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How to connect Android Auto to your car

Set up Android Auto in seconds for assisted driving.
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July 27, 2022
Android Auto in Volkswagen ID.4 Center Console Interaction with Drivers Console
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Android Auto can be a great aid while on the road, but it can also be a bit finicky sometimes. Here are step-by-step instructions to connect the app to your car without frustration, so you don’t walk away from the service forever like my colleague Palash. Ready to set up Android Auto? Let’s go.

Learn more: What is Android Auto, and how does it work?

QUICK ANSWER

To connect Android Auto to your car, use a strong and fast USB cable. Plug the USB cable into your vehicle's USB port and the other end to your Android smartphone. Agree to the permission settings and then tap the Android Auto icon on your car's dashboard display.


JUMP TO CONNECTION METHOD

How to connect Android Auto to your car

First, make sure that your car is compatible with Android Auto and that your phone has a strong cellular connection.

Next, turn on your car (while it is parked) and plug a USB cable into your vehicle’s USB port and plug the other end of the cable into your Android phone. Your phone might ask you to download the Android Auto app or update to the newest version of the app.

Android Auto in Volkswagen ID.4 Connecting With Smartphone
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Be aware that your phone’s Bluetooth will turn on automatically when connecting to your car. Agree to connect via Bluetooth if your car asks you. Lastly, select the Android Auto symbol on your car display to access your Android apps.

How to connect Android Auto to your car wirelessly

First, confirm that your car is compatible with Android Auto Wireless. If you’re not sure, read your vehicle’s instruction manual or contact your local car dealer. Also, ensure that your phone is capable of wireless projection. Any phone with Android 11 or above will work, or a Google or Samsung Phone with Android 10 or above.

If both your phone and vehicle are wirelessly compatible, park your car in a safe place to begin the pairing process.

Android Auto in Volkswagen ID.4 Start Android Auto
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The first time you connect your phone to the car, you’ll have to pair your phone and car via Bluetooth. Keep Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Location Services turned on within your phone’s settings during setup for best results. The wireless connection might take a few seconds to start, and to tap the Android Auto symbol on your car display to get it going.


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FAQs

Most newer car models post-2022 can connect to Android Auto wirelessly, but check if your car is compatible with Android Auto Wireless just to be sure.

Use a USB cable to connect your Android smartphone to your vehicle’s dashboard display to integrate media.