Fermata Media Player - audio and video player for Android Auto

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Dec 13, 2009
Google did something in the March update for Pixel and since then its not possible the egt apps work on AA if they were not installed through play store
How is it possible that is a Pixel only problem when other apps like fermata control, cartube etc keeps showing and working? It has something to do with the update too.
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Nov 28, 2022
Dear all,

I have a car screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio, which means that it has a wider display than a standard 16:9 aspect ratio. When I watch a 16:9 video on YouTube and select the "adapt" option, I can see it at full screen, albeit a bit zoomed in, which is acceptable. If the video is in 21:9 aspect ratio, I can view it at full screen with the correct proportion.

However, when I try to watch a 21:9 movie from a web browser, it is displayed with black bars on the top and bottom, regardless of whether I try to select the "adapt" option in the settings or adjust the aspect ratio to 16:9 or 4:3. I'm wondering if there's a way to fix this issue and have the same behavior as YouTube in the web browser.

Does anyone have any suggestions or solutions to this problem?

Thank you in advance for your help and input.


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May 6, 2023
on my s20, i've added a directory on the micro sd card successfully, but it will not let me add the music folder on the phone. no errors, or messages of any kind. it just doesn't appear when i tap the check.


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Jul 2, 2012
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5g NE
I am on Pixel OS ( aosp with pixel skin ) custom rom unrooted
Tried latest kinginstaller with the oppo tick and still fermata not showing ( fermata 1.9.1 )

I have checked app installation source for fermata auto when installing from kinginstaller
It is always shown as installed by package manager and not playstore
This is when using both oneplus trick or without
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Feb 18, 2018
Honor Magic 2

I have a honor magic 2 with harmonyOS 3.0, Android auto 9.4.6, fermata auto 1.9.1. the app was working fine suddenly it's stop show up in Android auto. I've tried:
- reinstalling the app with king installer 1.3
- using the king installer option for oneplus and realme
- reinstalling the app with AAAD
- downgrade the version of fermata and Android auto
- trying other alternatives (such as carstream cartube it figure out but shows no message during this drive)

None of the attempt above helped me to show the app in Android auto.
Did you have please any suggestions to solve my issue.


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Aug 23, 2010
With a rooted xperia xz1c with android 13 lineageOS, i tried fermata (and cartube and carstream), with android auto store (also AAAD), it didn't work: fermata not visible, and cartube or carstream displayed "no message".
Then I tried with kinginstaller, it didn't work either
Then I tried with LSposed + Android-Auto-XLauncher + Kinginstaller by following these steps:
Fermata youtube works (y) and control from carbuttons also work, also while driving

On kinginstaller, I tried to enable the setting "for root user (lineage)", but nothing happens when I click install, so I disabled that to be able to install

With native aspect ratio, I have a few millimeters of screen on top and bottom that are not used. Is full screen without a side pannel possible ? on google maps it's possible by click the maps icon on the left but it's the only app for which I could do it


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Sep 27, 2010
Hi, I just did a clean install of latest versions Fermata and King (Poco F3, MIUI 14.0.70), and am having a bug in the YouTube add-on when I'm using it to watch videos on the phone (not in the car):

After a few seconds on the home page, the whole screen turns white (or black, if in dark mode. At the top of the page is "Home - YouTube". Video controls are displayed. If a video is loaded, hitting play will play the audio, but no video.

- happens only on the YouTube home page, not Subscriptions or Library
- doesn't happen if a video is previewing inside of the web page.
- I've tried with a clean install, and also with logging a YouTube account: same behavior
- Easiest workaround is to his the floating back button, or Search, or go to Subscriptions or Library tabs.
- I've tried playing with every single setting (e.g. play on start, fullscreen, etc) but no joy
I have the same exact behavior. It also sometimes randomly starts playing the first video on the screen,
What are the solutions? What is a floating back button (i hope you are not talking about 3rd party app from google play)? Is it in Fermata option? This is very annoying.

I'm on Samsung S22 ultra.


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Sep 27, 2010
I've noticed that if I turn the phone and change orientation this issue is balck screen goes away.


Senior Member
Jul 2, 2012
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5g NE
I am on Pixel based custom Rom unrooted
I have real google olay services plus microg installed so i can sign in with my account on youtube vanced extended

I have tried kinginstaller and AAEASE with no luck
Tried also changing package name with MT and also no luck

How can i make fermata auto appear in Android Auto with any other method please?


