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How to use Android Auto in Car – Be the expert

In technology-driven world holding expensive car is not enough until unless you are aware of all its features, in this article we are explaining you A-Z all the details about Android Auto

If you have a car which supports Android auto then it’s very easy for you to call, compose a message, play navigation on the infotainment screen, change or play songs, know the temperature, know match score etc. just by saying “OK Google” all this is done through Android Auto

What is Android Auto?

Android Auto is a mobile app developed by Google to mirror features from an Android device, such as a smartphone, to a car’s compatible in-dash unit and entertainment system

Once an Android device is paired with the head unit, the system mirrors qualified apps from the device to the vehicle’s display, with a simple, driver-friendly user interface. Supported apps include GPS mapping/navigation, music playback, SMS, telephone, and web search. The system supports both touchscreen and button-controlled head unit displays, although hands-free operation through voice commands is encouraged to minimize driving distraction.

How Android Auto Works

If your car supports Android Auto, you can press the voice command button on your steering wheel to trigger it. Those who use Android Auto on their phone can either tap the microphone icon that shows across the app, or use the “OK Google” voice command. first thing you have to do is install Android Auto App from google play store of your android phone

To ensure voice commands are enabled, open Android Auto app in the phone, slide out the left menu and choose Settings. Tap “Ok Google” detection and make sure you have While driving turned on. As long as you have Android Auto open, Google Assistant will respond even if you have the screen turned off.

Some useful google assistant commands

Please note before saying any command its important to say “Ok Google”

  • “Skip this song or Play Next song
  • “What’s the news?”
  • “How long will it take to get to cyber city Gurgaon?”
  • “Call Amrita.”
  • What is meaning of Passion (You can ask for any word)
  • Start navigation for MG Road metro station Gurgaon etc
  • What’s the forecast? or What’s the weather?
    For rain specifically: “Is it going to rain?” or “Do I need an umbrella?”
  • “Did [sports team] win last night?” or “When is the next [sports team] game?”
  • “What is [company]’s stock price?”
  • “Remind me to/about [task/detail] when I get to/next time I’m at [location].”
  • “What’s my next appointment?” (If you use Google Calendar.)
  • “What’s the news?”
  • “Remind me to buy paper towels in twenty minutes.” etc.

Android Auto Compatible apps

Android Auto doesn’t support a ton of apps, since it’s designed to reduce distractions while driving. However, it still has a good selection, so you should take a look at what’s on offer.

To view apps compatible with Android Auto, open the app, slide out the left sidebar, and tap Apps for Android Auto. This will bring you to a Google Play Store page containing apps that all work with the feature.

Android auto compatible apps falls in three categories

  • Messaging: Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Kik, Telegram
  • Music: Pandora, Spotify, YouTube Music, Amazon Music
  • Radio/News: iHeartRadio, Simple Radio, New York Times, ABC News, dozens of local radio station apps

Any music or radio apps you install will show up in the Music tab of Android Auto (with the headphones icon). Once on that tab, you can tap the icon again to select a different app to listen to. News apps will also show up here, since they’re audio-based.

Messaging apps work a little differently. If you have a compatible messaging app installed, you’ll see a notification appear when you have a new message. You can tap Reply to speak your response or use the automatic response command to let that chat know you’re driving.

How to organize Android auto App List

If you use Android Auto on your car infotainment, the home screen contains a list of compatible apps on your device. Thankfully, the app lets you arrange and trim the list of apps in the launcher. In Android Auto, slide out the left menu and choose Settings, then Customize launcher.

The default is A-Z with suggested apps at the top, but you can choose Custom order to rearrange them as you see fit. Uncheck a box to remove that app from your launcher’s display. You can’t disable key apps, like Maps or Phone.

Set Default Music App

When you have multiple music streaming apps installed on your phone, Google Assistant can get confused when you tell it to play a specific song.

Say you’re a Ganna App Premium user. Without linking your account to Google Assistant, you won’t be able to play your playlists from Gaana. And if you don’t tell the app that you prefer Gaana, you’ll have to say “on Gaana” at the end of every music request. Otherwise, Assistant will just tell you that you aren’t subscribed to YouTube Music.

This is annoying when you’re driving, so make sure to straighten it out ahead of time. In Android Auto, open Settings from the left menu, then tap Google Assistant to open the Google Assistant options for your account.

On this page, scroll to the Services tab and tap Music. You’ll see a list of installed music services; tap the one you want to set as the default.

Organize your phone book contacts

On the Phone menu in Android Auto, you can easily access a list of your favourite contacts. you should set up favourites in your contacts for easy access. To do this, just open your Contacts app. Select a contact, then tap the Star icon in the top-right corner to add them to your favourites.

There’s another important Android Auto tip for making sure your contacts are ready for use while driving: keeping your list clean. If you say “Call Renu” and you have more than one contact matching that name, Assistant will ask you which Renu you wanted. Spending extra time on this will distract you from driving.

For best results, avoid duplicate contacts; add people’s last names if needed to remove ambiguity. Don’t have emoji or other strange characters in a contact’s name that might confuse Google Assistant.

Check other Android Auto Options

You’re nearly ready to go, now that you have Android Auto commands and tips with you. Before you hit the road, though, you should look over a few settings. As before, open Android Auto and slide out the left sidebar, then select Settings.

Check the following, if you like:

  • Automatically resume media: Enable this and when you re-launch Android Auto, it will start playing whatever audio you had on before you stopped the car.
  • Weather: Switch this on to show the current temperature and conditions on the top bar of your car’s display.
  • Preview incoming messages: Decide if you want to see previews of messages in-car infotainment screen
  • Show media notifications: Turn this off if you don’t want to see a popup when the song or podcast changes.
  • No sound from notifications: If you don’t want to hear your notification tones through your car’s speakers, enable this.
  • The screen on You can choose when the screen should stay on. If your car doesn’t have Android Auto built-in, you may wish to set this to Always on or When charging so you don’t have to keep turning the screen back on. Be sure to connect a charger for long trips.

You Are All Set

If you were wondering what you can do with Android Auto, now you know, Remember to be careful while driving, even with these convenient features. Anything that takes your attention away from driving is risky.

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