Android Auto Wireless enabled on Google Pixel and Nexus phones

By | 13th April 2018
Android Auto user interface

Android Auto is a nice way to have access to your phone while you're driving, but having to remember to plug your phone in when you get in your car and unplug it when you get it can be a pain. Android Auto Wireless aims to fix that, and now the feature is available on select devices.

Google has confirmed that it has enabled Android Auto Wireless on the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P. Google says that it's working with other device makers to enable Android Auto Wireless on non-Google phones.

In order to use Android Auto Wireless, you'll need a car or aftermarket receiver that supports the feature. You'll also need version 3.1 or higher of the Android Auto app and a USB cable for initial setup.

Android Auto Wireless is a super nifty feature because after you complete the initial setup, your receiver should just show the Android Auto UI without any action from you, so long as you've got your phone on you. Not only does that simplify the process of starting and stopping your car, but it means you don't need to find somewhere in your car to put a plugged in phone. You can just leave it in your pocket and still get the benefit of Android Auto.

Do you use Android Auto? If so, what do you think of it?