Android Auto Makes Phones Play Music at 100% Volume in the Middle of the Night

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Here’s a potential bug that could make Android Auto a nightmare. Literally. A few users are complaining that media apps installed on their phones start playing music at the maximum volume at random times, sometimes right in the middle of the night.
What does this have to do with Android Auto? By the looks of things, the song that starts playing all of a sudden is the last one that was listened to in the car when Android Auto was running on the screen.

At this point, it’s still not clear what’s causing this unexpected behavior of the music players, but there’s a chance that they’re not properly suspended after Android Auto is disconnected. According to the users seeing this problem, the whole thing affects Pandora, Spotify, Google Music, and possibly others, and this could be an indication that Android Auto is the one to blame for the ad-hoc concert.

About 6 months ago Pandora started randomly blasting the last song listened to on Android Auto at 100% volume. This may be 5 minutes after disconnecting, up to 12 hours afterward. At one point it blasted at 4 am with nobody being anywhere near the phone for it to start playing,” one user explains.

Someone else adds that while this is indeed an old issue in Android Auto, Google at one point resolved it, only for the same unexpected behavior to be reintroduced after the latest update.

Google says it’s already investigating the whole thing, but at this point, it’s still too early to anticipate when a fix could be released.

A similar problem in Android Auto was reported in mid-2020 when some users discovered that the music volume was increased to 100% after ending a call. Google remained tight-lipped on this problem and the thread where users detailed the glitch has since been locked with no workaround whatsoever.
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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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