How to Make Your Standard Factory CarPlay into Wireless CarPlay?

Since iOS 9, Apple has supported wireless CarPlay implementations. Nearly all CarPlay setups require an iPhone to be plugged in directly to the in-dash system to connect, but wireless CarPlay alleviates the need for a Lightning cable, allowing an iPhone to connect to an in-car system wirelessly.

BMW was the first, introducing wireless CarPlay in its 2017 5 series, and now offering the feature in every 2019 model in its showrooms (though that comes with the caveat of the subscription fee).  Mini Cooper has brought wireless CarPlay to its 2020-07 stable as well.

Many car owners wanted Wireless CarPlay, but replacing the whole entertainment system was too disruptive. Now there’s a solution for turning standard CarPlay into Wireless CarPlay by U2W Wireless CarPlay Dongle, at least for some models, and it actually works!

Easy installation
Setting up the adapter is no harder than pairing with Wireless CarPlay. Connect the adapter to your car’s USB port that powers wired CarPlay,
then pair your iPhone to the adapter over Bluetooth from the Settings app.
I tried the adapter when it arrived just to check if it paired. I had a total surprise-and-delight moment a few days later. I took a short drive across town with
my iPhone in my pocket without thinking about the adapter and CarPlay just appeared on my screen automatically.

How to connect?
Correction, it is a WiFi connection that links the device and your iPhone, Bluetooth is only used once for the initial installation to verify the Apple CarPlay connection. BTW, for sure you can get a new head unit with wireless CarPlay for 300$ but for some of us, it's impossible to think about that solution when you have a floating 10'3 inch screen on your dash that is not part of the audio system. Not counting the other controls on the OEM screen, AC\heat, etc.

How to upgrade the firmware?
Regarding the latest firmware upgrade, all will downloadable via the cloud database, all the future upgrades via USB drive.

Expect some latency
Perfect! Well, almost. From my experience driving with standard and Wireless CarPlay, I know to expect latency when using steering wheel controls to skip tracks. The important thing is that steering wheel controls for volume, track skipping, and voice input actually work.
Latency aside, there are two other issues I’ve experienced using the adapter. The first is worth the trade-off.

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