• Introducing XDA Computing: Discussion zones for Hardware, Software, and more!    Check it out!

Zlink App

Search This thread

jlbooth

Senior Member
Feb 5, 2013
179
92
OnePlus 6T
I didn’t get you ?
which head unit does my device come in
I don’t know the model or brand name
You have a generic unbranded 8227L with a YT9216BJ processor. If your unit was MTCD/E then you would see MTCD or MTCE on the about page that you posted. Posts for non MTCD/E/x go in the Android Head units forum.

To answer your original question, you will need an external dongle to be able use Apple CarPlay with this unit. Be advised that many of the dongle devices on the market often stop working when Apple provides updates to your phone as the dongles are not Apple certified.
 
Jun 11, 2021
9
0
You have a generic unbranded 8227L with a YT9216BJ processor. If your unit was MTCD/E then you would see MTCD or MTCE on the about page that you posted. Posts for non MTCD/E/x go in the Android Head units forum.

To answer your original question, you will need an external dongle to be able use Apple CarPlay with this unit. Be advised that many of the dongle devices on the market often stop working when Apple provides updates to your phone as the dongles are not Apple certified.
Is there any way by root i can install and run zlink on it?
 

iagobkstar

Member
May 14, 2021
23
10
Is there any way by root i can install and run zlink on it?
If Zlink didn't come preinstalled with your radio, then there's absolutely no way you'll get it to work by just installing the apk. Zlink requires hardware, it's not just an app. However, as it was said in this thread, there are USB dongles that can provide wired Android Auto/Carplay capabilities. Search for those on AliExpress.
 

iagobkstar

Member
May 14, 2021
23
10
They’re reliable ?
I have no idea, as I've never used one. They're rather cheap, about $25:
These dongles don't use the Zlink app. Instead, they use their own app (called AutoKit), so I cannot speak about the performance and features that such app will provide for both Carplay and Android Auto.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Takeshikovacs99

abnormalreply

Senior Member
Sep 1, 2012
514
235
New York City
If Zlink didn't come preinstalled with your radio, then there's absolutely no way you'll get it to work by just installing the apk. Zlink requires hardware, it's not just an app. However, as it was said in this thread, there are USB dongles that can provide wired Android Auto/Carplay capabilities. Search for those on AliExpress.
Is there any way to get wireless android auto on a unit that already supports wired? Wired is supported via the CarLink app.
 

iagobkstar

Member
May 14, 2021
23
10
Is there any way to get wireless android auto on a unit that already supports wired? Wired is supported via the CarLink app.
I don't think so, unless the manufacturer/CarLink developer eventually decides to include that feature (I don't even know if it's physically possible with the antennas your radio has). Zlink is similar to CarLink, but requires specific hardware in your headunit, so installing it in a headunit where Zlink didn't come preinstalled just won't work.
 

jlbooth

Senior Member
Feb 5, 2013
179
92
OnePlus 6T
You can get wireless AA using an app called Headunit Reloaded. It's an inexpensive paid for app. However it works quite well and is developed by recognized XDA devloper @Emil Borconi who also developed a hardware solution AAWireless.

Headunit Reloaded is still being maintained and is updated regularly. It can be purchased on Google Play store. For more info:

Headunit Reloaded:

WirelessAA:
 
Jun 11, 2021
9
0
I have no idea, as I've never used one. They're rather cheap, about $25:
These dongles don't use the Zlink app. Instead, they use their own app (called AutoKit), so I cannot speak about the performance and features that such app will provide for both Carplay and Android Auto.
Thanks but they ain’t shipping it in india currently and I’m not sure it will support in future os 🥲
 

hector_yo

Member
Feb 2, 2015
32
5
I've bought a tesla style radio from phoenix for my car. The radio has ZLink built in.
When I use Android Auto with it, if I toogle my headlights, google maps does not change between day and night mode.
With the stock radio, Android Auto was working fine.
Is Zlink supposed to detect when to change to night mode?
 

Apollon2

Senior Member
Mar 20, 2021
52
10
I can only say for apple carplay via zlink app that it works. There is a setting in zlink for that.
However you should test whether google maps on the head unit (not on the phone!!) does switch between day and night to determine if your canbus delivers that information.
 

graycorgi

Senior Member
Apr 23, 2010
306
85
Dallas
I've bought a tesla style radio from phoenix for my car. The radio has ZLink built in.
When I use Android Auto with it, if I toogle my headlights, google maps does not change between day and night mode.
With the stock radio, Android Auto was working fine.
Is Zlink supposed to detect when to change to night mode?

