The number of apps compatible with Android Auto is not very high, but there will always be a choice among the three main categories: messaging, navigation and multimedia. This is precisely what we have done: select the ones that we think are the best apps for Android Auto. With this collection, you won’t need much more behind the wheel.
Connecting the mobile phone to the car means expanding the possibilities of the vehicle in areas such as browsing, playing music or messaging. Of course, safety must also be essential as any distraction over the phone can be a disaster; therefore, systems such as Android Auto are designed to run applications with as little distraction as possible. Let’s see which are the most recommended.
Finding the best route to get to your destination, and not losing the important points of the trip, is essential by car, so here is our first stop: the best navigation apps.
- Google maps. There is not much to say about this application: it not only allows you to move from one place to another thanks to the guided navigation of Navigation, it also offers points of interest (POI) as well as maps and traffic alerts. Its interface is perfectly suited to Android Auto and can be downloaded from this link to Google Play. Although your mobile probably already has Google Maps.
- Waze. There are those who prefer Google Maps and others who prefer Waze, but there’s no doubt that both apps are great for in-car use (plus they’re both from Google). Waze offers more social navigation, with a lot more real-time information as well. Drivers download collision incidents, speed cameras, and other alerts (Maps also includes a selection), making it a great app for finding the fastest route. It is available on Google Play.
More navigation apps compatible with Android Auto, but it won’t be for long. Even so, they are more than valid, at least as long as there is an Internet connection. If you are planning on taking a trip, be sure to download the area to have it when there is no connection.
Music and audio apps
Because traveling safely and fast is not incompatible with entertainment on the road, we have chosen the best apps for Android Auto with which enjoy music, podcasts and even audiobooks. Everything so that drowsiness is as far away from the wheel as possible (remember to rest well before traveling).
- Spotify. This streaming service is subscribed to Android Auto because it is even compatible with Maps and Waze. In this sense, you will have all the music accessible and at the maximum size on the screen, all to maintain security. And you can not only listen to songs, but also podcasts: you can download Spotify from here.
- Deezer. The other great music streaming service compatible with Android Auto. Large menus to navigate without distraction, skins to see on the car screen, and millions of themes to choose from – there’s no long commute with a long enough playlist. You can download Deezer from Google Play.
- Amazon Music. Amazon’s music subscription service also offers compatibility for Android Auto: you can l isten to all of its music comfortably while driving your vehicle. All you have to do is download the app to your mobile.
- Google podcasts. That you have your entire collection of podcasts on the Google service? Well, this app is also compatible with the requirements of Android Au to: just download it from this link to the play store. You can even listen to podcasts without installing the app – you just need to already have your favorite shows saved in Google Podcasts.
- PocketCasts. One of the most popular apps for playing podcasts is also compatible with Android Auto, a sign that you won’t miss your favorite shows while you’re behind the wheel. You can download Pocket Casts from the Android App Store.
- Simple radio. That you don’t have an FM radio in the car, or you’re driving through an area where you can’t hear it well and the mobile network is covered? Well, Simple Radio solves the ballot for you: it is compatible with Android Auto and offers you a multitude of stations online and accessible with a simple tap on the screen. You can download it from here.
- Audiobooks. Reading books while driving is impossible (or foolish), but listening to them is not. And nothing like an app for audiobooks: you can use it with Android Auto, just download it from the Google Play Store.
Send messages from the car and without having to touch the screen, this is something you can do easily using your voice and the Google Assistant: you just need to wake up the assistant with “Ok , Google ”and say“ Send a message to… ”to the person you want. But if you want a messaging app that’s suitable for Android Auto, here are the best and compatible ones:
- WhatsApp. It could not be missing: you can send messages from the car using messages, as well as receive them on the vehicle console through Android Auto. If you still don’t have it on your mobile, you can download WhatsApp from here.
- Telegram. Not much to say about this well-known messaging app – it is suitable for Android Auto functionality, so you won’t have any problem when using it in the car. You can download it from Google Play.
- Messenger. Facebook’s native messaging also supports Android Auto, which you’ll like if you’re used to messaging through it. It’s also on Google Play.
- Signal. One of the most private and secure messaging apps is also compatible with Android Auto. You can download it directly from Google Play.
- Skype. It’s not the most popular anymore, but it can still work for you. Especially if you want to use it in the car: Skype is compatible with Android Auto. Download it here.
Use your assistant
While having apps on the car screen is extremely comfortable, that doesn’t mean you can handle most actions using your voice and the Google Assistant. So don’t be shy: say “Ok Google” and one of the following commands, for example:
- Put the Beatles on Spotify.
- Reproduce The show must continue on Deezer.
- How to get to Madrid.
- Text my mom.
- Send a WhatsApp to Samuel.
- What’s the weather like in Madrid?
- Put the Clear the X podcast on Spotify.
- Call Susi.