The best CarPlay apps for the iPhone

Is your daily commute a drag? The best CarPlay apps for the iPhone may fix that

best CarPlay apps Apple CarPlay

In the age of connected things, the car is no exception. With cutting-edge vehicles like the Tesla Model 3 — a car that allows drivers to download updates to their vehicle as if they were updating their smartphone — to services like Apple’s CarPlay, those of you who love technology can certainly get your fill of dashboard gadgetry. But which apps should you use? We’ve put together a list of the best CarPlay apps for the iPhone, each of which should make your daily commute far more tolerable.

New to the Apple ecosystem, or recently pick up a new ride? Lucky for you, we’ve also put together a list of the best iPhone apps and a selection of the coolest gadgets for your car

Waze

best carplay apps waze ios
With an incredibly useful, crowdsourced mix of information giving you a picture of real-time traffic, where the cheapest gas stations are, and where traffic accidents have occurred, Waze is one of the best navigation apps around. You can access it on your dashboard via CarPlay and always find the fastest route home. You can also listen to music or podcasts from within the app. If you aren’t keen on Apple Maps, then it’s a solid alternative worth trying.

iOS

TuneIn Radio


TuneIn Radio has one of the largest selections of content on the face of the planet. Download this app and you get access to more than 100,000 stations. You can stream real-time audio from radio stations all around the world, and access sports, news, music, and a variety of other popular radio formats. There’s also a premium subscription, which comes with a few added perks. For example, the service ($8 a month) provides play-by-play access to a host of sports, so you’ll never have to miss a beat when it comes to your favorite NFL or MLB team. You’ll also gain access to more than 60,000 audiobooks — rendering long-distance drives far more tolerable — and be able to access to more than 600 commercial-free stations without ads.

iOS

iHeartRadio

best carplay apps
The iHeartRadio app is a great way to discover AM and FM radio stations from around the globe. If you want to listen to your favorite podcast or check out the latest sports scores, this app has you covered. iHeartRadio will even collect the songs you like as you listen, and create a personalized station just for you. Like most radio apps, you can also snag a premium subscription which allows you to save and replay songs from the radio, create unlimited playlists, and skip as many tracks as you like, among other things. Currently, there are two premium options available: iHeartRadio Plus ($6 a month) and iHeartRadio All Access ($13 a month). Here’s how to add iHeartRadio on your car via Apple CarPlay.

iOS

Overcast

how to download podcasts overcast
If you like podcasts and you’re looking for an alternative to Apple’s proprietary podcast app, you should take a look at Overcast. This app comes with a myriad of welcome features, including voice boost and smart speed, the latter of which allows you to speed up conversations without distorting audio. You can also search, browse, or download podcasts for offline use. The app features push notifications, too, so you’ll never have to miss a new episode of your favorite podcast. It’s currently chock-full of ads, though you can purchase a premium subscription for $10 a year.

iOS

Audible

best carplay apps audible ios
Amazon owns Audible, so if you’re already a Prime member, you’ll have access to Audible Channels, which offers exclusive original series and features one of the largest selections of audiobooks around. All of your favorite audiobooks are here, whether you’re into psychological thrillers, medieval epics, or something else entirely. The app also lets you navigate via chapter and download individual chapters for offline use. You can even make clips of your favorite passages to share with friends and family.

iOS

Audiobooks.com

best car apps for iphone
If you’re planning a long drive, or just like to listen to audiobooks on your way to work, then you may want to take a look at Audiobooks.com. You can download audiobooks straight to your iPhone without having to sync with your computer, or you can just choose to stream them over Wi-Fi or through your data connection. The app has a selection of featured samples that you can listen to and a huge library of over eight thousand free books. You get your first premium audiobook for free, then you can choose a new one every month for $15 per month.

iOS

NPR One

best car apps for iphone
Here’s an app for listening to shows and podcasts from NPR and local public radio. You’ll have access to the shows that you already follow, and the app also lets you listen to any news that you missed with its Catch Up section. The more you use the NPR app, the more it will learn what you like and bring you the stories that matter most to you. From news to podcasts, NPR One has something for everyone, and it’s very easy to use.

iOS

MLB.com At Bat

best car apps for iphone
If you like baseball, you’re probably already familiar with this app. MLB.com At Bat has everything you need to know about baseball. One of the standout features of the app on iPhone is the ability to watch videos. You won’t be able to watch videos while driving, of course, but you can listen to any games available through the radio feature. You get access to stats, breaking news, schedules and more. Subscription prices are $3 per month or $20 per year, and you need to subscribe to access the radio feature.

