Android Auto users have long been frustrated by a restriction that prevents Google Maps from being opened on the connected phone. But it appears that this is finally changing. Recent updates to Google Maps for Android, as well as the Android Auto app, have unlocked support for using Maps on phones while Android Auto is running. Here are the details…
Google Maps on phones now accessible while using Android Auto
This change is significant because the Maps version on Android Auto is limited compared to the one on the phone. For instance, the phone app shows more data about destinations, as well as user-created lists of locations, where the Android Auto version does not. So being able to use the phone version of Maps while Android Auto is running is a big improvement for users.
It should be noted that this change doesn’t seem to have rolled out particularly widely yet, and some users are still reporting issues. Some users report seeing the app blocked from opening, suggesting that this may be a bug. However, given that this is the first time this has happened, it’s more likely that this change is intentional.
In our own tests, we were able to open Maps while Android Auto was running without any issues on Maps v11.67.0702 on a Pixel 7 Pro. However, results may vary, and it’s always possible that there may be some bugs or issues to work out.
This change is great news for Android Auto users who have been frustrated by the limitation on using Maps on their phones while connected to Android Auto. It’s unclear at this time when this change will roll out more widely, but it’s a promising sign that Google is working to improve the Android Auto experience for users.
In conclusion, if you’re an Android Auto user, it’s worth checking if you can now open Google Maps on your phone while Android Auto is running. If not, it may just be a matter of waiting for the change to roll out more widely. But if you’re able to use Maps on your phone while connected to Android Auto, it’s a great improvement that should make your driving experience more enjoyable and convenient.