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Android Auto data usage: how much it consumes

Author: Vladimir Brown

Additionally, users can use Android Auto without an internet connection in limited mode by downloading maps and routes in advance.

Google Maps also offers an offline map download option to preserve data usage. To use the app, users need to install it on their mobile device and pair it with the car's control system. By taking these steps, users can conserve data while using Android Auto and stay connected while on the road without compromising safety.

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Does Android Auto use data connection?

Android Auto is a mobile app that allows users to connect their smartphone to their car's infotainment system and access apps and services such as navigation, music streaming, weather radar and voice assistants. It requires an internet connection to work properly.

The app works through the WiFi or mobile connection. Without an Internet connection it will not be able to open other services such as Spotify or navigation. If you use a navigation app (Google Maps or Waze), Android Auto uses GPS as well.

Waze app GPS settings

Android Auto works with apps that transmit and receive large amounts of mobile data, such as Google Maps and the "Ok Google" voice assistant. It needs an Internet connection to function properly.

What services Android Auto is connected to

When it comes to services for navigation, Android Auto is compatible with Google Maps and Waze.

Google Maps gives detailed information about the GPS location and movement along the route in real time. AA selects the most convenient and fastest routes, shows data jams, and supports voice commands.

Waze is a social navigator designed so that the driver himself can report incidents on the road, data jams, to supplement the information about the route. In this way drivers help each other to use a more accurate map during trips, while increasing their rating in the app.

Waze app interface

Android Auto allows you to receive incoming and make outgoing calls, send messages, listen to music, podcasts and audiobooks. It supports services such as Play Music, iHeartRadio, Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, Audible.

If the app is compatible with Android Auto, this will be reported in the description before downloading to your smartphone.

Android Auto settings

How much data Android Auto uses

(per hour / per day / per month)

The amount of mobile data you consume depends on how often and for how long you use the app, how many services you use, how your device is set up - whether it has restrictions set to save data.

Android Auto Data Usage Calculator

Android Auto Data Usage per hour(s) is 0 - 0 Megabytes in average

Average minimum data consumption5-10 MB1 Gb15-30 Gb

Users can reduce data consumption by disabling mobile data usage in Android Auto settings or viewing their mobile data usage in their phone settings.

If you use the Android Auto app actively, it is worth activating a data plan with unlimited Internet access.

Can I use Android Auto without the Internet?

The quick answer to the question is: Yes, you can use Android Auto offline in limited mode.

Using Android Auto offline:

  • Download the necessary maps and routes in advance, then Android Auto will open them offline, no wifi or mobile data required. This is the only thing you can do for the app to work without a network connection.
  • If you have a route in an area with poor signal, save an offline map in advance and use it when you don't have a wired connection.

Using Android Auto online:

  • All other functions of Android Auto can work online. It is desirable that the connected mobile device has unlimited mobile data.
  • Otherwise, if your phone has a data plan with a limited Internet package, the MBs allocated will be quickly spent while the app is running.

What does mobile data consumption depend on?

The amount of mobile Internet consumption depends on the settings of the app, the smartphone and the intensity of use of services through Android Auto.

If you use Google Maps navigation only, the online mode will consume data from 5MB / hour.

If you open new maps, zoom in and out, then much more data will be consumed due to constant loading.

How to disable data consumption in Android Auto


If you use Google Maps and other services via Android Auto in online mode, you will need a large amount of data.

  • Consumption can be in the hundreds of megabytes per day.
  • To use data more sparingly, save routes and open them offline when needed.
  • Download a map that you use all the time so you don't have to pay for mobile Internet unnecessarily.

To do this, do the following:

  1. Go to Google Maps, and log in to your profile.
  2. Tap the "Offline maps" section.
  3. Tap the "Download offline map" button.
Download offline map option
  1. Highlight the desired area on the map.
  2. Tap the Download button.
Downloading offline map via Google Maps

Make sure the process has started and wait for it to complete.

If you do not want to waste data to download maps, save them when connected to Wi-Fi. Set the download limit in the Settings:

  1. In the app, tap on the gear icon ("Settings").
  2. Go to "Download Settings."
  3. Turn on the "Only when Wi-Fi is available" option.

Now the app will not download anything through the mobile connection.

There is another way to reduce data consumption:

  1. Locate the "Data Transfer" section in your smartphone settings.

  2. Select Android Auto from the list of apps.

  3. Turn off the "Background Connection" option.

After this, the app will not be able to update itself and send data in the background, which will save a significant amount of data.

How to see mobile data usage in your phone settings

To check how much Internet data is spent on your mobile device, use the Settings section.

To do this, you need:

  1. Go to "Settings" in the main menu.
Settings icon
  1. Select "Mobile networks", "Connections", "Internet" (the name of this item varies from model to model).
Data usage menu item
  1. Find the "Data usage" item.
Mobile Data usage screen
  1. Here you will see the total mobile data consumption stats.
Usage stats
  1. Select the app of interest, in this case Android Auto, and see the spent megabytes specifically for it.
Detailed stats about Android Auto
  1. The report period can be selected via the drop-down list.
Data usage period


Does Waze work with Android Auto?

According to the official manual, the Waze app works great on cars that support Android Auto. With this app you can navigate, use voice commands, control maps and download offline maps for offline operation on the vehicle's head unit.

However, if Waze does not start on your head unit after initiation of Android Auto, you should check your devices and apps for technical errors. Most of the time, Waze errors are related to an incorrect USB, WiFi, or bluetooth connection between the phone and the car.

What is Android Auto

Android Auto is an app that synchronizes navigation functions of your smartphone with your car's onboard computer.

After installing the app on the mobile device and pairing with the control system of the car, Android functions are displayed on the dashboard. Apps downloaded to the smartphone and compatible with Android Auto appear on the display.

The app works only with some cars, but their list is constantly growing, with system updates that support Android Auto features. The meaning of this app is that the driver is not distracted from driving and could still use the necessary functions of the smartphone. For example - listening to music, watching the map, making calls and receiving messages.

Android Auto interface

I'm Vladimir, your guide in the expansive world of technology journalism, with a special focus on GPS technologies and mapping. My journey in this field extends over twenty fruitful years, fueled by a profound passion for technology and an insatiable curiosity to explore its frontiers.