Android Auto is a software that lets you control your phone’s apps, navigation, calls, music, and more from your car’s infotainment system. Initially, this required you to plug your phone into the car’s USB port, but now it’s possible to connect wirelessly.
How to Connect Wirelessly With Android Auto
If you’re looking for a new car, one that includes wireless Android Auto support is likely the best choice. Not only does this make it easier to connect your phone to the car, but it also gives you the option of leaving your hands on the steering wheel at all times.
To see if your vehicle supports wireless Android Auto, check your car’s owner’s manual or speak to the dealership where you bought the car. Some cars have built-in support, while others need an aftermarket kit.
The easiest way to connect your Android phone to the car is with a wireless Android Auto adapter that uses the built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi of your smartphone. These dongles are available from Amazon and Target and work with most devices running Android Auto.
There are other options, too, like a hack method that uses an Android TV stick to enable wireless connectivity in older phones. Regardless of your choices, however, the ability to leave your hands on the steering wheel is an extremely important feature for driving safety.
How to Setup Wireless Android Auto
The first thing you need to do is to pair your phone with your car’s infotainment display. This is done by tapping a button on your phone or using voice commands. If your car is compatible with wireless Android Auto, you’ll be able to start a connection in just a few seconds.
Next, you’ll be asked to give permissions for the app to use your data plan and other features on your phone. Your phone will then be automatically paired to your car’s infotainment screen, and you’ll need to keep Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Location Services enabled for the setup process to run smoothly.
When you’re ready to go, just park your car safely and let the app connect with your phone. This takes about a minute, and you should have no problem pairing your phone with the car’s infotainment system.
You’ll then have to wait for the Android Auto system to sync with your phone and begin playing music, streaming audio, controlling your calls, and so on. You can even use Google Assistant to ask it to read your text messages, and if you have an Android device, you’ll be able to get information about appointments and events from the calendar on the screen.
Many automakers have added wireless Android Auto to their vehicles over the years, so chances are you’ll find a vehicle that supports it when you start shopping. Google’s official compatibility list isn’t updated very often, but if you do some digging around, you can likely find a car that works with wireless Android Auto.