Stay tuned to learn more about the Android Auto Netflix hack, 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.
Android Auto is an awesome app, 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 to 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
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.
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.
- 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!
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.
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