Android Auto will no longer work on these older devices

Android Auto will no longer work on these older devices

According to a Google support page, Android Auto now requires Android 8.0 Oreo or higher to run. It is also a good idea to buy a new device, if you are still running Android 7.0 or lower.

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Android Auto requires Android 8.0 Oreo

Android Auto is the software to navigate safely, listen to music or make phone calls. Google has certain requirements and there has now been an important change. On a support page it can be read that the device that is used must now work on Android 8.0 Oreo or higher.

Previously that was Android 6.0 Marshmallow, something that can always be seen on the search giant’s general Android Auto website. We haven’t seen any reports from people with an older device and Android 6.0 or 7.0, on which it no longer works.

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The market share of these older Android versions is a lot smaller than more recent versions like Android 10, 11 and 12, but still available on millions of smartphones. We no longer have any phones with these Android versions in the editors to test it ourselves. If you have experienced this, please let us know in the comments below this article.

Loose Android Auto app for smartphones also already stopped

With this step, it seems that Google doesn’t care too much to their Android Auto users. Previously, you could also download a special app on your smartphone, which conjured up the Android Auto interface on the screen. However, at the end of June

that separate app has already turned its neck

and can therefore no longer be used.

Android Auto now only works by connecting your device to the infotainment system, provided there is support for this. This can be done via a USB cable or wirelessly with

Android Auto Wireless.

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Why a new phone is a safe choice

Do you still have a smartphone running on an Android version of years old? Then it is wise to take a look at a new model. Besides the fact that you cannot use the latest Android functions, the security of such devices is also a lot worse. Monthly security patches no longer roll out and not every app works properly or certain updates for apps can’t be installed.

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