Downloading and installing Android Auto is a breeze, but you do need to know how it works. This is how you put Google’s on-the-go app on your Android phone.
Download and install Android Auto in 3 steps
For years Android Auto was not officially available in the Netherlands, but that changed in 2021. Google then announced that it would also bring the platform to the Netherlands for on the road. So you no longer always have to download Android Auto on your smartphone via a detour.
In addition to the app, you also need a car with an infotainment system that supports this, such as the Toyota Yaris that we used for the video (below). Finally, you should also have a USB cable at hand for the connection of the smartphone and the car. In the tip video below we explain how to install Android Auto and get it working in the car.
By default, the app is preinstalled on smartphones with Android 10 and Android 11. Are you running an older version of the operating system? Then you need to download and install the Android Auto app first. You can do this via the link below to the Google Play Store.
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Download and install Android Auto manually
In some cases, you may not be able to get Android Auto on the beaten track. In that case, you can try again by manually installing the app on your device. To get that working, follow the steps below:
- Download Android Auto
On your Android smartphone, go to APK Mirror;
- Choose and download Android Auto
Select the most recent update of Android Auto and give permission to download the apk file;
- Install the file
Choose to install the app.
Doesn’t it work? Then try to download another Android Auto version by choosing another version from the list on APK Mirror. It also sometimes pays to download Android Auto from another website, such as APK Pure. You need at least Android 5.0 (Lollipop) to put Google’s on-the-go platform on your smartphone.
Not sure about downloading apps outside the Play Store? Then read our article about installing apk files on your Android device. In this guide, we explain in detail how to install applications off the beaten track.
Does not it work?
Do you get a message asking if you want to update Android Auto? Which can! In that case, Android Auto is already installed on your smartphone. This is especially the case with recent Android phones, which already run on Android 10 and Android 11.
Install Android Auto in your car
Is Android Auto on your phone? Then it is a matter of connecting. Connect your phone to your car with a USB cable and Android Auto should start immediately.
The simplified version of the operating system appears on the phone screen, or the built-in display of your dashboard. Do you use Android Auto on your smartphone? Then use a holder to secure the device: after all, it is forbidden to use your phone while on the road.
Android Auto works in these cars
Not all cars can handle Android Auto. On the official website is a list of all supported car models. It now houses more than 500 cars, including cars from Toyota, Audi, Citroën, Opel and Peugeot. In general, cars made before 2015 not to work with Android Auto.
Android Auto review and more news
Curious about our experiences with Android Auto in 2021? You can read all about it in our extensive Android Auto review! In it you can read exactly what you can do with it and we give various useful and cool tips for apps to use in the car. We also take a closer look at what we hope to see in the future in terms of new features and functions.
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Source: Android Planet