Looking to add Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to your 2014-2015.5 factory 8″ display equipped North American Spec GM Vehicle with proper OEM functionality? You’re in the right place! Please read the entire product description and FAQ as it explains how this works, the ins and outs and what parts you’ll need to make this happen.
This kit includes a new Radio Module and HMI module. Not “second hand”, used, or salvage.
So how does this work? First you must understand your wants/needs. Do you have navigation or if not do you want to add it? If the question to either of those questions is yes then you’ll want to choose the kit that includes a Navigation HMI. Second you’ll need to know your vehicles audio type. Do you have a Bose Premium audio system? If so then you’ll need to choose the package that includes the HMI you want with a Bose radio; its pretty simple. You cannot mix and match radios, if you have Bose you need the Bose radio if you dont you need the base radio. You can tell which Radio style you need by checking your vehicles RPO Code Label (Generally in the Glove box) for RPO UQ3/UQ5 you need a BASE Radio for RPO UQA/UQS you need a BOSE Radio. On the radio note ALL of our kits include HD Radio!
In addition to the HMI and proper mating Radio Module that we will supply you with the only other thing you’ll need to procure is a 2016+ USB hub that goes in your console to replace your non compatible older version. This is the USB module where you plug your devices into that has two ports and likely an SD Card reader these vary by console style. For most applications the part number for this unit is 13519224 (MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT GET SENT OR PURCHASE A 13519244) and can be found many different places online including Amazon. The new USB hub does not have an SD Card reader and there are no compatible hubs for this upgrade that have the SD Card Reader that we are aware of. You will need to plug your iPhone / Android Device into this new hub as Apple CarPlay / Android Auto WILL NOT WORK WITHOUT THIS HUB.
Installation is literally as simple as swapping out your existing units for the new units we will provide you; they will be plug and play.
Please note that If you desire a full OEM proper Car Play/Android Auto experience you will need to replace the HMI, Radio AND Instrument Cluster (Or opt for our ship in UDD cluster upgrade click HERE to check that out) to gain the full use of steering wheel controls (inside Car Play or Android Auto) and Siri/Google voice commands otherwise you will be pressing the screen constantly; this is also a great time to consider a CarPlay / Android Auto compatible Denali Cluster upgrade to get that functionality! Steering wheel controls OUTSIDE of CarPlay / Android auto will work as they did previously but WITHOUT the upgrade controls support varies inside of Android Auto and in Apple CarPlay on most phones you’re missing Siri Eyes free and Answer/Hang up calls. On some iPhones with iOS 15 you’ll also be missing the track change/skip function due to a change in removing the old iPod control support from CarPlay.
If you have a 2016 that was built WITHOUT Car Play/Android auto please Click Here for a specific product just for those applications!
If you have a 4″ Display IO4 equipped truck please see Click Here for the upgrade for those vehicles that includes the proper 8″ screen.
If you have a current XM radio subscription after installation you’ll need to contact them and update your account with your new Radio ID. You can find this on the module itself or by tuning to Channel 0 on the XM band.
You will lose the ability to pause/rewind/fast forward live radio when completing this upgrade. This is due to GM removing those features on any HMI based application that also has CarPlay/Android Auto.
If you are ordering a navigation HMI but do not have factory navigation please note you will need to provide a GPS antenna.
If you do NOT have OnStar Hardware in your vehicle (Generally RPO UE0 Onstar Delete) please contact us PRIOR to ordering as your kit will require custom programming.
About the optional Add Ons:
Map Update: This is for Navigation HMI’s only to upgrade the Map Database to the Model Year data listed. Generally we always offer the most up to date available data at a fraction of retail cost.
Full HMI Unlock Programming: Adds a ton of useful features at a discounted price. Please Click Here for the full feature set as well as the requirements of this awesome Add On!
PLEASE NOTE: This kit is intended for properly functioning North American factory spec vehicles. It is not intended to remedy any existing issues such as blank screen, “glitches”, “ghost scrolling/presses” or any other infotainment issues. While possible in some instances these parts may address issues like those above we do not in any way shape or form market this product as anything other than an upgrade for properly functioning vehicles and any existing issues should be professionally diagnosed by a GM dealer prior to purchase. Also some C7 Applications may lose the “Driver Mode” Selection with this upgrade due to later model module communication changes.
Q: How do I tell which Radio Type I have?
A: By using the RPO label (generally in your glove box) and the instructions in the description regarding which RPO’s are for Bose/Premium Audio and Base Audio.
Q: Can I choose the Bose Radio if I don’t have Bose? Won’t this add it?
A: No you’ll end up with no audio at all which is why we say it must match what you have.
Q: I currently have navigation do I need to keep it even though I’ll be using CarPlay/Android Auto?
A: If you currently have it we highly recommend you keep it as other applications may leverage the data from it. For example many applications that have Rear Seat Entertainment were never built without Navigation and you would also lose other applications you already have such as weather etc. You also would gain the Speed Limit display if you choose to do either of the Cluster Upgrades.
Q: Does this have any effect on OnStar?
A: No it does not. The only thing OnStar related we need to know if is you don’t have OnStar HARDWARE meaning an OnStar delete as discussed above in the description.
Q: I just installed this and I cant get CarPlay or Android Auto to work the Projection Icon never changes?
A: This is almost always one of three things: The first one being the USB hub wasn’t replaced as directed in the description, the part number of the HUB is incorrect OR you are using a non OEM USB cable.
Q: I’m getting an Android Auto Software Security Error?
A: This is very common. If you search you’ll find a myriad of solutions that you’ll need to work through as this is a Phone Side error and may require updating components or reinstalling them there is no “sure fix” for it. Having the incorrect USB hub can be a contributing factor for this error as well.