Five Hidden Features of Android Auto™

Staying connected behind the wheel has never been easier. Come and check out Android Auto™, how it works and some hidden features.

What is Android Auto™?

Android Auto™ is the Android equivalent of Apple CarPlay for a car’s touchscreen display.

Android Auto streams an easy to use interface onto your vehicle’s touchscreen display and allows you to operate a simplified version of your phone while staying safe behind the wheel.

 

How To Use Android Auto

To set up Android Auto, first make sure your phone meets the minimum requirements and your car is compatible. If you are unsure check with your local dealer.

Download the official Android Auto app from the Google Play store. Plug your phone into your vehicles Smartphone USB port and follow the prompts. You should now be good to go, as easy as that.

 

1. Manually control day/night mode

As you drive, your Android Auto should automatically adjust between day and night modes depending on your vehicle’s settings. 

If you prefer the darker or lighter version, it can be easily changed in the developer settings of Android Auto.

Simply follow these steps and you’ll be in day or night time bliss in no time.

 

  1. Open the Android Auto app on your phone 

  2. Choose About from the left menu

  3. Tap the Settings Cog on the header and then scroll down to Version. Tap Version about 10 times until Developer Mode is enabled.

  4. Select Developer settings by pressing the three dots on the top right hand corner of your phone screen.

  5. From here you’ll be able to toggle the day/night mode

     

2. Set up automatic messages

With Android Auto, you have the ability to set up automatic messages for when you’re behind the wheel.

Automatic replying can be set up on any Android phone, just enter the Android Auto app, enter the settings, click on Auto-reply and draft your message.

This will automatically reply to everyone who messages you with your chosen message. It’s a safe alternative to let your friends and family know you’re unable to reply because you’re driving. 

 

3. Set up automatic launch

If you intend to use Android Auto every time you use your car then you should consider setting up Autolaunch for your Android Auto.

Just open the settings menu, and select Autolaunch so it comes up every time you get in your car.

 

4. 3rd Party Music Players

There are heaps of new apps for Android Auto that are compatible and let you play music through your car speakers.

If you’re having issues discovering 3rd Party audio players, it may be because Developer mode is not enabled and the ‘Unknown sources’ setting hasn’t been accepted.

To enable ‘Unknown sources’, follow these simple steps. 

  1. Open the Android Auto app on your phone 

  2. Choose About from the left menu

  3. Tap the Settings Cog on the header and then scroll down to Version. Tap Version about 10 times until Developer Mode is enabled.

  4. Select Developer settings by pressing the three dots on the top right hand corner of your phone screen.

  5. Select ‘Unknown sources’ and enable

These apps include the Google Play music player, the popular Spotify app and Amazon Music

 

5. “O.K. Google”

Did you know that you can use voice search through Android Auto just like you can on your phone?

Simply connect your phone to your car, run Android Auto and say “OK Google”.

With voice search you can give directions to your GPS, read and reply to messages, call contacts, play your favourite songs and loads more. 

 

Honda’s Android Auto

A select number of Honda models come equipped with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Depending on your device, you’ll be able to experience an unmatched level of efficiency and connectivity. 

Utilise all of these features of Android Auto in your Honda today. 

Get in touch with a dealer to find out more.

 

 



*Depending on use, Android Auto or Apple CarPlay can share certain user and vehicle information (e.g. , vehicle location, speed and other operating conditions) with Google and its service providers or the connected iPhone, respectively. See Google’s and Apple’s privacy policies for details regarding the use and handling of data uploaded by Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Use of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay is at user’s own risk, and is subject to agreement to the Android Auto or Apple CarPlay terms of use, which are, respectively, presented to the user when the Android Auto application is downloaded to the user’s Android phone or included as part of the Apple iOS terms of use. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay vehicle integration is provided “as is,” and Honda cannot guarantee operability or functionality now or in the future due to, among other conditions, changes in the applicable software or operating system, service interruptions, or incompatibility or obsolesce of vehicle-integrated hardware or software. See dealer for details. Only use Android Auto or Apple CarPlay when conditions allow you to do so safely.