How To Install Android Auto And Make Your Car Smarter In 2020

Over the years, technology has grown up so fast that we can’t even imagine how fast it’s going around. It seems almost possible to do any task. In this latest technology, cars have improved a lot over last 5 to 10 years.

This is because not only the cars are coming with latest technology like smart controls and a big dashboard in front but also loaded with lots of driving features that is directly connected to your phone and making life easier.

When we talk about latest technology in cars, then we cannot miss saying about “Android Auto”. This is one of the latest and best used app for cars that can be accessed from your Smartphone.

Using this, now everything is possible for card drivers to access on their big dashboard like Android phone. So this blog is completely on Android Auto, how to install it and make your car smarter.

About Android Auto

Android Auto is an app developed by Google to mirror the features from Android phone to car compatible in-dash information. Using this, the driving is safer and is simple to use. After connecting your Android phone to car display, all the apps will be shown on car dashboard. It helps to focus on road and you can get driving directions or even send a text to talk.

Questions People Ask

Can I Install Android Auto In My Car?

Yes, you can install Android auto in your card using Android Auto app.

On the display of your car, choose Android Auto. If the connection is wireless then it might take some seconds to begin. If you are connecting your car via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and if its showing error then go to Home screen on car, start projection and click on Android Auto.

Check out everything about Android Auto here:

Does Android Auto Work Via Bluetooth?

Yes, Android Auto works with Bluetooth connection. But the connection does not have bandwidth required by wireless. So if you want a wireless connection between car and phone, go to Android Auto Wireless and click on Wi-Fi functionality and on your car radio as well.

How Can I Get Android Auto On My Older Car?

Before you move ahead, you should check the list of Android Auto supported car. Now launch the app on Android phone and click Menu option. Then click on Settings > move down and turn “USB Bluetooth” > choose “Auto Launch” and turn on. Doing this, your phone will get notification to connect using Bluetooth after you launch Android Auto.

Is Android Auto Available On All Android Phones?

No, its not like that every Android phones are not compatible to Android Auto app.

The app can be operated on those phones which run on Android Lollipop (5.0) or higher. And if you want to access this app wireless then only few compatible phones are only supported or select those phones that run on Android Oreo (8.0) or higher.

Which Cars Are Compatible With Android Auto App?

You should have a clear knowledge on which cars support Android Auto feature and after that only, you should move ahead to connect your car to it.

Here are some lists of cars that support Android Auto:

  • Audi. Audi offers Android Auto in the Q5, SQ5, Q7, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, R8, and TT.
  • Acura. Acura offers Android Auto on the NSX.
  • BMW. BMW has announced that Android Auto will be available in the future, but has yet to release it.
  • Cadillac supports Android Auto in ATS, CTS, XTS, ELR, Escalade, XT5, and CT6 models
  • Chevrolet list includes Chevrolet Spark, Sonic, Bolt, Camaro, Colorado, Corvette, Cruze, Equinox, Impala, Malibu, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, Trailblazer, Traverse, Trax, and Volt

You can check the list of supported cars for Android Auto here.

What Are The Android Auto Compatible Phones?

It is very important to know about the Android Auto compatible phones so that you can further connect it to your car. Here are some of them mentioned:

Google Pixel/XL, Google Pixel 2/XL, Pixel 3/3XL, Pixel 4/4XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, etc.

Even it is also confirmed that Android Auto Wireless will support Samsung phones as well that includes Galaxy S8/S8+, S9/S9+, and S10/S10+, Galaxy Note 8, Note 9, and Note 10 as well. But do remember that these devices should run on Android 9.0 or higher with latest Android Auto app (version 4.7) along with head unit that can support wireless mode.

Which Apps Are Compatible With Android Auto?

You should know those apps that are compatible with this new feature. With the use of Android Auto, you can listen to music, can call friends and family members, and also can send text messages.

All these things are possible via simple mirroring of app that are installed on smartphone to display dashboard of vehicle.

Though its also true that all apps are not compatible but Android Auto supports several app and most popular ones are Facebook Messenger, Google Play Music, WhatsApp, Google Maps, Spotify, Waze and others.

However, this feature is expanding day by day and that too, too fast. This app supports several music and audio apps like Google Play Music, LibriVox Audio Books, NPR One, Stitcher, Amazon Music, LibriVox Audio Books, WhatsApp, Skype, Hangouts, Text Me, textPlus, Nextplus, EvolveSMS, Talkray, MLB AtBat and others.

What You Have To Do To Use Android Auto?

If you want to use Android Auto feature without any issue then you should remember that you should have Android compatible device and also a car that support the app.

Some other things that are required to use this app are:

  • Your phone should run on Android 5.0 or higher
  • USB cable for mirroring between smartphone and car dashboard
  • Should have a stable internet connection
  • The car dashboard must be compatible with Android Auto

How To Install Android Auto?

To install Android Auto, you should remember the requirements that it needed that I have already explained above. After that, you can download Android Auto app from Google Play Store.

When it is installed, you should accept all permissions request so that the app can work better and offer the best experience while driving.

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Can I Use Android Auto Without USB?

Yes, you can now use Android Auto without USB. The app is bow available wirelessly for some Android phones like Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

How Does Android Auto Wireless Work?

Android Auto Wireless works in which process, here you should read about it.

Several connections are from Bluetooth between phones and car radios. With this, one can stream music and even make a call but the connection does not have the bandwidth that is essential by Android Auto Wireless.

To achieve wireless connection, Android Auto Wireless clicks into Wi-Fi functionality of phone and car radio. And this also means that this feature works with those vehicles which have Wi-Fi features.

When your compatible phone is paired with compatible car radio then Android Auto Wireless works just like wired version without wires.

Now your phone will do everything and information will display on touchscreen car radio. And also the directions and answers from Google Assistant will be played as well via car speakers.

How To Use Android Auto Wireless

Now, its time to set up Android Auto Wireless when phone and car are both capable of it.

  • First, connect your phone to car radio via USB cable
  • Then follow on screen instructions to complete initial setup process
  • Now disconnect USB cable
  • And next time when you get into car, Android Auto Wireless gets connected automatically to car radio

What To Do If Car Is Not Compatible With Android Auto Feature?

This one is very important to know, as said earlier that not every cars are compatible with Android Auto. So in this situation, you should check out some alternatives apps that works similar to Android Auto.

Here are the alternatives for Android Auto:

Drivemode: Safe Driving

This is the first choice for many users when they are not able to use Android Auto app. Though this feature does not have several features with menu and services but it does its job with perfection. Drivemode app has clean UI with colorful buttons and big bold while driving.


Here WeGo is yet another alternative for Android Auto and can be used in car that has several features. This can extend to those one who drive motorcycle as primary vehicle. It has powerful map to find the way, has offline maps that let to download route to destination, and ensures you don’t waste data in transit. It has big UI elements that make it to use easily during driving.


Android Auto is the latest and best app that is used to mirror on car and one can enjoy all those things on car display that can be accessed on Android phone. I hope whatever discussed on this blog will definitely help you to understand Android Auto better.

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