And yet, Pixel 5 issues on Android Auto have been around for several months already, and one of the most common causes head units in the car to fail to recognize the device. In other words, a Pixel 5 can’t power the Android Auto experience behind the wheel, despite everything apparently working just fine.
A thread on Google’s forums has more information on the whole thing, with several users explaining Android Auto no longer works after getting a Pixel 5.
“We bought 2 new Pixel 5 phones. We set up the Android Auto app on each of the phones. Using a USB Type C cable, we connected each phone to our 2020 Kia Telluride (separately, one at a time). The vehicle does not recognize either of the phones,” one user explains before so many others confirmed the same problem.
While people hitting the issue have been looking into all kinds of workarounds, the most convenient (and often the only thing) that brings the experience back to normal is simply replacing the cable used to connect the Pixel 5 to the head unit.
If you have an original Pixel 2 or Pixel 3 cable around, this one should be the best choice, otherwise, you can try out a new cord purchased from Google. Make sure you choose the correct cable, as the Pixel 5 ships with a cord using USB Type-C on both ends.
I’ve received confirmation from several users that simply replacing the cable does the trick, but keep in mind not all cords can get Android Auto up and running with a Pixel 5. Some say getting an Anker fixed the glitch, so, at first glance, it might all be just a matter of luck.