Struggling with Android Auto After the Latest Update? What You Need to Know

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Many Android Auto users are experiencing connection problems lately. Even wired connections, typically the most reliable, are acting up.

What’s the Problem?

Over the past few weeks, a growing number of Android Auto users have reported connection issues on Google forums and Reddit. These problems seem to be linked to recent system updates, but not necessarily any one specific version.

The issues started suddenly and affect mostly wired connections, although some wireless users are reporting problems too.

Why is this Happening Now?Android Auto

Connection problems are fairly common with Android Auto, considering the many variables involved (phone model, car stereo system, etc.). However, the recent surge in reports suggests something different might be at play.

Updates Pinpointed as Culprit

Android Auto versions 11.7, 11.8, and 11.9 are frequently mentioned in user reports. These are currently the most widespread versions, but the latest update is actually 12.2.

While updating to the latest version (12.2) might fix the issue for some, the situation is more complex. Reports show inconsistencies, suggesting the problem might lie with updates Google pushed out between late May and mid-June.

Are You Affected?

If you’re experiencing connection problems with Android car system after recent updates, let us know! In the comments below, mention your phone model and the Android Auto version you’re running.

Troubleshooting Tips (While We Wait for a Fix from Google)Android Auto

Here are some things you can try to get your Android Auto connection working again:

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  • Restart Your Phone: This age-old solution often works wonders. A simple phone restart can clear up temporary glitches that might be causing the connection issue.

  • Restart Your Car’s Infotainment System: Similar to restarting your phone, rebooting your car’s infotainment system can sometimes resolve connection problems. Consult your car’s manual for specific instructions on restarting the system.

  • Check for Updates: As mentioned before, updating to the latest version of Android Auto (currently 12.2) might be the fix. Head over to the Google Play Store and check for updates for Android Auto.

  • Confirm Compatibility: Make sure your phone and car stereo system are compatible with the latest Android Auto version. You can usually find compatibility information on the Android Auto website or in your car’s manual.

  • Inspect Your Cable (Wired Connections Only): If you’re using a wired connection, ensure your USB cable is functioning properly. Try a different cable to see if that resolves the issue. Dirt or debris in the cable port on your phone or car stereo can also cause connection problems. Try cleaning the ports with a compressed air can.

  • Forget and Re-pair Bluetooth (Wireless Connections Only): If you’re using a wireless connection, try forgetting the Bluetooth connection between your phone and car stereo system. Then, re-pair the devices to see if that establishes a stable connection.

Still No Luck? Report the Issue Android Auto

If none of the above solutions work, you can report the issue to Google. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Android Auto app on your phone.
  2. Tap the three-line menu icon in the top left corner.
  3. Scroll down and tap “Send feedback.”
  4. Describe the connection problem you’re experiencing and include details such as your phone model, car stereo system, and the Android Auto version you’re running.

By reporting the issue, you’ll help Google identify the cause of the problem and work on a fix.

The Future of Android Auto

While these connection issues are frustrating, it’s important to remember that Google is constantly improving Android Auto. With more user reports and information about the recent problems, Google can hopefully release a fix soon.

In the meantime, try the troubleshooting tips above and keep an eye out for updates. Hopefully, you’ll be back to enjoying a smooth and reliable Android Auto experience in no time!

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