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How to disable Android Auto

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Android Auto is an interface for connecting your phone to your car's display. You can use it to listen to playlists, answer calls, read messages, and route while driving.

One of the main objectives of Android Auto is to ensure driver safety. However, not everyone needs these features, and sometimes the automatic connection of music even gets in the way. So how do you disable Android Auto if you're not going to use it?

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Reasons to disable or uninstall Android Auto

  • Using another app

In addition to Android Auto, there are many other programs that can be much more functional and convenient, in which case having Android Auto will only get in the way.

  • The necessary apps are already installed

Many people use navigators directly, through the OS on the car device, without connecting to the phone.

  • Charging via USB

You can simply charge your phone in your car without wanting to be distracted by incoming calls or SMS.

  • Battery consumption

If you're constantly connecting your device to your car via Bluetooth, it uses up your battery a lot faster.

Ways to disable Android Auto

There are actually many ways, but not all of them will work for your phone. First, let's break down exactly how to disable the software without removing it from your device.

Through the settings in the app

Simply disable automatic pairing so that your phone does not connect via Bluetooth. To do this, you need to:

  1. Go to your Android phone's settings;
  2. Go to the "Advanced features" section;
  3. Find Android Auto;
  4. Tap "wireless communication with Android Auto" to disable it.

The device will stop connecting automatically. In the same section, you can also disable music startup or call and text notifications, if those are the items that bothered you.

Disconnect on android 10 and above

Since Android 10, they started adding the Android Auto app by default. This means that the app becomes a system app and you can't just remove it. However, you can simply enough disable it. To do this, do the following:

  1. Go to your phone Settings;
  2. Select the "Apps" or "App manager option;
  3. Find Android Auto there (use the search, as it may not appear in the standard apps);
  4. Tap "Stop" or "Disable".

After that, the app will not start until you open it yourself or turn it on through the settings.

Connection via USB

Even if you've disabled the automatic wireless connection, your phone can still connect to your car simply because it's charging by cable. Preventing this is easy enough - when you plug your phone in, a "How do I use this device?" warning will appear. Select the "Charge Only" option.

How to uninstall Android Auto

If you don't need the Android Auto app - it's taking up unnecessary memory and you're sure you'll never use it, follow these instructions.

On Android 9 and below

On older phones, it's easy enough to do:

  1. Go to Android's main settings;
  2. Open the app manager or "apps";
  3. Find Android Auto in the list;
  4. Tap "Memory".
  5. Tap "Clear data";
  6. Go back to the previous section;
  7. Tap "Delete".

This method will not only uninstall the app itself, but also clear all data associated with it.

On Android 10 and above

This is where the problems already arise. System apps can only be uninstalled with root rights. It is not recommended to use if you have not used such apps before and do not understand them. Also make a backup of important data to removable media or the cloud before using. If you are sure about what you are doing, however, do the following:

  1. Download the Root Uninstaller app;
  2. Login to the device with root rights;
  3. Go to the Settings;
  4. Select the "apps" section;
  5. Find Android auto;
  6. Tap "Uninstall".

Once the procedure is complete, you can uninstall the Root Uninstaller app. You can also use other apps that are trustworthy or that you have used before.

Through ES Explorer

Suitable for any device.

If the previous method didn't work for some reason, use explorer. You will again need an app that gives you root rights, such as Titanium Backup, Kingo ROOT, Framaroot, Vroot.

  1. After installing root rights, download ES Explorer;
  2. Navigate to the "/system/app" folder;
  3. Select the system apps under "Apps";
  4. Select the folder named Android Auto;
  5. Delete it.

After this procedure the app is completely uninstalled, including all additional files and updates.

Disabling Car mode

Sometimes it's not Android Auto that gets in the way, but "driving mode", a feature that disables incoming notifications and calls when the user is in a moving car. This way you can miss an important call, which is annoying. To disable it, do the following:

  1. open the Quick Access bar at the top;
  2. Locate the "driving mode" or "do not disturb" icon. If it's highlighted, turn it off;
  3. While driving, you may not be able to disable it because a notification appears. Tap it;
  4. Turn off the slider opposite "driving mode" or "do not disturb".

You can completely disable "driving mode" as follows:

  1. Go to the Settings;
  2. Enter "Driving" or "Do not disturb" in the search box;
  3. Set "automatic connection" to Off;

This function cannot be deleted in any way, as it is part of the Android settings. If you try to uninstall via root rights, you may damage the system files.

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.