Fix Android Auto Not Working In 2023

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Android Auto is focused on giving you a safe Android experience whilst you’re on the road. Your existing apps appear on your supported car’s dash alongside the help of the ever-faithful Google Assistant. Feel free to put it on your favorite playlist, ask for directions or get Google to send a quick text to your better half.

These features are all well and good, but what about Android auto not working? Most blips can be resolved with a quit restart of both your Android handset and car dash software. But what do you need to do when a quick fix doesn’t work?

Don’t worry about it, here are some great troubleshooting tips to get you back on the road in style.

How To Fix Android Auto Not Working

Let’s take a look at some easy-to-follow troubleshooting steps to get Google Maps back up and running as soon as you get the chance.



Restart Devices and Dash Software

As mentioned above, a quick restart may solve any app bugs or connection issues. The reason restarting is always the first quick fix is because it flushes a system’s temporary memory, giving Android and your device a clean start.



Check Cable Quality/Wireless Connection

Try using a different cable if using a wired connection. Although it may work for other devices, the wire in use may not have enough bandwidth support for data transfers between your Android device and your car.

If using a Bluetooth connection, turn both your device and car connections off and on again.



When Did You Last Update?

Due to ongoing security threats and compatibility issues with other apps, Android drops security updates regularly. The same will apply to your car, which can normally be updated via USB.

Check with your car manufacturer or owner’s manual for more information. Moreover, make sure all of your apps are up-to-date by checking your installed apps on the Google Play Store.



Clear Phone Cache

Go To Settings > Apps > Android Auto > Storage > Clear Cache



Are You Paired To The Correct Car?

If you’ve been using Android Auto in another car for whatever reason, this may be conflicting with your existing connection with your vehicle.

Try going to the Android Auto settings menu and selecting ‘Forget All Cars’ to re-pair. Alternatively, double-check that your car hasn’t been dumped on the ‘Rejected Cars’ list.

Another option would be to check ‘Add new cars to Android Auto’ is turned on in settings.



Uninstall Android Auto

As a last resort, uninstall and reinstall Android Auto. Doing this will re-install with default settings without any corrupt data from your last installation.

Think of it as a fresh start.



Have You Just Got A New Car?

Have you checked that your car is compatible with Android Auto?

Some car manufacturers use their own USB or wireless formats to pull information from your phone.

Check out Androids compatibility list here

For all things Android, make sure to bookmark our Android Hub

Christian 'Reggie' Waits' is a contributor to PC Guide, having written a wide array of how to and buying guide content.