How to make your car smarter with Android Auto

Android Auto is an app developed by Google that allows you to use Google Assistant to interact with mobile devices while driving without distraction. But how does it work? Which smartphones and vehicles are compatible? You can find the answers to all these questions in our guide.

What is Android Auto?

Android Auto is a proprietary Google app available on the Play Store. It brings apps from an Android device to the dashboard display integrated in the car. Android Auto has an intuitive user interface, large keypads and thanks to the Google Assistant, voice control is also possible.

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With Android Auto, you no longer have to take your hands off the wheel. / © AndroidPIT

What do you need to be able to use Android Auto?

To use Android Auto, you need an Android device and a car that supports the app. Other requirements are:

  • a device with Android 5.0 or higher
  • an active internet connection
  • a USB cable to connect the smartphone to the car
  • a car with a dashboard display that is compatible with Android Auto (not all cars offer this feature).
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There are a couple of requirements to use Android Auto. / © Facebook

How to install your Android Auto

First you need to make sure that all of the above requirements are met, then you can download the official Android auto app from the Play Store. After installation, you accept all authorization requests to ensure that Android Auto can reach its full potential.

In which regions is Android Auto available?

Android Auto is available in several countries, but of course not everywhere. We have listed below where the platform works:

Android Auto: compatible countries

ArgentinaAustraliaAustriaBrazil
BoliviaCanadaChileColombia
Dominican RepublicEcuadorFranceGermany
GuatemalaIndiaIrelandItaly
JapanMexicoNew ZealandPanama
ParaguayPeruPuerto RicoRussia
SpainSwitzerlandUnited KingdomUnited States
UruguayVenezuela  

You can also see the constantly updated list on the official Android Auto website .

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Getting to your destination has never been so easy. / © AndroidPIT

What devices can I install Android Auto on?

As already mentioned, Android Auto is compatible with smartphones with at least Android 5 Lollipop. However, we recommend at least Android 6 Marshmallow.

In addition, we would like to point out that there are currently no restrictions on the use of rooted devices.

Which apps are compatible with Android Auto?

At the moment, Android Auto offers the possibility of listening to music, calling friends and family, sending SMS or navigating to your desired destination. All this is possible by simply mirroring apps already installed on your smartphone to the dashboard of your vehicle. You don’t have to take your hands off the steering wheel for all these functions.

Of course, not all apps are compatible, but Android Auto offers support for a growing number of apps and to date there are over a hundred. The most popular and commonly used are Waze, Google Maps, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp , Google Play Music and Spotify.

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Not all cars are compatible with Android Auto. / © AndroidPIT

To discover all apps compatible with Android Auto, you can visit the official website of the Play Store.

What to do if your car is not compatible with Android Auto?

As mentioned before, not all cars are compatible with Android Auto. The only way to get around this is to install a compatible third-party entertainment system – or, of course, buy a new car.

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