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Hi, we’ve had our 21 Platinum for a week now. We tried the 2 casting things but couldn’t figure them out (Miracast that requires some vague app that is hard to find in the App Store and didn’t work when we did and then DLNA which we couldn’t figure out at all).

Our goal is to stream things like Disney+, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and YouTube TV on the rear entertainment but still be able to run AppleCar Play up front.

So far our only partial success is HDMI. We bought a long 10’ HDMI cord and iPhone adapter. That works, but we found that you have to run Audio up front through Bluetooth to get sound which seems crazy. And of course we have a 10’ cord everywhere inside which feels odd for a $40-50K van...!

Does anyone know how to make this work easier???

Right now if we get Audio to work though Bluetooth in the front, we are of course stuck listening to kids movies the entire trip.

And if we are using the front to run Audio through Bluetooth, we also cant do Nav or CarPlay up front so you can’t do directions or anything upfront at the same time.

When I tried switching to CarPlay in the front in the middle of the movie to see directions (on a separate iPhone), it messed the movie up (playing on the iPhone in the back) and I had to unplug the front phone and reset Audio on Bluetooth to get it working again. What a pain!

So far we’re making due, but we’re not even the least bit impressed. We havent even attempted to figure out the headphones yet....

Any ideas? Maybe we’re just doing something wrong...!
 

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Did the van come with headsets? I would think when playing something on the rear entertainment system there is a setting to play on the headsets (so you don’t get stuck listening to kids movies).
This should work even if you are hooked up via HDMI because the HDMI cable can transmit both audio & video simultaneously.

Sorry I can’t be more help, my wife very specifically told me no TVs in the van so we don’t have that system.

Also, Texas911, I haven’t been here that long, but you aren’t much fun to be around, and more importantly, don’t seem to be much of a contributing member (well you contribute a lot of complaints...)

As far as DVD/Blu Ray, many of us don’t have many of them because most of our purchases are digital downloads. Like it or not, that is the reality for us, so more complaints from you here don’t help the OP.

Your constant snide remarks aren’t helpful at all.

Also, please don’t call people “noob”. The last time I heard someone called a “noob” was by an 8 year old on Xbox live. I don’t think you are 8 years old, please act like it
 

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I think the problem could be that you don’t need to pair the iPhone you are using for the HDMI feed with Bluetooth, but you do need to use the headphones for the rear audio. There is no ability to split the audio (for instance just have the feed to the screen play on the back speakers while using the front for the radio). The iPhone connected via Bluetooth is competing against the iPhone connected for CarPlay to control what is playing on the head unit.

The HDMI output on the iPhone adapter also transmits audio, but you need to use headphones to hear it If you want to reserve the front head unit for other functions like navigation.
 

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I think the problem could be that you don’t need to pair the iPhone you are using for the HDMI feed with Bluetooth, but you do need to use the headphones for the rear audio. There is no ability to split the audio (for instance just have the feed to the screen play on the back speakers while using the front for the radio). The iPhone connected via Bluetooth is competing against the iPhone connected for CarPlay to control what is playing on the head unit.

The HDMI output on the iPhone adapter also transmits audio, but you need to use headphones to hear it If you want to reserve the front head unit for other functions like navigation.
Thanks, we’ll give this a shot next!
 

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Hi, we’ve had our 21 Platinum for a week now. We tried the 2 casting things but couldn’t figure them out (Miracast that requires some vague app that is hard to find in the App Store and didn’t work when we did and then DLNA which we couldn’t figure out at all).

Our goal is to stream things like Disney+, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and YouTube TV on the rear entertainment but still be able to run AppleCar Play up front.

So far our only partial success is HDMI. We bought a long 10’ HDMI cord and iPhone adapter. That works, but we found that you have to run Audio up front through Bluetooth to get sound which seems crazy. And of course we have a 10’ cord everywhere inside which feels odd for a $40-50K van...!

Does anyone know how to make this work easier???

Right now if we get Audio to work though Bluetooth in the front, we are of course stuck listening to kids movies the entire trip.

And if we are using the front to run Audio through Bluetooth, we also cant do Nav or CarPlay up front so you can’t do directions or anything upfront at the same time.

When I tried switching to CarPlay in the front in the middle of the movie to see directions (on a separate iPhone), it messed the movie up (playing on the iPhone in the back) and I had to unplug the front phone and reset Audio on Bluetooth to get it working again. What a pain!

So far we’re making due, but we’re not even the least bit impressed. We havent even attempted to figure out the headphones yet....

Any ideas? Maybe we’re just doing something wrong...!
Yea it would be cool if they could "split" the audio inputs to allow for the rear speakers to broadcast the TV sound, and the front speakers could share audio from the front infotainment (carplay/radio/directions). Do any of the other vans do this? Not sure how complicated that would be.
 

