Pioneer launches its free Advanced Remote Control (Pioneer ARC) app for iOS and Android, taking ease of use to a whole new level

Melsele, Belgium – August 10th, 2016 - Pioneer’s new Advanced Remote Control (Pioneer ARC) app converts your iPhone1 or Android1 smartphone into a powerful touchscreen remote control, which allows you to manage and customise the features of your compatible Pioneer car stereo system2 in an easy to use way.

Pioneer’s solutions have always been about performance, features and usability. After all, it makes little sense to introduce sophisticated features when the user isn’t able to enjoy them in an easy way.

The Pioneer ARC app – suitable for both iOS1 and Android1 – lets users maximise the potential of their headunit, by browsing their favourite music, switch sources (FM, DAB, Bluetooth Audio, etc), launch Spotify or other third-party apps, customise illumination colours or control the audio settings of the headunit, all in a clear and easy way on their smartphone touchscreen.

The Pioneer ARC app – which works both in portrait and landscape mode - was designed to minimise distraction whilst driving. To make sure safety isn’t compromised, Pioneer recommends to install your smartphone on a dedicated phone holder, whilst using the Pioneer ARC app. Alternatively, the app can also be controlled by a passenger seated anywhere else in the vehicle.

Jesse Claessens, Marketing & Communication Manager at Pioneer Europe: “Pioneer products have a well-earned reputation for having the most user friendly designs in the market. However, restrictions in the physical dimensions of the display of 1 DIN and – to a lesser extent – 2 DIN units set limitations to the size of the LCD screen area. Our Advanced Remote Control app elegantly tackles these restrictions, as it allows you to use the larger touchscreen of your smartphone as an extension of your Pioneer system.”


Current playing source with scrolling text/track data.

Current playing source with scrolling text/track data. It shows album art and features many easy to use controls, like volume, previous and next track selection, play/pause and source selection.

Current playing source with scrolling text/track data.

Illumination for both buttons and screen display can be changed in an easy and intuitive way.
(Illumination features are dependent on the Pioneer headunit itself)

Current playing source with scrolling text/track data.

Using Pioneer ARC, you can simply use a pre-set EQ3 setting (e.g. Vocal/flat), or create your own custom EQ-setting by swiping your smartphone touchscreen.

Current playing source with scrolling text/track data.

Advanced Audio Settings, such as Manual Time Alignment or Crossover Settings, can easily be set up and controlled via Pioneer ARC. This is due to the strong visual support with graphics and symbols allowing more information to be shown in one go.


Today, the Pioneer ARC app is available in the following languages: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Thai, Traditional Chinese and Turkish.

Compatible Pioneer products:
MVH-190UB; MVH-190UI; MVH-290DAB; MVH-390BT; MVHX580BT; MVH-X580DAB; DEH-1900UB; DEH-X2900UI; DEH-3900BT; DEH-4900DAB; DEH-X5900BT; DEH-X7800DAB; FH-X730BT.

1The Pioneer ARC app is compatible with iPhone 4s/5/5c/5s/6/6s/6 Plus/6s Plus, running iOS 8.0 and above and Android phones running 4.1 and above. The app can be downloaded free of charge in the Apple App Store and in the Android Google Play store.

2Pioneer ARC features are dependent on the Pioneer headunit itself. For detailed information, please visit (as of September 2016).

3The image is for illustrative purpose only, as it might change depending on the connected headunit.

The new compatible models will be available from Pioneer authorised distributors as from September 2016 onwards.