Android Auto Netflix Hack (watch Netflix in your car)

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Stay tuned to learn more about the Android Auto Netflix hack app, which will let you watch Netflix content in your car’s head unit. Being able to watch Netflix movies in your car is a must if you travel frequently with your family, and especially if you have kids.

There’s no Android Auto software for it out of the box, even with the most updated Android Auto version. Despite that, there’s now a way to get Netflix on your car’s infotainment system. Get ready for an awesome Android Auto hack.

Android Auto is an awesome app, one of its main delights is how it goes so far beyond classic navigation apps. It improves your vehicle’s safety and convenience when interacting with your phone, so the driver keeps its eyes and its focus on the road. That’s why this system brings some restrictions in what concerns video streaming and other entertainment content.

It is fair to say that the ideas behind those restrictions are understandable. The aim is to reduce the level of distraction while driving. But at the same time, it cannot be entirely wrong to have the Android Auto keeping the car occupants entertained by watching Netflix content.

Disclaimer: Read our warning first

Before you read further, using this or other video player hack might be illegal in your country or state. Remember the risk of getting distracted by the video while driving and it’s consequences. Check your local legislation and be safe.

Don’t use it while driving!!!!

If you decide to try it, do it at your own risk.

How to watch Netflix on Android Auto with AA Mirror

Android Auto Netflix Hack (watch Netflix in your car)

If you’re an Android user and you have a Netflix account and the android app running on your Android Phone but you can’t watch it on your car’s Android Auto head unit on your dashboard console. Let’s change that so you can see Netflix on your Android Auto display screen.

Despite Netflix and other video streaming apps being excluded from Android Auto service for safety reasons, you can change that by installing some unofficial apps and going through some stages with this Android hack.

You have to follow some steps that may be complex for people who aren’t so much into technology. Also, bear in mind this can only be performed on an Android device with Root.

Rooting is a process that enables users to have more control over their smartphone. It is not a straightforward process and involves some risk if not done properly. Check out this link to understand how to root your Android device before you proceed.

After having root access to your phone, go through the following steps:

  • Start by installing Android Auto in your phone and launch the app;
  • The app will ask you for a lot of permissions the first time you open it, accept all;
  • Enable Android Auto notifications;
  • Tap the 3-bar menu icon at the top left and select “About”;
  • Tap the Settings icon at the top right;
  • Scroll down the menu and tap “Version” a bunch of times repeatedly to enable Developer Settings;
  • Tap the 3-dot button at the top right and go to “Developer Settings”;
  • Scroll down the menu and check to enable the “Unknown Sources” options.

After completing the process mentioned above, access the web browser in your phone and go to https://github.com/Eselter/AA-Phenotype-Patcher/tree/master/app/release 

  • Download the latest version AA Phenotype Patcher APK available.

Open your browser again and go to https://github.com/slashmax/AAMirror/tree/master/apk

  • Download the AA Mirror Debug APK.

Next, go to your Download folder and install “AA Phenotype Patcher” and then install “AA Mirror”.

Start “AA Mirror” and go through the following steps:

  • Tap “Screen settings”;
  • Enable “Overwrite screen brightness”;
  • Under “Screen brightness value” set the value to 255;
  • Under “Screen rotation”, select the “Force” option;
  • In “Rotation degree” select “90 degree”;
  • Under “Immersive mode”, select “Full immersive”;
  • Exit AA Mirror.

Start “AA Phenotype Patcher” and go through the following steps:

  • Tap the 3-dot icon at the top right of the screen;
  • Select “Apps List”;
  • Check “AA Mirror” and go back to the main screen;
  • Tap the “Patch” button;
  • Grant Root permissions (Superuser Request) at tap Ok to reboot the phone.

Go to your PC and open the web browser:

  • Go to https://kutt.it/6wq2qs;
  • Download the mirror_AA.zip file;
  • Unzip the mirror_AA.zip into a folder and copy the files into the memory of your Android device.

Now, let’s get back to your mobile phone:

Open Root Explorer

  • Go to “Download” and copy the “frida” and “mirror.js” files to the system/bin folder;
  • On the bin folder, locate the “frida” file,  hold your finger on it and tap the 3-dot icon on the top right;
  • Select “Permissions” and in the “Owner” line select “Read”, “Write” and “Execute”. In “Group” and “Others” check “Read” and “Execute”. Tap Ok to conclude.

