Android Auto APK and Apple CarPlay APK

In 2020 ‘Android Auto’ and ‘Apple CarPlay’ have become hot topics among car lovers. Thousands of searches are made on Android Auto APK and Apple CarPlay APK, querying the installation, issues, updates and many more. So I thought of discussing these things a bit more comprehensively.  

Android Auto APK

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Android Auto APK is the modern way of connecting your android device with your car’s infotainment system so that you can easily use navigation, communication and entertainment apps on the car's display with voice commands via google assistant.

How to Download/Install

This app is freely available on google play store and you can download it for your Android phone for free. But in the Play Store, it will not appear for you if you do not belong to a country among the list of Android Auto supported countries. Also, Android Auto is compatible with a limited number of phone models. 

You have to download the Android Auto APK only if your device runs Android 9 or lower. In Android 10, Android Auto is built in functionality. 





How to Use Android Auto

In order to use Android Auto, you need some Prerequisites as follows.

    • An Android phone running Android 6.0  up (Android Auto Apk should be installed)
    • A Car/ Stereo compatible with Android Auto
    • A USB cable - A high quality one
    • A car mount for your phone (optional)
    • Also, with a compatible phone and an aftermarket car stereo from JVC, Kenwood or Pioneer, you enable wireless CarPlay. 

After fulfilling the requirements, you just have to connect them as follows :

  • Install Android Auto APK into your Android Phone.
  • Connect Phone with the car mount.
  • Plug in your phone to your car/ aftermarket stereo using the USB cable.
  • If both the display and the phone supports wireless connections, then pair the display and the phone via bluetooth. 
  • Now you are done with the set up. Now the phone will automatically connect with the display, or else the Android Auto icon will appear on the display. 

Available Countries

Android Auto is available for a limited number of countries. Following are the countries which Android Auto is available by 2020. 

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Germany
  • Guatemala
  • France
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Puerto Rico
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Also, in the following countries, Android Auto is available with Google Assistant.  

  • Australia
  • Canada (English)
  • France
  • Germany
  • India (English)
  • South Korea
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Available Phones 

Android Auto APK can be installed for Android phones which run Android 6 to Android 9 (Since it comes as a built-in functionality for Android 10) . 

The following phones support wireless connection.

  • Google Pixel:
    • XL
    • 2/2 XL
    • 3/3 XL
    • 4/4 XL
  • Google Nexus:
    • 5X
    • 6P
  • Samsung Galaxy:
    • S8/S8+
    • S9/S9+
    • S10/S10+
    • Galaxy Note 8 /9 /10

Available Cars

Android Auto is available for a wide range of cars. If you want to check whether your car supports Android Auto, you can just insert the make, model and the year of your car into Android Auto and Carplay Compatibility Checker app and you can get it checked with a single button click. 

List of Android Auto supported cars.

Android Auto Apps

It is true that, Android Auto app list contains most essential apps which are used for Navigation , Communication and Entertainment. Yet, some visual based apps like YouTube, are not served by Android Auto by default. And the most interesting thing is, with some simple hacks you can get it into your Android Auto display. 

Read more on  Android Auto YouTube Hack .

How to update Android Auto

As Android Auto too, is an application, you can update it with the same way you update other applications. 

Also changing the phone settings to update apps automatically, will make it easy for you as it will update automatically if a new update comes for a certain app.

Android Auto alternatives

Since Android Auto is not available for all the countries, there is a higher tendency of searching for alternatives. InCar App is one of the best alternatives found, which simulates Android Auto for the phone display. Actually this app can not be connected to the infotainment system of your car as it provides only the simulation in order to give the Android Auto experience for anyone, anywhere in the world.





Apple CarPlay APK

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CarPlay is the smarter way of using navigation, communication and entertainment  apps on a larger screen while driving designed for iOS users. It allows you to control your favorite apps with words or touches. 

How to set-up CarPlay 

Like Android Auto, here we do not have a special  to install. CarPlay comes as  an in-built feature for ios users. 

So what you have to do is just start your car,  plug your iPhone in with the infotainment system of your car and then go to Settings → General → CarPlay → Available cars and select your car from your iPhone. 

Find how to set up your CarPlay in detail.  

Available Countries

By 2020 CarPlay is available for 36 countries.

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China mainland
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Republic of Korea
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • UK
  • United Arab Emirates
  • USA

Available Phones

CarPlay is available for a limited number of phones and it supports iPhone5 and higher models. 

  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XSiPhone ten s
  • iPhone XS MaxiPhone ten s Max
  • iPhone XRiPhone ten r
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5

Many people pays interest on how to update CarPlay and the answer is simple, you have to do nothing, it is automatically updated with the iOS version.

How to get non default apps

Even though there is a list of CarPlay supported apps, there are some mostly used visual based apps like YouTube, Facebook, Videos, which are not available for CarPlay by default.

 Yet, there is a solution for getting those apps with the WheelPal app . However, you need to jailbreak your phone for this.





CarPlay Alternatives 

Since CarPlay is available for a limited number of iOS devices in a limited number of countries, there are thousands of people who miss the CarPlay experience. Targeting them, InCar app  has been developed and anyone can experience CarPlay display on the landscape mode of their iDevice. You can not connect it to your car’s infotainment system since it is just a simulation of real CarPlay. Still, you can use the apps on the menu in your phone which ease phone operations while driving.

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