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Android Auto: how much Internet traffic the service consumes

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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 program 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 appear on the display, but not all, only those compatible with Android Auto.

The app works only with some cars, but their list is constantly growing, coming out system updates with "Android Auto" support. 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, checking calls and messages.

Does Android Auto use data for its work?

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

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 apps from Google - Google Maps and Waze.

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

Waze is a social navigator designed so that the driver himself can report incidents on the road, traffic 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.

Android Auto allows you to receive incoming and make outgoing calls, send messages, listen to music, news 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.

How much data Android Auto uses

(per hour / per day / per month)

The amount of traffic 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 traffic.

TimeHourDayMonth
average minimum traffic consumption5-10 MB1 Gb15-30 Gb

If you use the app actively, it is worth activating a mobile tariff with unlimited Internet access.

Can I use Android Auto without Internet?

Download the necessary maps and routes in advance, then Android Auto will open them offline, no mobile internet 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 the map from the navigator to your mobile device in advance and use it when you don't have internet access.

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 the consumption of Internet traffic in Android Auto 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 only use Google Maps navigation, the online mode will consume traffic at best from 5MB / hour. If you open new maps, zoom in and out, then much more traffic will be consumed due to constant loading.

How to disable traffic 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 mobile traffic. Consumption can be in the hundreds of megabytes per day. To use Internet traffic 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 "Select Map" button.
  4. Highlight the desired area on the map.
  5. Tap the Download button.

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

If you do not want to waste mobile Internet 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 network.

There is another way to reduce traffic consumption:

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

  2. Select Android Auto from the list of apps.

  3. Disable the activation under "Background Connection".

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

How to see mobile traffic usage in your phone settings

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

To do this, you need:

  1. Go to "Settings" in the main menu.

  2. Select "Mobile network", "Connection and sharing", "Internet" (the name of this item varies from model to model).

  3. Find the "Data transfer" item.

  4. Here you will see the total traffic flow through the mobile network. Select the app of interest, in this case Android Auto, and see the spent megabytes specifically for it.

  5. The report period can be selected via the drop-down list.

Ilia is a professional writer. He has expert knowledge in GPS and cartography with 15 years of experience. Additionally, Ilia has extensive experience in data recovery on PC and mobile. He started his career as a journalist by reviewing PC and mobile apps. His current responsibilities are to keep track of users' questions on MGT and answer them.