CarPlay and Spotify...a match made in HELL


CarPlay and Spotify...a match made in HELL

Casual Listener

Apple's CarPlay has been out for awhile now, but Spotify hasn't seemed to address any of the major issues I and I'm sure many of you have encountered.  I primarily use Spotify in my car to replace using the builtin music player. I purchased my AVH-4000NEX for the sole purpose of CarPlay and the Spotify integration. Unfortunately in it's current form these 2 don't seem to play well with each other at all, and the experience is often frustrating and borders on being unusable at times. I currently am running the latest firmware update from Pioneer (1.0.8) I believe, and have that paired with an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.1.3.


Here are the problems I've encountered. Feel free to add yours and let's see if Spotify reads these boards and will do something about it


1. Trying to open Spotify from CarPlay results in app freezing (happens fairly frequently)


2. Selecting playlists and tracks from CarPlay results in huge lag or becomes completely unresponsive (happens fairly frequently)


3. Music shows as playing but no sound is output. Have to close app on phone and restart. Sometimes that works, or have to shut down phone completely and restart (happens every once in awhile)


4. Most annoying and most common problem: Almost every time Spotify connects with CarPlay, it randomly starts playing music from the YourMusic playlist, instead of continuing to play from where it left off. This is beyond annoying as re-selecting the desired playlist results in many songs playing over and over again. Just make it continue playing where it left off. (Occurs 99% of the time Spotify connects with CarPlay)


5. Lastly sometimes the app just flat out crashes in the middle of tracks, and restarts the phone.


89 Replies


Hi Everyone,


It's been a long time coming and through lots of frustration, I feel that I have a fix for our Spotify and Carplay issues where you plug in your phone and start your car and spotify doesn't respond when hitting the play button, etc.


The Fix?


Open your Spotify iOS App (make sure you have the latest version and also have the latest iOS update for when my reply was made on 01/09/18.


Goto the settings icon on the top right (the gear).


Goto the Devices option


And make sure the "Show Local Devices Only" toggle is turned "ON" (where it's green). Also make sure the Devices Lock Screen toggle is turned "ON" (where it's green).


These two items being turned on have worked for me for the last 3 weeks where i haven't had ONE issue with Spotify working with Carplay, when I used to have it happen almost daily each time i started my car.


Two other friends have also confirmed this being the fix and that Spotify starts right up when they start their car, meaning it comes up and starts playing quickly, and works correctly 🙂


Hopefully this works for all of you!

Casual Listener

Will try this tonight. If this works, you my friend should be owed a large sum of money from Spotify!

Music Fan

All well and good if you're not using Amazon Echo devices! Turning that show local devices only to 'on' stops you from being able to select it as a speaker.

Music Fan

I was about to test this option when I saw your comment. I have a couple Amazon Echo devices, which the kids love. They play Disney songs, over and over...


I'm too starting to think about going back to Apple Music, not to mention Spotify no longer supports my Pioneer receiver. The advantage of Spotify for me is still the fact I can use it with Carplay (albeit with issues), Sonos and Alexa (Amazon Echo). 


If there is one feature I would like to have on Carplay/Spotify is the abilitly to seatch music via voice commands, which for now I can only do with Siri/Apple Music.


PS: I have a CR-V with Apple CarPlay.

Music Fan
Not using echo so don’t really care 😛

Carplay now works for me and that’s all that matters.

Casual Listener

Spotify Premium, iPhone 8, and 2018 Audi A5. Carplay works great everywhere... except Spotify. Tracks often show on screen as playing, but 25% of the time, Spotify fails to take command of the audio system (no sound). Other times, tracks play sped up to at least doubletime. Unplug, change to radio, switch back to Carplay, close app... a combination of these actions can temporarily fix Spotify, but all this interaction is plain dangerous while driving.


On top of it, the Spotify interface is really bad when navigating long lists of artists or albums. This is simply bad UI/UX design. The litany of problems posted here indicate that Spotify simply isn't serious about their mobile apps. One would think it would be a top priority.


I'm "this close" to switching to Apple Music, unless someone at Spotify can tell me of an imminent and substantial update to their app. Countdown is on.

