CarPlay - 2015 S3 8V

Deezer-D

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Can anyone point me in the right direction for getting CarPlay on my 2015 S3 8V.
This is the spec from myAudi app

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OEM Audi CarPlay is not possible on your vehicle as you don't have the needed media system. You have two options, retrofit an MIB2 media system from a late 2016 onwards 8V vehicle (approx cost £1500) or install a 3rd party Apple CarPlay box (with Android Auto) available from eBay / Aliexpress, approx cost $250.00.
 

Deezer-D

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OEM Audi CarPlay is not possible on your vehicle as you don't have the needed media system. You have two options, retrofit an MIB2 media system from a late 2016 onwards 8V vehicle (approx cost £1500) or install a 3rd party Apple CarPlay box (with Android Auto) available from eBay / Aliexpress, approx cost $250.00.

Cheers Alix, I’ll look into the 3rd party boxes as £1500 could be better spent on power and handling.

Anyone got a box fitted or a seller the could link me to please?
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Cheers Alix, I’ll look into the 3rd party boxes as £1500 could be better spent on power and handling.

Anyone got a box fitted or a seller the could link me to please?
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Just search and order from AliExpress and save yourself some cash. All uk suppliers buy from China and rebrand the box while adding £250.00 to the price. An example installation i completed:

 

Deezer-D

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Just search and order from AliExpress and save yourself some cash. All uk suppliers buy from China and rebrand the box while adding £250.00 to the price. An example installation i completed:


Thanks Alix, much appreciated. Is this something like what was fitted?

£181.04 41% Off | A U D I A3 CarPlay Wireless Module WIFI Bluetooth Black Box Car Radio Retrofit Activate Device Android Auto Mirror
https://a.aliexpress.com/_d6WhCqC


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Thanks Alix, much appreciated. Is this something like what was fitted?

£181.04 41% Off | A U D I A3 CarPlay Wireless Module WIFI Bluetooth Black Box Car Radio Retrofit Activate Device Android Auto Mirror
https://a.aliexpress.com/_d6WhCqC


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That’s the one :)
 

Deezer-D

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Reading the description it says supports aftermarket or OEM reversing camera. Would this work then?


£20.35 26% Off | High Resolution Car Trunk Rear View parking camera back up reversing CAM for A3 A4 A5 A6 S5 Q3 Q5 Q7
https://a.aliexpress.com/_d7dTHBo


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Did you need to use an AMI cable to get this to work? Seller has messaged me to say AUX needs to be activated on the AMI for the box to work. Said I need to plug a cable like this in and activate AUX
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Not sure if this is the same cable, I think it is


AMI MDI to AUX 3.5mm female jack Music Media Interface Cable Adapter | Compatible with Audi A6L Q5 Q7 A8 S5 A5 A4L A3 VW Volkswagen Tiguan GTI CC Skoda Fabia Octavia vehicle radio | 0.4m
Or would an Audi AMI to USB with a converter to female 3.5mm work too?

This is my current MMI setup

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Some boxes need connecting via cable, some don’t. All the ones I have been installing have sent sound via BT.
 

Deezer-D

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Some boxes need connecting via cable, some don’t. All the ones I have been installing have sent sound via BT.

Thanks Alix. I’ll maybe get a genuine Audi AMI / 3.5mm cable and a female / female connector. Hopefully the Audi one will be more reliable.


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Deezer-D

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Watched a YouTube video by a guy who installed one of these and he said all that was needed was to have a female AUX / AMI cable plugged in to let the box know that AUX is active. Got one of Amazon for a tenner

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Just have to wait on the box coming from China.


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CarPlay box and reverse camera arrived. CarPlay looks straightforward enough

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All seems plug and play. There’s a RF connection for the wireless receiver and the USB lead has connections for front and rear cameras as well as a ground and ACC wire. Not 100% sure how to connect the rear camera.

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There’s a cable that connects to the power supply with a red and black wire that the instructions look to say connect to 12v and ground - I’m guessing this connects to the reverse light?

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There’s a 6m cable that runs tbrought the car to the rear camera plug on the CarPlay box. I’m guessing the red wire connects to the yellow wire on the loom with the USB plug. Both ends of the cable have a red fly lead so not sure what the story is. The instructions for the camera aren’t great. I think the red wire on the video lead connects to the power wire on the reverse light too?

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Still waiting for the instructions for the CarPlay box to be emailed through which might explain the camera connection a bit better.




