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I got the CarlinKit CarPlay Adapter ($120 on Amazon) to enable wireless CarPlay in my new EV6.

TLDR:
It has worked excellently, it’s fast to boot up, and I haven’t had any failure or glitches yet. For the few drives I’ve done my music is playing by the time I’ve backed out of my parking spot and started to pull forward. I will likely continue using this until Kia enables native wireless CarPlay.

Pros:
  • Fast bootup ~40secs
  • Automatically connects to your phone
  • No glitches in audio on highest quality
  • Easy to change settings
  • Works just like it should
  • WIRELESS CHARGER IS ACTUALLY USEFUL NOW
Cons:
  • Slight input lag
  • Slight audio lag
  • Slow to disconnect when leaving car (seems to be due to the car)
  • Flashing green light when connected

Mounting:
I mounted it between the two USB ports using a Command picture hanging strip (sort of like velcro but better). The unit is nice and small, and the provided short usb cable works well for this location, though an even shorter cable might be better. The cable is long enough for the box to sit in the bucket under the center console but I prefer the mounted solution. However in this location the light on the unit is annoying. The red when disconnected isn’t bad but the flashing green light is distracting, especially at night. You could mount it reversed from how I did it, or put a bit of electrical tape over the light.

Connection:
Connection to the phone works automatically, as long as your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are enabled. Connection is initiated via Bluetooth and then Wi-Fi details are shared to make the full data connection. At this point the phone’s Wi-Fi switch in control center will go white and you will be disconnected from any network you were previously on. Clicking the Wi-Fi switch will cause your phone to ask you if you would like to disconnect from CarPlay.
You can set up multiple phones and the device will have them listed in a simple interface when it boots up. This interface can be disabled in the device settings and it will just show a black screen while it auto connects. Auto connection can also be turned off.

Performance:
I’ve only ever used wired CarPlay in the past so I can only compare to that - I’m not sure how much of what I describe here also applies to native wireless CarPlay. Input lag is slight, but manageable. Pressing buttons is responsive enough but when swiping on the Home Screen or panning the map the screen lags behind the finger a bit. I find this to be a reasonable compromise to be able to use CarPlay wirelessly.
There is audio lag, the default is 1 sec. This seems to be so that the car can hold a buffer of audio so you don’t get glitches. You can adjust it in the device’s settings and it seems to work fine at the minimum of 300ms.

Bootup:
  • 16 seconds until the light on the unit comes on.
  • 8 seconds later the head unit on the car says “Usb Connected”
  • 16 seconds later music is playing
This adds up to a total bootup time of 40 secs which I’ve found to be plenty fast enough in real life usage (it feels slower when you’re timing it). Unplugging/replugging the unit brings CarPlay back in 24 seconds so I think the fist 16 seconds are due to the car booting up. Plugging in wired car play takes about 4 seconds so it seems that this unit only adds about 20 seconds of delay total.

Shutdown:
It takes just over 3 minutes from when you open the car to when the device powers off and your phone reconnects to home Wi-Fi. This seems to be a limitation of the car cutting power to the socket. At about the 3 minute mark you get the notification that you left doors unlocked, then you hear the motor closing the air vent in the front grill, then it cuts power to the CarPlay USB port. I’ve found that walking into my house can be far enough to break the connection (I park right outside my door) otherwise you can hit the Wi-Fi switch in control center and disconnect manually. I personally don’t find this to be a huge deal, but I think native CarPlay from Kia should probably disconnect instantly.

Conclusion:
Overall I find this product to be amazing and well worth the money to be able to use the wireless charger or leave your phone in your pocket. There are minor compromises but none of them are deal breakers for me. I hope that Kia enables this natively (it definitely has the hardware), but for now I’m perfectly happy with this solution.

I also have another unit that runs a full Android OS (full google play store available) that I will give a try, but I think I’ll probably stick with the CarlinKit.
 

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Question....have you tried using an Android phone and wireless AA? Heres a review of a similar device and issues related to AA. I have this device and it works great using an iphone, but not Android.

 

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Question....have you tried using an Android phone and wireless AA? Heres a review of a similar device and issues related to AA. I have this device and it works great using an iphone, but not Android.
I only have an iPhone and the model I tested only does CarPlay. I believe the same company has models that work with Android Auto but I can't tell you how well they work.
 

