Note: This only works with wired CarPlay. If you have Wireless CarPlay, this tip may not work for you.
I often drive for work so I’ve spent some time configuring CarPlay like I want it to. Initially I was writing one big post but it had too many topics at the same time, so I decided to split in smaller ones.
In today’s topic I’m fixing one very specific problem which I call the Sticky Wi-Fi.
I have one parking spot in front of the house within the range of our home Wi-Fi when I’m sitting in the car and fire up Waze. Due to the roads around my house, Waze thinks every time that I can take a right from my house and shows me a route accordingly, but I can’t - I have to take three lefts around my block instead.
Now here’s the issue: By the time Waze realises that I’m not going its way, it tries to reroute, and iOS still promises that it has Wi-Fi, yet doesn’t, and Waze fails. Either Waze reroutes offline or it shows an error and I have to deal with it, and neither options are suitable for me.
Here’s my solution to that: add an automation for CarPlay to let go of Wi-Fi early and rely solely on Cellular when in the car.
Shortcuts > Automations > + > Create Personal Automation > When CarPlay Connects
- Enable Cellular (in case it wasn’t already)
- Disable Wi-Fi
I don’t have unlimited data on the phone, so I want the Wi-Fi to be available again once I leave the car, so the opposite automation is also necessary.
Shortcuts > Automations > + > Create Personal Automation > When CarPlay Disconnects
- Enable Wi-Fi
Now I have an uninterrupted network as long as I’m driving!
I’ll post more CarPlay findings in separate posts, stay tuned.
Drive safe everyone