Yes, it is possible to install CarPlay on an Android tablet for use in the car.
CarPlay is the system that Apple has created to use the iPhone in the car, it is a kind of special interface to use the iPhone in a much simpler way so much to control the music, as to see the applications of maps or, even, it will send messages without problems.
To to use CarPlay in your car you need a compatible deviceAlmost all current cars have this option, but if your car is more than 2 or 3 years old, it is more than likely that you will not have this option at your disposal. For this reason, this option that we bring you today can be very interesting and cheaper than others on the market.
With a small accessory you can turn any Android tablet into a CarPlay compatible display, so if you can place a small tablet in your car, you can have CarPlay very easily, we will tell you how.
Use an Android tablet as a CarPlay device
In this little tutorial we are going to tell you everything you need to create your own CarPlay screen to ride in your car without having to spend all it costs to install a new infotainment system in your car.
What do we need
The first thing we need, obviously, is an Android device, in principle it works with both tablets and smartphones or even with car screens with Android as the operating system. Therefore if you do not have one of these devices you will need one. Our recommendation is a small tablet no more than 8 inches and Amazon options are the best possible:
Amazon Fire 7 | 69.99 euros Amazon Fire HD 8 | 99.99 euros
Next we need an accessory that activate, so to speak, CarPlay on this device, it is also compatible with Android Auto. These accessories connect via USB to the tablet and, after install an app on the device, make it a CarPlay compatible display. There are many accessories of this type, we share with you one that, according to the opinions, works very well, it has different prices depending on the store where you buy it.
Carlinkit (Amazon) | 92.99 euros Carlinkit (AliExpress) | 29.85 euros
In addition to this, it is recommended that you buy a cable with micro USB to USB adapter that also allows charging the tablet constantly. And you will also need a accessory to place the tablet correctly in your car, the two options that we recommend here below are cheap and of quality.
Micro USB OTG | 7.99 euros Magnetic holder
How this system works
Once we have everything you must download the application that indicates the Carlinkit accessory on the Android tablet, then you just have to connect it to the tablet and connect your iPhone. In principle, this accessory allows you to use CarPlay both by cable and wirelessly.
The procedure is quite simple and fast once you have everything you need and this application installed. It is an interesting option for have CarPlay for less money than a new display radio system would cost compatible, also if you have an old Android tablet at home it will be even cheaper.