How To Force The New Android Auto Update

How To Force The New Android Auto Update
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A new version of Android Auto is finally here — sort of. Google started rolling out a beautiful new version of Android Auto late last month, and your device should prompt you to switch over to the new look and feel when you plug it into your car. If not, you’ll want to check a buried setting to force this update manually.

As Android Police reports, some Android fans have been connecting and disconnecting their devices to their cars without ever receiving the notification — a critical notification, we note — to upgrade to Android Auto’s latest version. While it’s likely that Google will automatically upgrade everyone’s Android Auto at some point, there’s no sense waiting around for this day to happen if you can access its new version right now.

To see if you’re eligible, and to start the update process if you haven’t been prompted to do it, you’ll want to open the Android Auto app on your phone. Tap the hamburger icon in the upper-left corner and tap on Settings. Then, look for the very top item on your screen, which should be an option to “Try the new Android Auto.”

ImageScreenshot: David Murphy

Enable it, and you should have the brand-new version of Android Auto the next time you plug your phone into your car.


  • I use Android Auto on my phone screen all the time, and I’m quite disappointed in the direction it seems to be moving. Ditching the big, readable cards for app icons on car screens, and blocks of text on phones (via Assistant) are both big mistakes, IMO.

  • I’m on release 4.5.592853 and that option does not appear. Same re showing of speed. I’m in Australia, are we in a “delayed release” area?

    • Same here, I updated android auto again today and I can’t find that setting anywhere… Maybe the release is limited only to the US?

      The new version looks significantly better than what we currently have and I am keen to get my hands on it.

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