How To Use Android Auto Wireless: Ultimate Guide

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After 2016 of the Wireless Apple’s Carplay app, Android also launched the Android Auto Wireless app to its users. This app was made available on all the latest android phones of that time. 

One of the most popular auto-related apps right now is Android Auto. This article gives a step-by-step guide on how to use Android Auto wireless.

What Is Android Auto Wireless? 

Android Auto Wireless is an app that brings your mobile apps (Whatsapp, Spotify, e.t.c) to the car’s display screen, so you can safely use them while driving. It allows you to control the following features from the display of the car:

  • Navigation
  • Maps
  • Calls
  • Text messages
  • Music
Android Auto Apps

Minimum Requirements for Android Auto App

The first thing you need to consider before wirelessly connecting the Android Auto App with your car is its compatibility with your Android phone. For using the app on your Android device, your phone needs to have the following minimum requirements are mentioned below:

  • Samsung Galaxy devices operating on Android 9.0 or higher (Samsung Galaxy S8, Note 8)
  • Google Pixel devices operating on Android 10 or higher
  • Other Android smartphones operating on Android 11 or higher
  • Plus, all devices should have a 5GHz Wi-Fi support
Android Version 11

All the latest Android smartphones have these features. So if you also have the latest android smartphone, you might not need to worry about compatibility. 

How to Use the Built-in Android Auto App in Your Car Wirelessly

The second important thing you need to consider is whether or not your car supports Android Auto. Most cars usually support the Wired Version of Android Auto, but the most recent cars are also compatible with Android Auto Wireless. The car companies that support Android Auto in their vehicles are:

AcuraAudiBMW
BuickCadillacChevrolet
ChryslerDodgeFord
General Motors (GMC)HondaHyundai
InfinitiJeepKia
LincolnMaseratiPorsche
RamToyotaVolkswagen

Note: Not all car models of these manufacturers support the Android Auto wireless. So contact your local car dealer to know whether your car supports Android Auto Wireless.

How to Connect Android Auto Wireless to Your Car

If both your car and phone are compatible with the Android Auto Wireless App, here are the steps you need to follow to enable Android Auto Wireless on your car:

  • First, connect your phone to your car’s radio using a USB cord.
  • Now follow the on-screen instructions to complete the initial setup.
  • Once that’s done, disconnect the USB cable, and you’re all set.
Android Auto Connected

The next time you turn on your car, the Android Auto Wireless will automatically connect your phone to your car’s radio.

Troubleshooting Android Auto Doesn’t Connect?

People using Android Auto Wireless often complain that the Phone sometimes fails to connect. This can be unpleasant, especially if this happens in the middle of your journey. However, troubleshooting this issue is very easy. Here are some solutions to re-establish the Wireless connection between your car and your phone through Bluetooth:

  • Please turn off your phone’s Bluetooth and then turn it on again after a few seconds
  • Put your phone on airplane mode and then turn it off after a few seconds 
  • Restart your phone and then try to reconnect it
  • Forget your car pairing from the Bluetooth setting and then re-pair

How to Enable Wireless Android Auto to Your Car

If your car doesn’t have Wifi Support but is compatible with the wired version of Android Auto, you can still use Android Auto Wireless on it by using a USB dongle/Wireless USB adapter. Here are the steps you need to follow to establish a wireless connection using a USB dongle:

  • First, attach the dongle to your car’s radio and then go to your phone’s Bluetooth settings. 
USB dongle
  • You will see an option to pair it with your USB dongle. Tap on it to enable a Wi-fi connection.
  • From here, you will be automatically prompted to set up Android Auto.

What if My Car Doesn’t Support Android Auto Wireless?

If your car doesn’t even support a Wired connection with Android auto, you can still use Android Auto Wireless on your car by using after-market GPS-style devices that support Android Auto Wireless. 

While installing a GPS device in a car is very easy, it’s still best if you let professionals do this job. Once these devices are installed on your car, connecting your phone with the car is pretty much the same. 

Connect Through USB Port

  • Your vehicle must be parked for the initial setup of the Android Auto App. 
  • Connect your phone to the car’s USB port using a USB cable.
  • Your phone may ask you to download or update the Android Auto app and other related apps, such as Google Maps. Download and update these apps from google play.
  • If Android Auto App does not launch automatically, touch the Android Auto icon on your car’s display menu.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions on your car’s touchscreen and phone to complete the initial setup.
  • Once the setup is complete, the touchscreen will show the phone apps on your car’s touchscreen. 

Conclusion

As long as you have a car that supports Android Auto Wireless and a compatible Android phone, the process for using the Android Auto App in your car is very easy. But even if your car only supports the Wired version or doesn’t support Android Auto, you can still use it in your car by using the solutions above. 

So what are you waiting for? Connect your Android Auto wirelessly to your car so you can safely use your mobile apps while driving.

Can Using Android Auto Wireless Cause Connectivity Issues with WiFi?

Using Android Auto Wireless may lead to connectivity issues with WiFi. If you encounter problems, try these android wifi troubleshooting fixes to resolve the issue. It’s essential to ensure a seamless connection for uninterrupted use of Android Auto Wireless.

FAQs

Does My Phone Need To Be Plugged In For Android Auto?

If you’re using the wired version of android auto, your phone must be plugged into the car using the USB cable. However, if you’re using the wireless version, you need to connect the phone with your car only for the initial setup. 

How Do I Know If My Android Has Wireless Auto?

You can know if your Android supports Android Auto by checking its Android version. You have a compatible phone if it’s operating on Android 11 or above.

Do All Cars Have Wireless Android Auto?

No! Most latest cars support the wired version of Android Auto. However, some latest car models are also compatible with Android Auto Wireless. At the same time, old models don’t support Android Auto. 

Does Android Auto Use Cable Or Bluetooth?

Android Auto can be used with both cable and Bluetooth. It depends on whether your car supports the Wired or Wireless versions.

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