What apps can I use on Android Auto? The 5 Best Apps for Google’s Embedded System


When people ask “what apps can I download on Android Auto?” the answer is: a lot! When counting on the official Google Play Store page for Android Auto (opens in a new tab) there are 260 in total. Yes indeed : two hundred and sixty to choose from, as well as others that we suspect may not be on this list or may be unofficially loaded.

But you don’t want to scour the masses for the best choices, so we’ll help you out by picking out the best Android Auto apps to use with Google’s in-car system. As Google Maps is installed by default for navigation, we’ll skip this one – but as you’ll see from our list, there are alternatives anyway.


Android Auto is great for music, so it’s a perfect match for Spotify. (If you subscribe to another service, however, you can populate it however you like here: Amazon Music, Pandora, Deezer and others all have native apps, but even Apple Music and Tidal will be able to send audio to your embedded system. ).

Excellent album art integration, mapped controls for volume, voice selection courtesy of Google Assistant, and a stack of great tunes to play from download or via live stream make Spotify a excellent Android Auto companion. It’s often on our screen instead of navigation.


Although Google Maps is the default option for Android Auto, it’s not the only navigation tool at your disposal. Waze is a great free download system that many people prefer for its visuals and accuracy over Google’s own model.

The fact that it’s free also makes it a great alternative, as there are paid alternatives such as Tom Tom (from £1.99/$€ per month) if that suits you. But we think Waze’s traffic and crash updates and rerouting will get most people in business.

3. WhatsApp

Again, this one will depend on your messaging system of choice: Android Auto supports WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, Facebook Messenger, so you can choose your favorite or, well, use all of them if that suits you best.

However, WhatsApp is our favorite messaging app and it integrates seamlessly with Android Auto: you can pop up on-screen message alerts, play them if you want, even use Google Assistant to reply back, like if you were having a conversation. It’s really handy in some situations.

4. Audible

Android Auto doesn’t just mess around with music services like Spotify, it’s also a valuable tool for delivering the best new audiobooks and podcasts. If you’d rather engage with speech than nod your head, then Audible is a great app.

If you like to read a lot, but also often get stuck on the road, then Audible for Android Auto is an ideal solution. There are many original shows, book readings, and podcasts. It’s a subscription service, but it’ll be worth it if you spend a lot of hours on Tarmac.

5. Zapping the Map

Okay, this one is situational: you’ll only want Zap Map if you have an electric car and intend to cover quite considerable distances. It probably won’t do you much good if you drive a Tesla, but everything else will have its value.

You’ll need a premium subscription for Zap Map to integrate with Android Auto, but paying the fee (£/$3.99 per month) will provide a more reliable source of charger information, including broken terminals and more.

Bonus: BBC Sounds

A number of apps for Android Auto are region specific, but from a UK perspective you can’t do better than downloading BBC Sounds, which compiles the previous four weeks of all radio broadcasts from the BBC. That’s a lot of potential content to tap into.

You can bookmark and download various shows to listen to, which is great because there are plenty of BBC programs that air in the wee hours rather than the regular daytime. So if you like your underground rock or bass music, those late night shows can be accessed for you to rock out during the day using Android Auto. Overwhelming!


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