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You can now watch YouTube on Android Auto, but you probably shouldn't

A new app called YouTubeAuto allows you to play YouTube videos through Android Auto.

Published onJanuary 15, 2018

  • YouTubeAuto is a new app that displays YouTube in your Android Auto display.
  • The app allows you to search, view trending views, and check out your subscriptions.
  • You can’t find the app in Google Play because it violates the Play Store guidelines.

My wife and I cut the cord last year. We thought we’d mostly watch over-the-air TV and Netflix after telling DirecTV adios. But an interesting thing happened: YouTube became our main avenue of entertainment. Sure, there aren’t many traditional TV shows like you’ll find on cable or Netflix, but there is plenty to choose from. We indulge in everything from video essays to sports highlights on our smart TV and take our media wherever we go thanks to the YouTube app on our phones.

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We’re pretty big fans of YouTube as you can tell, but you won’t see us installing YouTube on our Android Auto display. Yep, that’s a thing. A new app called YouTubeAuto was created by developer Kiran Kumar is surprisingly full-featured. You can check out your subscriptions, trending videos, and search like you’d normally do. The biggest difference? This is app is in your dashboard.

For safety reasons, we can’t recommend you install this app. It’s pretty obvious that you should not be watching YouTube while you’re driving. Sure, there may be some great playlist or podcast that you can only find on YouTube, but consider downloading it on your phone and playing it that way. As you can imagine, this YouTubeAuto violates the Play Store guidelines, so you can’t download it there. But you can hit the button below to head over to Kumar’s site and download the APK. 

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