Casual Listener

I made the jump to Apple Music about 6 weeks ago & the ability to use Siri just sold me within minutes.

Casual Listener

Hi, I am using Spotify with Apple Car Play on an Audi Q5 2018.

Is there a way to sort my playlists songs from Title order to Recently Added, as I can do in the IOS app?




I️ have problems 2-4 almost every time I️ use it

Casual Listener

I’ve finally jumped ship. The app through CarPlay keeps swinging from ‘oh they’ve fixed that’ to ‘oh now that doesn’t work’


So I started an Apple Music trial this week and the fact I can use Siri to choose any song or album has sold me. Yeah it’s probably a conspiracy but it works.

Casual Listener

Match made in **bleep**...indeed! I think Spotify's CarPlay version is simply poorly designed. In addition to other reported issues, selecting a radio playlist produces essentially a blank screen with reverse/forward arrows and a play/pause button between reverse/forward. And that's it! No indication of what's playing, what's next, and reverse/forward arrows do not work. I realize CarPlay may have something to do with this behavior. However, as a premium customer, I find myself not wanting to use my car or at home or work. Spotify can do better here...much better.

Casual Listener

Forgot to add:I'm using mobile Spotify v 8.4.3 on an iPhone 6plus running IOS 10.3.2

Casual Listener

The update that came down to my iPhone last night appears to have improved matters.  I can now use the Albums & Artists options in the app and select either.


So far so good.

I am having the same issues as some of the other users here. I select a track or playlist then it bombs me back.
This is not only annoying but dangerous. People will have to then start messing with their phone while they should be driving.
Defeating the whole object of apple CarPlay!!

Music Fan

So, Amazon Music released an update to their iOS app last night which has now enabled CarPlay.

Sorted me some playlists, jumped in the car this morning and guess what? It just worked. 

I plugged my phone in, opened Amazon music on the in-car display, hit play and low and behold, it just played. Just what I'm after.


Sorry Spotify, you've just lost a customer. Don't think by any means i'll be the last either 🙂


I just got a Mercedes E Class. When I use car play on iPhone 7, I ask Siri to play a track and it keeps opening the Apple music app. Is there any way to use Spotify with voice commands? It all works great on Andriod Drive but I can't figure it out on Apple Car Play.

Casual Listener

Siri can only control Apple apps. If you want the ability to ask for a song, you will need to switch to Apple Music. 

Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Pandora all work flawlessly with Carplay but Apple Music is the only app Siri can control at this time. 


Spotify? Well it just plain dosent work reliably with carplay....

You have lost another customer Spotify, Everyone else gets it, you dont... Its a real bummer too, you have the music figured out and great sound quality but your app is going to continue to drag you down.



I just leased a Subaru Impreza 2017. So far the few times I have hooked up CarPlay and Spotify it has worked. However there are some obvious features missing. The Impreza has a very large and wonderful touch screen for playing music and interacting with the media center in the console. But all I am able to do is push Play, Forward, Back, and Pause. I cannot, Save, Favorite, Add to Playlist, nothing. So if I hear a great track from radio or a Weekly playlist compiled by Spotify, while driving, I'm compelled to do other risky behaviors like try to capture a screen cap of the tune to try and remember it later. Please add other menu options other than Play, Pause, Fwd, Back, Up, etc.

Pioneer Headunit users:

Pioneer has recently (Jan 22, 2017) released firmware for most of their CarPlay capable decks.

In the "Fixes" section, the following notes appear:

- Corrects a virtual keyboard issue related to iOS 9.x.
- Corrects a music display issue related to iOS 8 and later.
- Minor bug fixes

I'm going to apply this to my own deck (AVIC8000-NEX) and see what happens.

I've had many of the same issues people talk about here, the one that seems to happen most is the "no audio" issue that requires a disconnect/reconnect of the phone to resolve.

I'll post back with any changes/improvements I've noticed in a few days.

Casual Listener

At my F70DAB i doesnt change a thing.

I think its an Apple issue.


I found a fix myself:

When audio doesnt play, just start Siri with the home button and exit it after that. 

Your music wil start playing then after siri is gone.


Its not perfect but its something....