iOS

Spotify

best car apps for iphone
When it comes to music, Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services with an enormous library of tracks, shared playlists, and more. If you’re not one of the 50 million subscribers who chose Apple Music, then you should check out what Spotify has to offer. When you open the app in your car, you have three sections on top to access your library, browse, and radio. You can listen for free with ads, or if you want to get rid of all ads, you can opt for Spotify Premium. The premium service costs $10 per month, $5 per month for students, or $15 per month for a family package which includes you and up to six other people.

iOS

Pandora Music

best car apps for iphone
Pandora’s app is as simple as they come. You just open the app, choose the station, and it will start playing your music. The idea is that it will evolve with you and your listening tastes. Because Pandora learns from you, it will keep playing music you enjoy without needing input from you while you drive. An app that you can just set and forget is ideal while you’re behind the wheel. If you want the ad-free experience, you can subscribe to Pandora Plus which costs $5 per month. For even more features — like downloading songs to listen offline and higher quality audio — you can subscribe to Pandora Premium for $13 per month.

iOS

Mobile

Some Pixel 3a owners say their new phone is randomly shutting down

Some owners of Google's new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones are complaining that their devices are randomly shutting down. The mid-range handsets hit the market just two weeks ago.
Mobile

Unleash your inner artist with the best drawing apps for the iPad Pro

The best drawing apps for the iPad Pro turn Apple's robust tablet into a canvas worthy of a true artist. Here are 20 of our current favorites, whether you're looking to keep things simple or take your art to the next level.
Mobile

Treat yo' selfie with one of these 13 apps made to beautify your pics

Selfies might be a phenomenon second only to karaoke, but they're not the easiest thing in the world to create. Thankfully, these awesome selfie apps for Android and iOS will make beautifying your self-portraits easier than capturing them.
Movies & TV

ESPN Plus is a great sports companion. Here's everything you need to know

ESPN's streaming service, ESPN Plus, arrived in 2018, but it isn't a replacement for your ESPN cable channels and it differs from other streaming apps in a few key ways. We answer all of your questions in this guide.
Mobile

These 100 best iPhone apps will turn your phone into a jack-of-all-trades

The iPhone is the most popular smartphone in the world, and we want to bring out the best in yours. Behold our comprehensive list of the best iPhone apps, from time-saving productivity tools to fun apps you won’t be able to put down.
Mobile

Here's our first look at the Galaxy Note 10's centered selfie camera

The Samsung Galaxy S10 range was only just revealed, but Samsung is already working on the next big release. Not much is known about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 just yet, but we do have a few details.
Product Review

It's a shame the U.S. banned Huawei. The new Honor 20 Pro is a kick-ass phone

Where does Honor go after the Honor View 20, the best device it has ever made? The answer is the Honor 20 Pro, which takes what made the View 20 great, and then improves on it by adding more camera lenses and shrinking the size.
Mobile

OnePlus 7 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: Which Android powerhouse is for you?

If you're after a real powerhouse of a smartphone, then you've probably considered the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. But you could save yourself some cash by opting for the OnePlus 7 Pro. Find out what sets these phones apart in our comparison.
Photography

Adobe Premiere Rush now allows Android users to edit video without the laptop

After launching on desktop and iOS, Adobe Premiere Rush, a streamlined video editor, is now available on Android. Premiere Rush is designed for social media projects and non-professional editors.
Mobile

The Honor 20 Pro is here with four camera lenses and a hole-punch screen

Honor has launched the Honor 20 Pro and the Honor 20 at an event taking place in London. The new smartphone is surprisingly compact, with an impressive four-lens camera for taking stunning shots, day or night.
Product Review

Lenovo’s Smart Tab P10 offers Android and Alexa but masters neither

If you’ve always fancied a smart display, but you need an Android tablet as well, then the Lenovo Smart Tab P10 could be the affordable device you’ve been dreaming of. Yet obsolete software and mediocre performance hold it back.
Mobile

The best OnePlus 7 Pro screen protectors to stop scratches, dirt, and cracks

The OnePlus 7 Pro has a stunning Fluid AMOLED display that's absolutely worth gazing at. But it's not going to be pleasant if cracks obscure your view. Protect your new phone with the best OnePlus 7 Pro screen protectors.
Mobile

Lyft’s new safety features include an in-app 911 panic button

In an effort to improve the safety of its ridesharing service, Lyft is rolling out several new safety measures that include an in-app panic button so riders can quickly and easily make an emergency call.
Mobile

U.K. carrier EE will flip the switch on its 5G network on May 30

5G will launch on all major networks in the U.K. during 2019. Here are all the details from Vodafone, EE, O2, and Three UK to help you get onboard with the right carrier, and choose the right phone.