If you own a relatively new model of car or planning to buy one, it may come with a built-in infotainment system that supports Android Auto. If it does, you will get access to tones of apps and services thanks to the integration with your Android. However, Android Auto requires you to have Nexus 5X and above or a Pixel device and you must be residing inside the US, Canada or Mexico. Fortunately, there is a way for users who do not one either of the aforementioned devices. Google may have silently turned on support for additional devices. Here’s how to use Android Auto on non pixel devices.
Use Android Auto on non pixel devices
This was discovered on r/Android Auto by u/dingonnugget. He as able to pair his OnePlus 7 pro with Kenwood Escelon DMX905G. After this discovery, multiple redditors were able to use Android Auton on their non-Google devices which included Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S10, Honor 9, LG V40, and OnePlus 6T. Below is the list of all the devices and head units that were successfully paired.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 w/ Kenwood Excellon DDX9705S
- Samsung Galaxy S10 w/ Kenwood Excellon DMX905S
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 w/ Pioneer W4400NEX
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ w/ Pioneer W4400NEX
- OnePlus 6T w/ JVC KW-M845BW
- OnePlus 6T w/ Pioneer W4400NEX (running Pixel ROM)
- Samsung Galaxy S10 w/ Kenwood Excellon DDX9705S
- OnePlus 6T w/ Kenwood Excellon DNX995S
- OnePlus 6T w/ JVC KW-M855W
- Samsung Galaxy S9 w/ Kenwood Excellon DDX9905S
- Samsung Galaxy S10+ w/ Pioneer W8400NEX
- OnePlus 7 Pro w/ Kenwood Excellon DMX905S
- Huawei Honor 9 w/ Pioneer W4400NEX
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 w/ Pioneer W4400NEX
- Samsung Galaxy S10+ w/ Kenwood Excellon DMX905S
- Samsung Galaxy S8 w/ Kenwood Excellon DMX905S
- Samsung Galaxy S10+ w/ Pioneer AVIC-W8400NEX
- LG V40 ThinQ w/ Pioneer AVIC-W8400NEX
- Samsung Galaxy S10 w/ Pioneer W4400NEX
- Samsung Galaxy S10+ w/ Pioneer W4400NEX
- Samsung Galaxy S10 w/ Kenwood Excellon DDX9905S
Follow the steps below to use Android Auto on non pixel devices Before you begin;
- Make sure you’re on the latest Google Play Services beta. You can join the beta program here.
- Your Android must be on Android 9.
- The head unit must support wireless Android Auto.
Step 1: Open the Android Auto app.
Step 2: Tap on Settings.
Step 3: Scroll down till you see Version. Tap on it 10 times to enable developer settings.
Step 4: On Settings, tap on Developer Settings.
Step 5: Select Show wireless projection option.
Step 6: Reboot your device.
Step 7: Follow the head unit’s manual to connect it wirelessly.