It’s been a long time we talked about Android Auto. The useful app which can control maps, media and messaging with the Google Assistant while you ride a car. With cars now turning smart and doing standalone automation, the need for Android Auto has become irrelevant. However, we reckon, many of them out there would love to connect the smartphone to the car through Android Auto. And, for those folks, we’re here with some best Android Auto Tips and Tricks.
Summon “Ok Google”
Google Assistance is unarguably the best virtual assistance for smartphones. The core functionalities of Android Auto revolve around the same and here let’s see how all you can make the Google Assistance do your works while you can concentrate on your ride.
- You can summon Google Assistant to Route your next destination using Google Maps or Waze with real-time GPS navigation and traffic alerts. Get updates on your route, ETA and hazards in real-time.
- The Google Assistant can check your calendar for you so that you know where you need to be.
- In case if you don’t want to miss any key events, set reminders, get updates on the news and check last night’s score all by summoning the suave Google Assistant.
- Avoid distractions while driving by setting a customised do not disturb message while driving.
- Make calls using Google Assistant and answer incoming calls with just a tap. Well, it’s advised not to drive and call. After all, safety is of the utmost importance than convenience.
- Last but not the least you can access your contacts folder and send and receive messages with the Google Assistant using SMS, Hangouts, WhatsApp, Skype, Telegram, WeChat, Kik, Google Allo and many more messaging apps.
Distraction-free driving most of the time invites no risk. The Android Auto can help manage your device notifications smartly. The bell icon on the right next to the Google Assistant microphone icon should be familiar to you. It shortcuts to the most common one’s Android Auto displays, limited to missed calls, unread text messages, and some alerts like Google Assistant reminders.
You can tap them to get to the corresponding app, where you may be able to call back or respond to a message with the help of Google Assistant. Earlier, drivers didn’t have the option to silence notifications completely, but not now. Setting it up is easy with these simple steps:
- Launch the Android Auto app on your phone
- Tap the horizontal three-line menu icon on the top left corner
- Now, tap Settings, scroll down to No sound from notifications and toggle it on
- As an optional feature, Android Auto automatically resumes music/podcasts on launch. If you prefer to pick and play your music manually instead, toggle of Automatically resume media option.
Apart from the ability to turn off notifications, the most recent version of the Android Auto allows users to reorder apps in the launcher and hide/show apps in Android Auto.
That being said, with a simplified interface, large buttons and powerful voice actions, Android Auto is designed to make it easier to use apps that you love from your phone while you’re on the road. Google has been improving the Android Auto over the years with each new release making the app more intelligent, feature-packed and convenient.
Moreover, the number of compatible apps is always growing. For a full list of compatible apps, you may visit http://g.co/androidauto. Well as of now, for Android Auto to function. you’ll need a device running Android 5.0 or higher (Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat or Oreo) and an active data connection.
According to Google, over 400 car models now support Android Auto. To find out if your car display is compatible and how to enable it, check your owner’s manual or contact your car’s manufacturer. Once enabled, use a high-quality USB cable to connect your phone to your car, then launch Android Auto to get going.
If you haven’t explored the Android Auto yet, it’s not late as you can give it a try by installing it from Google Play Store.
You can get the latest Android Auto 5.4 using the link given below.
Android Auto: Google Play Store.