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Deezer-D

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CarPlay kit is in. What a pain that was.
Quick install overview for anyone that might be interested

Reverse camera lead connected to 12v wire and yellow plug on the harness

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Strip out the glovebox, this took me a while as I’d never done it before

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Tucked the WiFi aerial down in the passenger footwell out of the way and left the USB there too for firmware updates

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Ready for the MMI unit to go back in

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Up and running

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Then time for the reverse camera. So this is where it went a bit pear shaped

Started to route the cable

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Red wire on the power lead from the camera connects to red wire on the long lead

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Got to here at the rubber grommet and the yellow plug just wouldn’t go through

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Had to cut and join the cable (which is actually made up of 3 very fine wires)
All stripped out and wiring in place.

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The original boot handle was a pain to remove too.

Annnnnnnddddddd it doesn’t work! Says no signal so must be something to do with me cutting and joining the wires. Will have to have another look tomorrow.

These are the instructions provided and I’ve wired the camera in line with the automatic transmission option.

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CarPlay kit is in. What a pain that was.
Quick install overview for anyone that might be interested

Reverse camera lead connected to 12v wire and yellow plug on the harness

9c990382dbb60a0400a26aa071115ae5.plist


Strip out the glovebox, this took me a while as I’d never done it before

55ac265c40a9870abd7063740025a2ef.plist


Tucked the WiFi aerial down in the passenger footwell out of the way and left the USB there too for firmware updates

415354be0de547ed915d0c54c823bb94.plist


Ready for the MMI unit to go back in

820ee6a029d971026a95eefcd785a233.plist


Up and running

5386bec32bc83b8aaefd7347a18abbfa.jpg
5737e4c7d84a703b571b6363dc376a63.plist


Then time for the reverse camera. So this is where it went a bit pear shaped

Started to route the cable

0e3223c529c25b29a718d10302ffa366.plist


Red wire on the power lead from the camera connects to red wire on the long lead

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Got to here at the rubber grommet and the yellow plug just wouldn’t go through

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Had to cut and join the cable (which is actually made up of 3 very fine wires)
All stripped out and wiring in place.

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The original boot handle was a pain to remove too.

Annnnnnnddddddd it doesn’t work! Says no signal so must be something to do with me cutting and joining the wires. Will have to have another look tomorrow.

These are the instructions provided and I’ve wired the camera in line with the automatic transmission option.

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Good effort.

Am not surprised about the reversing camera not working as not managed it myself via the box or direct to the MMI as a camera Low.
 

Deezer-D

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Good effort.

Am not surprised about the reversing camera not working as not managed it myself via the box or direct to the MMI as a camera Low.

Do you think cutting and joining the wire made any difference then Alix? I’ve ordered a replacement cable to test before giving up


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Do you think cutting and joining the wire made any difference then Alix? I’ve ordered a replacement cable to test before giving up


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As long as you connected the wires back together as they should be no. I have had a few customers bring me cameras with the boxes and no two sets of instructions have been the same, if even supplied, and none of the cameras have worked when tested in any configuration.
 

Deezer-D

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Success! In the setup menu there’s a help section and a long press of the back button resets the box

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Was wondering why the CarPlay unit wasn’t auto connecting at start up but it’s because it works over WiFi and you need to be connected to the CarPlay WiFi network. I’m usually connected to the house WiFi and still am when sitting in the driveway.
Pretty happy for £230 including customs charges.



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Success! In the setup menu there’s a help section and a long press of the back button resets the box

1c1c9d13c22f598cb3e67088fa0a0441.plist


Was wondering why the CarPlay unit wasn’t auto connecting at start up but it’s because it works over WiFi and you need to be connected to the CarPlay WiFi network. I’m usually connected to the house WiFi and still am when sitting in the driveway.
Pretty happy for £230 including customs charges.



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That’s a great result!
 

Larryd

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I’m pretty pleased with myself! Thanks for the advice, much appreciated


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Hi, I was reading your thread on carplay. I bought the same unit. However, I have tried 3 different AMI cables and I get the same result with each one:
AMI not connected. I have tried AMI to AUX and AMI to lightning. Nothing. Phone doesn't charge either. Does this need a special kind of AMI? I have a 2015 Audi A3, same controls as yours, AMI in center armrest. I don't know what else to do.
 

Deezer-D

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Hi, I was reading your thread on carplay. I bought the same unit. However, I have tried 3 different AMI cables and I get the same result with each one:
AMI not connected. I have tried AMI to AUX and AMI to lightning. Nothing. Phone doesn't charge either. Does this need a special kind of AMI? I have a 2015 Audi A3, same controls as yours, AMI in center armrest. I don't know what else to do.

You need this one, none of the other AMI cables work.

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You just plug it into the AMI port, no need to connect anything to it. If you want to charge your phone via the CarPlay kit, connect it to the USB lead provided.
I’ll take a pic of mine later


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Larryd

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I tried two different cables like the one in you picture. I have not tried that brand. The MMI system just does not recognize anything connected. I am thinking there may be something more to my problem. Is this the brand I should try?
 
