How To Use Android Auto in Your New Kia

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We spend our lives constantly connected to others through our cell phones. That means that, for many, the first thing you’ll want to do after you get the keys to your new Kia is to sync your Android phone to the Kia Connect system so that you have access to all of your important messages and notifications on the go. Cornerstone Kia has created this guide to help you learn how! To use all of your favorite Android Auto™ apps while driving around Rogers, just follow the guide below.



How to Connect to Android Auto™

Your phone will have to meet a few baseline requirements for the Kia Connect system to recognize it. To connect through Android Auto™, your phone must have:

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

If you’re having trouble finding the system requirements on your phone, this information can be found in your phone’s settings, in the “About Phone” section. To connect your phone, follow these steps:

  • Turn on Android Auto™ in your car’s settings
  • Download the Android Auto™ app from Google Play. When you plug your smartphone into your car with the compatible USB cable, you’ll receive a prompt to download the app.
  • Unlock your phone’s screen
  • Review the Safety Information and Android Auto™ permissions
  • Turn on notifications for Android Auto™
  • On your vehicle’s display, select Android Auto™

If you’d like to connect your iPhone instead, check out our guide on how to use Apple Car Play®!

Popular Android Auto™ Apps

Android Auto™ apps unlock an enormous number of functions. For example, a Kia Sportage with Android Auto™ can make calls, stream music, and access news. A Kia Seltos with Android Auto™ can do all that plus check the weather, and much more! All Kia vehicles have access to the same apps, which grant the same capabilities. Here are just a few of the most popular Android Auto™ apps available for Otsego drivers:

  • 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

Android Auto Messaging

A great way to stay in touch while driving, without texting or any other distractions, is Android Auto™ Messaging. There are a large number of Android Auto™ apps available that allow you to message through your voice, keeping your hands free and eyes on the road. Here are a few popular Android Auto™ messaging apps:

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

Experience Android Auto™ and the Kia Connect System with Cornerstone Kia!

Now that you know how to connect Android Auto™, take a look through our inventory to find your favorite Kia with Android Auto™ installed today! If you have any questions or would like to take one of our new Kias for sale for a test drive, don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a call at 763-710-8300. 

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