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Android Auto, use your mobile phone safely while driving

We want to teach you how to install and use Android Auto so you can continue using your mobile phone safely while driving.

According to the latest reports published by the DGT, many users continue to misuse mobile devices when they are behind the wheel.

A report has recently been published in this regard by the Línea Directa Foundation in collaboration with the University Institute of Traffic Research and Road Safety of the University of Valencia. This report reflects the importance that the mobile phone has in the distractions that many traffic accidents generate.

Taking into account that some 13 million users recognize that they use the mobile while driving, it is even more important to spread the need to use applications such as Android Auto that guarantee your safety. 

Let’s see how it works.

Install Android Auto

Android Auto is the Google tool created to allow you to use your smartphone and its main applications while driving. With a format designed to avoid distractions, Android Auto allows you to access your apps through your phone’s screen or your car’s browser if it is compatible.

Its installation is very simple, you just have to access Google Play through your device and download the application on your smartphone. As a requirement, your phone must have Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher operating system and a mobile data contract. According to Google itself, the performance of Android Auto is even better in Android versions 6.0 (Marshmallow) or higher.

If your car does not have a browser or it is not compatible with Android Auto, you can use the application by displaying it on the screen of your smartphone. To do this, you need to have a car phone holder and a USB cable to charge the device.

If your car is compatible with the application, you will only need your phone and a high-quality USB cable. As always we recommend that you use the original cables and accessories of your own brand and device.

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How to configure the application

Once downloaded to your phone, open Android Auto. Follow the steps that will appear on your screen for the acceptance of permits, security notices, download of other applications, and so on.

You need to grant Android Auto permission to access the applications and features of your phone. Google recommends, in order to offer you a better experience, that you accept all the application’s requests. 

If you have your phone linked by Bluetooth with your car or with the support, select that device so that, when detected, the application starts automatically.

How to set up Android Auto on the screen of a compatible car?

To enable Android Auto on the screen of a compatible car, follow these steps:

1.- Activate the car electrical system

2.- Connect the smartphone to the car through the USB cable

3.- Check the information on permits and security and accept the requests for permits and notifications if you want to have a better experience

4.- Select the Android Auto icon on the screen of your car and follow the instructions

Even so, for the initial setup, you will need to connect both devices with the USB cable.

How does Android Auto work?

Once the application is connected and configured, to use it you only need to activate the “ Ok Google ” voice command that we explained in a previous article.

With it you can activate the following compatible apps:

Google Maps

If you want your device to guide you on your itinerary, offer you navigation directions and alerts about real-time traffic, just say “Ok Google” and ask the assistant for the information you want. Update route, arrival time, alerts or incidents on the road, the nearest gas station …, just some examples of the information that the application can offer you while paying attention to your driving.

Android Auto is also compatible with Waze.

Phone functions

With Android Auto, you can consult the assistant all the information on your phone related to:

  • calendar entries
  • create reminders
  • make and answer calls through Google Assistant
  • Send and receive messages from your contacts. To do this, you can use SMS or other apps such as Hangouts, Whatsapp, Skype, Telegram, WeChat, Kik, and so on.
  • You can also listen to music via mobile, managing your applications such as Spotify, Amazon Music, FM Radio, Google Play Music, etc.

Android Auto is also compatible with many other applications such as audiobooks, podcasts, news …

If you want to search for all compatible applications follow the following link from Google Play.

Other TIPs of Android Auto

Although the best way to know everything that an application can offer you is to explore it,  we want to highlight some tips that can help you to make the most of this application.

Enable automatic reply to messages

If you do not want messages that may distract you while driving, you can create an automatic response of the type “I am driving” to reach the person who has written to you.

To configure the automatic response start the application, in the side menu click on Settings> Automatic response, and configure the message you want to be sent automatically. This function is compatible with any messaging app.

Save data and battery

One tip that will save you in data consumption and battery of your mobile device when using Android Auto is to download the maps in advance when you know what your destination is. To do this, when you have a WIFI network, access Google Maps, in the application menu click on “Offline Map” and select the area you want to download.

Keep in mind that the generated file occupies in the memory of your mobile phone the space that the application details you.

The main advantage of starting to use Android Auto is that it allows you to use your phone with your hands-free at the wheel while making available all the main functions of your phone that you may need, helping you get a safer driving.

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We invite you to share this type of information with your acquaintances and help us spread a safe and responAndroid Auto, which already has more than 10 million downloads, has a continuous update and with a valuation of sible use of the mobile phone in the car.

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Written by Lara Hawkins

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