Android Auto Issue Makes Navigation Apps Almost Useless

One of the major benefits of navigation apps on Android Auto is that they provide both visual and audio guidance, so it’s pretty easy to know which way to go when driving.
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But as some discovered recently, the likes of Google Maps and Waze no longer offer audio guidance, so these drivers are stuck with the visual guidance showing on the screen of the car.

Adjusting the audio volume obviously doesn’t fix the problem, and users explain that the guidance is enabled in their navigation apps.

I'm using a Samsung s8 and my maps will absolutely not play any sound UNLESS I play Spotify or a YouTube video and leave the app open first. Everything else works fine like my phone and saying ok google for example it's just that maps won't play anything or Waze. I've tried everything in the book from uninstalling the app deleting everything in my car and phone Bluetooth and resyncing everything up over and over again nothing seems to fix it,” one user explains on reddit.

So is there any workaround to help deal with this problem? Not really, albeit there is one thing that you should check.

Android Auto uses two different volume levels for playing music and voice navigation, so technically, you’re allowed to configure them individually.

However, to adjust the volume level of voice guidance for navigation apps, you need to press the volume buttons on the steering wheel or the head unit exactly when voice guidance directions are being provided.

If these don’t work, one possible option is to send a command to the Google Assistant, and when an answer is offered, to adjust the volume on your unit.

Unfortunately, we still don’t know if a fix is on its way or not, but for now, several users seem to be affected. A new Android Auto update is expected later this month, so we’ll have to wait and see if the issue is resolved.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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