Android Auto?

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  1. Chris Slade

    Chris Slade Well-Known Member Top Poster

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    I have a Frod F250, and a Samsung S8. When the phone connects with Bluetooth. I can make calls etc. with voice just like any phone or vehicle. When I plug it in via USB and use Android Auto it falls apart. Every time I touch a text, or phone call etc. I get a spinning icon. It says something like "when it is safe please tap the notification, then you can use Android auto". It spins forever and I can't use any functions. Am I missing something obvious?
     
  2. Jay Brown

    Jay Brown Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    I had similar issues with Android Auto when I first got my Camaro. I could be driving home, decide to make a phone call through Android Auto, and there was no sound coming from the car speakers, but a faint sound coming from the actual phone itself. If someone was calling my phone, the "My Chevrolet" interface in my car would pop up on screen notifying me of a call, rather than Android Auto. Only through the My Chevrolet interface could I actually hear the caller. After a few updates of Android Auto, this issue was fixed.

    The performance of the phone itself can play a role in this as well. I had reinstalled the OS on my phone one night, and I was on my way to a Cars and Coffee in Savannah the next morning. Unknowingly, the phone was still updating its apps, which caused Android Auto to crash. Another time was when I had Offline Maps enabled through Google Maps on my phone. While the maps were downloading, the Google Map interface on my Car's display froze, and the system rebooted itself.

    I'm sure you already checked, but be sure that Android Auto for your phone is up to date. Check for any OTA updates for your Trucks's Infotainment software. Plus try another USB cable to see if the problem is still present.

    Google Plus is pretty much dead, but there are forums out there discussing Android Auto, and there should be some with regards to your Ford Truck.
     
  3. Kenny Stultz

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    I'm convinced they don't have all the bugs worked out with Android Auto. My old ancient phone worked fine with Android Auto in my Sonata. Then I went and got a new phone (LG G7 ThinQ) and Android Auto totally quit working. I tried a bunch of new cables, no dice. I can take that phone and hook it up in the wife's new CR-V and Android Auto works like a champ. I've convinced myself that if I want it to work in my car, I'm going to have to buy a new one (car not phone).
     
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    I recently ordered a replacement USB A to USB Type-C cable for use with my Phone and Car. The current cable has a short some where it causes Android Auto to disconnect when I hit a bump on the road. This issue has also caused the Bluetooth connection to become unstable. It's to the point now where I can't press the "Mic Button" on my Steering wheel to call for Google Assistance. I use it when I'm requesting a song on Spotify or to turn on the my house lights, for example. Other times, Google Assistant will engage, but no audio response back, just the Google Assistant logo on my car's screen.

    The last thing I want to do is fidget around with the touch screen on my car, or picking up the phone to navigate through songs. Testing a known good working USB Cable fix these issues, but I want something short and out of the way to connect to the phone.
     
  5. Bent

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    Is there not a wireless Android Auto option?
    Ford just released an update that elliminates the data cable required
     
  6. Kenny Stultz

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    Last time I looked, the wireless option only worked with a Google phone. I don't know if that's changed or not.
     
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    There are wireless Android Auto head units available via Pioneer I believe.

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    It is possible that some of my issues may have been with the connection between the original cable and my phone, and not the Android Auto app itself.

    It's only been one commute day to and from work, but gone is the constant wiggling of the USB cable to get Android Auto to load get up hot as bump in the road. Voice activation is working again as well.

    Compared to the original cable, this new one has a tight and more secure connection to the phone's USB-C connection.

    On the Phone end of the cable connection, the right-angle style connection also allows for the phone to sit in the little phone tray just to the rear of the front seat. Before, the phone would sit with the USB connector propping up the phone on the tray. This may have caused more wear and tear on the Phone-end connection.

    The old cable also has two metal Shields covering each and the USB connections, which eventually began to slide back and forth. This started to cause some connection issues, but eventually the cable began to short out causing more problems. This new cable appears to have solid plastic molding on both tips.

    We'll see how it goes this time but I'm more confident with this new cable.

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