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Carplay installation tutorial on Audi Q3

Carplay installation tutorial on Audi Q3

enterier audi q3

We will see here in pictures how to install Apple Carplay on an Audi Q3, the same for an Audi A1.

Required hardware: a ratchet with a bit of 8 and a Torx T20 screwdriver.

Installation time: 40-50 minutes

Inventory: Carplay module and wiring.
This includes the module, a wifi antenna, 2 LVDS (video) cables, the power cable, the sound cable, and a USB cable (do not plug it in if using the wireless device).

STEP 1: REMOVAL OF THE STEERING WHEEL COVER

Why remove the steering wheel cover? Simply because the connections are made at this level and behind the station (Step 2).

disassemble audi q3

Remove the cover on the driver's side.

AUDI SCREW Q3

One torx screw.

unscrew audi q3 steering wheel

Unscrew it.

cover under steering wheel audio q3

2 screws retain the under-fly cover.

pull audi cover q3

Pull the steering wheel cover towards you briefly.

audio connector q3

Connectors are present.

disassembling audio connector q3

Remove the connectors.

STEP 2: REMOVING THE MMI CAR RADIO

disassemble car audio q3

Push the extraction keys into the 2 slots provided in the front of the car radio.

pull car radio audi

Pull it towards you until you take it out of its housing.

STEP 3: CONNECTIONS

audio gateway slot q3

Locate the Gateway below the steering wheel.

gateway audi q3

Connect the by-pass plug.

unplug audi q3 car radio connector

Unplug the power plug (quadlock plug). Note the pink color video jack.

quadlock car radio audi

Remove the green connector from the Quadlock. (This is for the sound)

car radio audio jack audi q3

Then plug it directly into the green socket provided.

connect audio q3

The supplied green male plug is to be connected to the quadlock instead of the original green plug. (We simply make a bridge - by-pass)

remove audio video jack q3
by-pass audio connection q3
lvds connection audi q3

Reassemble the radio and glove box and enjoy the carplay using the buttons on the steering wheel.

STEP 4: ENJOY

interface carplay audi q3

You can test by pressing the NAV key on the steering wheel for 2-3 seconds to switch to the Carplay interface.

apple carplay audi q3

Apple Carplay

Module link: HERE