Open Tasker:

  • Go to the “Tasks” tab;
  • Tap the “+” icon and create a new task;
  • Choose a name for the task, i.e. “Netflix” and tap the check icon;
  • Tap the “+” button at the bottom right and select “Code”;
  • Tap “Run Shell”;
  • In the “Command” field type “frida -e -s /system/bin/mirror.js -n com.netflix.mediaclient”;
  • Check “Use Root”;
  • Tap the left arrow key at the top left of the screen to save the settings;
  • Go to “Profiles” tab and create a new profile by tapping the “+” button;
  • Choose a profile name i.e. “NetflixAA” and tap the check icon;
  • Select “Application” and then select the Netflix app and tap the left arrow at the top to return to profiles;
  • Select the previously created Task, which was “Netflix”.

Now, connect your phone to Android Auto:

  • Start “AA Mirror”;
  • Select “Netflix”, to watch Netflix on Android Auto!

If you prefer, you can check the video below with the step-by-step procedure:

And that’s it! Now you should be able to watch Netflix content in your car through the Android Auto app with this Android Auto Netflix add-ons.

Isn’t Netflix working after the above procedure?

This guide may not work on all devices and on all Android versions. You should make sure you’re running at least Android 8 or later versions. Be careful and follow this guide at your own risk!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Apps Work on Android Auto?

You can access lots of different apps that are compatible with Android Auto by searching on the Google Play Store on your cell phone. There are lots of different categories of apps that are compatible with Android Auto including social media apps, messenger apps, streaming services, and lots more to keep you and your passengers entertained while you are driving.

If you are worried about being detached from your cell while you are driving then Android Auto removes this worry because Android Auto is compatible with most messenger apps.

These apps include Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and even Kik. So with Android Auto you never have to worry about being detached from the world outside your vehicle.

There are also lots of apps which you can use to safely entertain yourself while you drive. If you like to stream music then you will be happy to hear that Android Auto is compatible with Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music and a lot of radio apps.

If you prefer to listen to audiobooks while you drive then you can also safely do this with Android Auto as it has apps that are compatible with Google Play Books, and Audible.

So it is clear that a wide variety of apps work on Android Auto. If you want to find out more about the wide variety of apps that work on Android Auto, check out our complete guide to Android Auto apps.

Can Android Auto display text messages?

Yes! You can use Android Auto to display text messages, and this is actually one of the key features of this service. For most people, their cellphone plays a huge part in their day-to-day life, and the thought of being detached from them can be scary. Even if it is only for a short period while you drive.

Thankfully, services like Android Auto were designed to ensure that you never have to detach from the virtual world. Android Auto has always been compatible with text messaging, meaning that any messages you receive while you drive will be displayed through Android Auto.

You also have the option to set your Android Auto system to read your text messages allowed so that you won’t have to take your eyes off the road (even for a second).

Android Auto is now also compatible with other messaging services that you might use regularly, including WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. So, if you use these services rather than the traditional messaging service on your phone you will also be able to see your text messages on your Android Auto display.

So if you need to drive somewhere, but are waiting on an important message, then Android Auto allows you to do both at the same time. With this service you never have to worry about being away from your phone, and for a lot of people this can give a lot of peace of mind.

Can Android Auto play movies?

Yes, you can use Android Auto to play movies in your car! Traditionally the service was limited to navigational apps, social media, and music streaming apps, but now you can also stream movies through Android Auto to keep your passengers entertained. So Android Auto is ideal if you want to stop those “are we there yet?” shouts from the back seat.

Android Auto is excellent because it is compatible with the majority of the Android apps which are accessible on the Google Play Store. This means you have lots of options to choose from if you want to play movies for your passengers while you drive.

If you wanted to you could purchase movies from the Google Play Store itself and stream them using the Google Play ‘Movies & TV’ app. You could also stream movies through apps such as Netflix or Amazon Prime Video if you prefer.

But remember, Android Auto is designed to keep you safe while you drive. So, having a movie play when you are supposed to be concentrating on the road could be considered dangerous.

