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So, I gave it the good 'ole college try. I've been using Apple CarPlay since I got the car. It works.

Slide the phone in the designated slot, plug it in using the extra short 6" lightning cable I bought for this specific purpose... still I can't use Google Maps. Worst of all, with the phone tucked into that slot, I've actually forgotten and left it in the car several times.

I can relearn retrieving my phone from the slot, but I just can't use Apple Maps. Address voice dictation is horrible. I can't say: "1-1-3-4-0 Main Street", instead I have to say "eleven thousand three forty Main Street". Can't get used to that.

In my previous car/setup, I have a phone holder with the phone connected to the car via Bluetooth only. In that car, the holder is permanently attached to the dash.

I have this spare Macally cup holder phone mount.

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The only thing is that pressing the phone button on the steering wheel > 2 seconds results in OnStar instead of voice commands for the phone. Good thing the phone is easily reachable and pressing down on the home button activates Siri voice commands.
 

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I got a iKross 2-in-1 Tablet and Cellphone Adjustable Swing Extended Cup Mount Holder Car Kit from Amazon. It works well, but using the 10" one as they show blocks access to the buttons below the infotainment screen. I turned it around and lift the arm only part way. It works great!

I got this because I signed up with Lyft to give me an excuse to drive my Bolt. Their app doesn't work with Car Play, so I needed access to the phone while driving.

Voice turn by turn instructions in Google Maps don't work very well with the phone plugged in to a USB port. The voice cuts out a lot. I have to watch the screen way too much.

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I honestly never knew they had cupholder phone mounts... yes I've been under a rock. I thought the only thing was really a vent mount but I was worried it may block the infotainment screen... I must look into this now.
 

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If you don't want to look down too much when accessing your phone, try an air vent mount. Just can't really crank up the head when you're using it but they keep things at around eye level.

I personally use the RANVOO Air Vent Aluminium Magnetic Holder, you stick a magnetic piece to the back of your phone case and it'll stick to the vent magnet.
https://www.amazon.com/RANVOO-Aluminium-Magnetic-Rotation-Motorola/dp/B01HQ12396
 

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If you don't want to look down too much when accessing your phone, try an air vent mount. Just can't really crank up the head when you're using it but they keep things at around eye level.

I personally use the RANVOO Air Vent Aluminium Magnetic Holder, you stick a magnetic piece to the back of your phone case and it'll stick to the vent magnet.
I recently bought the "AUKEY" version of this. While it doesn't have the cool Aluminum look of the RANVOO, it was a few dollars cheaper. I noticed it worked real well in a new 2017 Chevy Equinox we have in our work fleet, but not nearly as well in my old Jeep. It seems that the vents really needs to have some tension to them and not be too loose (or easily adjustable, if you know what I mean).

Thanks for the link, I need to get a second one for our other car and may splurge for this one. Then it won't matter which vehicle I'm in that day; I'll have one available at all times.

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I went with the MOD Armor MobNetic Pro holder, mounted to the right side of the infotainment screen. Works great - I like to use Waze so this was a must have!

http://mobarmor.com/mobnetic-pro/
 

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I'm trying a WizGear vent-mounted magnetic unit - but if the magnetic plate is inside the phone case then the magnet's not strong enough for a swift turn, and if the magnet's outside the phone case it tends to pull the base from the vent, argh. So, I'm trying an iOttie extended arm unit on the dash, to the left of the steering wheel
 

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Not sure about WizGear, but the one i use is pretty good and the phone hasn't been flung off yet even when I make sharp turns and it hasn't pulled the magnet off the vent either when I detach it. At least these things are generally pretty cheap so you can test out a few before you find one that works best for you.
 

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After going back and forth, I decided to really invest some time to scour the internet for a better solution to the Bolt's lack of an ideal location for a phone mount.

With all the recommendations for magnetic mounts, I ended up with this:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M0DUVZV/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I stuck it onto the blank buttons under the infotainment screen on the right side.

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Looks good. The size and color makes it practically invisible without the phone.

I'm going to give this a try. No more Apple Maps for me (hopefully).
 

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Maybe I am too much of an Apple Fan Boi, but I find Apple Maps and Siri's voice through Apple Play works quite well. I like to load the destination before jumping the the car and then it works well. Took me a while to figure out how to get her voice at the right audio level, but seems fine now. When I take a different route, it recalculates quickly. I suppose someday, I will drive into a lagoon, but until then I am happy.
 

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Maybe I am too much of an Apple Fan Boi, but I find Apple Maps and Siri's voice through Apple Play works quite well. I like to load the destination before jumping the the car and then it works well. Took me a while to figure out how to get her voice at the right audio level, but seems fine now. When I take a different route, it recalculates quickly. I suppose someday, I will drive into a lagoon, but until then I am happy.
I'm glad it works for you. I find it slower than other apps and not as good in terms of giving me a "head's up" as to what lane I should be in, etc, when I'm in new locales. The voice directions could also come sooner as I find that with traffic, I'm always in the wrong lane when the app wants me to turn.

Then again being a city boy, I get lost a lot. When it comes down to it, I'd rather keep my eye on the road than on the map.

Here's the magnetic mount without the phone attached.

Untitled by tk_1971, on Flickr
 

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My problem with google maps is that the infotainment system takes too long to switch over to the phone. An instruction like, "in half a mile, turn left," comes out as, "turn left." This happens whether I have the phone connected through USB or Bluetooth. I don't have this problem with Apple CarPlay and Apple maps.

Unfortunately, the Lyft app doesn't work with CarPlay or Apple maps. I must disconnect both USB and Bluetooth when giving Lyft rides.

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I'm glad it works for you. I find it slower than other apps and not as good in terms of giving me a "head's up" as to what lane I should be in, etc, when I'm in new locales. The voice directions could also come sooner as I find that with traffic, I'm always in the wrong lane when the app wants me to turn.

Then again being a city boy, I get lost a lot. When it comes down to it, I'd rather keep my eye on the road than on the map.

Here's the magnetic mount without the phone attached.

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Thanks for this. It works perfectly. I can't imagine a better phone solution.

I have mine oriented horizontal with the plug/bottom of phone pointed to driver. Advice: do a dry run on how you want to the phone to sit. I have my metal plate attached to the phone on the drivers side at the top of the horizontal layout.
 

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I stopped using this magnetic solution when I started to go through pixel phones in alarming quantity. My current mount is magnetic free and so far has not been anything other than awesome. Actually as I use Android Auto there is no need to mount the phone, I usually whack it into the wifi fast charger slot upside down so the cable can get plugged in.

Android Auto does need more call management work though, it is this aspect that makes me unplug and use the phone while driving.

It needs to be easier to operate calls and calendars with webex and such audio conferencing tools. I spend a lot of time on the road so taking calls is important.
 

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the voice part stopped working, ie the phone part of a smartphone, eventually i could not make or get phone calls but for some reason it was great as a computer, that all worked fine. I was told there were solder flow issues on pixels that was recently fixed but I am not chancing it again, they seem rather delicate to electromagnetic pulses as well as strong magnets and such.

my high voltage lab antics also don't help, i keep my cell phone well out of the way locked up in a lead lined drawer in my desk.
 

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