Article ID : 00278478 / Last Modified : 06/15/2022Print

How to start Android Auto

    Prepare the phone and car audio.

    The minimum requirements to run Android Auto™ on the car display are:

    • An Android™ phone running Android 6.0 or later, with an active data plan.
    • A USB® standard-compliant cable.
    • For a wireless connection, a compatible Android mobile device with an active data plan.

    You can check which mobile devices are compatible at Get started with Android Auto

    Connect an Android™ device.

    Use with a USB connection

    Connect the phone with a USB cable.
    Once the connection is complete, go to Start Android Auto.
    Connect your phone with a USB cable

    Use with a wireless connection

    1. Tap the Devices icon in the app list on the Home screen to display the Device Connection screen.
      “Devices” icon on the Home Screen
    2. Tap the Add New Device button
      “Add New device” button on Device Connection screen
    3. Follow the on-screen guide to connect your Android smartphone to the car audio device via Bluetooth. The procedure for connecting via Bluetooth varies depending on the smartphone model.
      Connect the car audio and smartphone via Bluetooth
    4. Once the pairing between your smartphone and the car audio device is complete, the confirmation screen below will appear. Tap the Start button, and Android Auto will be launched automatically.
      Complete the wireless setup

    Start Android Auto

    Download the Android Auto app or update to the latest version of the app if prompted.

    Set up Android Auto.

    The initial setup process must be completed on the phone:
    See the prompts on the phone to learn safety information, accept the privacy policy, and grant the permissions required by Android Auto.
    Launch Android Auto
    It's highly recommended you enable Wi-Fi and Location Services on the smartphone during setup.
    Enable Wi-Fi and Location Services

    Start using Android Auto.

    Android Auto will start automatically when the car audio is connected to your smartphone via a USB cable or wirelessly. If it doesn't start, tap the Android Auto icon on the home screen.
    Android Auto Launcher

    After that, you will be able to use Android Auto.
    Using Android Auto

    Android and Android Auto are trademarks of Google LLC.