Apple CarPlay and Android Auto by Diagnostic Computer. By using specialised software on our computers we can activate in-built software. On some NTG5.1, NTG5.5 and MBUX models we are able to achieve the same results as factory fitted. We need your car at our workshop because this involves physically connecting to your car.
This process involves changing the settings within the existing head unit and simply adds new menus into the ‘Connect’, ‘Tel’ or ‘Store’ section. This allows a wired connection for CarPlay and Android Auto (Wireless connectivity can be accessed using an adapter – (Details here)
On C class 2018 to 2020 with the bigger widescreen and ‘NO CD’ (this is paramount) CarPlay and Android Auto can be activated. (NTG5.5)
On E/CLS class cars 2018 to 2020 with Audio 20 code ‘506’ (this is paramount) CarPlay and Android Auto can be activated. (NTG5.5)
On E/CLS/GLE/GLS class 2015 – 2019 we can update software and then activate CarPlay Android Auto. This procedure take approx 2 hours (NTG5.1)
On A/B/CLA class cars 2018 to 2019 with MBUX touchscreen, we can introduce the options into the ‘Store’ menus that will allow you to purchase the official activation from Mercedes for an additional £299. This update takes 4-5 hours in our workshop to complete!
Vehicle warranties are NOT affected as we are not adding hardware nor modifying outside of vehicle spec.
If you are unsure which NTG Version you have, check our Head-unit Version Fact Sheet.
On vehicles with MBUX we are not able to activate CarPlay/Android Auto other than using this official route. Any unofficial activation will simply be ‘Undone’ the next time the car goes online to run its updates.