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The end of the road for Android Auto on phones; only available for car screens

Driving Mode still works, though.

Published onJune 21, 2022

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  • The Android Auto app for smartphones is no longer available.
  • The app is now only available for car screens.
  • The shut down was first announced in 2019.

It’s taken a while, but it’s now the end of the road for Android Auto on phone screens. As reported by 9to5Google, the Android Auto app for smartphones is no longer available for any version of the Android operating system. If you have the Android Auto app installed and try to run it on your smartphone screen, you will see a message stating that the app is “now only available for car screens”, while showing how to connect your phone to your supported Android Auto automobile.

Read more: How to fix Android Auto problems

This has been a long time in coming, Google first announced over three years ago that it would no longer update the Android Auto phone app. However, it took a while to actually shut down the app for mobile devices.

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If your car doesn’t support Android Auto, you can still use Google Assistant Driving Mode on your smartphone. It offers much of the same features as Android Auto for phones, although it certainly isn’t a full replacement.

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