How to install an iPad in your car's dashboard

The iPad car install is a trend that is not going away anytime soon. The tablet makes for an interesting candidate when considering options for an in-car navigation system. With features like Siri and built-in Internet connectivity, the iPad outshines any other navigation system on the market today. 

In this article, you will find answers to the most common questions asked regarding this install. We will also discuss things to consider when choosing which accessories are right for your car. This article is meant to serve as a reference for DIYers and shops alike. The methods discussed here come from our years of research, and much trial and error. If you are working with a local shop for your tablet installation, be sure to bring this article to their attention.  

Mounting Options

First, you need to decide which mounting option is ideal for your needs.  This will effect how the iPad is integrated into your audio system. 

Float Mount

Reasons to choose this option:
-quick release design (easy for everyday use)
-faster and less difficult install
-smallest of all iPad kits (for tight installations)

 

 

Side Slider

Reasons to choose this option:
-accommodates Apple lightning cable
-allows for wired audio output 





Wiring Options

If you want to integrate an iPad into your factory audio system, you can pair your iPad to your vehicle’s existing Bluetooth audio connection or AUX input. 

For vehicles with aftermarket amplifiers, these are great ways to integrate an iPad into your system:

This kit connects to your iPad via Bluetooth. It's wireless. You can stand outside your car and play your audio from an iPad. The Audiocontrol Matrix Plus gives you an adjustable high voltage output to your amplifiers. The ACR-1 is a mountable volume knob. You can easily dismantle and mount it on your dash for a clean, factory-style volume knob.

 

 

 

 

This kit will allow your iPad to charge while it streams digital audio. The Audiocontrol Matrix Plus gives you an adjustable high voltage output to your amplifiers. The ACR-1 is a mountable volume knob. You can easily dismantle and mount it on your dash for a clean, factory-style volume knob.

 

 

 

 

 

Other questions you may have when choosing the best option for your install:

Do you need Bluetooth for phone calls? Does your car have steering wheel controls for your stereo? 

These more advanced factory integrations will be discussed in an upcoming guide.  

Posted on March 31, 2014 and filed under iPad install How To.