Warrington Kia Service Tips: Apple iPhone iOS 12 Versions

Last year, Apple released its new iOS 12 version, and since then, Kia announces great compatibility with its UVO System. Why does Kia put so much into compatibility? For good reason, approximately 40% of U.S. smartphone customers use an Apple iPhone. With those numbers, it’s important for Gateway Kia Warrington Sales and Service staff to be aware of both Apple and Android technologies.

Another reason is the do-it-yourselfers. We at Gateway Kia know a percentage of customers love to play with technology, so we ensure you have the same information Kia offers our staff. With that said, this article covers iOS 12 and the changes to Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth functionality when your iPhone is connected to your Kia vehicle.

Once you’ve read this article, check out our article on using Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze.

Apple iPhone iOS 12 and Apple CarPlay

If you’re running iOS 12, you should have noticed you’re able to use Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze in Apple CarPlay.

In order to ensure you have access to this feature, please check the following:

  • your iPhone is up to date with iOS 12 or later
  • Google Maps or Waze apps are updated to the latest version. Apple Maps is automatically updated with iOS 12.

If the apps are not on the first page of the Apple CarPlay screen. You may configure the Apple CarPlay home screen by doing the following:

  • Open the Settings menu on the iPhone
  • Select General → CarPlay → “vehicle”

Touch and hold any icon on the screen, then drag to the desired location

Please note that Siri does not integrate into Google Maps or Waze. While in Apple CarPlay, pressing the Voice Recognition hard key to give navigation commands will only work with Apple Maps. In order to use Voice Recognition on Google Maps and Waze, press the on-screen Microphone button.


After the initial iOS 12 update, the Bluetooth icon may no longer appear at the top of the phone screen. Bluetooth may be active and connected; however, this icon is no longer used to confirm Bluetooth status. In order to verify Bluetooth connection status on the iPhone:

Select Settings → Bluetooth → locate the vehicle name under “My Devices” and confirm the connection status.

In addition to this, some customers have experienced Bluetooth connectivity concerns after updating to iOS 12.0 and later versions. Basic recommendations to improve Bluetooth connectivity are shown below:

  • On the phone, toggle Bluetooth off then back on
  • Restart the iPhone
  • Delete the iPhone from the UVO or Base audio system and the car system from the phone and perform a fresh pairing
  • Reset the head unit by pressing the reset button with a paperclip or pen

Something all technology users should do is always update to the latest released iOS version. The latest version always contains connectivity and compatibility improvements for many third-party app and devices.

As with all features, Kia advises you spend time in your vehicle with a Gateway Kia Warrington PA sales representative. Your Warrington representative is qualified to help you navigate new features with devices using Apple iPhone iOS 12. Gateway Kia Warrington PA follows a “perfect delivery process” to ensure you receive an excellent customer experience.

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