This only recently started working for me in Zlink. I want to say the 4.0.17 or .19 version was when I noticed it started working. And it still doesn't work 100% - if I turn the car on and the headlights are already on (for example at night time) Zlink still shows map in daytime mode. I have to turn the lights off and back on for it to go to night mode.
 
  • Like
Reactions: hector_yo

iagobkstar

Member
May 14, 2021
23
10
This only recently started working for me in Zlink. I want to say the 4.0.17 or .19 version was when I noticed it started working. And it still doesn't work 100% - if I turn the car on and the headlights are already on (for example at night time) Zlink still shows map in daytime mode. I have to turn the lights off and back on for it to go to night mode.
It was working for me before that, I'd say it's been working since the first version that came preinstalled with my radio (I believe 4.0.7...? not sure) However, here it's mandatory to use headlights even during daytime in some situations (under bridges, inside tunnels and when driving on a road during maintenance, among others), so I've had it disabled this whole time. Can't say for sure if any update broke it for me, as I've also jumped to 4.0.14 and then 4.0.17 (now 4.0.19 from Malaysk). It was definitely working in 4.0.17 is working in 4.0.19.
 

PaulieP

Senior Member
Jul 23, 2007
64
12
To answer your original question, you will need an external dongle to be able use Apple CarPlay with this unit. Be advised that many of the dongle devices on the market often stop working when Apple provides updates to your phone as the dongles are not Apple certified.
Not necessarily true. Doesn't matter if the dongles are apple certified or not as the Chinese have made industries around reverse engineering.

This is no different, the only thing that matters is that you get a dongle that is supported and receives regular updates. Probably the ones that get the most frequent updates, and also happen to be knocked off as well in a bit of irony, are the ones from Carlinkit.

You can find them sold on eBay and on AliExpress with no problem for around 30 bucks. Out of all the dongles, they are well worth it if you get one of the real ones, as the company updates both the client app for your head unit, as well as the firmware on the dongle on a fairly regular basis, nearly all of the other no names you are out of luck if Apple changes or there are showstopper bugs.
 

mike389

New member
Mar 10, 2019
2
0
OnePlus 3
Razer Phone 2
I'm having an issue with my ZLink app as well. The version looks to be 4.0.6, the android auto wireless on the unit was working fine for a while but not only connect sporadically. My phone is the Samsung Galaxy S10+. Does anyone know how I could remedy the issue.

Thanks!
 

ikerg

Senior Member
Dec 19, 2007
2,445
712
How do you guys get the android auto wireless feature?
I have a px6 unit and my zlink app (4.0.x) does not shows any possibility for AA wireless.
Which hardware is required? Is a license issue? Perhaps my serial.number is tied to a previous license in which no wireless AA is included?
 

jlbooth

Senior Member
Feb 5, 2013
179
92
OnePlus 6T
Not necessarily true. Doesn't matter if the dongles are apple certified or not as the Chinese have made industries around reverse engineering.

This is no different, the only thing that matters is that you get a dongle that is supported and receives regular updates. Probably the ones that get the most frequent updates, and also happen to be knocked off as well in a bit of irony, are the ones from Carlinkit.

You can find them sold on eBay and on AliExpress with no problem for around 30 bucks. Out of all the dongles, they are well worth it if you get one of the real ones, as the company updates both the client app for your head unit, as well as the firmware on the dongle on a fairly regular basis, nearly all of the other no names you are out of luck if Apple changes or there are showstopper bugs.
There's no guarantee that future compatibility will always be there. Apple and Google both have the ability to render any device they deem not certified or "approved" to no longer work. I've seen this happen many times with Android Auto. Google can change things on their end to influence the user experience per user anytime they desire.

They do have to maintain compatibility with the auto makers and brand name head unit makers who pay money to keep both the car radios and the software from the phone side "compatible." There's really no monetary benefit to Apple nor Google to keep their car/phone projection technology working for any of the dongles, apps, and whatever compatible long term.

I agree that, yes you can find dongles and things that might work for the short term but again, there's no guarantee these will work as long as the person buying the devices want them to work.

I guess your mileage may vary. I say, enjoy while it works.
 

iagobkstar

Member
May 14, 2021
23
10
There's no guarantee that future compatibility will always be there. Apple and Google both have the ability to render any device they deem not certified or "approved" to no longer work. I've seen this happen many times with Android Auto. Google can change things on their end to influence the user experience per user anytime they desire.

