Chevy’s iconic Silverado grabs attention with its powerful towing capability, spacious cargo beds, and comfortable passenger cab. But this truck’s entertainment features are also impressive. Here’s a rundown of the Silverado’s infotainment equipment and technology.
Chevrolet Infotainment System 3
The Silverado‘s Infotainment System 3 is designed to help you stay connected wherever you are. It allows you to create your own profile with your favorite apps and radio stations, pair your phone, access features using voice commands, and much more.
The first thing you need to know about the infotainment system is some basic navigation techniques. Press the Home button on your dash to access the main screen, which includes all your apps, a notification bar along the top, and an App Tray at the bottom. Your notification bar displays any updates you have from your apps. To access them, all you need to do is tap the bubble that appears. The App Tray is where your favorite apps are displayed so that you can access them easily.
If you’re driving and want to keep your focus on the road ahead, you can also operate the Infotainment System 3 using voice commands. Just press the Push to Talk button on your steering wheel. After you hear the prompt, say a short command, such as “Call Robert.”
A final feature worth noting is the summary screen, which provides you with easy access to all your audio, navigation, and phone features. All you need to do is press the Home button twice or swipe from left to right on the Home screen to access summary view.
Setting Up a Personal Profile
One of the great features of Chevy’s infotainment system is that you can create a personal profile tailored to your own needs. Personal profiles allow you to choose preferences, display your favorite apps in a specific order, and select favorites. Once your profile is created, you can link it to your key fob. If you have another GM vehicle, storing your profile on your fob will allow you to transfer it to your other vehicle’s infotainment system.
The first step to creating your profile is to select the User icon on the homepage. You then need to accept the terms and conditions before tapping Create Profile. Enter your email address, which needs to be the same address that you provided as the owner’s address when you purchased your Silverado. Finally, pick your desired profile picture. The picture will be displayed on your home screen.
Pairing Your Phone
By pairing your phone with the Silverado’s infotainment system, you can access your personal contacts and make calls. To get started, choose the Phone icon on your home screen. Next, select Phones and tap the Add Phone option. You can now follow the prompts on the screen to link your phone using Bluetooth.
If you’re behind the wheel, you can also pair your phone using voice recognition. Just tap the Push to Talk button and say the command “Pair phone.”
Up to 10 phones can be paired with your infotainment system, but only two can be connected at any one time. The most recent phone you pair will act as the primary phone. Primary phones can accept incoming and make outgoing calls. The other phone will be the secondary phone, which can only accept incoming calls.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are two programs that allow you to connect your phone with the Silverado’s infotainment system. Once your phone is linked, you can access its apps, play music, and use its other features through your truck’s infotainment screen.
To activate Apple CarPlay, all you need to do is connect your iPhone to your infotainment system using a USB cable. The Apple CarPlay icon on the screen should light up. Tap it, and accept the terms and conditions to get started. The process for Android Auto is similar, but you’ll first need to download the Android Auto app from your app store on your phone before linking your phone with your Chevy’s infotainment system.
Customizing Your Home Screen
If you want to reorganize your home screen with the apps and features you use most often, you can do so in no time. Just tap and hold down on an icon, then drag it to the position where you’d like it to be.
The Settings option on the home page offers you several ways to customize the options you see. After selecting the Settings option, tap the menu tab you want to change. You’ll then be presented with a list of the features and settings you can change. Once you’ve made your desired changes, press Back to exit each menu.
You can also select your favorite radio stations so it’s easier to find them. Start by displaying the relevant radio station, then select the favorites page where you want it to be listed. Touch and hold the appropriate favorite screen button until you here a beep, which indicates that the station has been saved as a favorite.
Infotainment and Trim Levels
There are eight trim levels available with the Silverado. The infotainment options vary throughout the lineup. For example, the base WT trim features a 7-inch infotainment screen, 2 speakers, 2 USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Custom trim gets a 6-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and a wireless hot spot.
The top-of-the-line High Country features wireless device charging, an 8-inch screen, a 7-speaker premium stereo, and a built-in navigation system.
We hope that this overview of the great entertainment features available with the Chevy Silverado has given you a good idea of all the fun and enjoyment you can have with your new truck. If you have any questions about Chevy’s infotainment system, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Here at Huffines Chevrolet Plano, we’re delighted to help customers like you get their infotainment systems up and running, and resolve any problems. Contact us today to learn more.
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