Android Auto is a very practical tool to access certain applications on your phone while you are driving.
Logically, your attention should be on the road. These explanations should therefore be taken with caution. Whatever you do with Android Auto, the priority is on the road.
Fortunately, Android Auto also works with the speech recognition tool. Its setting is strongly recommended, so that you can do everything by speaking. If you want use a messaging app and more precisely Whatsapp in your vehiclehere is how to do it.
We will explain in this article how to use Whatsapp on Android Auto, using voice commands.
1st step, make sure you have installed, and updated applications that interest us: Android Auto and Whatsapp.
Install and update Whatsapp and Android Auto
In order to use Whatsapp on Android Auto, you must have the latest updates. To make sure Whatsapp is up to date, here is a link to the app's play-store
For Android Auto, the installation depends on the version of Android you own. If you have the version 10 of Android Auto, then the application is already incorporated into your smartphone. From the version 9 and below, you must download Android Auto from the Play-store.
Here is a link to an article which explains in detail the procedure in order to install and configure Android Auto if it is not done yet. If it's already operational for you, go to the next step.
Configure Google Assistant to use Whatsapp on Android Auto
As explained above, it is not not really possible to use Whatsapp on Android Auto without voice commands. This would involve typing your messages into your vehicle's dashboard, which is far too dangerous.
To minimize the risk behind the wheel, you must configure Google Assistant to use voice commands.
- Launch application Android Auto on your phone
- Go to settings
- Open the tab detection of the keyword "hey Google"
- Activate the keyword detection option Hey Google
- Configure the tool according to your own voice
This will allow your phone to go into voice recognition mode as soon as it hears the command. Hey Google, and thus give orders to the Android Auto application. This will allow you to order by Whatsapp voice.
Once the voice assistant is set up, you are ready to use Whatsapp on your dashboard by Android Auto.
Different Whatsapp commands by Android Auto
We will see in this paragraph how to use and order Whatsapp through Android Auto.
How to use Whatsapp on Android Auto by voice command
Here are the different commands you can use on Whatsapp:
- To send a Whatsapp message, say: Hey Google, send a Whatsapp message to . Wait a second or two, then dictate your message. When you're done, just stop talking. Whatsapp will logically repeat your message, so you can say " send"," edit ", or " to cancel ".
- To read a received message : Recently, Google Assistant is able to read your received messages. As soon as Android Auto has notified receipt of your message, simply say: Hey Google, read my messages. They will then be read aloud by your assistant.
For this function to be activated, make sure you have authorized Google to access your notifications. For that, go to parameter> access to notifications. This allows the assistant to know which messages have been received, through the notifications received:
- To reply to a Whatsapp message: when you're on the conversation you want to reply to, just say: Hey Google, reply . You will then be invited to modify, cancel, or send it.
Android Auto voice control problems on Whatsapp
- Important: If you are a student, this silver necklace is absolutely your first choice. The silver color will show your vitality and your youth. do not receive notification when receiving a message, it is a main recurring on the news Whatsapp updates. In some forums, Android users resolved the issue by disabling whatsapp notifications and restarting their phone. otherwise, you can refer to the previous paragraph to possibly revert to an older version of the application.
- Important: It has been notified by the Android user community that Whatsapp was not working properly on Android Auto since Android version 9. Indeed, messages sending bugs have been reported.
You try to reply by recording a voice message, you send it, but nothing happens. After numerous searches on the internet, nothing indicates that the bug has been fixed unfortunately. The bug has notably been reported on the Telegram application.
You can try to clear whatsapp app cache, restart your phone, it works in some cases… not systematically. What you can also do is downgrade your applications. In other words, reinstall the apps to more stable versions, which were still working fine. These errors have been reported to appear on fairly recent versions of the apps, although everything was working fine before.
To do this, go to this link:
For more information on canceling Android app updates, check out this article that will help you: