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HOW TO CONNECT TO ANDROID AUTO

Difficulty Level: Novice  |  Time Required: 5 Minutes  |  Tools Required: None  |  Related Parts, Products, Services or Technology: Android smartphone required

If your vehicle has Android Auto, it lets you use some of your favorite smartphone features through your vehicle’s infotainment system:

  • Make/receive calls
  • Use Google Maps™
  • Stream YouTube music
  • Use Google Assistant™
  • And more  

TO USE ANDROID AUTO, YOU MUST FIRST CONNECT YOUR PHONE TO YOUR VEHICLE. 


CONNECT THROUGH USB PORT 

  1. Your vehicle must be parked the first time you connect.
  2. Using your phone’s cable, connect your phone to the vehicle’s USB data port.
  3. Your phone may ask you to download the Android Auto app and other Android Auto-related apps, like Google Maps, or update to the newest version of the app.
  4. If Android Auto does not automatically launch, touch the Projection icon or the Android Auto icon on your vehicle’s touchscreen.  
  5. Follow the prompts on your vehicle’s touchscreen and on your phone to start.
  6. When Android Auto is active, the touchscreen will show the phone apps that are accessible.  

CONNECT WIRELESSLY 

Only select phones and select vehicles support this feature. If your vehicle and phone do offer this option, work through these steps to set up a wireless connection:   

  1. Make sure your vehicle is parked.
  2. Tap the gray ANDROID AUTO icon on the infotainment screen.
  3. Pair/connect your phone to the infotainment system using Bluetooth®.
  4. Follow the prompts on the screen and on your phone to start.

On some vehicles, if you plug your phone in via USB, the system will ask if you’d like to allow a wireless connection in the future. If you agree, the next time you go for a drive, your phone will automatically connect wirelessly with Android Auto.

Q&As


Can I use Android Auto when my phone is connected only by Bluetooth?

It depends on how your vehicle is equipped. On some models, you can use Android Auto wireless without plugging in if you have a compatible phone. On other models, your device must be tethered by a USB cord to use Android Auto.

Can I use my USB cable to charge my phone without using Android Auto?

You can charge your phone and have Android Auto running in the background. Just plug in your phone and hit the HOME button. You can also disable Android Auto in the “Settings” menu to enable the charge-only function using the USB cord.

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Information on this page is specific to the Buick models below. If your vehicle is not on the list or these instructions don't apply, then please see your Owner's Manual.

  • Cascada 2017-2019
  • Enclave 2018-2022
  • Encore 2017-2021
  • Encore GX 2020-2022
  • Envision 2017-2022
  • LaCrosse 2016-2021
  • LeSabre 2021
  • Regal 2016-2017
  • Regal Sportback 2018-2021
  • Regal TourX 2018-2021
  • Verano 2017
  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires the Android Auto app on Google Play and a compatible Android™ smartphone. Data plan rates apply. You can check which smartphones are compatible at g.co/androidauto/requirements. Android Auto is a trademark of Google LLC.

  • Functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth® and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.

  • Service availability, features and functionality are subject to limitations and vary by vehicle, device, location and active service plan. Device data connection is required. Google Actions require account linking to use. Lock/unlock feature requires automatic locks. Remote start/stop requires GM factory-installed and enabled remote start system. See onstar.com for details and limitations.

     

  • Not compatible with all devices.

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires the Android Auto app on Google Play and a compatible Android™ smartphone. Data plan rates apply. You can check which smartphones are compatible at g.co/androidauto/requirements. Android, Google Play and Android Auto are trademarks of Google LLC.

  • The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by General Motors is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.

  • The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Click here to see all Buick vehicles’ destination freight charges.

  • EPA estimated MPG 25 city, 30 highway FWD.

  • Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • EPA estimated.

  • Functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth® and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.

  • EPA estimated MPG 30 city, 32 highway 1.3L engine FWD.

  • Buick Driver Confidence: Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Following Distance Indicator and IntelliBeam. Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for more important feature limitations and information.

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires the Android Auto app on Google Play and a compatible Android smartphone. Data plan rates apply. You can check which smartphones are compatible at g.co/androidauto/requirements. Android, Google Play and Android Auto are trademarks of Google LLC.

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Apple® and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible iPhone® and data plan rates apply. Apple CarPlay, Siri, iPhone and Apple Music are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

  • Safety or driver-assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • With rear seats folded. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • Buick Driver Confidence Plus: Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Following Distance Indicator, IntelliBeam, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Park Assist. Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • The system wirelessly charges one compatible mobile device. Some phones have built-in wireless charging technology and others require a special adapter/back cover. To check for phone or other device compatibility, click here or consult your carrier.

  • EPA estimated MPG 18 city/26 highway FWD.

  • Requires available Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires the Android Auto app on Google Play and a compatible Android smartphone. Data plan rates apply. You can check which smartphones are compatible at g.co/androidauto/requirements. Android, Google Play and Android Auto are trademarks of Google LLC.

  • Bose® is a registered trademark of the Bose Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.

  • EPA estimated FWD model.

  • Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Preproduction model shown throughout. Actual Production model may vary.

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