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Thanks for the reply. It is just not something I am use to. I have always been one to turn off my stereo/radio before I leave the car. Right now I have it looked with password. I have only had it a few days. I'm going to set it to unlock with Bluetooth. Lots of features for me to figure out. Today I am going to wire a power antenna switch so I can lower my antenna manually. Thanks again.
Ah, well you don't have to worry about turning it off because after two weeks (or less) of the car not starting up, it will turn entirely off so it doesn't kill the car battery. You don't have to have music playing automatically upon startup if you don't want to, either.

I believe there's a setting in the hidden settings so you can have the antenna go down when you aren't using the radio, but I'm not certain because I don't listen to the radio (I listen to music off my phone via Bluetooth), and I don't think my car has a big antenna, just the little roof one, unless that's something else like the original GPS for the stock system.
 

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Ah, well you don't have to worry about turning it off because after two weeks (or less) of the car not starting up, it will turn entirely off so it doesn't kill the car battery. You don't have to have music playing automatically upon startup if you don't want to, either.

I believe there's a setting in the hidden settings so you can have the antenna go down when you aren't using the radio, but I'm not certain because I don't listen to the radio (I listen to music off my phone via Bluetooth), and I don't think my car has a big antenna, just the little roof one, unless that's something else like the original GPS for the stock system.
I use mostly music on my USB drive. Then radio. I got the switch for the antenna installed. I played with it quite a bit this morning. Set up some routines to automatically turn on my phones hotspot when I get in the car.
 

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Question 2016 Jeep Compass and Atoto S8 Gen2...

Anyone around that year of the Compass or Patriot successfully hardwire their SWC? In looking at the wiring diagram for the Compass that year, it looked as if the SWC in the steering column connected to the green/white wire under the steering wheel. This was not successful for me. I tried connecting the SWC wire from the Atoto S8 harness to it, without connecting the other SWC wire on the Atoto harness to the ground wire and with connecting to the ground wire.

I also used a multimeter with the ohms setting to the Jeep side of the harness by inserting the COM probe into the negative pin and the red probe into every pin, while pressing the SWC buttons on the steering wheel and didn't receive any reading. Was I doing it correctly?
 

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Hi, I installed the reverse camera Atoto HD02LR to my car, but unfortunately up-side down. Are there any any possibility to turn it around in S8 Gen2? I could not find and think that I need to turn the actual camera
 

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New issue. I uploaded the newest firmware for my S8 Gen2. (Formatted USB Stick to FAT32, extracted the firmware to the USB Stick, inserted USB Stick into the Storage USB Wire on the Unit, went through the prompt without issue). It had some errors on the screen.

It booted up as normal, then shut off when the launcher appeared. It now appears to be looping. The screen does not turn on but the buttons flash as it wants to start up, then go back off again.
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New issue. I uploaded the newest firmware for my S8 Gen2. (Formatted USB Stick to FAT32, extracted the firmware to the USB Stick, inserted USB Stick into the Storage USB Wire on the Unit, went through the prompt without issue). It had some errors on the screen.

It booted up as normal, then shut off when the launcher appeared. It now appears to be looping. The screen does not turn on but the buttons flash as it wants to start up, then go back off again.View attachment 5739067
Which SW version this is?
 

uniboy9

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Whats the scoop with dimming and autodimming? The "sun" dimming button at the top of the display seems to have three levels. And turning the headlights on and off seems to switch the brightness too.
So maybe there are three brightness levels, and for each level you can configure the brightness with the headlights on and off? Is that what is happening?
Correct. You can set the brightness levels seperately for headlights on and off. I cant remember how I did it on my unit but managed it somehow.
 

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I've been running 220811 for more than a week now and it has been really good! Android auto and bluetooth unlock are working perfectly with my Pixel 4A. No crashes, no obvious bugs yet. That said, I don't drive that much so we will see how it goes.
 
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Need your knowledge guys! Today came my S8 Ultra. Everything works great, except the two microphones. The person I'm talking to can't hear anything through either the internal or external microphone. Is there any way I can find out if it is a hardware defect? Or have I done something wrong? And i dont mean that quality of mics are bad, they hear absolutely nothing. 😬🤷🏻‍♂️
 

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Need your knowledge guys! Today came my S8 Ultra. Everything works great, except the two microphones. The person I'm talking to can't hear anything through either the internal or external microphone. Is there any way I can find out if it is a hardware defect? Or have I done something wrong? And i dont mean that quality of mics are bad, they hear absolutely nothing. 😬🤷🏻‍♂️
I have heard a few reports of this issue with the ultra that's why I opted for the S8 Standard which does not have this issue with either mic.
 

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Hi guys, had two more questions. I have now ordered a new external microphone that runs via USB and does not require any software. What do you think, will this work and which USB plug would be suitable for this?

