Question Pixel 6 Pro and Android Auto issues

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GtarSkater

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I tried to see if anyone posted a similar question but haven't found anything. Is anyone else having issues with their Pixel 6 Pro while connected to Android Auto? I have 3 issues that are bugging the crap out of me.

1. Every time I connect my phone to the car, it always pops up asking permission to connect to this "new" uConnect device. Its been connected hundreds of times, and even adding it as a trusted device, it still pops up.

2. The sound quality is absolute garbage. Its muddy and heavy on the mid level. I have tried to compensate by adjusting the EQ in the head-unit, and Spotify. It helps, but not much. I have tried my old Note 10+ and the quality is perfect.

3. Often when receiving a phone call, I can answer and control the call using the head-unit, but the audio is going to the phone and not the car speakers.

I have been able to replicate this with both of our Pixel 6 Pro's, and in both of our vehicles (2019 Durango R/T, and 2020 RAM 2500)
Anyone have any ideas?

EDIT: this is wired using different cords for troubleshooting purposes.
 
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Zleepr

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I have none of these issues, but the issue I get is specific to Google Maps on Android Auto. When I'm navigating somewhere, often at the start of the trip Google Maps cannot get a GPS lock on me and the map skips all over the place, constantly rerouting me. After I continue to drive I eventually will get GPS lock and then everything works fine.

Using Waze on Android Auto, everything works fine. I get GPS lock instantly when I switch to the Waze app on Android Auto. So all I can conclude is the issue is specific to Google Maps... It's not that big of a deal but can be very annoying.

Edit: I'm on wireless with a Pioneer AVH deck.
 
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GtarSkater

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I am not seeing any issues in my 2020 Kia Soul. I use the wireless android auto adapter (AAWireless from Indiegogo) so I do not have to plug it in though.
Could your uConnect system need an update? You can check here for one: https://www.driveuconnect.com/support/software-update.html
Great Idea, unfortunately they are already up to date on the software. That AAWireless thing is pretty cool, but plugging it in doesn't bother me that much, plus I know its charging.
 

Caveman419

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Great Idea, unfortunately they are already up to date on the software. That AAWireless thing is pretty cool, but plugging it in doesn't bother me that much, plus I know its charging.
I always have issues with cables that keep disconnecting and have to unplug and re-plug in (both my car & my wife's 2016 Hyundai Sonata). The AAWireless is very handy in that regards. It will occasionally freeze up, but very rarely after a few OTAs ago. The only downside that I have found is that if you get too close to the vehicle with BT Headphones (mowing or other yardwork typically), it will connect to the AAWireless and cut off audio to the BT Headphones. I just unplug the AAWireless from the car until I am done then.
 

Zleepr

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I should mention all my issues only occur when I'm wireless in my car. When I use wired in my friends car, it works fine.
 

Morgrain

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I tried to see if anyone posted a similar question but haven't found anything. Is anyone else having issues with their Pixel 6 Pro while connected to Android Auto? I have 3 issues that are bugging the crap out of me.

1. Every time I connect my phone to the car, it always pops up asking permission to connect to this "new" uConnect device. Its been connected hundreds of times, and even adding it as a trusted device, it still pops up.

2. The sound quality is absolute garbage. Its muddy and heavy on the mid level. I have tried to compensate by adjusting the EQ in the head-unit, and Spotify. It helps, but not much. I have tried my old Note 10+ and the quality is perfect.

3. Often when receiving a phone call, I can answer and control the call using the head-unit, but the audio is going to the phone and not the car speakers.

I have been able to replicate this with both of our Pixel 6 Pro's, and in both of our vehicles (2019 Durango R/T, and 2020 RAM 2500)
Anyone have any ideas?
Personally, I do not have an Android Auto enabled car.

I can tell though that there were numerous reports in the past (XDA, Reddit, Discord, Telegram) of people having problems with Android Auto. Now the problem with that, is...

a) Android Auto has always been buggy - even with cable. I have friends that have been trying to get Android Auto to reliably work with their Samsungs (cable) for years, and their attempt are still a work in progress. It's a hit-and-miss. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
b) Android 12 is extra buggy and has been known to cause problems with Android Auto (reports of Samsung owners upgrading to A12)
c) Pixel 6 Pro is extra special buggy and it's more or less unknown at this point, if Android Auto issues are caused by Auto Auto being a buggy mess, Android 12 being a buggy mess, Pixel 6 being a buggy mess or a culmination of the three together.
d) Plus, there is a massive difference in reliability between Android auto cable vs. wireless.

I did see some workarounds floating in the web, you might be able to find them in Reddits GooglePixel group.

In the end though, your best bet (longterm) would probably be: Go into settings, report the problem directly to Google and make sure that all your friends and family that also use Android Auto do the same.
 
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    I am not seeing any issues in my 2020 Kia Soul. I use the wireless android auto adapter (AAWireless from Indiegogo) so I do not have to plug it in though.
    Could your uConnect system need an update? You can check here for one: https://www.driveuconnect.com/support/software-update.html
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    I am not seeing any issues in my 2020 Kia Soul. I use the wireless android auto adapter (AAWireless from Indiegogo) so I do not have to plug it in though.
    Could your uConnect system need an update? You can check here for one: https://www.driveuconnect.com/support/software-update.html
    Great Idea, unfortunately they are already up to date on the software. That AAWireless thing is pretty cool, but plugging it in doesn't bother me that much, plus I know its charging.
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    I tried to see if anyone posted a similar question but haven't found anything. Is anyone else having issues with their Pixel 6 Pro while connected to Android Auto? I have 3 issues that are bugging the crap out of me.

    1. Every time I connect my phone to the car, it always pops up asking permission to connect to this "new" uConnect device. Its been connected hundreds of times, and even adding it as a trusted device, it still pops up.

    2. The sound quality is absolute garbage. Its muddy and heavy on the mid level. I have tried to compensate by adjusting the EQ in the head-unit, and Spotify. It helps, but not much. I have tried my old Note 10+ and the quality is perfect.

    3. Often when receiving a phone call, I can answer and control the call using the head-unit, but the audio is going to the phone and not the car speakers.

    I have been able to replicate this with both of our Pixel 6 Pro's, and in both of our vehicles (2019 Durango R/T, and 2020 RAM 2500)
    Anyone have any ideas?
    Personally, I do not have an Android Auto enabled car.

    I can tell though that there were numerous reports in the past (XDA, Reddit, Discord, Telegram) of people having problems with Android Auto. Now the problem with that, is...

    a) Android Auto has always been buggy - even with cable. I have friends that have been trying to get Android Auto to reliably work with their Samsungs (cable) for years, and their attempt are still a work in progress. It's a hit-and-miss. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
    b) Android 12 is extra buggy and has been known to cause problems with Android Auto (reports of Samsung owners upgrading to A12)
    c) Pixel 6 Pro is extra special buggy and it's more or less unknown at this point, if Android Auto issues are caused by Auto Auto being a buggy mess, Android 12 being a buggy mess, Pixel 6 being a buggy mess or a culmination of the three together.
    d) Plus, there is a massive difference in reliability between Android auto cable vs. wireless.

    I did see some workarounds floating in the web, you might be able to find them in Reddits GooglePixel group.

    In the end though, your best bet (longterm) would probably be: Go into settings, report the problem directly to Google and make sure that all your friends and family that also use Android Auto do the same.
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    Issue #3 I do get from time to time. Annoying AF. Also trusted device only last 4 hours I believe which I think is ridiculous.

    imo... Spotify always sounds like crap.
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    Haven't had any of these issues at all. Everything works well for me on the December update.