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How To Setup Android Auto

Android Auto On Phone In Car

Android Auto can work on pretty much any modern car, as long as the vehicle is Bluetooth enabled and can support 5GHz wifi. After Android auto’s launch in 2015, it wasn’t this accessible. Consumers needed to have an expensive car or pricey hardware. 

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However, Google released a stand-alone app for Android phones the year after. Keeping that in mind, if your phone’s and car’s hardware meet the requirements, all you need to do is download the app on the google play store and set it up. 

This article contains a detailed guide on setting up Android auto, the requirements your phone and cars need to meet to support the app, the importance, and much more. 

Steps To Setup Android Auto

There are two versions of Android Auto, the wireless and wired versions. Regardless of the one you choose, the guide below is as simple as it gets. 

Step #1: Download the App

Ensure your phone has a strong internet connection, then download or update the Android Auto app.

Step #2: Connect Your Phone to the Car

Whether you plan to use the wireless or wired Android Auto, you will need a USB cable for the initial set-up. Switch off the car engine or put the car in park, then connect your phone to the vehicle via said USB. 

Step #3: Set It Up

You should receive a prompt asking for permission to connect the phone to your car’s Android Auto; click “Allow”. After that, you need to enable Android Auto to access your phone details such as contacts, Google maps, etc. 

Finish off by agreeing to the App’s safety notice and terms and conditions

Step #4: Connect to Bluetooth

You can now remove the USB cable, and you will receive a prompt on the screen display asking you to set up Bluetooth. If you don’t see such a prompt, confirm that the car’s Bluetooth and your phone’s Bluetooth are “On”

Proceed to Settings and manually connect to the car’s Bluetooth. Some vehicles will need you to input a code or pin before completing this step. 

On the other hand, if you plan to use the wired version, note that you need to keep the USB connection to your phone. 

Step #5: Wait for the App To Initialize

Usually, wireless Android Auto needs a few minutes before it finishes to set up. Once it does, you will receive a notification on your phone. 

At that point, you can fire up the engine, and the said app will automatically connect to your phone via Bluetooth. If you are using the wired version, it will also connect automatically so long as the USB is fitted on both ends. 

Which Phones Support Android Auto?

Considering wired Android Auto was released before the wireless version, the former works on all phones running on Android 6 (Kitkat) or higher. As for wireless, Android Auto only works on phones with 5GHz Wi-Fi connectivity that runs on Android 11 or higher

However, the phones below support wireless Android Auto despite running on Android 9 or 10:

  • Google Pixel 1, 2, 3 & 4.
  • Google Nexus 5X. 
  • Google Nexus 6P. 
  • Samsung Galaxy S8, S9 & S10.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8, 9 & 10.

Which Cars Support Android Auto?

On Android Auto’s debut, one of the leading marketing points for car manufacturers was including the feature in their cars. For that reason, the list of vehicles that support the wired Android auto is quite extensive. 

As for now, there doesn’t seem to be a comprehensive list of cars that support wireless Android Auto. But if you have a modern car with 5GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and support for Android Auto, you can access the feature. 

Alternatively, if your car is an older model that does not have Bluetooth, fitting your car with a Bluetooth receiver will allow you to enjoy wireless Android auto. Most quality Bluetooth receivers run on batteries, and the rest need to charge manually, so keep that in mind when choosing which brand to buy.   

The car dealers will highlight if the car supports Android auto during purchase. But if the dealership didn’t include the information, a simple google search will give you the answers you need. 

Key Features of Android Auto

Considering that Android Auto is not a standard feature for all vehicles, you might wonder whether it is worth the hype if you have basic automotive knowledge. 

Below are some of its outstanding features: 

  • Allows you to make and receive phone calls and send messages.
  • You can use a voice-activated Google assistant to make commands through your car’s display as you would on your phone.
  • It allows you to catch up on your favorite media such as podcasts, YouTube music, etc. 
  • It gives you directions. You could ask it to direct you to the nearest petrol station, etc. 

Conclusion

Android Auto has come a long way since its inception. For starters, it now offers a wireless version adding to the convenience of the software. One of its most significant marketing points has to be how straightforward setting the app up is. 

Also, you will hardly need to purchase additional hardware to use the app, as most smartphones and cars meet the requirements. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a car phone mount to use Android Auto?

Not necessarily; it is advisable to use the car display and voice control whenever you want to perform any function. Using your phone display may cause distractions. 

Where is Android Auto in settings?

Open “Settings” > click “Connected devices” > click “Connection preferences” > click “Driving mode” > click “Behavior” > select “Open Android auto”. 

Why is my Android Auto not connecting to my car?

If you had connected the Android auto successfully before, there is probably a problem with your USB cable. Alternatively, try disconnecting and reconnecting the USB or restarting the Bluetooth connection. 

Can Android Auto be connected wirelessly?

Yes. So long as your car and phone support 5GHz Wi-FI frequency and are Bluetooth enabled, you can use wireless Android Auto.  

How can I tell if my phone supports wireless Android Auto?

Go to “Settings” > click on “General” > click on “About” > click on “Software”, then check your phone’s Android version. Your phone needs to be Android 10 or higher for the wireless version of the app to work.

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