Android Auto is an application that makes your phone easier and safer to use while driving and supports a number of apps that make your driving experience better and easier . It also allows you to connect your phone to compatible touchscreen car radios.

This is primarily achieved by connecting the phone to the vehicle using USB cable but Android Auto Wireless allows you to make this connection without a cable.

The main advantage of Android Auto Wireless is that you don’t have to plug and unplug your phone every time you go somewhere. If you’re planning a longer trip, or if your phone needs to be charged, you can plug it in. Otherwise, Android Auto Wireless can automatically connect your phone to your car radio as soon as you get into your car.

Illustration of car dashboard with android auto on screen
Lifewire / Louis Wang

How does Android Auto Wireless work?

Most connections between telephones and car radios use Bluetooth . This is how most hands-free implementations work, and you can also stream music via Bluetooth. However, Bluetooth connections do not have bandwidth, required for Android Auto Wireless.

To establish a wireless connection between your phone and your car, Android Auto Wireless connects to functions WiFi your phone and car radio. This means that it only works with vehicles that have Wi-Fi functionality.

Compatibility is also limited to certain car radios and phones that are designed to work with the system.

When a compatible phone is connected to a compatible car radio, Android Auto Wireless works exactly like the wired version, only without the wires. Your phone does all the hard work, information is shown on your touch screen car radio, and things like directions and answers you ask at Google Assistant are played through the car speakers.

What do you need to use Android Auto wirelessly?

If you want to use Android Auto wirelessly, you’ll need two things: a compatible car radio with built-in Wi-Fi, and a compatible Android phone. Most head units that work with Android Auto and most phones that support Android Auto cannot use the wireless feature.

Here’s what you need to start using Android Auto Wireless:

  • Compatible head unit A: Your car radio or head unit must support Android Auto. It must also have Wi-Fi and must be certified to use its Wi-Fi connection in this way.
  • Compatible phone : Your Android phone must be running Android 8.0 Oreo or later if this mobile phone or Nexus 5X or 6P. Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, S9/S9+, S10/S10+ and Note 8/9/10 phones support Android Audio Wireless if they work under management Android 9.0 Pie or higher.

How to use Android Auto Wireless

If both your phone and your car can use Android Auto Wireless, follow these steps.

  1. Connect your phone to your car radio with a USB cable.

  2. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the initial setup procedure.

  3. Disconnect the USB cable.

  4. The next time you get in your car, Android Auto Wireless will automatically connect your phone to your car radio.

Can other phones and head units use Android Auto wirelessly?

While Android Auto is available in any vehicle on your phone and is capable of integrating with more car radios and original equipment, wireless compatibility is far more limited. If your phone or car radio doesn’t support Android Auto Wireless, all you can do is wait for an update, which may or may not be available.

Advanced users can use Android Auto Wireless with just about any Android Auto capable head unit, but it requires a lot of extra work. it unofficial method discovered by android enthusiast so it’s not supported by Google.

To use this method, you need:

The basic idea is that the Android TV stick acts like a Wi-Fi antenna for your car radio, allowing you to connect to your phone wirelessly. It’s much more complex than that and requires a lot of rework that most users will be uncomfortable with, but it’s an option for those with the necessary experience and knowledge.

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