You hear about Android Auto more and more often lately, and you would like to try the app. In a few words, Android Auto is an application that allows you to connect your Android smartphone to your vehicle's dashboard.
This allows you to use the applications on your phone which will come in handy when you are driving: GPS, music app etc… All this guided by voice thanks to the Google Assistant. This helps keep your eyes on the road.
In this article, we will explain in detail how to make this happen.Connect to Android Auto and how to set it up for use on your dashboard.
If your vehicle does not have a dashboard, it is still possible to use Android Auto. Your phone screen will act as dashboard, if you have a phone holder. You will place it in plain sight next to your steering wheel.
If you're having trouble with your Android Auto app, here's a article with solutions to the most frequent problems:
So here are the different steps to connect to Android Auto and use it in your car. First, make sure you download it to your smartphone.
Download Android Auto to be able to connect to Android phone
The first step of all logic for to connect to Android Auto, is to download the application to your phone. To do this, you must first know which version of Android you have. because depending on this, the procedure will be different.
If you do not know which version of Android is installed on your phone, go to:
- About the phone
depending on your version of Android, go to the right paragraph below.
Older versions of Android: Get Android Auto on the Play-store
Before becoming a native Android system application, it was therefore necessary download the app to your phone. For that, very simple, here is a direct download link:
Click on the image below to be redirected to an app download link on the Play-store:
Follow the normal installation steps. when this is done, you can move on to connect your phone to your dashboard with Android Auto.
Android 10 or higher: You have Android Auto in your system applications
As stated earlier in this article, Android Auto is now a system app from your smartphone. However, it does not appear like any other application.
It will only launch when you connect your smartphone to your dashboard. You cannot launch it alone unless you download another app, Android Auto for mobile.
From there, two options are available to you:
You have a screen on your dashboard
If your vehicle has a dashboard, there is a good chance that it is compatible with Android Auto connection. However, this is not absolutely certain. To check, look in this list to see if your vehicle is there.
Note that if your vehicle does not appear there, it is still possible to use Android Auto from your phone, without sharing the screen on your dashboard. You will have access to the same functionalities.
If you have a compatible screen, go directly to the next paragraph: How to connect your phone to Android Auto on your dashboard.
You do not have a screen or it is not compatible with Android Auto
If you want use your smartphone as a dashboard to connect to Android Auto, then in this case you will need an additional application. Indeed, Android Auto is directly integrated into your phone only if you use your car screen.
Otherwise you will have to download the following application:
Please note: This recent application is still relatively unstable and has some bugs, which will probably be fixed in future updates. Therefore, be careful with the use, during our tests we discovered many problems. he is also reported in the comments many malfunctions. It is however the seul way to use Android Auto if you don't have a dashboard in your vehicle.
How to connect your phone to Android Auto on your dashboard
For this step, we consider that you have a dashboard, and that it is compatible with your Android smartphone.
If this is the case, to install and connect to Android Auto, all you have to do is connect your phone to your car by USB cable, or by Bluetooth. here are the more detailed steps in order to benefit of Android Auto on its in-car screen.
- Start your car
- Unlock your smartphone, and launch Android Auto
- Login the phone in the car with a USB cable
- Activate notifications on the app
- Activate bluetooth (this will be automatic for versions 6.0 Marshmallow and above)
- Select Android Auto on your vehicle's touchscreen
Here are the different steps to install and use Android Auto in your vehicle. We recommend that you use the command " Ok Google »To communicate with your smartphone, in order to use the GPS on the road.
Use your smartphone as a screen to connect to Android Auto
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You will come to a page of this type when you have launched the application:
Simply position your phone on your dashboard using a phone holder, then use the commands vocal for use Android Auto while driving.
So here are the different ways to connect to Android Auto. If you want to go further in configuring your application, here are various links that may interest you: