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Fix: Android Auto communication error 8

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Android Auto has become a popular tool for connecting smartphones to car infotainment systems, but sometimes it can encounter issues. One such problem is the “Communication Error 8” users often face. This error prevents a stable connection between the Android Auto app and the vehicle’s head unit, disrupting essential functions like making calls, sending messages, and accessing music and navigation services.

In this article, we have discussed the causes of the Android Auto communication error 8 and a few ways to help you fix the issue.


What are the causes of the Android Auto Communication error 8?

Below we have mentioned a few possible reasons that might be causing the Android Auto communication error 8.

  • The USB cable is damaged.
  • The date and time settings are wrong.
  • Using an outdated version of the Android Auto app or Google Play Services.

Also read: Does Android Auto use data? How does it work?


How to fix the issue?

If you are encountering the Android Auto communication error 8 while trying to connect your phone with your vehicle, we have explained a few ways to help you fix the issue.

Check the USB cable

A faulty or incompatible USB cable can lead to communication errors between the phone and the car’s system. A poor-quality USB cable might cause problems connecting your phone to the vehicle. Ensure that you are using a good-quality USB cable; try using the cable that came with your smartphone.


Verify the date and time

Incorrect date and time settings on your Android device can sometimes cause communication errors. To change the date and time settings, follow the steps below.

  • Open Settings on your phone, scroll down and tap on the System option.
  • In system settings, tap on Date & Time.
  • To change the time manually, you have to disable the toggle beside the Set time automatically and then change the date and time.

Similarly, check the date and time on your car’s unit and ensure that your phone and the car’s unit have the same time zone.


Update the Android Auto app

You might be using an outdated version of the Android Auto app, which might be causing the Android Auto communication error 8, so check for the app’s update from the app store and update the Android Auto app to the latest version.


Update the Google Play Services

Google Play Services is a vital app and acts as a central hub for all the apps on your Android phone. That’s why it comes pre-installed. Like any other app, Google Play Services receives regular updates to make the most of new technology advancements and fix known issues or bugs.

If you are using an outdated version of the Google Play Services app, it might be the reason causing the Android Auto communication error 8. Check for the Google services update and install it if available.

Also read: Android Auto keeps disconnecting: Quick Fix

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Akash Singh

Akash is a law graduate who likes to go for bike rides on the weekends soul-searching for answers to his many existential questions. You can contact him here: [email protected]

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