How to use Android Auto & what to do if it’s not connecting

Android Auto allows you to take control of your car’s display, placing all the information you need in front of you. Android Auto can be used to interact with a wide range of apps, whether you need navigation assistance, to make or receive phone calls or to listen to music, podcasts, or audiobooks. Google Assistant is also supported, meaning that you never have to take your hands off the wheel.

Android Auto only works with certain devices, vehicles, and USB cables. If you’re having difficulty connecting to Android Auto, try checking your phone, car and cable to troubleshoot the issue.

  • To use Android Auto your phone must be running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) or higher. It is recommended that your device is running the latest possible version for the best performance. Find out what operating system your device is running.
  • If your phone isn’t charging when connected to your car using a USB cable, check that there is no dust or debris in the USB port as this can prevent data transfer.
  • Make sure that your phone and apps have been updated. Find out how to check for operating system updates and how to update your apps.
  • Your phone connection must allow data transfers for Android Auto to function. When your device is connected using a USB cable, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the notification from the Android system. Select the option that allows for file transfer.

The Android Auto app is maintained by Google. For more information please visit Google’s help centre for Android Auto.

  • Not all cars are compatible for use with Android Auto. Android Auto was released in 2016 and only functions on vehicles and aftermarket receivers produced after this. See the full list of compatible vehicles.
  • Make sure that Android Auto is switched on in your vehicle’s settings. Consult your vehicle’s manual or contact the manufacturer if you need further assistance with this.
  • On some vehicles, Android Auto support was added in an update. If your car is listed as a supported model but Android Auto isn’t working, try updating your infotainment system or visit your local dealer.

If you believe the issue is with your vehicle, please consult your vehicle’s manual or contact the manufacturer if you need further assistance.

  • While most USB cables look similar, there can be huge differences in terms of their quality and charging speeds. Android Auto requires a high quality USB cable that is capable of supporting data transfers. If possible, use the original cable that came with your device.
  • The USB cable should be under 1.8m in length.

When setting up Android Auto for the first time it is recommended to have a strong and fast Wi-Fi connection. Even if you intend to use Android Auto wirelessly, it must be initially connected with a USB cable.

Before setting up Android Auto, make sure that your car is parked in a safe place and that you have adequate time to complete the set up.

Please note: Android Auto should open automatically when connected to a supported vehicle

Unfortunately, Android Auto is not yet supported worldwide. If your country is not listed below, you will be unable to use Android Auto at this time.

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Germany
  • Guatemala
  • France
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Puerto Rico
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • If you can’t connect, try unplugging the USB cable and reconnecting it again.
  • If possible, try restarting your car’s infotainment system, then try to connect again.
  • If Android Auto has previously worked with your device and car, it is likely that the problem is with your cable. Try changing the cable to see if you can connect.

If you have tried these suggestions and checked you phone, car, and cable, there may be a bug in the Android Auto app. We recommend visiting Google’s Android Auto help centre to see if others are experiencing similar issues.

If you’re experiencing unusual behaviour on Samsung mobiles, tablets or wearables, you can send us an error report or ask us a question in the Samsung Members app.

This allows us to take a closer look at what is happening. The data is anonymised and only held for the duration of the investigation. Find out more about sending an error report through the Samsung Members app.