Google’s Android Auto is a great interface that syncs with your car’s infotainment system, but it is pretty much useless on older cars that do not have a touchscreen display. For older cars, Google offers Driving Mode for your smartphone, bringing hands-free access to your phone’s most essential features. In this article, we show you how to enable and use Google’s Driving Mode on your Android smartphone.
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- A smartphone running Android 9.0 or higher
- At least 4GB of RAM
- Portrait Mode
- Must reside in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, or the United States
Launch Google’s Driving Mode from Assistant Settings
Step 1: Connect your phone to your car’s interface via Bluetooth.
Step 2: Say “Hey Google, open Assistant Settings”.
Step 3: Select Transport.
Step 4: Tap on Driving Mode.
Step 5: Switch on the toggle bar for Driving Mode.
Step 6: Turn on the toggle bar for Allow Incoming Calls While Driving and Get Messaging Help While Driving.
Step 7: Tap on Hey Google Detection.
Step 8: Switch on the toggle bar for While Driving.
Launch Driving Mode from Google Maps
Step 1: Launch the Google Maps app on your Android smartphone.
Step 2: Tap the profile icon at the top right corner of the screen and select Settings.
Step 3: Scroll down and select Navigation Settings.
Step 4: Select Google Assistant Settings.
Step 5: Tap on Driving Mode.
Step 6: Switch on the toggle bar for Driving Mode.
Step 7: Turn on the toggle bar for Allow Incoming Calls While Driving and Get Messaging Help While Driving.
Step 8: Tap on Hey Google Detection.
Step 9: Switch on the toggle bar for While Driving.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the difference between Google’s Driving Mode and Android Auto?
Android Auto works in sync with your car’s infotainment system. Meanwhile, you can use Google’s Driving Mode on your phone while driving.
What can I do with Google’s Driving Mode?
Driving Mode offers a hands-free way of accepting calls and responding to texts while you are driving. You can also play media in Driving Mode.
How do I enable Driving Mode on my phone?
To launch Driving Mode on your Android phone, go to Google Assistant Settings and select Transport>Driving Mode and switch on the toggle bar.
This is how you can Google’s Driving Mode on your Android smartphone. Driving Mode offers a distraction-free way of accepting calls and responding to texts while driving. You can also access media apps like Spotify, YouTube Music, and Google Podcasts in Driving Mode. While the app library in this mode may be pretty limited compared to Android Auto, it takes care of all your essential needs while driving.
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