My second question would be the following: I would like to change the roof antenna incl. wiring on my car against a DAB+ antenna? I have often read that the DAB+ USB adapter from Atoto is not so good. Do you know some good alternatives? Thanks
 

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Need your knowledge guys! Today came my S8 Ultra. Everything works great, except the two microphones. The person I'm talking to can't hear anything through either the internal or external microphone. Is there any way I can find out if it is a hardware defect? Or have I done something wrong? And i dont mean that quality of mics are bad, they hear absolutely nothing. 😬🤷🏻‍♂️
No prob!em with the mic here but getting the cellphone app to work has been interesting, ad no I don't want to be tethered or leashed. I have a gan1 ultra and a list of issues, some I have managed to work out and some have worked themselves out. My eyes however need glasses about as bad as we need volume controls for the mic etc. I have had apps tell me my mic is hot (I am pretty sure they mean the volume) I currently have the external mic on a pillar about two feet away and it picks up everything inside and outside. I'm trying to post this from my truck and it has been a challenge.
 
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No prob!em with the mic here but getting the cellphone app to work has been interesting, ad no I don't want to be tethered or leashed. I have a gan1 ultra and a list of issues, some I have managed to work out and some have worked themselves out. My eyes however need glasses about as bad as we need volume controls for the mic etc. I have had apps tell me my mic is hot (I am pretty sure they mean the volume) I currently have the external mic on a pillar about two feet away and it picks up everything inside and outside. I'm trying to post this from my truck and it has been a challenge.
What do you mean by cell phone app? I use the WiFi Hotspot to give Atoto Internet access since my phone carrier took away the Bluetooth tethering feature for some reason (other carrier's phones of the same model have it and my previous phone had it). The Bluetooth for music etc. still works, of course.

I haven't had problems with the mic, at least assuming that when you use the Google Assistant on your phone for texts/calls, it uses your phone's mic for Google Assistant and not the Atoto's mic. It picks up who I want to call just fine, but speech-to-text for texting sucks, even yelling at it, so I'm guessing it is using the little mic on my phone that I keep on a long-armed wireless charging holder just to the right of the Atoto unit.
 

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Has anyone figured out how to use two 720/1080 cameras, one front and one rear, with the S8 and have both record to the sd card in the S8? I don't want the ac-44p2 or any other forward facing camera that mounts to my windshield or dash, I would like to mount the front camera in my grill\front bumper. I don't need the birds eye view either just reverse camera and rear camera that record to the HU when the car is running, like a dual camera dash cam without the other hardware.
 

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Hi i have an Atoto 10.1 S8 ultra plus my problem is the Bluetooth 2 os seeing the device when you inter the password the device drop off and dont want to reconnect can any help i have tried everything but nothing works can any one help
Hi did you ever get this sorted out? I have the same issue. Thanks.
 

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    Welcome! Please feel free to ask for help or share your experience with the Atoto S8 line of head units.

    Current lineup:

    S8 Standard S8G2A71S(2GB/16GB)
    S8 Pro Version S8G2A75P(4GB/32GB)
    S8 Ultra


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    Tips/Notes
    • Ensure your Google contacts are backed up if you allow the HU to access them. It has been known to delete them. You can disable Contact Sync from the Accounts section in Settings.
    • Developer Options can be enabled via the repeated clicking under 'About', but to access the menu, you need a play store program that will take you directly to it. A lot of alternative launchers provide a way to access them.
    • The ONLY USB connection that USB debugging works on is USB1 --> Phone Link. For it to work, you need to change the "computer connection" to whatever the SECOND option is [untranslated]. This can be selected from the top right menu in Developer Options
    • File down the very end, outer part of the wire harness clip, and it will go in all the way and latch like it's supposed it. Just needs to clear the casing by 1/16" or less.
    • On at least the first batch of S8's there is a chance the RCA Rear and Front outputs are incorrect and need swapped. The labels are incorrect.


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    Just got mine in this afternoon and installed it in my 86 Ford truck this evening. Prior to that I set it up via the AC adapter (sold separately).
    I know there are a lot more fleshed out reviews out there but here's my take on it.
    I really liked the A6Y Pro. It started out really strong and for 95% of the time it did what was needed. When you consider it's a head unit so it encompasses a lot more than just an Android tablet, it really is impressive. Everything it did, it did well - it just did it kind of slowly. It got pretty sluggish at times when trying to switch between a lot of apps and installing apps from the app store was painfully slow. It should be noted that in just the normal run of the mill drive when you are listening to a single music/radio app or navigation it did great. It was really just when I was sitting in my truck messing with it that one noticed these things. So take those complaints as being a tad bit critical.
    In comes the S8. I didn't have any plans of getting the S8 initially but since I am still working on the interior of the truck I am restoring I felt like it made sense to get the latest version before finalizing the wiring and dash.
    Right off the bat, it's noticeably faster and more responsive. I could install my apps from the app store about as fast as I could click them. Even the cold boot wasn't much slower than my phone (A6Y Pro would go through the 'Optimizing app' process every time and that took awhile). The status bar has changed quite a bit in that the navigation is at the top left vs the bottom. The three primary buttons work really well there and the split screen feature works slick.
    This is a personal preference but while I like the new status bar approach, I wouldn't mind seeing a way to style it differently. I am not a huge fan of colors up there like is seen when a phone is connected.

