How to update Android Auto to the latest version

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Having an operating system that is always updated to the latest version available is essential to be able to enjoy the new functions and features that the developers are introducing you. Android Auto, the version of Android for cars, does not receive updates from time to time, but when it does it is to add key improvements to its operation.

If your car has Android Auto as its operating system, you should know how to always keep it updated to enjoy these novelties. For example, with the future version of Android Auto 6.0, you will be able to change the wallpaper and add a link to the Google Assistant, among other functions.



In this guide we explain step by step how you can know whether or not you have the latest available version of Android Auto and, if it's not the last, how to update the system. We started!

Then you can update Android Auto to the latest version.

How to know if you have the latest version of Android Auto or not

In order to use Android Auto in your car, it is essential that the app of the same name is installed on your mobile phone. The version of this app will be the same as the car's OS.

Therefore, to know whether or not you have the latest version of Google's operating system, you need to use the Android Auto app on your phone. These are the steps to follow:

  1. On your mobile, open the Play Store app.
  2. Click the button with three horizontal lines in the upper left corner for display the side menu.
  3. In the options menu, click "My applications and my games".
  4. If the Android Auto app is not in the section «Updates», it means that the application is updated to the latest version available and, therefore, that the car's operating system already has the latest improvements added. Conversely, if Android Auto is displayed under "Updates", there is a new update available that has not yet been installed.

Another possibility is that your mobile phone takes longer than necessary to receive Android Auto app updates and this creates doubts. Do you have the latest version or is it not yet available for you? To be sure, you can visit other Google Play alternative application stores, such as Malavida.



Search for the Android Auto app, download the latest update and install the APK file on your Android, so you know you have the latest version of the operating system.

In case the app update improvements don't apply immediately, don't despair, because it is Google which is responsible for its progressive arrival on the different devices.

Steps to update Android Auto

If you wish update Android Auto, both on the phone and in the car, the steps you need to follow are as follows:


  1. On your mobile, open the Play Store app.
  2. Click the button with three horizontal lines in the upper left corner to display the side menu.
  3. In the options menu, click "My applications and my games".
  4. The Android Auto app will appear in the "Updates" section, click on the "Update" button that appears to the right of it. Within seconds, the latest version of the system will have been downloaded and installed on your mobile.
  5. Connect your mobile to the car, via USB cable or wirelessly, so that the update also reaches the car's Android Auto.

We've already commented that Android Auto doesn't usually get a lot of updates, but it's still important to know how to access them when they arrive.


Unfortunately Google's operating system development is slow, we hope the company gets the batteries and that the new and long-awaited version of Android Auto is just around the corner.

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