Connecting your phone to Android Auto in Volkswagen models
Aside from the Eos and Touareg, there is no model within the VW lineup that can be mentioned without talking about the new MIB II infotainment system, and with that the many features associated with the App-Connect functions found on the higher end systems. What you’ll want to know to get started enjoying things like navigation, radio apps and your phone features is how to go about connecting your phone to Android Auto in Volkswagen models.
Before you get starting, you’ll need to know if your phone is even compatible with the system. As we’ve mentioned, App-Connect includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink integration. The reason we’re focusing on a step-by-step connection with Android Auto is because Apple CarPlay connects automatically once plugged in, and the MirrorLink steps should be roughly the same as the Android steps.
As far as phone compatibility is concerned, connectivity is dependent on operating systems. Android Auto requires phones to have Lollipop 5.0 or higher, while Apple CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or later with at least the iOS8 operating system. MirrorLink compatibility will have to be check at the company’s website, and new phones are added frequently.
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This may be obvious, but the appropriate phone apps will have to be downloaded and installed in order for your device to work with the App-Connect system. Finally, Android Auto requires you to have a Google account be signed into it.
How to connect your phone to Android Auto
- The first step is always the most obvious one, so make sure both your phone and your cars radio system is turned on.
- Hit the menu button and select App-Connect, then pick Setup
- Changed the preferred connection from MirrorLink to Android Auto and unselect “activate data transmission from VW Apps”
- Plug the USB cord into your car and into your device, if you haven’t already done so
- Press “Device List” and wait for your device to appear, then select your device
- The system will request you allow data to be transferred from you device. Select OK.
- A safety warning should pop up telling you the dangers of not paying attention while driving. Accept this warning to begin using Android Auto features.
We probably don’t need to tell you what the benefits of App-Connect are, with each system allowing you to intuitively access controls you would normally use on your phone, eliminating the danger of focusing on a smaller screen as you drive. Voice controls reduce the risk further as you don’t need to fumble around with buttons. It’s one feature we believe puts Volkswagen models ahead in technology.
If you liked learning more about App-Connect, be sure to continue checking back here at the Volkswagen of Springfield Blog for more on this and other new VW features.