Android Auto™ In-Depth
Android Auto™ availability across the lineup is just one of the things we love about Chevrolet. If you’ve got an Android smartphone and want to take your experience behind the wheel to the next level, here’s the 411.
What you’ll need
- A Chevrolet with Android Auto™ compatibility (look for the Projection icon on the Chevrolet MyLink home screen)
- A compatible Android phone with Lollipop 5.0 or newer OS
- A USB cable
How to download Android Auto™
- Turn on your Chevrolet (and your phone, too, duh)
- Check your Android to make sure that location services and Bluetooth® are both on and that you are connected to your Chevrolet via Bluetooth®
- Go into Apps and find the Google Play Store
- In the Play Store, search for Android Auto™ and tap the green Install button when you find it
- Open the app, tap Get Started, then Continue, then allow it to: make and manage phone calls, access contacts, access location, view and receive messages, record audio, and access your calendar. Tap continue.
- On the Notification Access screen, drag the Android Auto™ slider to the right so that the bar is blue. Tap Allow on the dialog box.
- A dialog box will ask you to allow your device to turn on location and use Google location services. Tap OK.
- A pop-up box will ask if you want to turn on Autolaunch. Check the box next to Chevrolet MyLink and tap Turn On.
- On the Talk to Google page, tap Got It. Got it?
- On the next screen, swipe all of the cards you see to the left. Then, click the three horizontal lines in the upper left corner. Go into Settings and click on Ok Google detection and swipe the top slider to the right. This will bring up a page where you’ll teach Google Assistant how to recognize your voice by saying Ok Google three times. (Note: Don’t say Okuurrrr Google or Ok boomer. It won’t work.) Hit save, and when you return to the Ok Google detection screen, the Trusted Voice slider should also be blue.
- Back under Settings, you can set an auto-reply for when you’re driving. The default should be “I’m driving right now.”
- While in Settings, make sure that the Show Message Notifications and Use Bluetooth® sliders are both blue. You can turn on Google Analytics if you’d like, but it’s not necessary.
- Go into Autolaunch and make sure that the Autolaunch, Pocket Detection, and Chevrolet MyLink sliders are all blue (dah boo dee dah boo die). Side note: If Autolaunch is on, your phone will not charge when it’s plugged into your USB cable. You can either manually deactivate car mode by swiping down on your phone and exiting car mode, or you can get a 12-volt USB charging hub that acts as a default charger.
- Back out of Settings and in the dropdown box, you’ll see an option for Apps for Android Auto™. There, you’ll find all the additional apps that you can download, including Waze, Pandora, Facebook Messenger, iHeartRadio, and so on. Download whatever you fancy by tapping the icon, clicking install, and following the steps after.
- Exit out of the Android Auto™ app when completed. You’re ready to roll!
How to use Android Auto™
- Plug your USB charging cable into your Chevrolet and into your phone. Once connected, the screen on your phone should change to a green screen that says Launch Android Auto. The Projection button on your Chevrolet MyLink screen should turn into an Android Auto™ icon. Tap that, and then your phone’s screen will turn black.
- On the Android Auto™ home screen, you’ll see five buttons along the bottom for Google Maps™, phone and messages, clearing back to the Android Auto™ home screen, music, and clearing back to Chevrolet MyLink. You can tap these buttons to access features, or you can use the button on your steering wheel (look for the little face with the talky lines coming out of its mouth) or by saying Ok Google.
Congratulations! Just like that, the power of Android Auto™ is right at your fingertips. If you need help setting up Android Auto™ or want a new Chevy that’ll let you use it, stop on into Carter Chevrolet in Okarche.