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Using Apple CarPlay® on Ride Command

Apple CarPlay® can be used on model year 2020 and newer Indian Motorcycle Chieftain, Roadmaster and Challenger models equipped with Ride Command. This allows riders to access their iPhone® through the familiar interface.

To use Apple CarPlay®, riders must download the Ride Command software update available July 29, 2020. More on that procedure can be found in Updating Maps and Software for Indian Motorcycle Ride Command. If you need help with the download process, visit your Indian Motorcycle Dealer. To find a dealer near you, use the Dealer Locator.

To be compatible with CarPlay, your Indian Motorcycle must be a 2020 or newer model equipped with Ride Command, as well as navigation and connected services. A Bluetooth®-paired headset is also required. The requirements are an iPhone® 5s or later, iOS® version 12 or above and a SENA® headset. Your phone must be plugged in with an iPhone®-compatible USB cable. Chieftain and Challenger models without navigation will need to add the accessory navigation package (part number 2884468) to enable CarPlay. CarPlay is not available on models older than model year 2020.

Using CarPlay
To activate CarPlay:

1. Connect the SENA® headset to the display via Bluetooth®.

2. Connect the iPhone® to the bike with an MFi cable.

3. CarPlay will launch automatically.

4. Turn on "Allow CarPlay while phone is locked." In your iPhone®, go to SETTINGS > GENERAL > CARPLAY > ALLOW.

Phone settings

The CarPlay home screen on the Ride Command display will look like the one shown below.

Home screen

To view applications, scroll to the left or right.


To de-activate CarPlay, tap on the Indian Motorcycle icon on the CarPlay menu. This will take you to the Ride Command screen.

Ride Command icon
You can activate Siri® by holding down the HOME button in the bottom-left corner of the screen or by long pressing the PLAY/PAUSE button on the hand controls of your motorcycle.

If you are new to using Siri, please watch Apple's How to use Siri on your iPhone video.

A headset is required to access the Siri function of CarPlay.

On the left of the screen, there will be three Recent Apps. There are three categories: media, navigation and communication/other. The most recent app that was used in each category will be shown in the bar. The order is dictated by the most recent criteria.

To change the order of the apps on the app home page, go to SETTINGS APP > GENERAL SECTION > CARPLAY SECTION > DISPLAY ID > CUSTOMIZE.

You can download third-party CarPlay-supported apps like Pandora®, Spotify®, Amazon Music®, Waze®, Google® Maps and others on your iPhone®. These can be used while riding within CarPlay.

Using Ride Command Hard Buttons within CarPlay
Your Ride Command display is equipped with five hard buttons: Rider Screen, Navigation, Controls, Device Manager and Audio.

Ride Command buttons

To get to the Ride Command rider screen (shown below), click on the RIDER SCREEN hard button or tap on the Indian Motorcycle app in CarPlay.

Rider screen

Press the AUDIO hard button to navigate to the Ride Command music screen if music was not initiated inside of CarPlay. If music is playing within CarPlay, pressing the AUDIO hard button will navigate you to the audio app playing music. You can change the music source from the SOURCE tab at the top left of the display screen. You also can change the volume levels while CarPlay is still initiated. To mute the audio, press and hold the MODE button or turn the volume all the way down using the volume decrease button. 

Press the NAVIGATION hard button to navigate to CarPlay maps. The CarPlay map will look like the one below.

Car Play map

The CarPlay map search panel looks like the one shown below.

Map search panel

Other navigation apps can be set as the default navigation app for CarPlay. Note that you can still track a ride on Ride Command if you are using Apple Maps or other navigation through CarPlay.

Pressing the DEVICE MANAGER hard button always takes you to the phone app on CarPlay.

Phone app

When viewing messages, select a message to hear from Siri®. You may choose to reply to the message using Siri.


To learn more about Ride Command, visit the Indian Motorcycle Ride Command website.
To learn more about CarPlay, visit the Apple CarPlay website.

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Apple CarPlay®, Apple Music®, iPhone® and Siri® are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
Bluetooth® is a registered trademark of Bluetooth Sig, Inc.
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iOS® is a registered trademark of Cisco Technology, Inc.
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Pandora® is a registered trademarks of Pandora Media, LLC
SENA® is a registered trademark of SENA Technologies, Inc.
Spotify® is a registered trademark of Spotify AB
Waze® is a registered trademark of GOOGLE LLC

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