A Guide to Android Auto : Everything You Should to Know

Tiago Sperandio

Are you looking for a comprehensive guide on Android Auto? You’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re considering a new car equipped with Android Auto or want a detailed overview of its features, compatibility, wireless solutions, and more, this guide covers everything you need to know about Android Auto.

What is Android Auto?

Let’s start with the basics — Android Auto is a smart in-car platform developed by Google, designed to bring your favorite apps and services directly to your car’s dashboard or infotainment system. Similar to Apple CarPlay, it displays a modified, car-friendly version of your connected Android smartphone’s interface on your car’s display. This provides a simplified and intuitive way to navigate, stream music, make calls, and access various apps while keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.

Popular features include turn-by-turn navigation (typically via Google Maps, but other options like Waze are also supported), music and podcast streaming, and sending and receiving messages using voice commands. It also supports Google Assistant, enabling you to control various functions with simple voice prompts.

Which Cars Support Android Auto?

Android Auto is compatible with most vehicles from numerous manufacturers, including popular brands like Toyota, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Volkswagen, and many more. Most new cars come with Android Auto pre-installed, allowing you to connect your Android smartphone and start using the platform immediately. For older cars or specific models, it’s best to check directly with the car manufacturers to confirm compatibility. This is especially crucial if you’re considering a secondhand car or a model that’s a few years old, as many have only recently started supporting Android Auto as standard.

Can You Add Android Auto to Older Cars?

If your older car doesn’t support Android Auto, there’s still hope, thanks to third-party aftermarket media units. Brands such as Pioneer offer units that support Android Auto, which can be installed in your vehicle to modernize your driving experience without the need for a new car. However, this comes at an additional cost, and you might want to consider professional installation if you’re not confident with installing car tech yourself.

For a simpler and more integrated solution, consider ZZPLAY Kits. These kits allow you to convert your factory system into a smart device, providing wireless CarPlay and Android Auto, smartphone mirroring, USB A/V playback, and more. With easy plug-and-play installation, ZZPLAY Kits are perfect for upgrading your older car with the latest technology.

Can You Use Android Auto Without a Car?

Owners of older cars without Android Auto compatibility might wonder if it’s possible to run Android Auto directly on their smartphone. While this used to be an option, Google dropped support for standalone Android Auto a few years ago. However, you can still enjoy many of the benefits of Android Auto by using ZZPLAY Kits, which offer wireless Android Auto and a host of other features without needing a brand-new car or media unit.

Can You Use Android Auto Wirelessly?

Older Android Auto-compatible cars typically require a cable connection, but many newer models also support wireless connectivity. It’s best to check with the car manufacturer for each specific model. For those with older cars that support only wired connections, wireless Android Auto USB dongles are available to unlock the convenience of wire-free connectivity. To ensure practicality and convenience, combine a wireless connection with a wireless charging pad to keep your phone charged during long journeys. ZZPLAY Kits provide an excellent solution for adding wireless Android Auto to your vehicle, enhancing both convenience and functionality.

Which Apps Work with Android Auto?

A variety of apps work seamlessly with Android Auto. Google Maps is a standout feature, as it surpasses most built-in car navigation systems, even those from premium brands. Waze is another popular navigation option. Music streaming needs are covered by apps like Spotify, Amazon Prime Music, Tidal, YouTube Music, Apple Music, and more.

Other useful apps include WhatsApp, which reads out messages and lets you reply using voice commands, and Audible for catching up on audiobooks while driving. Naturally, Android Auto also integrates with your car’s built-in speakers for hands-free phone calls. Google Assistant further enhances functionality, allowing you to control music, send messages, check the weather, and perform various other tasks with your voice.

Upgrade Your Car with ZZPLAY Kits

For those seeking a seamless upgrade, ZZPLAY Kits provide the perfect solution. They convert your factory system into a smart device, offering wireless CarPlay and Android Auto, smartphone mirroring, USB A/V playback, and more. Compatible with a wide range of vehicles, ZZPLAY Kits bring modern technology to older cars with easy installation and enhanced functionality. Experience the future of in-car entertainment and connectivity with ZZPLAY Kits.

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