drive.
  • Voice commands are available that help you to operate the system.
  • Converts any Carplay into wireless as it supports almost every car model that was released after 2015.

Where To Buy Carlinkit 3.0

If you are looking forward to getting the latest dongle for your car to make your driving experience entertaining and smooth, then Carlinkit 3.0 is perfect for you. Another best part of this dongle is that it is very affordable considering the features and functions it provides to the user.

Carlinkit 3.0 is available on various platforms with different titles including U2W Plus, New Carlinkit, and Plus version. If you want to purchase this dongle, You can use the coupon code below to get $30 Off. 

Buying Guide

When looking for the best CarPlay wireless adapter, there are a few key features to consider. We’ve compiled a list of factors to keep in mind to help you make an informed decision.

Compatibility

The first thing to consider is compatibility with your car’s infotainment system and your iPhone. Make sure the adapter you choose is compatible with both your car and your iPhone model. Some adapters may only be compatible with certain car models or iPhone versions, so it’s important to double-check before making a purchase.

Connectivity

Another important factor to consider is the type of connectivity the adapter offers. Some adapters use Bluetooth, while others use Wi-Fi or a combination of both. It’s important to choose an adapter that offers stable and reliable connectivity, as this will ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience when using CarPlay.

Audio Quality

The audio quality of the adapter is also an important consideration. Look for an adapter that offers high-quality sound output, as this will ensure that your music and phone calls sound crystal clear.

Ease of Use

Finally, consider the ease of use of the adapter. Look for an adapter that is easy to set up and use, with clear instructions and a user-friendly interface. Some adapters may come with additional features, such as voice control or touchscreens, which can make using CarPlay even easier and more convenient.

In summary, when choosing the best CarPlay wireless adapter, it’s important to consider compatibility, connectivity, audio quality, and ease of use. By keeping these factors in mind, you can find an adapter that will provide a seamless and enjoyable CarPlay experience.

 

Conclusion

If you are wondering whether you should purchase this latest device or not, then looking at the features, compatibility, stability, and price, I would definitely recommend buying this product as a good investment in your own infotainment system.

No matter, you are often taking your car out for a quick drive or you love having long drives with your loved ones, this dongle will ensure that you get a smooth experience throughout the journey.

Carlinkit 3.0 comes with a newer optimized user interface that makes a visually notable different screen. It also boots much faster compared to the Carlinkit 2.0 and other dongles available in the market. 

It also runs on the latest software available and in case, your dongle isn’t updated, then it can simply get updated for free online. The device also offers a customized boot menu, which makes it easier for beginners to use. 

The WiFi speed is also much faster as it comes with Wi-Fi 5 while the previous model had standard Wi-Fi 4. The latest dongle comes with 866.7 megabits per second output.



Frequently Asked Questions

What features should I look for in a high-quality wireless CarPlay adapter?

When looking for a high-quality wireless CarPlay adapter, there are a few features to keep in mind. Firstly, it’s important to ensure that the adapter is compatible with your vehicle and your iPhone’s operating system. Additionally, you’ll want to look for an adapter that has stable connectivity and fast data transfer speeds. Other features to consider include ease of installation, compatibility with voice assistants, and the ability to charge your phone while in use.

How do I connect multiple phones to a single wireless CarPlay adapter?

Connecting multiple phones to a single wireless CarPlay adapter can be done in a few ways, depending on the adapter. Some adapters allow for multiple devices to be connected simultaneously, while others require devices to be manually switched. It’s important to check the instructions for your specific adapter to determine the best method for connecting multiple phones.

Are there wireless adapters compatible with both CarPlay and Android Auto?

Yes, there are wireless adapters available that are compatible with both CarPlay and Android Auto. These adapters typically connect to your vehicle’s USB port and allow you to switch between CarPlay and Android Auto as needed.

Which wireless CarPlay adapters allow for streaming apps like YouTube?

Not all wireless CarPlay adapters allow for streaming apps like YouTube. However, some adapters do support these types of apps. It’s important to check the specifications for your specific adapter to determine if it supports streaming apps.

Can existing vehicles with CarPlay be upgraded to support wireless functionality?

In some cases, existing vehicles with CarPlay can be upgraded to support wireless functionality. This typically involves purchasing a wireless CarPlay adapter and installing it in your vehicle. However, not all vehicles are compatible with wireless CarPlay adapters, so it’s important to check the specifications for your specific vehicle and adapter.

What are the benefits of using a wireless Apple CarPlay adapter over a wired connection?

Using a wireless Apple CarPlay adapter offers a few benefits over a wired connection. Firstly, it eliminates the need for a physical cable, which can be more convenient and reduce clutter in your vehicle. Additionally, wireless CarPlay allows for greater flexibility in terms of device placement and movement. Finally, wireless CarPlay can offer faster data transfer speeds and more stable connectivity compared to a wired connection.

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