Android Auto for Phone Screens allowed drivers to use their phone apps without the distraction of a GPS system while driving. Previously, users could use an app shortcut to open Google Assistant and open Google Maps while in Driving Mode. The changes, however, affect only cars with Android Automotive. The changes do not affect Android Automotive itself. Those who have Android Auto in their cars can continue using it without the changes.
Reinstalling Android Auto
The first step in reinstalling Android Auto for your phone is to make sure that you have the latest version of Android. For instance, you can go to Settings -> Apps and tap on the app. It is possible that you accidentally uninstalled the app from an untrusted website. This can compromise the security of your phone and lead to an error. Once you have identified the problem, reinstalling the app should be easy.
If you are unable to pair your phone to Android Auto, try reinstalling the app from the Google Play Store. It may also be necessary to update the application from time to time. Sometimes, Android Auto will become unusable after an update, and a reinstall of the app can fix the issue. Besides, reinstalling Android Auto can also help if the app is corrupted and is no longer compatible with your phone.
Sideloading Android Auto
The rumor that Android Auto for phone screens is dying has been proven to be true. The Google Assistant has announced that the app will be dead for newer Android phones, but later it launched a dedicated app that skips the phone screen experience and simply shows a notice that Android Auto is only available for car screens. That means the app is officially dead for anyone using a newer Android phone.
This feature was a great solution for users with non-compatible cars. Essentially, it used a phone screen to display a modified version of Android Auto on the car’s screen. Unfortunately, the experience was not that great. There was no way to access voice commands, apps, and more on the phone screen. Android Auto for phone screens was a great solution for people who didn’t have compatible cars, but it was never a great experience.
Restarting the infotainment system
One way to resolve an issue with your Android Auto for Phone Screens is to restart the infotainment system in your car. Sometimes this is all it takes to resolve the issue. Restarting the system may also fix a problem with an isolated application. Often, an app might be misbehaving because it is incompatible with the car’s infotainment system.
Restarting the infotainment systems may be necessary if the app has crashed and is no longer working correctly. Sometimes the software is outdated and may not function properly if the infotainment system is not rebooted. If you have an aftermarket entertainment unit, it might be necessary to update the software. For more information, contact the manufacturer of your car.