Android Auto Plagued by Connection Problems After the December 2020 Update

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Google released Android Auto 5.9 earlier this month as the last update of the year, with the company now expected to ship version 6.0 in January.
And while new Android Auto updates are typically good news for users, it looks like the latest version is instead something to avoid for some people, as it causes random connection problems after installation.

We see more and more complaints from people who installed Android Auto 5.9 on their smartphones, with many claiming the app no longer detects their head units when the device is connected to the car.

There are plenty of messages in this regard published in the Google Play Store, and many of them were posted in the last week after the update to version 5.9 was completed.

Ever since the update it says not connected to car, please plug in. So unplug and replug it, loads, then kicks right out of it. Won’t load Google Maps or the hands free technology without kicking me out,” someone says in a review published on the Google Play Store.

I'm having the same issues as everyone else. I've had my 2020 Honda Accord for 7 months and bought two different phones both compatible with AA bought several USB cords and uninstalled app several times, deleted my phone etc. Since the update AA says no Bluetooth connection and keeps trying to connect,” another user adds.

For others, Android Auto does connect to the head unit only to disconnect at a later time, once again with a setup that worked perfectly fine before the update.

If you’re certain Android Auto 5.9 is the one causing all these problems, the workaround is pretty simple. Just download the previous release and install it manually. To do this, get the Android Auto 5.8 APK installer from this page and install it on your device, though you should then make sure your phone isn’t updated to version 5.9 from the Google Play Store.
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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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