There are a number of reasons why an app can stop working. No app is perfect. They all have bugs, vulnerabilities and faults. That’s why you’ll often see app updates and security fixes. They’re annoying yet essential. Android Auto is the same. It’s a handy dandy tool to use your infotainment features through your Android device. But what use is it if it stops working? This issue isn’t common but can happen to anyone. But don’t worry; we’ll teach you how to fix Android Auto if it stops working.
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Why Is My Android Auto Not Working?
Android Auto can stop working for a wide variety of reasons. Some of them might be your fault. Some of them might be due to the app. Others might be because of your vehicle. Knowing why a problem exists is critical to solving it. Some of the most common reasons why Android Auto stops working are:
- An interrupted or weak connection
- Outdated app
- Incompatible car
- A glitch in the app
Here are some of the best and easiest solutions to Android Auto not working:
Check Vehicle Compatibility
The first thing you need to do if Android Auto isn’t working for you is to check whether your vehicle even supports the app. There are thousands of vehicles and models out there in the world. It’s ridiculous to expect Android Auto to be optimized to support all of them. It’s up to the car manufacturer to include the feature or not. Another thing to note is that not every aftermarket head unit will support Android Auto as well. Head on over to Android’s Compatibility page to find out if your car or stereo supports Android Auto. If it doesn’t, there’s not much you can do other than get an aftermarket head unit that’s included in the list.
Restart Your Phone
Have you tried turning it off and on again? That’s the universal solution for everything. And rightfully so. A lot of tech problems can be solved if you simply just turn your device off and restart it. If Android Auto isn’t working, try restarting your phone. There might be glitches in the app or some minor error that is interrupting the phone’s connection. An instant reboot will resolve all of these errors. Your smartphone will reconnect with your stereo, and hopefully, the issue won’t persist. If it’s still not working, read on ahead.
There are two ways Android Auto secures a connection; Wired and Wireless. Whichever connection you prefer, ensure that it’s working properly before heading on over to the Android Auto app. Check if your USB cable is secured properly on both ends. Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles on your phone if you’re connecting wirelessly. Try connecting your phone over Bluetooth with another device. This will tell you if your phone’s Bluetooth is working properly. Turn Bluetooth off and on again before reconnecting to refresh it.
Reconnect or Replace the USB Cable
If you’re using a USB cable, try disconnecting and reconnecting. It might not seem like the best solution. But oftentimes, USB cables aren’t plugged in properly. Sometimes the connection is hampered by dust as well. Clean your USB ports before trying again. Check your USB cable for damage. You might be using an old cable that works well when charging your phone. But there’s no guarantee it’s good enough for anything else. Android Auto will refuse to connect or drop the connection randomly with a damaged or old cable. Get a new cable that supports data transfer. If it’s for charging only, it won’t work with Android Auto.
Update Your Phone
You would have never thought of this one. Updating the operating system of your smartphone can solve a lot of issues you didn’t even know existed. An outdated OS will hinder apps and processes from working as smoothly as they should. You should update your smartphone’s OS to ensure there are no problems on the system’s end.
To update your Android smartphone, follow these steps:
- Open Settings on your device.
- Tap on System.
- You’ll find System Update in the menu. Click on it.
- Follow on-screen instructions to update your phone.
Note that not every Android device will have these exact steps. You might have to roam around the Settings app to find the System Update option.
Update Android Auto
An outdated app might also be the cause of your headache. You need to keep all of your apps updated if you want them to function properly at all times. There might be a bug in the app that is causing problems. Or that the Android Auto interface just doesn’t support the old app anymore. Keeping your apps updated along with your phone is highly important. Head on over to Google Play Store and search for Android Auto. When the app shows up, you’ll find an Update option next to it, right where Install used to be. Update the app and reconnect with your vehicle to check if the issue is resolved.
Now, this is more of a technical solution. But not so much, so don’t worry. Clearing the cache is a very efficient way of resolving minor issues with apps. When your phone has collected too much data, the app can start to malfunction. Temporary files often interrupt app processes. So it’s best to delete them to try and get the app working again.
To clear the cache, follow these steps:
- Open Settings.
- Tap on Apps.
- Select Android Auto from the list of apps.
- Tap on Storage.
- Find the Clear cache option and press on it.
Clearing the cache only deletes temporary files and often solves the problem. If it doesn’t, you can try clearing all of the data. To do so, follow till step 4. Then find the Clear data option. This will make your Android Auto app as if you just installed it.
Check Paired Car Settings
You can connect your phone with a number of cars with Android Auto. So there might be issues within your paired car settings. For example, you might be trying to connect with the wrong car. Or, you might have moved your car to the Rejected cars list by accident. Check the settings in your Android Auto app to ensure that everything is how you prefer. The car you’re trying to connect with should be approved. The Add new cars to Android Auto option should also be toggled on.
Check with other devices
If you still haven’t found a solution to your problem, it might be because you’re still looking in the wrong place. You need to figure out if the issue is with your phone or vehicle. Try adding another vehicle to your Android Auto app. Make sure that it’s included in the list of supported vehicles. If the problem remains, your car or its stereo was causing the issue. Similarly, use another smartphone with Android Auto to connect with your vehicle. This will tell you if the problem arose from your device. Narrowing down your options is a good way to get to the root cause.
Android Auto Still Not Working?
We’ve compiled quite a generous list of solutions to try if Android Auto isn’t working. But there’s no guarantee these will work every time. Everybody’s case is different. That’s why it’s best to consult a professional when there’s nothing you can do. Contact Google’s customer support to get professional help and get Android Auto working again.
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