One-Minute Fix Resolves Mysterious Android Auto Connection Problem

The issue appears to affect Vauxhall and Opel cars 1 photo
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The last few days of 2020 brought another Android Auto problem that nobody can explain, as some Opel and Vauxhall owners claim running the app in their cars is no longer possible.
While listening to music and making phone calls work just fine via Bluetooth, plugging in the smartphone and running Android Auto on the head unit is pretty impossible due to what appears to be a glitch occurring only on a USB connection.

When plugging it in to the USB, I am unable to get Android Auto to load. The car still shows the projection option. When pressing, I either get an option to Switch from Bluetooth to Android Auto, but the switch button does nothing, or it comes up with an error telling me to connect the phone via USB. On the Pixel, it shows that USB is enabled for Android Auto and is connected to the car via Android Auto,” the owner of a 2016 Vauxhall Corsa explains in a post on Google’s forums.

Worth emphasizing is the problem doesn’t seem to be too widespread at this point, though I’ve seen several people complaining of the same thing in their cars in the last few weeks.

Someone on Google’s forums, however, claims to have found a workaround that does the trick every time when they attempt to connect the smartphone to the head unit to launch Android Auto.

It all comes down to a five-step solution which for some reason works “100 percent of the time, although it’s annoying,” as the user themselves explains.

The first thing you need to do is to connect the smartphone to the car via Bluetooth. When the connection is established, plug in the phone to the car and then accept the prompt to switch to Android Auto. Next, quickly unlock your smartphone and open the Twitter app on the device. Click on any video on Twitter so that the clip runs in full screen on the mobile device.

Press back on the smartphone and then Android Auto should theoretically show up on the head unit.
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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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