How to Use SharePlay with CarPlay in iOS 17

SharePlay integration into CarPlay via Apple Music

Trying to give everyone the ability to choose their music in the car, driving can be a nightmare. Luckily, in iOS 17, anyone in the car can control music from their device using SharePlay, and here's how to do it.

“Today, adding a song to a ride could mean sharing a phone, passing on a cable, or sending a link,” said Anne Park Shedlosky, director of tvOS program management at Apple, during WWDC 2023. “Now that the driver's iPhone is connected to CarPlay , any passenger’s iPhone will automatically prompt you to join their session.”

This new addition to CarPlay is great for long trips or just hanging out in the car with other people. It's also useful for people who only have wired CarPlay and can't get their phone into the back seat due to the length of the wire.

Of course, you and your friends may already have a playlist of your favorite tunes, but in situations where someone makes a last-minute song request, SharePlay integration can come in handy.

If you use CarPlay every time you drive and have a long trip with other people, you'll want to know about this new addition to the Apple Music experience in your car.

How to start a session SharePlay in CarPlay

Starting a SharePlay session with CarPlay is a little different than how you do it with iMessage or FaceTime. Although the strategy is not identical, it is still easy to implement.

  1. Go to the Music application in CarPlay
  2. Go to the Now Playing
  3. Tap SharePlay icon in the top right corner
  4. Ask the passenger(s) in your car to either scan the QR code or open the Music app on their iPhone to join the session.
  5. As soon as he does this, a notification will appear on the screen. screen of your car, which you should click on.
  6. A list of people who want to join the session will appear — where you can approve or reject them.

You can turn off automatic detection of your SharePlay session by others. This will prevent the join option from appearing when your passengers open the Music app on their device.

Once you allow someone to participate in the session, they will have full control over the music. They can skip or rewind tracks, play or pause music, shuffle or repeat, add songs to a queue, and view lyrics from their device.

Start a SharePlay session in CarPlay

Even if someone is not an Apple Music subscriber, they can still join a SharePlay session, manage music, and add songs in line.

How to join a SharePlay session in CarPlay from your device

You may not be able to receive a QR code for others to join because you are following navigation directions. Luckily, people who already have access to a session can add others right from their device.

  1. Open the Music app on a device that has already been approved to join the session
  2. Open the Now Playing screen
  3. Tap the CarPlay icon at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Invite the person who wants to join to scan the QR code that appears.
  5. Allow or deny them access from the Music app in CarPlay

Joining a SharePlay session in CarPlay

From this panel on the passenger's device, they also will be able to see who else is in the session and can leave the session if they want.

Control your music from anywhere in the car

SharePlay integration with CarPlay is a great addition to the system, allowing everyone in the car to have equal access to music, no matter what seat they are in. This eases the pain when passing a car. over the phone to someone who wants to play a certain song.

Now Playing screen with SharePlay

Of course, Siri is always ready to play any song you request, but it is not perfect and may not play the song correctly than what you asked for. SharePlay makes it easy for someone else to control the music while you focus on the road.

SharePlay integration is available for cars that already support CarPlay and are connected to a device running iOS 17. Devices running iPadOS 17 can also join a SharePlay session if they are connected to Wi-Fi.

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