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Android Auto keeps disconnecting: Quick Fix

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With Android Auto, you can access messaging services, media and music in your car. While the app is a delight, there are times when you might face some hassles, like when Android Auto keeps disconnecting.

In this article, we discuss 5 ways by which you can fix this issue. Read on to find out more.


Check whether your car is compatible with Android Auto

If Android Auto keeps disconnecting, you should check the compatibility between the app and the car.

Here is the complete list of Android Auto-compatible cars

Also read: Android error: USB settings greyed out: Quick Fix 


Update Android Auto and your phone

If you have a compatible car and Android Auto still disconnects, you should update the app. Here are the steps for the same:

  • Go to Google Play Store and then tap on your profile picture at the top right of the screen.
  • Now, go to Manage Apps and device > Manage > Android Auto.

Once you are there, tap on the Update button. You can also tap on the Update all button to update all apps on your device.

To update your Android OS, go to Settings > System > Check for Updates.


Check the USB cable and port

Here are some instructions that you can follow to check the USB cable and port:

  • Ensure that the USB cable is properly secured into the port.
  • Check for any visible signs of damage to the USB cable, especially on the wires.
  • Plug the USB cable into another peripheral. This is to ensure that the USB is working properly.
  • Clean the USB cable thoroughly. Remember, do not use sharp objects to clean. Instead, use compressed air or a soft cloth.

If at all, you feel that the USB cable and the port are not damaged, and Android Auto still disconnect, this means that the cable is of poor quality and doesn’t support data transfer. You should change the cable and buy another good quality cable.

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


Clear Android Auto cache and data

A cache is a set of files that the app stores temporarily for faster processing. But sometimes, these files can interfere with the normal working of the app. So, it is a good habit to clear the cache once in a while.

  • Open Settings > Apps > See all apps > Android Auto.
  • Now, tap on Storage and cache > Clear cache and clear cache.

Check paired car settings

If you have paired Android Auto in multiple cars, it is possible that you have added your current vehicle to the list of Rejected Cars or turned off the Add new cars to Android feature.

You will have to tweak some settings in the app to rectify these errors. Here’s how to do that:

  • Open Android Auto and then tap on the hamburger menu at the top left of the screen.
  • Tap on Settings > Previously connected cars.
  • Now, check the Rejected cars list and remove the current car. Also, turn on the toggle beside the Add new cars to Android Auto.

This should help in most cases. However, if you cannot connect your car to Android Auto, tap on the three-dot menu at the top right of the screen and select Forget all cars. Then, try to set up Android Auto from the beginning.

Here is our detailed guide to set up Android Auto

Also read: How to fix the Android Auto not working error?

Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: kumarhemant@pm.me

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