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Question....have you tried using an Android phone and wireless AA? Heres a review of a similar device and issues related to AA. I have this device and it works great using an iphone, but not Android.

I have AAWireless and it works great.

Only one flaw is it boots up while charging.
I have to disable my bt on my phone while charging. (My garage is close to my room)

Other than that, everything works as it should.
 

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Question....have you tried using an Android phone and wireless AA? Heres a review of a similar device and issues related to AA. I have this device and it works great using an iphone, but not Android.

I have the AA wireless I purchased via Indiegogo.com. I use it in a Lincoln Navigator with Sync 3 and our phones are Android version 11 and 12. It works perfectly. As soon as you get near the vehicle the phone connects with no intervention and google maps comes up. Supposed to get my FE this weekend, will post how it works in EV6.
 

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2 reasons: Kia has their own map system in the vehicle.
Second, Google controls Android Auto and they are always making version changes that make keeping the wireless version one big headache, not to mention all the phone brands and android versions. It's never really stable release.
 

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Kind review, thanks. Can I ask about Navigation lag, is there any? some reviews for these types on boxes suggest the navigation is some 30+ seconds behind?. What is the input lag like 1-3 seconds or more?
 

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Nice! just gotta find one for less than £100! they seem expensive just now, were lower a few months back. I saw a £30 device just for wireless CarPlay, no Android system, no Netflix, just CarPlay. I don't mind having the wire, but if a device would let me watch something while charging when out and about it would be great UX999 seems to be that device!
 

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I tried the same Carlinkit adapter (2022 Carlinkit 3.0 Wireless CarPlay Dongle Adapter U2W ) and would up returning it. While the unit did work well for some situations, it would have the system showing connection issues on startup and also we had issues getting CarPlay to stop and go back to the normal screens. Given that we were constantly unplugging it for normal operation we went back to just using a cable when we need CarPlay.

 

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I just tried the 2022 Carlinkit 3.0 Wireless CarPlay Dongle Adapter U2W in my EV6 (U.S. based) and some things worked smoothly and others were difficult to deal with. I had the car turned off when I connected the dongle to the USB port then turned the car on. I was able to connect to it easily to my iPhone the first time following the instruction insert. I did the Bluetooth connection first and then the Wi-Fi one. When I checked for an update I got a message back in Chinese. There was no update anyway.

The big turn off for me was that the infotainment screen was in split mode and I couldn't get it out of that mode. Without the dongle connected everything is in full screen mode, including hardwired CarPlay. The split screen on the right was essentially useless - a compass with a choice of 3 different looks was the most useful thing, and that really isn't useful to me. CarPlay showed on the left split screen.

It also was difficult to get back to the regular EV6 menus from CarPlay when using the wireless dongle.

The final straw for me was seeing that there was no way to hide the dongle so it wasn't visible to someone looking through the window. There are lots of break-ins in the Bay Area if anything is showing in a car. I know someone who had his car broken into to get a half-full plastic water bottle. So, I'd need to disconnect the dongle whenever I parked the car. I may as well use a wire and get the benefit of full-screen CarPlay that works reliably. So, I'm returning the dongle.
 

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Nice review! You elaborated some of the same issues I had with the dongle not gracefully working with the EV6 infotainment SW. I wish it had worked and I hope that the predictions of a SW update for the EV6 with CarPlay come true. Having owned a Kia for 10 years now I don’t have much confidence in their SW.
 

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I've had good luck with carlinkit as well. It does work flawlessly. With good Stability, Compatibility, and Performance. BTW, much Cheaper than Amazon.
 

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I got the CarlinKit CarPlay Adapter ($120 on Amazon) to enable wireless CarPlay in my new EV6.

TLDR:
It has worked excellently, it’s fast to boot up, and I haven’t had any failure or glitches yet. For the few drives I’ve done my music is playing by the time I’ve backed out of my parking spot and started to pull forward. I will likely continue using this until Kia enables native wireless CarPlay.

