Google fixes various Android Auto issues on Samsung Galaxy S21 series, Pixel 3 XL & 2021 Ford F150 with 6.1 update

We previously highlighted how a bunch of devices were facing a string of issues with Android Auto. These issues seemed to be limited to devices already on the Android 11 update.

There were reports of feature malfunctions with Waze, automatic restarts triggered by Android Auto, and most importantly, Android Auto not working at all.

Thankfully, almost all of the aforementioned issues were escalated to the Google team a while back and the search giant was reportedly already working on fixing them.

And now, with the Android Auto 6.1 app update, things have finally taken a turn for the better. The update has been claimed to address most of the bugs doing rounds on the forums.


As clear from above, several fixes have been merged with the Android Auto update 6.1 that is now rolling out via the Google Play Store. Although as of the time of this article’s writing, it is not available for everyone (including me).

Therefore, you might want to install it manually through this APKMirror link if you simply can’t wait to get your hands on it.

Nonetheless, for the nerds, the issue was related to a configuration change to the Chrome app which for some reason affected Android Auto as well and caused an unexpected combination of bugs in the Android operating system.


Therefore, you might want to also jump onto the latest version of Chrome – namely version 88.0.4324.181 or higher.

If you manage to update both the Android Auto and Chrome apps to their respective latest versions, then the following issues should disappear:

1. Android Auto not working at all on Samsung Galaxy S21 series: Connecting the phone to an Android Auto supported car would yield no result as the car would fail to detect the device.


2. Android Auto causes Pixel 3 series to restart: There were also a bunch of complaints saying that Pixel 3 series devices would immediately reboot on plugging into an Android Auto vehicle.

3. Android Auto not working on Ford F150: Several users reported that they weren’t able to get Android Auto working with their Ford F150 wirelessly. But it would work just fine on connecting the device using a cable.

Thankfully, all of the above-mentioned issues have been fixed. Or have at least claimed to be. Be sure to inform us in the comments below if the update actually helped.

This leaves just the Waze speedometer issue. Hopefully, it will be fixed with the next update. For now, keep an eye on our dedicated Android 11 bugs/issues tracker.

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