Connecting a cell phone to a car means increasing your car's chances in places like navigation, playing music or textingfor example. Of course, security should also be important because any disruption to your phone may be a disaster; therefore, systems like Android Auto are very widespread: use a smartphone with greater safety and comfort for drivers.
Android Auto can be used in two ways: using the car management system near the phone or download the program only on mobile. In both systems it is possible to use mobile apps and adapt them while driving: this way the driver keeps an eye on the road without losing notifications of messages, traffic or entertainment, it is very important to avoid drowsiness, for example.
What apps do Android Auto show? We have selected the best examples for you to use in the car alongside Android phone. So much so that the car's screen provides an Android Auto display and that the only application used on the phone's screen: they will make the most of the trip.
Finding a good way to get to your destination, and not forgetting the highlights of the trip, is essential for the car, so here's our first stop: best travel apps.
- Google Maps. There is not much I can say about this app: it not only lets you go from one place to another due to the direction of navigation, it also provides points of interest (Poi) and maps and traffic alerts. Its interface is well synced with Android Auto and can be downloaded from this link to Google Play. Although your phone actually already has Google Maps.
- Waze. There are those who like Google Maps and others who have opted for Waze, but there is no doubt that both systems are great for use on cars (in addition to both from Google). Waze suggests more social navigation, and more information in real time. Drivers upload incidents of accidents, radars and other alerts (maps include selections), making it the best app to find the fastest route. Available on Google Play.
No more navigation apps compatible with Android Auto, so for now you should get Waze and Google Maps. However, they are more than allowed, at least as long as there is Internet connection. If you are going to make a trip make sure to download the place to have it when there is no connection.
Music and audio applications
Because traveling safe and fast is not compatible with entertaining you along the way, we've selected the best Android Auto apps for you enjoy music, podcasts and even audiobooks. All so that sleep can get as far from the wheel as possible (remember to rest well before you go).
- Spotify. This streaming service subscribes to Android Auto as it is also compatible with Maps and Waze. In this sense, you'll have all the music available and the largest screen size, all to keep you safe. And not only can you listen to songs, but also podcasts: you can download Sotify here.
- Deezer. Another great music streaming service for Android Auto. Huge compression menus with no interruptions, cover to see in the car mirror and millions of themes to choose from: no long commute and enough playlists. You can download Deezer from Google Play.
- Amazon Music. Amazon's music subscription service also offers Android Auto support: you can listen to all your music properly while driving your car. Just download the app to your mobile phone.
- Google Podcasts. What do you have for your entire podcast collection in the Google app? Yes, this app also complies with Android Auto requirements: just download it from the link to the Play Store. You can listen to podcasts without installing the app: just your favorite apps saved to Google Podcasts.
- Pocket Casts. One of the best-known podcast playback apps is also compatible with Android Auto, a sign that you won't miss your favorite apps while behind the wheel. You can download Pocket Casts from the Android App Store.
- Simple radio. That you do not have an FM radio in the car or pass through a place where you can hear well said on a mobile network? Yes, Radio Radio solves voting: it's compatible with Android Auto and provides you with a host of online and accessible touch-screen channels. You can download it from here.
- Audiobooks. Reading books while driving is impossible (or crazy), but not listening. And there is nothing like the audiobooks app: you can use it with Android Auto, you have to download it from the Google Play store.
Send messages from the car and without touching the screen, that's something you can easily do with your voice and Google Assistant: just wake up the assistant with "OK, Google" and say "Send a message to …" the person you want. But if you are looking for a messaging app that is ready for Android Auto then you have the best and compatible:
- WhatsApp. Optional: you can send messages from the car using text messages, and receive them from the car console with Android Auto. If you don't have one on your mobile phone, you can download WhatsApp here.
- Phone. Not much to say about this popular messaging app: it's perfect for Android Auto features, so you'll have no problems using it in a car. You can download it on Google Play.
- Messenger. The native messenger on Facebook also provides support for Android Auto, something you like when you get used to texting. Also on Google Play.
- Skype. They are no longer the most popular, but they can still work for you. Especially if you want to use it in a car: Skype is compatible with Android Auto. Download it from here.
Use your helper
Although the applications on the car screen are very simple, for the most part, when compatible with Android Auto, they are the same modified to cause as little disturbance as possible, that doesn't mean you can manage most of the actions using Google's voice and assistant. So don't limit yourself: say "OK, Google" and the following instructions, for example:
- Put the Beatles on Spotify.
- The Play Show must continue on Deezer.
- How to get into Madrid.
- Send SMS to mom.
- Send WhatsApp to Samuel.
- What is the weather in Madrid like?
- Set up a virtual X podcast on Spotify.
- Phone Susi.