Are you bummed out that your 2020 Silverado, Sierra, or other GM vehicle didn’t come with wireless Android Auto or Apple CarPlay? Don’t be sad! White Automotive & Media Services(WAMS) will soon have the answer.
A certain “authority” website recently wrote an pretty terrible article on how GM isn’t offering a retroactive upgrade of its infotainment system to include wireless Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. As if that was expected or promised?
“Readers have asked [authority website] if older vehicles with wired Android Auto or Apple CarPlay could be upgraded to achieve the same wireless capability. Unfortunately, the answer appears to be no, even if customers are willing to pay for it.”
First – General Motors has never offered to upgrade a vehicle it’s already sold with features from a newer model year. Two – The upgrade is possible and WAMS is going to offer it.
Yes- Silverado/Sierra Can Have Wireless Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
Yes, you heard that right. Even though 2019 and 2020 model year Silverado and Sierra are not listed as being equipped with wireless Android Auto / Apple CarPlay, the required hardware is there…. mostly.
2020 pickups and the Blazer have all the right hardware, including the wireless antenna required for things to work. Unfortunately, 2019 models are missing the antenna required to connect the radio to your phone but the radio unit itself is capable. Maybe today you can’t add the required antenna easily but we’d imagine it’s only a matter of time until someone figures out to do it. There’s even a spot to plug it in.
Enable Wireless Android Auto & Apple CarPlay On 2020 Silverado / Sierra
So, the equipment is there? Now what? White Automotive and Media Services is working hard on an upgrade package that will “turn on” wireless Android Auto / CarPlay for certain 2020 models, with more to come.
The upgrade is targeted at 2020 Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, and Chevy Blazer owners who really want wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay without trading up for a 2021.
Although not for sale yet, WAMS estimates their Wireless Android Auto & Apple CarPlay upgrade for 2020 models will be available in just a few weeks.
The process for the upgrade will be pretty simple. For around $800 (hopefully less), WAMS will custom program a brand new radio module for your vehicle. Once shipped and installed, wireless android auto and apple carplay are fully unlocked. You don’t have to send them anything.
For vehicles without HD radio, the upgrade will also enable it. For the cost, WAMS will also upgrade your infotainment to include navigation as well.
Check out WAMS Facebook page for more details on the forthcoming upgrade.
Don’t want to go through the hassle of custom programing and upgrades? Pick out one of the new 2021 models below.
2021 GM Models With Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- 2021 Chevrolet Silverado / Silverado HD
- 2021 Chevrolet Camaro
- 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban
- 2021 Chevrolet Corvette
- 2021 Buick Encore GX
- 2021 GMC Sierra / Sierra HD
- 2021 GMC Yukon / Yukon XL
- 2021 Cadillac Escalade / ESV
- 2021 Cadillac XT6/XT5/XT4