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Everything you need to know about Mazda's Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Retrofit!

November 06, 2018 2 min read

Mazda's Apple CarPlay Android Auto Integration Retrofit

Apple Carplay and Android Auto is now available for older vehicles with MAZDA CONNECT! 2018 Mazda6 and 2019 CX-3 owners (with vehicles built before September 1, 2018) get a limited time special pricing! 


2018 Mazda6 and 2019 Mazda CX-3 built prior to September 1, 2018. 
  • Now available as a Genuine Mazda Accessory
  • Limited Time Special Price of $250 installed (plus applicable taxes) ONLY until February 2019.
  • After February 2019, the accessory for these vehicles will cost $443 installed (plus applicable taxes).


2018 Mazda6 + 2019 CX-3 released inNovember, 2019 CX-9 and all 2019 Vehicles with the exception of the 2019 Mazda MX-5
  • Included as standard equipment. 


Older generations Mazda
  • Retrofits available for all vehicles that have the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system.
  • Retrofit consists of a software and hardware (USB Hub) update.
  • This retrofit option costs $443 installed (plus applicable taxes). 

The Mazda Connect is Mazda's car connectivity system that enables you to safely enjoy the convenience of your smartphone while in your car. It was first introduced in select 2014 model year vehicles. 

Mazda Connect Car Infortainment System
This is what the Mazda Connect system looks like.

 For your reference, here are vehicles with Mazda Connect:

  • 2014 and newer Mazda3 & Mazda3 Sport
  • 2016 and newer Mazda6
  • 2016 and newer Mazda CX-3
  • 2016 and newer Mazda CX-5
  • 2016 and newer CX-9
  • 2016 and newer Mazda MX-5
  • 2017 and newer Mazda MX-5 RF


 So, What is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

 Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow for a seamless integration between your Mazda and your Apple/Android smartphone. Designed with safety in mind, you can connect your device to your car and use certain apps on your phone - straight from your Mazda Connect Infotainment system.

Access the following:

  • Maps
  • Phone calls
  • Messaging
  • Music
  • Other Apps

Mazda Connect Apple CarPlay
Apple CarPlay Interface

You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, listen to music without taking your eye off the road. With voice control, you can access Siri/Google Assistant by pressing the voice control button on the steering wheel. Here are some commands: 
"Call Mom"
"Play The Beatles"
"Find the nearest gas station"
"Reply I'll be there in 15 minutes"

You can also use the command controller to navigate the interface or use the touch-screen (when the vehicle is not in motion). 

Mazda Connect Android Auto
Android Auto™ Interface

There are various apps (Waze, Spotify, WhatsApp, Podcasts) that are supported with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can take your favourite podcast, or music with you on the go! Eliminate the plug-in GPS and get directions on the go straight from your phone with voice-guided Navigation, lane guidance and much more!

Need help getting started? Check out these videos! 
Apple CarPlay
Android Auto