For this reason, you might need to override a few settings in order to get these apps playing through your car’s monitor. But once you do this then you can easily play movies for your passengers to your heart’s content.

Can we play YouTube in Android Auto?

Yes, you can play YouTube in Android Auto! However, accessing this app is more difficult than others because you can’t actually download it on the Google Play Store. But there is a way to download the YouTube app so that you can use it on your Android Auto system, let’s take a look at how you do this.

But before we do that, let’s make it clear that you shouldn’t be using this app while you are driving. If you do use it while driving, it should be controlled by a passenger, and only they should watch what is being displayed on the screen.

Your eyes should remain on the road at all times. Android Auto has strict policies, and the danger of drivers being distracted by a YouTube style app is the reason you cannot download this through the Google Play Store.

In order to download the ‘YouTubeAuto’ app then you will need to sideload it onto your device using APK sideload. Once you have done that, you will then have to run the Android Auto system in developer mode, otherwise the service will block the app from running.

Figuring out how to do this can be tricky to begin with, but once you get the hang of it, the process of side loading is easy, find out more about how to complete this hack here.

Can you play Netflix on Android Auto?

Yes, you can play Netflix on your Android Auto system. However, the app isn’t easily available on the app store due to the Android Auto safety restrictions, which makes accessing this app a little more tricky. So let’s have a look at how you can access this app and stream Netflix for your passengers on the go.

Similar to downloading the YouTube app, for Android Auto, you will also have to sideload the Netflix app. To do this, you will first have to enter the Android Auto app on your form, access the settings and click on the option entitled ‘version’.

Here, you will be able to change the system to developer mode which will, in turn, allow you to scroll down the settings and enable ‘Unknown Sources’.

From there, you will have to access the APK sideload on your browser, through which you will be able to download something known as ‘AA Mirror Debug’. The rest of the process is easy, and you can find out more about how to do it by following this handy guide that we put together earlier.

Once you have done this, it will allow you to access the Netflix app from the Google Play Store through the Android Auto system, meaning that your passengers can stream Netflix as much as they want while you focus on the road.

How do I add texts to Android Auto?

Android Auto has always been enabled for text messaging, so it is very easy to add and send texts using this system. The process is, of course, all hands-free, meaning that you can safely send and receive texts without having to take your eyes off of the road at any point in the journey.

To add texts in Android Auto, you will need to activate the system by saying “Ok Google”. You can then request “text”, “message”, or “send a message to (contact name)”. Once you have given your request, the Android Auto system will request that you dictate the message that you want to send to the receiver.

As voice recognition software can often be inaccurate, once you have finished your message the system will recount it back to you. This allows you to address any errors in the message before it is sent by saying “Change Message” or “Cancel” if the errors are so big it is easier to start again.

Once you are happy with the message, all you need to say is “send” and it will be on its way to the receiver, leaving you to relax until Android Auto notifies you that you have had a reply.

How do I use Facebook Messenger on Android Auto?

Using Facebook Messenger on Android Auto is easy once you know how to do it. So let’s take a look at what you need to do. The first thing that you will need in order to use this service is the Facebook Messenger app. This app can be easily downloaded from the Google Play Store if you don’t already have it on your cell phone.

Once you have the app, you can then open the Android Auto app and enable this service to work with Facebook Messenger notifications. After this is done, Android Auto will notify you of any new messengers received through Facebook Messenger while you are driving.

It will also give you the option to send new messages to your Facebook friends using the same commands that you use for regular texting. The only difference is that you will need to specify that you want to use Facebook Messenger in the command.

Like with anything, using Facebook Messenger on Android Auto will take some getting used to. But once you get the hang of it you can easily send and receive messages from your Facebook friends, meaning you will never have to remove yourself from the virtual world of social media. Not even when you are driving.

Wrap Up

If you have a compatible phone with a suitable Android version and you’ve followed every step on this guide, you should now be able to watch Netflix through your car’s head unit screen thanks to this Android Auto Netflix hack!

We’re sure your kids and even your friends will love it during longer journeys. And remember to drive safely and stay focused on the road while driving.

If you’re looking for a similar solution to use the Youtube app on your infotainment system, check our Android Auto video hack.

On the other hand, if you use iOS (iPhone or iPad), we also got an iOS video guide for you using a CarPlay hack.

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