First of all, let’s see what the problem is all about.
Google Maps on Android Auto is a match made in heaven. The navigation app unsurprisingly feels at home in the car, and the essential features already available on the mobile device have also landed on the bigger screen inside the cabin.
One of the features that many Android adopters use on a regular basis is support for opening links right on the Android Auto screen. In other words, if you receive a link on your phone, tapping it on the mobile device sets up a new destination on Android Auto too.
And here’s why this capability comes in so handy to some users.
Without the support for mobile links, such a thing would be pretty much impossible, as users would just have to set up the new destination manually.
For some users, such a feature is critical. Just think of those working in the delivery business who are working with Google Maps links regularly. If this capability isn’t working right, then using Google Maps on Android Auto can easily become a painful struggle.
And this is exactly what’s happening right now. The support for Google Maps links appears to be broken down on Google Maps, so users can no longer open the navigation on their mobile devices and then transfer the destination to Android Auto.
Nobody knows exactly what’s happening, and while Google says it’s currently investigating, users come across various workarounds that more or less help deal with this problem temporarily.
First and foremost, it’s the logical yet super-inconvenient solution. Just disconnect your mobile device from the head unit, set up the navigation on the phone, and then connect it to launch Android Auto once again. When opening Google Maps on display, Google Maps should be ready to provide guidance to the already-configured destination.
And then, it looks like downgrading Google Maps to an earlier version does the trick for now. In other words, you need to disable the app, uninstall all updates, and therefore stick with an older build of Google Maps that doesn’t exhibit the bug.
Of course, if you have automatic updates enabled on your phone, it’s just a matter of time until the latest version is installed for Google Maps. So don’t forget to disable this feature as well, just to make sure Google Maps isn’t automatically updated to the latest version that’s impacted by the problem.
For the time being, there is no estimate as to when Google could come up with a fix, so if the mobile links are a must-have feature for you, these two solutions are pretty much the only ways to get them up and running at this point.
Nevertheless, if you don’t want to struggle with such painful workarounds, you can just switch to another application, such as Waze, currently running flawlessly on Android Auto.