The purpose of technology is to make our lives easier, that is evident. But there are times when its use and enjoyment can become somewhat complicated, either because we do not understand how a process works, or because it gives us an error that we do not know how to solve. On this day We are going to talk about two applications that make the task of driving more bearable, such as Android Auto and Spotify.
Thanks to Android Auto we can manage our smartphone almost entirely while we are in the car, Remember that we must not manipulate the screen or the mobile while driving, otherwise we can be fined as indicated by the General Directorate of Traffic, at least in Spain. And the other application that concerns us is the great Spotify that gives us hours of music and podcasts for our car trips.
The combination of both applications can be very productive, but sometimes we can find us with problems of use, or simply that it does not appear in the list of applications available through Android Auto. That is why we are going to see how to solve this error on our device.
To begin we are going to see, briefly, what Android Auto consists of, and as a definition we can say that it is the Google tool that gives us access to the use of many applications that we have installed on our smartphone through the car screen. Designed in such a way that the driver can be connected from the moment he gets into the vehicle, and all this without having to take his hands off the wheel, or his eyes off the road.
Evidently we have it available through the Play StoreAndroid Auto is an application compatible with all mobile phones with Android operating system.
Just by saying the famous phrase “Ok Google” we activate the assistant and we can give the pertinent orders to perform the desired actions. From telling him to show us the way to any point, to making calls without touching any button or screen and how not to ask him to play a song on Spotify to make the trip more enjoyable.
But what happens when the Spotify app does not appear in Android Auto? Well, that is something we have to solve and we are going to explain how to solve it today.
Clear cache and data
It is usually a nuisance when we want to use Spotify through Android Auto and it does not appear on the screen of our car. That is why we must do a series of checks prior to any somewhat more drastic measure when it comes to solving it. First of all, what we have to do is make sure that both applications are updated to the latest software version. Then it checks that the application itself has not accumulated a series of corrupt or damaged files.
for that very reason we must clear the cache and data of the app to return to normal, or at least try. To perform this step, you just have to press and hold on the app icon on your mobile screen and click on “Information” to access the “Storage use” options, once here we must delete both the data and the cache.
restart the smartphone
It is the solution that any self-respecting computer scientist would tell us. And it is that there is nothing like a timid restart to eliminate connection problems or the like. The software of our phone may encounter a bug that prevents it from connecting correctly with Android Auto.
Therefore, we need to restart the device and reconnect it with our car through Android Auto. We can even consider turning off the mobile for a few moments and then turning it on as a recommended and somewhat drastic option, since it is not a quick solution, but sometimes it is effective.
Exclude Battery Optimization option
If we continue with connection problems we should look at the “Battery optimization” option. It has been reported on multiple occasions that certain application icons, and especially the one that concerns us with Spotify, disappear from the screen of our vehicle when connected by Andrid Auto.
Everything indicates that the problem lies above all in the option that we have already mentioned: “optimizing the phone’s battery”. Therefore, we must go to the settings and in the battery section we will click on the “Advanced settings” to locate our Spotify app and select the option “Do not optimize”. One more solution to our problem.
Reinstall and/or Update the Spotify app
If none of the above works, as we mentioned at the beginning, we must Try uninstalling the Spotify app and downloading it again. In this way, always download the original software and not an APK, since Android Auto does not recognize it since it is of dubious origin (although there are ways to make it visible, which we will discuss another day), and this could be the trigger for the problem.
Update system and/or applications
Another alternative that can solve this problem is to update the system, since an old version can cause more problems than desired. Therefore, the best and only suitable solution is to update to the latest version of Android or the two apps at hand, such as Android Auto and Spotify.
It is possible that we have everything updated to the latest version, so we can only wait for the companies to release a patch that solves this problem, so you must report any failure that occurs so that they can solve it as soon as possible.
If the problems persist, restart the application, in case there is an unwanted bug on our smartphone, you can also restart the car, turning off the ignition and restarting the engine, in this way the electronics of it are also reset, in some way. Spotify app still not showing up? Something very simple and almost obvious, but check that the internet connection is operational and therefore connected correctly. And if you are still having problems you should make sure that the USB cable you are using is compatible and working properly, otherwise try a different cable.
With all this we hope to have solved your problem, remember that if you are using a Spotify APK you will have to follow another proceduresince Android Auto comes by default without the activated option to recognize sources of doubtful origin.