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I confirmed the functionality this morning on my 2019 Limited Premium (I am guessing it should be similar on your 2021) using an iPad for the source with an HDMI to Lightning adapter connected. With the rear screen set for HDMI input, it will natively play the sound through the headphones (you do not need to connect the device via Bluetooth). If you want to play the sound through the speakers, there is an option under "Audio" to select the rear entertainment unit as the source. In both cases, you can still leave a second device (your iPhone) connected for CarPlay to continue functioning as expected as an input to the head unit (for instance it will interrupt and call out directions over the cabin speakers, but not interrupt those listening on headsets).
 
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I'm planning on using a Chromecast if the built in casting options don't easily work. Not sure if any of you tried this as an option. I'm in Canada so we're still at least a few weeks away from getting the vehicle so I can't test this but it seems like it should solve my needs at least.
 

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Hi, we’ve had our 21 Platinum for a week now. We tried the 2 casting things but couldn’t figure them out (Miracast that requires some vague app that is hard to find in the App Store and didn’t work when we did and then DLNA which we couldn’t figure out at all).

Our goal is to stream things like Disney+, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and YouTube TV on the rear entertainment but still be able to run AppleCar Play up front.

So far our only partial success is HDMI. We bought a long 10’ HDMI cord and iPhone adapter. That works, but we found that you have to run Audio up front through Bluetooth to get sound which seems crazy. And of course we have a 10’ cord everywhere inside which feels odd for a $40-50K van...!

Does anyone know how to make this work easier???

Right now if we get Audio to work though Bluetooth in the front, we are of course stuck listening to kids movies the entire trip.

And if we are using the front to run Audio through Bluetooth, we also cant do Nav or CarPlay up front so you can’t do directions or anything upfront at the same time.

When I tried switching to CarPlay in the front in the middle of the movie to see directions (on a separate iPhone), it messed the movie up (playing on the iPhone in the back) and I had to unplug the front phone and reset Audio on Bluetooth to get it working again. What a pain!

So far we’re making due, but we’re not even the least bit impressed. We havent even attempted to figure out the headphones yet....

Any ideas? Maybe we’re just doing something wrong...!
We’re you able to stream Hulu, Disney? I tried using apple av lightning apdter with hdmi but was unsuccessful. Only sound came through but no pictures. YouTube was fine though
 

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We’re you able to stream Hulu, Disney? I tried using apple av lightning apdter with hdmi but was unsuccessful. Only sound came through but no pictures. YouTube was fine though
Did you buy a 3rd party adapter? The cheap ones unfortunately won’t work with paid apps like Hulu and Disney. You’ll have to splurge $45 on the official Apple brand HDMI adapter. Disney+, Apple TV and Prime Movies work. Haven’t checked Hulu. (Update:Netflix does work when I updated my app). Merry Christmas!
 

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Did you buy a 3rd party adapter? The cheap ones unfortunately won’t work with paid apps like Hulu and Disney. You’ll have to splurge $45 on the official Apple brand HDMI adapter. Disney+, Apple TV and Prime Movies work. Haven’t checked Hulu. Netflix does not work. Merry Christmas!
The adapter is from apple, however the hdmi cable is cheap brand.
 

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Now that I think about it, I did have the same issue with Disney+ the very first time. Just sound no video. I unplugged it and plugged it back in a few times and it seems to work fine after. Not sure why this is so buggy
 

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We’re you able to stream Hulu, Disney? I tried using apple av lightning apdter with hdmi but was unsuccessful. Only sound came through but no pictures. YouTube was fine though
Yes, we've streamed successfully on Disney+, YouTube TV, and YouTube. Sometimes we only get sound, but we turn it on/off a few times, turn airplane mode on the phone/ipad on/off, or unplug/replug and usually 1 of the 3 methods will get it working with both video and audio again. And if your phone gets a notification, it sometimes makes it lose video again. Definitely can be frustrating, but we've learned to be patient and work through our 3 methods above and usually can get it back working within 30-seconds or so.
 

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So I’ve been following this and other forums, as well as YouTube videos on this topic while waiting for delivery of my new Sienna Limited. Got the van today, and tried a couple different things for the rear entertainment. I have an iPhone X and the kiddo has a kindle fire tablet. I have my phone plugged in for car play 100% of the time and don’t want to sacrifice that for rear tv.

1) tablet won’t cast to the tv without an hdmi dongle. Not expensive, but not really necessary since at that point she can just use the tablet.
2) couldn’t get Chrome cast to work without signing up for Toyota wifi (which we may wind up doing for ease of step 4 later on)
3) bought an iphone to hdmi dongle and will try that out, but can only use it when my wife is in the car as well and using her phone to plug that in.
4) what i landed on that works really well so far is: my phone plugged in to Apple car play so i can use it up front. Turn on my phone’s wifi hotspot capability (probably not a good option if you don’t have unlimited data). Connected a Roku to the HDMI port and powered by usb above it (could use the power socket next to it, but you’d have to remember to hit the power button next to the steering wheel). Roku uses my phone data for connection, kiddo uses Roku remote to find content. Works GREAT and no extra subscriptions or anything. Highly recommend.
 
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