Android Auto update removes the option to turn off ‘wireless Android Auto’


With the latest update to Android Auto version 8.7, it is no longer possible to turn off the wireless connection from the app. 9to5Google reports. It’s been years since apps supported it and people used it, but now it seems Google has decided there’s no need to turn it off.

New update no longer allows wireless Android Auto to be toggled off

A toggle to disable this feature was in the settings menu before the now widely rolled out Android Auto 8.7 update.This setting used to be the app’s[システム]It was under the section and above the option to turn off Google Analytics. This setting is also missing in Android Auto 8.8 (currently available in beta for some beta testers).

Previously, this option was off by default, but now Google left it on by default and removed the option to turn it off. However, wireless Android Auto is unaffected by this change. So, you can use it without problems as before.

It can be a bit of a hassle if you want to turn off wireless Android Auto so your partner’s device can connect. But as 9to5Google officials point out, a simple airplane mode or turn off Bluetooth when other devices are connected is enough.

It’s always a bit strange that an update removes settings instead of introducing new ones, but the change clears up the confusion. If you really want to turn off wireless Android Auto, there’s a way… but the settings are buried deep in developer settings (you can access them by tapping the version number multiple times).


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