Setting Up Home Assistant on Apple CarPlay - A Step-by-Step Guide

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Setting Up Home Assistant on Apple CarPlay: A Step-by-Step Guide


Home Assistant is a powerful open-source platform for smart home automation, and with the increasing integration of technology into our daily lives, having access to your home automation system while on the go can be incredibly convenient. If you're an Apple CarPlay user, you can now extend the reach of Home Assistant to your car, allowing you to control various smart devices on the move. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of setting up Home Assistant on Apple CarPlay.


Before you begin, ensure you have the following:

  1. An Apple CarPlay-compatible vehicle or head unit.
  2. An iPhone running iOS 12 or later.
  3. Home Assistant instance set up and accessible from the internet.

Step 1: Install the Home Assistant Companion App

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone.
  2. Search for "Home Assistant" and download the official Home Assistant Companion App.
  3. Open the app and log in with your Home Assistant credentials.

Step 2: Enable CarPlay Integration

  1. In the Home Assistant app, navigate to "App Configuration" from the sidebar.
  2. Tap on "CarPlay" to access CarPlay settings.
  3. Toggle the switch to enable CarPlay integration.

Step 3: Configure CarPlay Dashboard

  1. Connect your iPhone to your CarPlay-compatible vehicle or head unit.
  2. Open the CarPlay interface, and you should see the Home Assistant icon.
  3. Tap the Home Assistant icon to launch the CarPlay dashboard.

Step 4: Customize CarPlay Dashboard

  1. Once in the CarPlay dashboard, you can customize the interface by adding or removing cards.
  2. Press and hold on a card to enter edit mode.
  3. Use the on-screen options to add cards, rearrange them, or remove unwanted ones.

Step 5: Control Your Smart Home On the Go

  1. With Home Assistant on CarPlay, you can now control your smart devices from the dashboard.
  2. Use voice commands via Siri to perform actions like turning off lights, adjusting thermostat settings, or locking doors.


Setting up Home Assistant on Apple CarPlay brings your smart home control to the driver's seat, providing a seamless and convenient way to manage your devices while on the move. With the integration of CarPlay, Home Assistant continues to demonstrate its commitment to making home automation accessible wherever you are. Try out this guide, and enjoy the convenience of controlling your smart home right from your car. Safe driving!

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