support-icon-howto.svg support-icon-howto.svg How to Connect to Android AutoTM

Difficulty Level: Novice  |  Time Required: 5 Minutes  |  Tools Required: None  |  Related Parts, Products, Services or Technology: AndroidTM smartphone required

If your vehicle is compatible with Android Auto, you can access your favourite smartphone features through your vehicle’s infotainment system:

  • Make/receive calls
  • Navigate with  Google Maps™
  • Access your media and music apps
  • Get hands-free help with Google Assistant™
  • And more

To use Android Auto, you must first connect your phone to your vehicle.

Connect Through USB Port

  1. Your vehicle must be in park the first time you connect.
  2. Using your phone’s cable, connect your phone to the vehicle’s USB data port. Ensure you are using the USB cable provided by your phone manufacturer to avoid connectivity issues.
  3. If Android Auto is not pre-installed on your Android device, download the app on  Google Play.  Your phone may ask you to download  pre-installed apps for Android Auto, like Google Maps, or update to the newest version of the app.
  4. If Android Auto does not automatically launch, touch the Projection icon or the Android Auto icon on your vehicle’s touchscreen.
  5. Follow the prompts on your vehicle’s touchscreen and on your phone to start.
  6. You will be asked to accept Terms before using the feature
  7. When Android Auto is active, the touchscreen will show the phone apps that are accessible.

Connect Wirelessly

Only select phones and select vehicles support this feature. If your vehicle and phone do offer this option, work through these steps to set up a wireless connection:
  1. Make sure your vehicle is parked. 
  2. If Android Auto is not pre-installed on your Android device, download the app on Google Play. Your phone may also ask you to download pre-installed apps for Android Auto, like Google Maps, or update to the newest version of the app.
  3. Tap the grey Android Auto icon on the centre display.
  4. Pair/connect your phone to the infotainment system using Bluetooth.
  5. Follow the prompts on the screen and on your phone to start.
  6. You will be asked to accept Terms before using the feature

On some vehicles, if you plug your phone in via USB, the system will ask if you’d like to allow a wireless connection in the future. If you agree, the next time you go for a drive, your phone will automatically connect wirelessly with Android Auto.

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Can I use Android Auto when my phone is connected only by Bluetooth?

It depends on how your vehicle is equipped. On some models, you can use Android Auto wireless without plugging in if you have a compatible phone. On other models, your device must be tethered by a USB cord to use Android Auto.

Can I use my USB cable to charge my phone without using Android Auto?

You can charge your phone and have Android Auto running in the background. Just plug in your phone and hit the HOME button. You can also disable Android Auto in the “Settings” menu to enable the charge-only function using the USB cord.

Can I stop Android Auto from automatically launching?

Yes. Based on device capability, this can be adjusted in your phone's settings. See your phone’s instruction manual for details.

Why is album art fuzzy or pixelated on-screen while using Android Auto?

The quality of the album art depends on the size of the image that is available with the song. If the image is small, it appears blurry when stretched to fit the album art window in the Now-Playing screen.

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To find out if your vehicle has this feature, contact your dealer or refer to your vehicle’s equipment list. Please check your Owner’s Manual for more information about features.

  • Blazer 2018-2022
  • Bolt 2017-2022
  • Camaro 2016-2022
  • Colorado 2016-2022
  • Corvette 2016-2022
  • Cruze 2016-2021
  • Express Cargo Van 2017-2021
  • Impala 2016-2021
  • Malibu 2016-2022
  • Silverado 1500/2500HD/3500HD 2016-2022
  • Sonic 2020-2021
  • Spark 2016-2022
  • Spark EV 2016
  • Suburban 2016-2022
  • SS 2017
  • Tahoe 2016-2022
  • Trax 2017-2022
  • Traverse 2017-2022
  • Volt 2016-2019

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