PSA: Android 11 Update Could Break Down Android Auto on Samsung Phones

Samsung Galaxy Note20 getting the Android 11 update as we speak 1 photo
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Android 11 was officially launched by Google only a few months ago, and the first devices, including the Pixel series, are already running it.
On the other hand, Samsung, which remains the world’s number one phone maker, started the rollout of the One UI 3.0 update with Android 11 to its devices earlier this month, and for the time being, only flagships are getting the new version.

In other words, if you have a Samsung Galaxy Note20 or Galaxy S20, there’s a chance the Android 11 update is already waiting for you on the phone. As far as the world of Android Auto is concerned, Android 11 comes with several changes, including support for new app categories, such as EV charging tools.

But for Samsung users, Android 11 might actually come with a little unpleasant surprise: it might no longer work after the update, as for some reason, the settings are reset, and the app is no longer enabled on the head unit.

While it’s not yet clear why this happens, several users confirmed in this reddit thread that more or less complex workarounds are required to bring Android Auto back to fully working condition after updating a Samsung phone to Android 11.

Had the same problem. I cleared the data and cache for the android auto app on my phone. Also deleted the saved smartphone on my car smartphone settings. Reconnected to my car and it started working,” someone says on reddit.

At this point, however, it’s still not clear if this is a widespread problem or not, but since the One UI 3.0 rollout advances in the Samsung world, this is something that you must be aware of, especially if you rely on Android Auto when getting behind the wheel.

Samsung is also getting ready to launch a new high-end smartphone, as the Galaxy S21 is projected to be announced in mid-January with One UI 3.0 pre-loaded.
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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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