Senior Member
Oct 10, 2016
Redmi K20 / Xiaomi Mi 9T
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
when open Femata Auto in smartphone, has a Black over all screen, And hide menu,. why this hapens?
The same for me with Fermata v1.9.2 (root, on Xiaomi with MIUI 14 / Android 13)

Tested several times under various conditions (WiFi, Mobile Data., uninstalling and reinstalling Fermata, rebooting, etc)

However, previous Fermata version v1.9.1 works smooth, hence I returned to v1.9.1


Senior Member
Oct 16, 2012
How do I use the split screen to replace the media player? Right now, when I launch fermata it always "replaces" waze on the split screen. What I want is to replace youtube music with fermata.

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    I apologize if this has been resolved in one of the previous 47 pages. I've searched but cannot seem to find a resolution.

    My wife's 2024 Grand Highlander works great with AA on both of our phones. I installed Fermata and everything about it works perfectly - even the Apollotv streaming m3u. However, when I try to adjust the volume - either through the steering wheel, or the volume knob on the HU - Fermata pauses whatever I happen to be watching, and Pandora (or some other stock app) will start playing.

    I can put focus back onto Fermata, but I cannot change the volume. If I increase/decrease the volume, it hijacks with the other apps and the volume change applies only to that app - not to Fermata. So not only do I lose control, I still can't make volume changes to Fermata.

    If I force close (or uninstall/disable) the hijacking apps on the phone, I can manipulate the volume on Fermata w/o issue. But that seems quite extreme just to control the volume.

    Has anyone found a less-invasive way to keep focus on Fermata?
    In addition to the FERMATA AUTO, you have to install Fermata Control which is used to control the steering wheel of the car
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    Fermata Media Player is a free, open source audio, video and TV player with a simple and intuitive interface. It is focused on playing media files organized in folders and playlists.

    Supported features:

    ⚫ Play media files organized in folders
    ⚫ IPTV addon with support for EPG and archives
    ⚫ Youtube and web browser addons
    ⚫ Support for network folders: SFTP, SMB (CIFS), Google drive
    ⚫ Remembers the last played track and position for each folder
    ⚫ Support for favorites and playlists
    ⚫ Support for CUE and M3U playlists
    ⚫ Support for M3U playlist URLs
    ⚫ Support for bookmarks
    ⚫ Shuffle and repeat functions
    ⚫ Playback timer
    ⚫ Audio effects: Equalizer, Bass Boost and Virtualizer
    ⚫ Configure audio effects for individual tracks and folders
    ⚫ Configure playback speed for individual tracks and folders
    ⚫ Sort tracks by name, file name, date or randomly
    ⚫ Customizable titles and subtitles
    ⚫ Support for Android Auto
    ⚫ Pluggable media engines: MediaPlayer, ExoPlayer and VLC
    ⚫ Video player with support for subtitles (VLC Engine only)

    There are two version of the player:

    1. The first one has support for Android Auto as a media service. This version is available on Google Play - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.aap.fermata
    2. The second one provides the same functionality, but can be launched as an Android Auto application, i.e. with its own interface:



    To install this version, you may either use the Android Auto Apps Downloader or, for manual installation, follow the instructions below. Before the installation, make sure that the "Unknown sources" option is enabled in the Android Auto settings. To enable this option, open AA settings on your phone and go to the "Developer Settings" section.

    Manual installation
    Before connecting to Android Auto:
    • Install the fermata-auto-control apk. This application is only required if you need support for steering wheel media buttons.
    • Start the player, grant permissions and add folders.
    Temporary solution with changed package name.
    New in 1.7.0 Beta https://github.com/AndreyPavlenko/Fermata/releases/tag/v1.7.0b :
    Youtube web view.
    Basic web browser with support for bookmarks and full screen.
    Gestures support by video and control panel view:
    - Vertical scroll - volume up/down
    - Horizontal scroll:
    1 finger - emulates rw/ff button click (skip 5 seconds by default)
    2 fingers - long click on rw/ff button (skip 20 seconds)
    3 fingers - long click prev/next button (skip 5%)
    Swipe left/right - play prev/next track
    Swipe up/down - play prev/next folder
    Double click - play/pause
    Fermata stop working on 7.0 too were I use few day ago. I think Google blacklisted it, maybe try to rename package name can be a workaround
    Seems like that :( Package renaming works, but I don't think it's a good solution. Google has many ways to block any app.
    Unfortunately, for both situations (checked or not) netflix gives only sound no picture 😔
    I'll update webkit in the next version. Perhaps, it will help.