1. The best way to use your Android in your car is via Android Auto
Android Auto is Google’s equivalent to Apple CarPlay. It allows you to make phone calls, send messages and listen to music without holding or using your actual phone. You can either toggle these features by going truly hands-free by using Google Assistant or you can quickly select an application through the easy to use menu right on your car stereo. This allows for safer operation with fewer distractions.
2. You can now get Android Auto in most vehicles
Select car manufacturers began using Android Auto in their vehicles around 2015 and even when it was first released, it was only reserved for a limited number of vehicles. Still, to this day there are multiple car manufacturers that still refuse to offer Android Auto. Instead they exclusively offer Apple Carplay; however, just because your factory radio doesn’t have the ability to use this feature, doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to get something in the aftermarket that can. We offer a number of car stereos that offer this incredibly useful feature.
3. Aftermarket car stereos with Android Auto can be fairly affordable
Although we do sell some $1500 premium head units with Android Auto built-in, we also offer some fairly affordable options for around $300. This means that you won’t have to break the bank to be able to quickly modernize your vehicle. One car stereo that would be a great option for anyone on a budget would be the JVC KW-M750BT. It has all the features you would need including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth and a 6.8″ touchscreen. At a just slightly higher price point, the Kenwood DDX9705S will allow you to keep your CD/DVD player and get a larger 6.95″ touchscreen.
4. Not all Android Auto enabled car stereos are identical
Although the UI (User Interface) will look very similar across the board, there are certain features that will only be available in more premium head units. In the more expensive models, you will be able to get things like larger touchscreens or wireless Android Auto. Most Android Auto enable stereos from the factory or in the aftermarket are only made available via wired Android Auto. Meaning that you have to connect your smartphone to your stereo through a USB cable.
Wireless Android Auto enables you to connect your Android to your stereo by using a shared wifi connection that only premium head units offer. Once you connect your phone to that wifi connection from the head unit, you will be given the ability to connect wirelessly. This eliminates the need for a USB cable.
5. There are other ways to use your Android hands-free
Android Auto is not the only option when it comes to using your smartphone in your car. Many modern vehicles from the last 15 years and every aftermarket car stereo we sell have either an option for USB, Bluetooth, or both. Once you connect your phone that way, you could then purchase a phone mount for as little as $5. This would allow you to place your phone in an easy to see location that won’t obstruct your view of the road. That way you could set your GPS or music playlist before you drive and you can leave it as you’re driving. Also while driving, you could use Google Assistant to change the song, reset the navigation, send a text, or make a phone call.
Now that you have these 5 fast facts for using your Android to your car, you are well on your way to getting the most out of your device while driving. Whether you decide to spend $1000 on a new car stereo or just $5 on a new phone mount, there are multiple ways to safely use your device in your vehicle.