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Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ FAQs


How does it work?
Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™¹ are Apple and Google's phone mirroring protocols that enables selected applications to be projected onto the vehicle display. This is achieved by plugging your smartphone into the vehicle head unit through a factory-supplied USB connection.

Device Compatibility

What devices are compatible with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™?

Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™¹ are supported by the following devices:

Apple CarPlay®:

  • iPhone®² 5 or newer
  • Minimum iOS 11

Android Auto:

  • Android™ Minimum Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
  • Recommended Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)

Vehicle compatibility

Which Lexus models have Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™?

Certain Lexus models will be fitted with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™¹ from the following dates:

  • RX - From 23 October 2019
  • ES - From 24 October 2019

For existing Lexus owners, a retrofit is available for $249 on the following models and respective productions dates:

  • ES - 4 July 2018 onwards
  • LC - 27 March 2017 onwards
  • LS - 8 January 2018 onwards
  • RC - 27 November 2017 onwards
  • RC F - 27 November 2017 onwards
  • NX - 1 September 2017 onwards
  • UX - 5 October 2018 onwards

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Data and Devices

Can I connect more than one smartphone to Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™?
Only one phone can pair to the head unit at a time, as smartphones need to be connected to the head unit via USB.
How much will the data download costs be? Will it increase my phone bill?

Data usage will vary depending on each app and how often you use it.

We suggest you check with your service provider to understand the limits of your purchased data plan. Some smartphones, like iPhone®², have the ability to track how much cellular data is used. Refer to your smartphones owner's manual for details.

Help and Support

Apple CarPlay®

Learn more:

CarPlay® support:


Android Auto™

Learn more:

Android Auto™ FAQs:

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1. Requires compatible device, USB connection, mobile data, network reception & GPS signal. Mobile usage at user’s cost. Apps subject to change. For details see CarPlay® is a trademark of Apple, Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries. Android Autoᵀᴹ is a trademark of Google LLC. Indicative image(s) only.

2. iPhone® is a trademark of Apple, Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries. Compatibility and functionality varies depending on device.


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