How to configure Android Auto correctly?

You have a car that is compatible with Android Auto, but for reasons unknown, to you, this feature does not want to work? We show you how to properly configure Android Auto.

Technology accompanies us almost all the time. Whether we want it or not, more and more devices are becoming intelligent and have extensive features.

The market of new technologies more and more often influences other devices, which until a few dozen years ago were not connected with computers, smartphones or tablets.

Google in 2015 came up with a brilliant idea. If we have an efficient smartphone in our pocket and our car is becoming more and more technologically advanced, why can’t we combine these two elements into a whole?

That’s why Android Auto was created. As the name suggests, it is nothing more than transferring the functionality of the Android operating system to the car’s infotainment screen. Of course, the whole thing has a specially designed interface, which does not distract the driver while driving the car.

Unfortunately, despite the fact that Android Auto is almost five years old, this solution is still not officially available in Poland, which causes a lot of problems. The most important one is the difficult initial configuration because the Android Auto application is not officially available in the Polish Play Store.

In the tutorial below we show how to configure Android Auto correctly. The whole thing is divided into two parts. Depending on what version of the Android operating system is on the device, the configuration process will be slightly different.

What elements are necessary for Android Auto to work?

At the very beginning, you should make sure that we have all the necessary elements that will allow us to use Android Auto.

Basically, three things are required:

-Phone with Android OS version 5.0 Lolipop or newer (Android version 6.0 Marshmallow and newer is recommended). The smartphone must also be equipped with Google services (GMS)
-USB cable compatible with both car and cell phone (optional if you have a car and phone compatible with wireless Android Auto)
-Car with Android-compatible infotainment system Auto
We recommend using a phone with a quad-core processor and at least 2 GB of operating memory. On older Android Auto smartphones can hang up.

If we have the necessary elements we can proceed to the next step

How to check which Android phone has a phone?

Most smartphones are compatible with Android Auto, even those from several years ago. Unfortunately with the growth of Huawei smartphones with dedicated HMS services the number of new smartphones that are not compatible with Android Auto is constantly growing.

To check which version of Android operating system is installed on your device go to Settings and select System > About phone.

If you have a Huawei smartphone and you want to check if you have Google services installed it is best to search in the system search engine Sklep Play. You will not find it on smartphones without Google services. The year of manufacture of the smartphone can also be a hint. All models produced since September 2019 (premiere of Mate 30 Pro) do not have Google services.

Configuration of Android Auto on a phone with Android 10 or newer

If you have an Android 10 phone, it is relatively simple because the Android 10 and Android 11 have the elements necessary for Android Auto to work directly in the operating system. In this case, we miss all the fun associated with the installation of the application, which is not available in the Polish Play Store.

In order to properly configure Android Auto with the phone working under the control of the Android 10 operating system you need to:

-Start the ignition in the car (we recommend starting the engine) and wait for the infotainment system to start
-Plug a car and phone compatible USB cable (we recommend high-quality cables) into the car’s socket
-Unlock the device and connect it to the USB cable previously plugged into the car
-Depending on the type of car you have, it may be necessary to accept the connection in the infotainment system. Relevant information can be found in the user manual attached to the vehicle.

When you connect to Android Auto for the first time, your cell phone will ask for a number of privileges, such as access to the location or call log. In order for Android Auto to work properly, you need to accept all the certificates.

Setting up Android Auto on a phone with Android 9.0 Pie or older

If you have a device working under the control of Android 9.0 Pie or older you need the Android Auto application. Here things get complicated because the program is not officially available in the Polish Play Store.

In order to use Android Auto with a phone working under the control of an older version of Android, you need to download the Android Auto application. This can be done abroad in the country where Android Auto is officially available (e.g. in Germany), use VPN or download the program from the Internet.

For the purpose of this guide, we will download the application from the Internet. Here it should be noted that all steps are done by the user on his own responsibility. There are some risks associated with downloading an .APK file from the network, so we recommend that you make sure that the application is downloaded from a trusted source. The easiest way to find the phrase “Android Auto APK Download” is to search in a web browser. In the editorial office of itfix.org.uk we have repeatedly used the services of the apkmirror portal and never had any problems after downloading and installing the APK file from Android Auto.

After downloading the .APK file you have to install it. The downloaded file is located in the Downloads folder. You can access it using the file manager built into the system. Alternatively, you can download Files by Google from Play Store.

After finding the installer (APK file) from Android Auto you have to install it. The device will ask for permission to install the file from an unknown source. After giving it permission, the system will install the Android Auto application.

Once we have Android Auto installed on our device we can go to the car and do the following:

-Start the ignition in the car (we recommend starting the engine) and wait for the infotainment system to start
-Plug a car and phone compatible USB cable (we recommend high-quality cables) into the car’s socket
-Unlock the device and connect it to the USB cable previously plugged into the car
-Depending on the type of car you have, it may be necessary to accept a call to the phone in the infotainment system. Relevant information can be found in the user manual attached to the vehicle.

When you connect to Android Auto for the first time, your cell phone will ask for a number of privileges, such as access to the location or call log. In order for Android Auto to work properly, you need to accept all the certificates.

If you have a phone with Android 9.0 Pie and you do not want to risk installing the application from an unknown source we suggest to check if your smartphone will not receive an update to Android 10 or Android 11 with Android Auto built-in.

Below you will find a video, in which we show how to configure Android Auto on a smartphone with Android 9.0 Pie or older.
If you managed to configure properly Android Auto check its capabilities.
 

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