Now It Works, Now It Doesn’t: Android Auto Dying After Just One Second for Some

In theory, a bad cable causes the biggest number of glitches on Android Auto. Still, as some users learned the hard way, not even sticking with the original cord that shipped in the box of their phones is a guarantee everything would run smoothly.
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The best example in this regard is a glitch that showed up recently, making it impossible for some users to run Android Auto. First and foremost, let’s see what’s happening.

According to this thread on Google’s forums, Android Auto simply crashes immediately after the launch. In other words, the phone is connected to the head unit, Android Auto fires up, and boom, it crashes without users even managing to tap something on the screen.

I can try 100 times, but same thing happens. Each time the charging starts and then stops after a second,” someone explains in a discussion thread on the forums.

At first glance, the cable appears to be the one to blame, so certainly, replacing it with a new high-quality cord should do the trick. Well, that doesn’t seem to be the case this time, or at least, not according to these users.

I tried to connect with 2 different cables (genuine Samsung), changed Default USB configuration with ‘Transferring Files’, reinstalled the app several times, and still got the same problem,” another user struggling with the same problem explains.

Judging from these posts, Samsung phones are most often affected by this problem, but others claim the same thing happens in their cars, even with a Google Pixel or Nokia models. This seems to indicate Android Auto is the one requiring a fix, though, of course, Google has remained completely tight-lipped on the whole thing for now.

No workaround is known to exist for the time being, so your best option is to just reach out to Google for additional assistance.
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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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