    As I said, there are better video reviews out there but let me just say that if you have the A6Y and feel like you are pushing it, the S8 is the answer for you.
    Additionally the Atoto support team is very quick to respond (realize that hours may differ from where you are) and is extremely helpful. That's a huge plus especially with the S8 being fairly new to market.

    Items of note that I have found:
    1. LastPass and FCC Launcher.
    Both need Accessibility Services but when trying to grant them and click OK I am unable to due to a message of: "Because an app is obscuring a permission request, Settings can't verify your response"
    There may be other apps that will run into this issue also or if someone has tried either one of these and they don't have the issue granting it, please let me know

    2. RCA Rear and Front outputs are incorrect
    This one threw me for a minute. I am using the RCA FR and FL for my door component speaks and am joining the RR and RL for my Hideaway sub. Turns out in the first shipment of S8's the ports are backwards so you will need to hook the Fronts to the RL/RR and vice versa. I am told that the next shipment will have this resolved. Those are the only RCA outputs I have used so far as the male part of my rear view camera RCA cable fell off when removing the A6Y Pro so I have to wait for a new connector to come in so I can repair it.
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    To bad Atoto is not monitoring this thread to help it's customer's a little bit with these type of questions.
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    Guys, there's a new radio app available for the Atoto S8!!! I already tested this and it actually works!
    It's the only radio app besides the native one (well and any from other FYT head units) that actually works with our head unit. :D
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    I have the S8 standard, I've been running and messing with it for about a week now. The stock launcher, the icons are way too big and there's no way to resize them, so I installed Google Now Launcher and the icons are smaller and I can stack 2 rows on the bottom of the screen. The only issue that I'm having with the launcher is that the Phone app is gone. It's not onscreen and it's not in the app drawer. It's like it disappeared when I installed the new launcher. I still receive calls through it connected to bluetooth to my cell, but I can't find the app to make calls out.

    With the radio, I have the same back up cam that everyone gets installed and it worked great the first day that I installed it. I put the car in reverse and 3 seconds later I have video. My car sat for 2 days and then when I drove it again, the reverse cam video shows up, but it says no signal and the screen is black. So I know at least the trigger wire works, and it has to be a short in the video cable itself. But every now and then, I get video on the screen.

    I'm guessing there's no way to set certain apps to load on startup. I'd like to turn on the car and the radio app just turns on and plays, but it defaults to the the home screen and I have to load the radio app. I don't use the radio widget, I use the icon to bring up the full screen version of the radio. Once the radio app is running, I have a habit of hitting the back button and it turns the radio app off. So I have to get used to hitting the home button after I load it so it goes back to the home screen.

    Google Maps works great, I downloaded over 600MB of offline maps. I don't have a hotspot except when I use my phone, so it is completely shut off from wifi. I can get into some pretty deep woods with it. But sometimes the app gets stuck and you get a white screen and the GPS can't find you. So you have to force stop Google Maps and reload it and hope that the GPS finds you. I'll post up more of my experiences with it as time goes on. But I have to say, this is my 4th Android car stereo and it's really great so far.
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    IThoughts
    Theres a lot of praise for atoto which there should be, this device is much smoother than the A6 and i would say even better value for money if you can get it cheap and sell your A6. However there a few issues that i managed to find in just 30 minutes. BUT damn, this thing is quick, and only £60 more than the A6 sometimes. I dont think ill upgrade again. hopefully i can sell the A6 for a good enough amount to cover the cost of this upgrade.

    1) Z LINK - this does not work well with android auto (ironic this an android head unit). There is a DPI issue, spotify icon does not scale properly, whether thats my p30 pro or the app i am not sure yet. Right hand side does not work for us in the UK, always showing left hand side arrangement.

    2) finger gestures - we should be able to choose this but minor in the grand scheme

    3) AUDIO - oh audio, so much promise. Can definitely be fixed with software updates tho. other asked for help in setting a nice eq setting, so far a smooth v shape from +5 at the low, 0 at the mids and +6 at the high is doing well. There is a catch, turn off audio delay ( the distances are too small to make a difference imo and makes it sound weird, comes set up for left and side tho i believe).
    Subwoofer RCA is 0.8v so be aware. I am not sure how to even amplify such a small signal

    4) in car calls - The new system is SICK. with all the reviews ive seen, i cannot stress how good the s8 handles calls. new pop up is small and out of the way, can pick up and hang up like usual. On top of that you can change weather you want handset or car audio if you want to make a private call! and lastly, floating number pad!!

    5) horsepower - since Z link is for me subpar with AA, i am using headunit reloaded. The a6 could barely handle 720p and it had to be done with software. now i run AA at 720p with hardware acceleration! buttery smooth, feels like it was design by a name brand. I will use Zlink for car play but HUR for AA.

    6) some of my contacts were also delete -_- (Fix: turn off sync for contacts. then roll back changes to your account and hour or to yesterday)