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Deezer-D

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I tried two different cables like the one in you picture. I have not tried that brand. The MMI system just does not recognize anything connected. I am thinking there may be something more to my problem. Is this the brand I should try?

I have only tried this one and it works no problem. Have you tried resetting the CarPlay unit? No need to plug anything into it.


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Larryd

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I have only tried this one and it works no problem. Have you tried resetting the CarPlay unit? No need to plug anything into it.


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Can you do me a favor and tell me which software is on your MMI? Mine is MIB standard. From what I’m learning, there are different cables for different software versions. I think you may have a different software version than me.
 

Deezer-D

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Can you do me a favor and tell me which software is on your MMI? Mine is MIB standard. From what I’m learning, there are different cables for different software versions. I think you may have a different software version than me.

This what you need?

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Larryd

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Yes, thank you! You have a different software version than mine that’s why the cable with the yellow collar works for you. I don’t think the yellow one would work for me. I found this chart on eBay. I’m going to give it a try and get the one with the white or blue collar since I have MIB standard software and I think yours is MIB 1. I don’t know why Audi has to make this so complicated.
 

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Deezer-D

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Yes, thank you! You have a different software version than mine that’s why the cable with the yellow collar works for you. I don’t think the yellow one would work for me. I found this chart on eBay. I’m going to give it a try and get the one with the white or blue collar since I have MIB standard software and I think yours is MIB 1. I don’t know why Audi has to make this so complicated.

The cable I have doesn’t have a coloured collar on it though. It’s just the one I screenshot from Amazon. It has to be the AMI to 3.5mm female cable for it to work. It tricks the MMI into thinking the CarPlay unit is connected via Aux. You should get a notification at the top of you instrument cluster saying External Media Source Aux or something similar - will take a pic in the morning


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Larryd

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The cable I have doesn’t have a coloured collar on it though. It’s just the one I screenshot from Amazon. It has to be the AMI to 3.5mm female cable for it to work. It tricks the MMI into thinking the CarPlay unit is connected via Aux. You should get a notification at the top of you instrument cluster saying External Media Source Aux or something similar - will take a pic in the morning


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I just bought one off of eBay that has a blue collar but it is an AMI to 30 pin for the old iPhones and ipods. But it’s a OEM part from Audi and it says it’s compatible with my MMI unit. For $10 I’ll give it a try.
 

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I just bought one off of eBay that has a blue collar but it is an AMI to 30 pin for the old iPhones and ipods. But it’s a OEM part from Audi and it says it’s compatible with my MMI unit. For $10 I’ll give it a try.

It won’t work. Neither will a lightning one or a male 3.5mm Aux. The only cable that will work is the AMI to female 3.5mm. The end of the AMI cable must look like this to work (pic sent to me by seller of CarPlay unit)

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Larryd

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Well I can’t find the right cable if it has to be a female 3.5. At this point I don’t care about the CarPlay. I just want my auxiliary connected on my screen to light up. This cable I bought off of eBay should do that. My MMI Unit is different than yours. The one the seller supplied with CarPlay doesn’t work for me and it looks just like the One on your picture..
 
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Deezer-D

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Well I can’t find the right cable if it has to be a female 3.5. At this point I don’t care about the CarPlay. I just want my auxiliary connected on my screen to light up. This cable I bought off of eBay should do that. My MMI Unit is different than yours. The one the seller supplied with CarPlay doesn’t work for me and it looks just like the One on your picture..

Is it only the sound that isn’t working? Does the CarPlay display on your screen?


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Larryd

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Well I can’t find the right cable if it has to be a female 3.5. At this point I don’t care about the CarPlay. I just want my auxiliary connected on my screen to light up. This cable I bought off of eBay should do that. My MMI Unit is different than yours. The one the seller supplied with CarPlay doesn’t work for me and it looks just like the One on your picture..
I did not even install the CarPlay yet. Before I go to that I want to make sure the aux lights up on my screen. Right now it says not connected with any cable. Yours displayed aux connected before you even got your CarPlay.
 

Deezer-D

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I did not even install the CarPlay yet. Before I go to that I want to make sure the aux lights up on my screen. Right now it says not connected with any cable. Yours displayed aux connected before you even got your CarPlay.

You might need to enable Aux on the MMI?


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Deezer-D

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No, that’s not on my model. It has to be the cable I believe. I am going with the oem version for my MMI. I don’t know what else it can be.

Hopefully it works. Sorry, I’m all out of ideas. Good luck and keep us posted


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