You’re about to start using it but can you use Android Auto without cable? Today you’re going to learn the answer to this doubt.
Android Auto was designed to reduce the risk of an accident when using your phone’s features while driving.
Android Auto works by turning your car’s head unit display into a modified version of your phone screen that allows you to play music, check your messages, and navigate, using voice control. It is compatible with major Android apps, including WhatsApp, Spotify, and Waze.
While Android Auto used to require you to connect your smartphone to your head unit by a USB cable, you can now use Android Auto without cable. Yes, you can use Android Auto without USB cable, by activating the wireless mode present in the Android Auto app.
Requirements to run Android Auto without data cable
To use wireless Android Auto, you will require a compatible Android phone that runs on Android 9.0 Pie or newer. This feature is limited to the Google Pixel and Nexus, along with a few Samsung Galaxy phones
However, many One Plus users have reported that their phones have connected to Android Auto Wireless successfully, suggesting that Google has begun to quietly roll out an update to support wireless connection on other phone brands and models.
You will also require the cars to feature an Android Auto wireless head unit or a compatible infotainment system that is able to run Auto Android and has a Wi-Fi feature.
Unfortunately, there is no support for Android Auto over Bluetooth, as those connections do not feature enough bandwidth to support Android Auto, discarding the possibility of using Android Auto with Bluetooth.
Android Auto Wireless is now available in 34 countries as opposed to the selected few regions it was available initially.
Android Auto with Bluetooth: How to set up Android Auto wireless on your car
If both your infotainment system and your phone are capable of using Android Auto Bluetooth, you can download the app from the Google Play Store and set it up while going through the following steps:
- Connect your phone to the car’s infotainment system with a USB cable (You will require a cable for the initial set-up even if you’re using wireless Android Auto);
- Follow the procedure displayed on-screen to complete the initial set-up;
- Disconnect the USB cable;
- The next time you start your car, Android Auto Wireless will automatically connect your phone to your car’s infotainment system.
Why is Android Auto Bluetooth so popular?
There is no doubt that Android Auto is extremely popular among drivers. Here are a few reasons for its popularity:
This feature is what makes Android Auto Wireless such a popular choice among drivers and it is also the best part about the Android Auto Bluetooth Wireless system. You will not need to take your eyes off the road or your hands off the steering wheel to use it.
Voice command via Google Assistant will let you control the app without the need to touch the screen. You just have to say “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” before giving it a voice command. You can ask it to make a call, compose a text, play any artist or album from the music app of your choice, and also search for information online.
This is perhaps one of the most useful features available on Android Auto Wireless. There are big chances that the built-in GPS present in your car is not very reliable or it is already outdated by now.
While using Android Auto, you can pull up Google Maps onto your car display and use it for navigation. Google Maps also has a feature where it will re-route you to the next best route in case of traffic. Android Auto Wireless is also compatible with Waze.
Android Auto Wireless connects to your audio system via Bluetooth. Yes, Android Auto over Bluetooth. It allows you to play your favorite music over the car stereo system.
Almost all major music apps, as well as iHeart Radio and Pandora, are compatible with Android Auto Wireless. You can also listen to the car radio, E-books, and podcasts on the go, with Audible.
Messaging and calls
Android Auto without cable revolutionized texting while driving by reading out incoming texts and allowing you to reply to them via voice control. You won’t have to take your hands off the steering wheel at any point. You can also send an automated customized response such as “I’m driving”.
If your car isn’t moving, you will also be able to see the message displayed on the screen. You can make calls by either tapping the phone icon present or using voice control to pull up a contact from the address book.
Once Android Auto Wireless has been connected to a head unit, it will display a modified and intuitive version of your phone screen. The icons and cards are large and easy-to-read, showing you all your important notifications, including, your default music app, names of recent texts and calls, driving time estimates, and even the weather.
These cards will also arrange themselves based on relevance. There are virtual buttons to get you to the phone, music, and navigation apps, on the bottom of the home screen.
Is Android Auto a phone app for Android or iPhone too?
No, Android Auto is an app specifically designed for Android devices, and iPhone users cannot use it. Likewise, Apple Carplay cannot be installed on Android devices.
But there are double CarPlay / Android Auto infotainment systems added in some cars, and those will let you pair and use the system of your choice.
Final thoughts on wireless Android Auto
Android Auto is a great choice for people who need to use their phone while driving, as it is safer and more convenient.
Wireless has gone even further in the easiness of use, by allowing the driver to use Android Auto without USB cable. With the launch of wireless Android Auto head units, the process became easier and less cumbersome, making it perfect for people on the go.
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