Pros:
  • Fast bootup ~40secs
  • Automatically connects to your phone
  • No glitches in audio on highest quality
  • Easy to change settings
  • Works just like it should
  • WIRELESS CHARGER IS ACTUALLY USEFUL NOW
Cons:
  • Slight input lag
  • Slight audio lag
  • Slow to disconnect when leaving car (seems to be due to the car)
  • Flashing green light when connected

Mounting:
I mounted it between the two USB ports using a Command picture hanging strip (sort of like velcro but better). The unit is nice and small, and the provided short usb cable works well for this location, though an even shorter cable might be better. The cable is long enough for the box to sit in the bucket under the center console but I prefer the mounted solution. However in this location the light on the unit is annoying. The red when disconnected isn’t bad but the flashing green light is distracting, especially at night. You could mount it reversed from how I did it, or put a bit of electrical tape over the light.

Connection:
Connection to the phone works automatically, as long as your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are enabled. Connection is initiated via Bluetooth and then Wi-Fi details are shared to make the full data connection. At this point the phone’s Wi-Fi switch in control center will go white and you will be disconnected from any network you were previously on. Clicking the Wi-Fi switch will cause your phone to ask you if you would like to disconnect from CarPlay.
You can set up multiple phones and the device will have them listed in a simple interface when it boots up. This interface can be disabled in the device settings and it will just show a black screen while it auto connects. Auto connection can also be turned off.

Performance:
I’ve only ever used wired CarPlay in the past so I can only compare to that - I’m not sure how much of what I describe here also applies to native wireless CarPlay. Input lag is slight, but manageable. Pressing buttons is responsive enough but when swiping on the Home Screen or panning the map the screen lags behind the finger a bit. I find this to be a reasonable compromise to be able to use CarPlay wirelessly.
There is audio lag, the default is 1 sec. This seems to be so that the car can hold a buffer of audio so you don’t get glitches. You can adjust it in the device’s settings and it seems to work fine at the minimum of 300ms.

Bootup:
  • 16 seconds until the light on the unit comes on.
  • 8 seconds later the head unit on the car says “Usb Connected”
  • 16 seconds later music is playing
This adds up to a total bootup time of 40 secs which I’ve found to be plenty fast enough in real life usage (it feels slower when you’re timing it). Unplugging/replugging the unit brings CarPlay back in 24 seconds so I think the fist 16 seconds are due to the car booting up. Plugging in wired car play takes about 4 seconds so it seems that this unit only adds about 20 seconds of delay total.

Shutdown:
It takes just over 3 minutes from when you open the car to when the device powers off and your phone reconnects to home Wi-Fi. This seems to be a limitation of the car cutting power to the socket. At about the 3 minute mark you get the notification that you left doors unlocked, then you hear the motor closing the air vent in the front grill, then it cuts power to the CarPlay USB port. I’ve found that walking into my house can be far enough to break the connection (I park right outside my door) otherwise you can hit the Wi-Fi switch in control center and disconnect manually. I personally don’t find this to be a huge deal, but I think native CarPlay from Kia should probably disconnect instantly.

Conclusion:
Overall I find this product to be amazing and well worth the money to be able to use the wireless charger or leave your phone in your pocket. There are minor compromises but none of them are deal breakers for me. I hope that Kia enables this natively (it definitely has the hardware), but for now I’m perfectly happy with this solution.

I also have another unit that runs a full Android OS (full google play store available) that I will give a try, but I think I’ll probably stick with the CarlinKit.
Great review! I have the same box, bought from "carlinkitcarplay". Fortunately, cost only USD80.99. Works great until now, I think I'll use it until my car is scrapped.
It is said that the 2022 Kia EV6 will have wireless carplay, but I think it costs so much to change a car for wireless carplay
 

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I found them all to be junk really, returned 2 already, new MMB £140! with £30 discount and a CarLinkit cheapo which didn't even work with steering wheel controls. I'll stick to my black Apple wire hidden under the carpets for Carplay and use USB drive for watching stuff while charging now or iPad, got load on my 4TB drive, TV shows/movies etc etc. If they were £20/£30 I wouldn't mind just keeping it in the car, but they are fairly expensive for very cheap Android devices and really not worth it for the poor quality you get in user experiences and music quality/small delays with using it. Kia, Apple or Google just need to change something within the Kia system, AA or Carplay subsystems and boom, just like that they won't work anymore, there goes you £140 or whatever it was.
 
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