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This article explains what Android Auto Wireless is, what you would like to use it, and how to line it up. Instructions apply to Pixel phones with Android 8.0 or higher and Samsung phones with Android 9.0 or higher.
How to Use Android Auto Wireless
If both your phone and your car are capable of using Android Auto Wireless, here’s the way to set it up:
- Connect your phone to your car radio with a USB cable.
- Follow the on-screen prompts to finish the initial setup procedure.
- Disconnect the USB cable.
- The next time you get in your car, Android Auto Wireless automatically connects your phone to your car radio.
What Is Android Auto Wireless?
Android Auto is an app that makes your phone easier and safer to use when driving and supports a variety 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 accomplished by connecting your phone to your car with a USB cable, but Android Auto Wireless allows you to stay that connection after removing the USB cable.
The main advantage of Android Auto Wireless is that you don’t get to plug and unplug your phone every single time you go anywhere. If you’re planning on an extended trip or your phone needs a charge, you’ll plug it in. Otherwise, Android Auto Wireless can automatically connect your phone to your car radio as soon as you get in your vehicle (after the initial USB cable connection).
How Does Android Auto Wireless Work?
Most connections between phones and car radios use Bluetooth. This is often how most hands-free calling implementations work, and you’ll also stream music over Bluetooth. However, Bluetooth connections do not have the capacity required by Android Auto Wireless.
To realize a wireless connection between your phone and your car, Android Auto Wireless taps into the Wi-Fi functionality of your phone and your car radio. Meaning it only works with vehicles that have Wi-Fi functionality.
Compatibility is further limited to specific car radios and phones that are designed to figure with the system.
When a compatible phone is paired to a compatible car radio, Android Auto Wireless works exactly just like the wired version, just without wires. Your phone does all the work, the knowledge is displayed on your touchscreen car radio, and things like driving directions and answers that you ask Google Assistant are all played through the car speakers.
What does one get to Use Android Auto Wirelessly?
If you would like to use Android Auto wirelessly, you would like two things: a compatible car radio with built-in Wi-Fi and a compatible Android phone. Most head units that employ Android Auto, and most phones capable of running Android Auto, can’t use wireless functionality.
Here’s what you would like to start out using Android Auto Wireless:
A compatible head unit: Your car radio, or head unit, must be capable of running Android Auto. It also must have Wi-Fi, and it must be certified to use its Wi-Fi connection in this manner.
A compatible phone: Your Android phone must be running Android 8.0 Oreo or newer if it is a Pixel phone. The Samsung Galaxy S8 series and Note 8 series, and newer, all support Android Audio Wireless if they run Android 9.0 Pie or higher.
Can Other Phones and Head Units Use Android Auto Wirelessly?
While Android Auto is out there in any car on your phone, and it’s capable of integrating with tons of aftermarket and original equipment car radios, the wireless compatibility is far more limited. If your phone, or your car radio, doesn’t support Android Auto Wireless, all you’ll do is await an update that will or might not come.
Advanced users can use Android Auto Wireless with almost any head unit capable of running Android Auto, but it takes tons of additional work. This is often an unofficial method discovered by an Android enthusiast, so Google does not support it.
To use this method, you need:
- An Android TV stick
- A USB cable
- A head unit that will run Android Auto
The basic idea is that the Android TV stick acts as a Wi-Fi antenna for the car radio, which allows you to attach wirelessly together with your phone. It is a lot more complicated than that, and it requires tons of tinkering that the majority of users are going to be uncomfortable with, but it’s an option for anyone who has the required experience and expertise.