How Do I Connect to Android Auto and Use Its Apps?

2018 Kia Sportage Interior View

Stay connected on your Rogers commute with Android Auto in your Kia vehicle. Follow this guide to get connected to Android Auto so you can enjoy its convenient and fun infotainment features on your next trip to a Minneapolis coffee shop.

Connect to Android Auto

To connect to your Kia’s new Android Auto System, you’ll need to make sure it meets the following requirements:

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop or Higher
  • USB Connection
  • Access to the Google Play Store

You can find information about your phone by clicking on the gear icon, accessing the settings, clicking on the “General” tab, and scrolling to the bottom of the page to access the “About Phone” section. Here you will find software info, which will tell you what version of Android your phone is currently running.

Next, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Google Play Store
  2. Download the Android Auto App from
  3. Launch the App
  4. Press the Setup Button on Your Dash
  5. Tap the Phone or Connectivity Button on Your Vehicle’s Screen
  6. Enable Android Auto
  7. Connect Your Device via the USB Cable
  8. Tap the Android Auto Button from the Home Screen

Once connected, you’ll have access to a variety of applications to make driving the busy streets of Anoka safer and more convenient.

Android Auto Apps

Android Auto apps allow you to make calls, stream music, access news, weather, and much more. Some of the most popular apps available through Kia and Android are:

  • Pandora
  • Spotify
  • YouTube Music
  • Google Play Music
  • Rainwave
  • iHeart Radio
  • TuneIn
  • Scanner Radio
  • Google Maps
  • Waze
  • Audible
  • ABC News
  • MLB.Com
  • New York Times
  • NPR One
  • Yelp

With the variety of apps available, you can learn about a new sushi place in Minneapolis, get reviews, find directions, and call ahead with your order without picking up your phone or getting out of the car.

Android Auto Messaging

Distracted driving is quickly becoming one of the most pervasive hazards Big Lake drivers face. To combat the issue, Android Auto offers access to a number of messaging apps that allow you to hear, respond to, or even decline messages, without taking your eyes off the road. Some of these Android Auto messaging apps include:

  • Facebook Messenger
  • Telegram
  • WhatsApp
  • Pulse SMS
  • Kik
  • Hangouts
  • WeChat
  • Google Allo
  • Signal

More Kia Infotainment Tips

If you’re ready to experience the benefits of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay in a new Kia, contact Cornerstone Kia and schedule a demonstration or Ramsey area test drive today. You can also learn about Kia UVO, the advanced infotainment suite found in many new Kia models!


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