What is MirrorLink?

Operate phone apps safely through your car's screen: find out which cars and phones work with MirrorLink

BuyaCar team
May 18, 2018

The music, navigation and messaging apps on your smartphone may well be more useful than the functions on your car's dashboard screen - especially if your vehicle's a few years old.

That's why car manufacturers are adding software that allows you to control a phone through your car's dashboard screen in a safer way, reducing the risk of distractions while driving.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are currently the leading systems; compatible with the majority of British smartphones, allowing control of key apps in a straightforward way.

But these only started to become common in cars from 2016. If you;re buying a used car that's two years old or more, then you're more likely to find MirrorLink. This mainly works with Android phones, displaying apps on the car screen, which can be operated without touching your phone.

How does Mirrorlink work?

You’ll need a MirrorLink-compatible smartphone and, a MirrorLink-enabled car. Assuming you have both, you connect your phone to the car, either by a USB lead or wirelessly with Bluetooth, and watch as music, map and phone apps are displayed as large images in the middle of your car’s dashboard.

Compatible apps include the navigation app Glympse and parking data from Parkopedia. Download an app called RockScout and you'll be able to control Spotify, Stitcher, Deezer and guardian podcasts in the car. Other apps, such as Twitter, Waze and Facebook can also be operated (in a limited way) through MirrorLink, but users report that these are sometimes temperamental. 

Apps by using the screen, as well as with any steering wheel buttons or voice control system in the car. They continue to run on your smartphone, but the display in your car mirrors that of your phone (below).

MirrorLink knows whether you’re stationary or moving, too, so can restrict features that might be a distraction.

   

Are iPhones compatible with MirrorLink?

Most Android phones are compatible. However, iPhones aren’t. You’ll need to use Apple CarPlay if you want a similar experience.

Which cars are compatible with MirrorLink?

Most Citroens and Peugeots, VW Group cars (Skodas, Seats and Volkswagens), Hondas, Toyotas and some Mercedes are compatible. MirrorLink may only come as standard on some higher-specification cars, so it's always worth checking whather a particular model that you're interested in has it installed.

   

What else can MirrorLink do?

Depending on the ingenuity of app developers, there’s no limit. For example, Skoda has a compatible app called MFA Pro that can tell you how efficiently you’re driving.

   

How else can I get MirrorLink?

Some aftermarket car stereo systems, most notably those by Pioneer, have MirrorLink.

    

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