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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-02-2019, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Where to put iPhone when plugged into CarPlay?

In a 2019 Forester Touring there doesn’t seem to be a good place to put an iPhone when plugged into what appear to be the only USB outlets for Apple CarPlay power. As anyone found an alternative?

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-02-2019, 06:55 PM
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@SubieGirl19 Put the phone in an empty cup holder or inside the center armrest console.

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following the advice on another thread here, I got this on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071WQHN3D..._nf7YCb3CNTYJ8

It works okay but I’m worried that it is wedged pretty tightly into the gap and is rubbing both the center and the seat every time my wife and I switch and readjust the seats.
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Here is my solution using Android Auto and a Pixel 3:
https://www.subaruforester.org/vbull...ml#post7522901

I even routed the cable under/through the center console down between the seats:
https://www.subaruforester.org/vbull...ml#post7523195
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This is one thing keeping me from going with the new Forester. I'm not a fan of the USB plugs in the forward cubby hole. I like them hidden in the center arm rest area. But it seems putting the USBs front and center is the trend as other manufactures are doing it as well as other Subaru vehicles.
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I keep it in the cubby hole turned sideways, control it on the screen. I have a very short usb-lightning cord to plug it in.
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This was suggested on another thread and it's been working great. Attach the suction cup to the inside vertical wall of the forward console cubby on driver's side. Let the iPhone bracket rest on top of the console's raised drivers side lip.



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I found a vent magnet clip I use on the vent next to radio. For me works fine short cable keeps it neat. Some people will complain blocks AC from vent but I have t had an issue.
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I keep it in the cubby hole turned sideways, control it on the screen. I have a very short usb-lightning cord to plug it in.
Same with my iPhone X. But some of the large format phones (iPhone Xs Max for instance) probably won't fit that way.

I use a 12" Anker Powerline II cable that allows me to twist the phone in without any issue.

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This serves its purpose considering the poor design of the interior.





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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-08-2019, 03:23 PM
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following the advice on another thread here, I got this on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071WQHN3D..._nf7YCb3CNTYJ8

It works okay but I’m worried that it is wedged pretty tightly into the gap and is rubbing both the center and the seat every time my wife and I switch and readjust the seats.


I purchased the same item and it is pretty tight in my 2018 Forester 2.0XT. I too am afraid its rubbing but since I drive the car 99% of the time I'm hoping it will be okay.
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I really like to keep my iphone attached to the windshield. I attached a 10 foot cable to teh top USB port, ran it through the hole where the blue LED light is located in the cubby and then routed teh cable under dash, up driver A pillar across roof under headliner and out the center through the plastic wire cover used for the mirror wiring. I locate the suction cup holder just left of the mirror. It does not affect Eyesight.

You can do this with a 6 foot cable to the center console area as well. This is very clean and assures that your phone is connected to car play while locating it in a place that fits your phone.

I have some photos and details on my modz page here. Page 1
https://www.subaruforester.org/vbull...-begin-792005/

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Here is my solution using Android Auto and a Pixel 3:
I really like your solution.

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There are some good suggestions in this thread: https://www.subaruforester.org/vbull...cation-791287/

My personal solution, taken at the suggestion of forum member @BeeMiceElf is here: https://www.subaruforester.org/vbull...ml#post7493383.

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You can just buy a magnetic car phone mount. That is what I use.
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