How to Fix Android Auto Not Launching After Phone Is Connected to Car

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One of the biggest annoyances of Android Auto is that it sometimes fails to launch, essentially refusing to show up on the car’s screen for a reason that’s yet to be determined.
So even if you connect the phone to the car normally and everything appears to be working just as expected, the Android Auto icon is nowhere to be seen, leaving you with no other option that to disconnect the mobile device and connect it again for another attempt.

But an Opel owner claims they have found the workaround, explaining that everything comes down to five simple steps.

First and foremost, you need to update all associated apps to the latest version. These include not only Android Auto, but also the Google app (which powers the Assistant), Google Maps, and the Google Text-to-Speech engine. Make sure you install the latest versions that are available for download from the Google Play Store.

Next, just connect the phone to your car using a high-speed cable – as as general recommendation, Samsung cables are among the best, so if you have one, stick with it as long as you use Android Auto.

The third step basically comes down to just waiting.

Wait for nothing to happen. Android Auto is not launching and your IntelliLink still shows the radio screen/etc. (perhaps your car shows a pop-up with the Bluetooth is going to disconnect due to Android Auto is connected - press Start/OK),” they say.

At this point, you can proceed to the fourth step, which is pressing the call button to start the Google Assistant – if your car has a different button for this task, you can use that one, as long as the Google Assistant is invoked and it runs on the screen.

Once the Google Assistant fires up, wait a few more seconds and voila. Android Auto should now appear on the screen and allow you to tap its icon to launch the application just normally.
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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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