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How to disable Android Auto?

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Android Auto is a great tool to turn your car’s infotainment system into a smartphone and access apps like Music, Messages, Maps and Navigations. One can also use Google Assistant to control car features.

It is a great innovation to avoid unnecessary disturbance while on the road, but as the new vehicles are rolling out by the day with new technology and better features. For example, today, the car’s infotainment system is equipped with Android Auto’s many features, like voice command control and navigation.

So If you are the one who is having trouble disabling Android Auto so you can use rooted features of your car’s head unit along with charging your device with a USB cable, then we have got you covered. Below are three methods using which you can disable Android Auto anytime.

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How to disable Android Auto?

The first solution which comes to mind is to uninstall the applications which are no longer needed. Of course, and rightly, it is not a wrong choice, but there is not much room for this solution when it comes to Android Auto.

If you’re using Android 9 or earlier versions, you can easily remove the Android Auto app from your Android phone by tapping on the App for a few seconds and from the listed options, click uninstall.

But, for Android 10 or later Android version devices, the app is pre-installed, so it is impossible to remove the application permanently from the device unless you root your device.

So the only alternatives which are left are to either disable/force stop the Android Auto app from your smartphone or prevent it from launching automatically.

How to disable Android Auto app in Android device?

It’s not recommended to disable any pre-installed Android app as it may cause issues with other apps, especially the System apps. It is always better to use the Force Stop option as it will solve the problem anyway. So, only use this option if the solutions mentioned below work for you, and your phone is running Android 10 or higher.

How to disable Android Auto?
  • Open device Settings.
  • Then scrool down to find App management button.
  • On the follow-up screen click on App list.
How to disable Android Auto?
  • Now find Android Auto from the list to open App info.
  • Finally Click on Force Stop button at the top.

The move will uninstall all the downloaded updates and make the app stop any automation for the time being.

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How to stop Android Auto from launching Automatically?

This method will stop Android Auto from connecting to the car’s head unit automatically. And allow you to charge the phone or connect the device via Bluetooth without deleting the Android Auto configuration. So in future, if you want to use the feature again, you don’t have to set up Android Auto afresh with your car. 

How to disable Android Auto?
  • Open device settings and type Android Auto in the search bar at the top.
  • Then click on Android Auto button.
  • Now go to Auto-launch under Phone screen settings.
  • swipe the Auto-launch toggle to the left.

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How to forget connected cars for Android Auto app?

If you don,t want to delete the app, then another feasible option is to remove the car from the cars connected list.

How to disable Android Auto?
  • Open the Android Auto app.
  • Click on the three horizontal line button on the top left corner of the screen.
  • Then tap on settings. (For Android 10 and higher go to device settings>Android Auto)
  • Click on Previously connected cars option.
How to disable Android Auto?
  • Swipe the Add new car to Android Auto toggle to the left.
  • If you have a car registed under Accepted cars list as shown in the picture above. Then click on the three doted horizontal button at the top right corner of the screen.
  • Then click on Forget all cars button.

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Vishal Chandel

Vishal Chandel

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  • Thank you for these instructions. Android Auto kept launching and locking up Google Maps making it impossible to get navigation information. I’m sad that Google shoe-horned Android Auto into Android as a “system app”.

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