How to Connect to Android Auto

By Volkswagen Santa Monica | Posted in News, Volkswagen Technology on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 at 8:44 pm
Close up of Google maps on dashboard of Android Auto app in Volkswagen

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Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect works together with Android Auto to deliver your preferred apps across compatible phones directly to your vehicle’s dashboard. Read on to learn about the key steps you must take before connecting Android Auto. It’s a piece of cake once you get going!

Use VW Car-Net® App-Connect to Link with Android Auto

1. Getting Started: Download the Android Auto App

If you’ve downloaded any apps to your Android smartphone in the past, you possess Google credentials that you can keep using. If you haven’t, you’ll need to create an account and log in. Then simply visit the store and download the Android Auto App. In a hurry? You may directly access the app’s store page here.

2. Connect with a Charging Cable

Use the charging cable that came with your Android device to connect to any open USB port in your vehicle. Turn on your vehicle’s infotainment interface, and make sure your phone is on and unlocked. Your vehicle’s lights and interfaces should be on, but your engine should remain off.

3. Select “Menu” and “App-Connect”

Just to the right of your infotainment screen, you’ll find a button labeled “Menu”. After you press this hard key, you’ll be able to select “App-Connect” in the middle of the touchscreen.

4. Choose Your Connection and Find Your Device

Pressing “App-Connect” will take you to another menu. Here, you’ll want to press “Setup,” located near the bottom-right of the touchscreen. The default setting is “MirrorLink,” an OS-neutral smartphone interface. Select “Android Auto” instead.

Since you’ve already connected your compatible smartphone using the charging cable, you can then immediately press “Device List,” and select your phone.

5. Start the Data Transfer Process

When the data transfer screen appears, select “OK” to continue. This will kick-start the transfer process from your phone to your vehicle. It might take a moment, but you’ll soon enjoy complete integration with your smartphone and your vehicle.

6. Enjoy All Android Apps on Your VW Display!

When the process is complete, check your phone for confirmation! You’re ready to enjoy all of your favorite apps on your easy-to-see VW touchscreen display.

After you’ve made the initial link, VW App-Connect® Bluetooth® allows you to connect without the clutter. Whether you decide to connect with the cord, or without, you’ll enjoy all of your favorite features on the go, as soon as you start your engine!

Can I Pair My Phone with the VW Bluetooth® App?

Prior to the invention of VW Car-Net® App-Connect, the easiest way to connect a compatible smartphone to your vehicle was with the VW Bluetooth® app. Today, virtually all new Volkswagen vehicles near Hollywood continue to offer Bluetooth® connectivity as a standard feature.

Although it doesn’t offer the same range of functionality as connecting to Android Auto, connecting to the VW Bluetooth app is a simple, streamlined way to start enjoying your favorite music and podcasts right away. It’s easy to do in any Bluetooth-compatible model.

Here’s how to connect to the Bluetooth® app  in a Volkswagen:

  1. Make sure that your phone’s Bluetooth® setting is turned on. You can usually find this feature in “Settings.”
  2. Make sure that your vehicle is parked, and turn the key to the “On” position. (Your lights should be on, but your engine should not be.) Then, search for “VW Phone” in your device’s list of compatible devices.
  3. Select “VW Phone” from that list, and you should connect right away! Once you’ve paired, it will ask you if you’d like to connect automatically in the future.

Are you having trouble connecting to Bluetooth® in a Volkswagen? If you’ve connected to the VW Bluetooth app in the past, the problem likely has to do with your pairing settings. Go into the Bluetooth folder on your phone, locate “VW Phone,” and “Forget” the pairing. Then reconnect using the same method identified above.

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Whether you’re interested in the technologies of the Volkswagen Tiguan or the Volkswagen Atlas, here at VW we offer a truly revolutionary automotive experience.

Finally, we want to make sure that you understand how to avoid distracted driving — and connecting to Android Auto using VW Car-Net® App-Connect can help you to avoid this serious problem. Visit us today at Volkswagen Santa Monica to experience Android Auto for yourself!

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