iOS 14 introduces a number of new features to the iPhone, including widgets on the Home screen and the App Gallery, but it’s not the only area to be upgraded. As well as the iPhone interface, iOS 14 introduces several key features to the CarPlay experience. 

Some of the additions are minor, such as the redesigned Siri interface to mirror that of the iPhone, but there are some interesting features available too, like the ability to find parking and EV charging (in certain countries) via the Apple Maps app and the ability to change the wallpaper. Finally, no more staring at a blank background when using CarPlay!  

There are limitations to the feature, as is the case with CarPlay in general, to make it safe to use when driving. That means you won’t be able to use your own wallpapers, some of which may be brightly coloured and distracting while driving, instead only being able to choose from a number of wallpapers similar in design to those available on the iPhone in iOS 14. 

Still, it adds a nice element to the overall interface, helping to personalise your CarPlay experience. You'll find the red and blue dynamic wallpaper set by default, but there’s a quick and easy way to change your CarPlay wallpaper. Here’s how.  

Changing your CarPlay wallpaper 

The process of changing your CarPlay wallpaper is a simple one – you just need to be in the car to do it.  

  1. Open the Settings app within CarPlay.
  2. Tap Wallpaper.
  3. Tap on one of the five wallpapers to choose from.
  4. Tap Set to confirm your choice and set your new wallpaper.  

Fun fact: like with the dynamic iPhone wallpapers, the CarPlay wallpapers will automatically shift from light to dark depending on the time of day.  

Can I change the CarPlay wallpaper via my iPhone? 

With the ability to add, remove and rearrange CarPlay apps via the Settings app on your iPhone, it’s not a stretch to assume that you’d also be able to change the wallpaper, but it’s not the case – at least in iOS 14 beta 5. You can only adjust the CarPlay wallpaper via the CarPlay interface right now. 

The good news is that there’s still time for this to change, with Apple making minor adjustments with each new beta to perfect the experience before general release in the coming weeks. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on each new beta, and the eventual release of iOS 14, to see if the functionality does come to iPhone.   

For more, take a look at our top iOS 14 tips and tricks, and if you want to try the software before release, here's how to download the iOS 14 beta