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HI,
Is there a way to see, via the screen, the maps on either Google Maps or Waze that are on my phone? I just got my first Subaru - a 2020 Forester without navigation. Thank you.
 

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Hi there, if ur forester have a starlink multimedia, it comes with apple carplay and android auto. Connect your phone with a cable to the usb outlet underneath the unit in that small cubby. You can use waze, apple maps and google maps.

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I would also add that if you're going to use Android Auto, make sure the cable (look at the USB connector the plastic piece should be blue or purple). Apple Auto should be ok with an apple cable.
 

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I have a 2020 also and as soon as I connect my phone, android, Android Auto is activated (the icon becomes bright) and I can see the maps immediately. It does not work via bluetooth for some reason. Navigation will work through voice commands by toughing the icon on the screen and telling it the address. Very pleased with it as the subscription costs for factory navs are usually high.
 

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I have a 2020 also and as soon as I connect my phone, android, Android Auto is activated (the icon becomes bright) and I can see the maps immediately. It does not work via bluetooth for some reason. Navigation will work through voice commands by toughing the icon on the screen and telling it the address. Very pleased with it as the subscription costs for factory navs are usually high.
Android Auto/CarPlay does not work on by. It has to be wired(on foresters)
 

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Rather disappointed needed to be wired to use CarPlay!!
Wireless AA or CarPlay is very much a new thing and there are only a handful of makers that started supporting it. Not to mention not all phones (at least on Android side) have been enabled for it. On the bright side, plugging in your phone also ensures it's always charged. I recommend getting a quality 4"-6" cable for the car. I have two permanently plugged in, one lightning for an iPhone and one USB-C for Android. It works really well for my wife and I.
 

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And it doesn’t necessarily have to be a dock, but I’d look for a place to house your phone when it’s plugged in and using CarPlay - you shouldn’t really need to mess around with the phone
 

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Waze is by far better but over the last month has become unusable for me.. not sure what changed what update did what but for me it won't track location properly. Once in a while if I load up maps at the same time it seems to be a little better but waze has become a POS for me anyway. Maps has improved speed trap detection and a few other things but it still doesn't show you your current speed on the heads up so if they ever fix the issue with waze I would go back for sure.
 

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Waze is by far better but over the last month has become unusable for me.. not sure what changed what update did what but for me it won't track location properly. Once in a while if I load up maps at the same time it seems to be a little better but waze has become a POS for me anyway. Maps has improved speed trap detection and a few other things but it still doesn't show you your current speed on the heads up so if they ever fix the issue with waze I would go back for sure.
Don't know if this is going to help BUT

I read somewhere (and it works for me), start google maps first, set navigation, start navigation, shutdown google maps and run waze. Try it.
 

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Maps and apps are good though. Definitely better than the TOMTOM nav system. One thing I really find excellent is the sound from Spotify or Prime Music. Quality is outstanding. You have to turn the volume down when you switch from a FM station.
 

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I read somewhere (and it works for me), start google maps first, set navigation, start navigation, shutdown google maps and run waze. Try it.
This is a very old Android Auto "trick" that I use all the time. I like Waze for notifications (police, hazards), but I much prefer Google Maps for routing as it's far more sensible (won't route you through someone's driveway to save 30s). I start Waze but then switch to Google Maps, I use the navigation in GMaps while Waze still alerts in the background.
 

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This is a very old Android Auto "trick" that I use all the time. I like Waze for notifications (police, hazards), but I much prefer Google Maps for routing as it's far more sensible (won't route you through someone's driveway to save 30s). I start Waze but then switch to Google Maps, I use the navigation in GMaps while Waze still alerts in the background.

I had a similar situation a couple of months ago, I was visiting an old friend (not familiar with the roads by him), I had Waze and my OEM NAV running, one said take this exit and another said take the 2 exit! Wound up taking the wrong one (closest NOT fastest) and spent awhile on back roads.
 
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