Android Auto No Longer Playing Nice With One of the World’s Most Popular Apps

If you run Android Auto on the head unit in your car while driving and recently noticed that listening to Facebook Messenger notifications no longer works, you’re not alone.
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A glitch that’s now hitting some Android Auto users, therefore, causes the app to be unable to play messages from Facebook Messenger.

But oddly enough, the whole thing only affects the notification itself, as opening the Messenger app on Android Auto does allow the app to read the latest messages.

At this point, the glitch doesn’t appear to be very widespread, but a discussion thread on Google’s forums puts the blame on a recent Android Auto update.

All other notifications, like messages (text messages), work fine and can be played from the pop-up notification or from the notification page, seems like it’s only linked directly to Facebook Messenger. I have tried uninstalling/reinstalling Messenger, Facebook, Android Auto, and Google. I also checked to make sure Sync (Ford Truck) was updated,” someone explains on the forums.

Without an official Google answer, it’s hard to tell who’s to blame for the whole thing. But if a recent Android Auto update caused the notification struggle, the easiest way to undo this is by going back to an earlier version of the app.

You can find additional information on how to manually install a specific version of Android Auto in our detailed guide here.

Statistics provided by Apptopia revealed that back in 2021, Facebook and Facebook Messenger were two of the most popular apps on both Android and iPhone.

Facebook itself was ranked third in the charts with no less than 416 million downloads (after TikTok and Instagram with 656 million and 545 million downloads, respectively). Facebook Messenger managed to secure the 8th place with 268 million downloads.

At this point, it’s not yet clear if installing the recently released Android Auto 7.6 brings any improvements to the experience with Messenger notifications.


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