The best apps for Android Auto

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The number of Android Auto compatible apps It is not very high, but there will always be a choice within the three main categories: messaging, browsing and multimedia. This is precisely what we have done: select the ones that we believe are the best apps for Android Auto. With this collection you won’t need much more behind the wheel.

Connecting the mobile phone to the car means expanding the possibilities of the vehicle within areas such as browsing, playing music or messaging. Of course, security must also be essential since any distraction using the phone can be a catastrophe; hence what systems like Android Auto They are designed to run the applications avoiding any distraction as much as possible. Let’s see which are the most recommended.


Navigation apps

Best Android Auto Apps

Finding the best route to get to your destination, and not losing the important points of the trip, is essential in the car, so here is our first stop: the best navigation apps.

  • Google maps. There is not much to say about this application: not only does it allow you to get from one place to another thanks to the guided navigation of Navigation, it also offers points of interest (POI) as well as maps and traffic alerts. Its interface is perfectly adapted to Android Auto and can be downloaded from this link to Google Play. Although surely your mobile already has Google Maps.
  • Waze. There are those who prefer Google Maps and others who prefer Waze, but there is no doubt that both applications are perfect for use in the car (plus they are both from Google). Waze proposes a more social navigation, also with much more information in real time. Drivers upload accidents, speed cameras and other alerts (Maps also includes a selection), making it an excellent app for finding the fastest road. It is available on Google Play.

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No more navigation apps compatible with Android Auto, but It will not be for long. Even so, they are more than valid, at least as long as there is an Internet connection. If you are going to take a trip be sure to download the area to have it when there is no connection.

Music and audio apps

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Because traveling safe and fast is not at odds with entertaining on the road, we have chosen the best apps for Android Auto with which enjoy music, podcasts, and even audiobooks. Everything so that drowsiness is as far away as possible from the wheel (remember to rest correctly before traveling).

  • Spotify. This streaming service is a subscriber to Android Auto since it even has compatibility with Maps and Waze. In this sense, you will have all the music accessible and at the maximum size on the screen, all to maintain security. And you can not only listen to songs, but also podcasts: you can download Spotify from here.
  • Deezer. The other great music streaming service compatible with Android Auto. Large menus to tap without distraction, skins to view on the car screen, and millions of themes to choose from – there’s no long journey with a long enough playlist. You can download Deezer from Google Play.
  • Amazon Music. Amazon’s music subscription service also offers compatibility for Android Auto: you can listen to all its music comfortably while driving your vehicle. Enough that download the app to your mobile.
  • Google Podcasts. That you have your entire collection of podcasts in the Google service? Well, this app is also compatible with the requirements of Android Auto: just download it from this link to the Play Store. You can even listen to podcasts without installing the application: it is enough that you already have your favorite shows saved in Google Podcasts.
  • PocketCasts. One of the most popular applications for podcast playback is also compatible with Android Auto, a sign that you won’t miss your favorite shows while you’re behind the wheel. You can download Pocket Casts from the Android app store.
  • Simple Radio. That you don’t have an FM radio in the car or you go through an area where you can’t hear it well and there is mobile network coverage? Well, Simple Radio solves the ballot for you: it is compatible with Android Auto and offers you a multitude of stations online and accessible with a press on the screen. You can download it from here.
  • Audiobooks. Reading books while driving is impossible (or insane), but listening to them is not. And nothing like an app for audiobooks: you can use it with Android Auto, you just have to download it from the Google Play store.

Messaging apps

Best Android Auto Apps

Send messages from the car and without having to touch the screen, that is something you can do easily using your voice and Google Assistant: just wake up the assistant with “Ok, Google” and say “Send a message to … “the person you want. But if you want a messaging app suitable for Android Auto, here are the best and compatible ones:

  • Whatsapp. It could not be missing: you can send messages from the car using messages, also receive them on the vehicle’s console through Android Auto. If you still do not have it on your mobile you can download WhatsApp from here.
  • Telegram. Little to say about this well-known messaging app: it is suitable for Android Auto features, so you won’t have any problems when using it in the car. You can download it from Google Play.
  • Messenger. The native Facebook messaging also offers support for Android Auto, something that you will like if you are used to sending messages through it. As well it’s on google play.
  • Signal. One of the most private and secure messaging apps is also compatible with Android Auto. You can download it directly from Google Play.
  • Skype. It is not the most popular anymore, but it may still work for you. Especially if you want to use it in the car: Skype is compatible with Android Auto. Download it from here.

Use your assistant

Best Android Auto Apps

Although having applications on the car screen is extremely comfortable, that does not mean that you can manage most of the actions using your voice and google assistant. So don’t be shy: say “Ok Google” and one of the following commands, for example:

  • Put the Beatles on Spotify.
  • Play Show must go on on Deezer.
  • How to get to Madrid.
  • Send an SMS to my mother.
  • Send a WhatsApp to Samuel.
  • What is the weather in Madrid?
  • Put the Clear the X podcast on Spotify.
  • Make a call to Susi.


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