They do have to maintain compatibility with the auto makers and brand name head unit makers who pay money to keep both the car radios and the software from the phone side "compatible." There's really no monetary benefit to Apple nor Google to keep their car/phone projection technology working for any of the dongles, apps, and whatever compatible long term.

I agree that, yes you can find dongles and things that might work for the short term but again, there's no guarantee these will work as long as the person buying the devices want them to work.

I guess your mileage may vary. I say, enjoy while it works.

Yet I haven't heard many complaints (other than yours and one other user's - from you two I have found too many) in this forum about such a situation... I understand what you mean, but it seems Zlink has been able to provide stable support for a long time. Even 3.X.XX versions are still fully compatible with wired Android Auto without issues (I tried it myself recently when installing Malaysk rom on my headunit). I'm not accusing you of scaremongering, just that it hasn't happened yet, so perhaps it is not true that Google has any interest in breaking Android Auto.
 

jlbooth

Senior Member
Feb 5, 2013
179
92
OnePlus 6T
Maybe I'm just outspoken on the topic and I too have wasted money on head units and even an Android Auto dongle that no longer works.

Not that Google would intentionally "break" compatibility for the sake of breaking, but there's no incentive for them or Apple to maintain compatibility. I try to stay realistic on this subject. That's all I'm suggesting and just saying to buy with caution because the purchase could become worthless in short order.

Also Zlink and any of the dongle developers will always be playing catch up with Google and/or Apple. Which I agree that ZLink perhaps has done a better job than most in keeping compatibility.

Words like "scaremongering" have no place on the subject nor in the context of my posts.
 
Last edited:

Top Liked Posts

  • There are no posts matching your filters.
  • 2
    Couldn't access it, the link seems broken. Would it be possible to reupload it? Thanks so much!
    It is not broken. It seems zippyshare is not accessible from some countries. Use VPN
    2
    Hi! Seems you are expert, do you know how to update Zlink? I have already the apk file (4.0.32) and my system is PX6 with Hal9K v5 so it's already rooted. Could you gently point me step by step how to install? Thanks in advance
    Delete the installed apk in the odm folder (use search function with a root-enabled file browser) and then install the apk for 4.0.32. Be extremely careful and do this at your own discretion. Messing with system files can go wrong, very wrong, so read how to access your recovery first and try doing it in case you brick your unit.

    Another option is using Titanium backup to first backup the old apk, then remove it and finally install the apk.

    Malaysk rom explicitly says you must not touch odm, vendor and system folders, so if you're using that rom PLEASE DO NOT DO IT or you will soft brick your unit - save yourself the trouble. Hal9k rom seem to be fine, I've done it myself.

    PS: I am by no means an expert! I've just messed a lot with Android phones and tablets in the past. In terms of car units I'm a total noob.
    1
    Zlink 4.0.32:
    Where exactly do i put it on the head unit?
    1
    Where exactly do i put it on the head unit?
    If you already have Zlink 4.x.xx, you can just install it on top as any other apk. Open it with the file browser of your preference and follow the apk installer through.
    1
    Does there exist a changelog for zlink anywhere?
    As my 4.0.17 is working properly I hesitate to install a new version unless there are game changing changes.

    Or does at least has anyone experiences on the new version, e.g. compatibility to ios15(beta)?
    Thanks!

    There's no changelog. However, it has been reported that versions 4.0.23+ connect substantially quicker. I was running 4.0.19 and had given up on android auto wireless, as it can sometimes be unreliable. Additionally, after driving for a couple hours, my phone gets pretty hot and performance drops. So, I was connecting the cable every time, taking about ~10 s since startup.

    After updating to 4.0.32, I didn't notice any speedup with USB whatsoever. To be honest, it was sufficiently fast before, and I just wanted to fix a bug that drives me mad and has been there for ages: after using Google Assistant, the volume drops so you need to use Google Assistant again and cancel to regain full volume - this bug hasn't been fixed in 4.0.32. Wireless connection does seem faster, about ~15 s since startup. However, I believe I'll keep using it wired, as it's just more reliable (it connects every single time), doesn't drain my battery and my phone runs cooler, making it perform much better.

    So, if you use wireless android auto I'd say it's totally worth updating, you will shave 5 to 15 seconds at startup and maybe it'll be more reliable. Otherwise, save your time, 4.0.17 is perfectly fine.
  • 3
    I didn’t get you ?
    which head unit does my device come in
    I don’t know the model or brand name
    You have a generic unbranded 8227L with a YT9216BJ processor. If your unit was MTCD/E then you would see MTCD or MTCE on the about page that you posted. Posts for non MTCD/E/x go in the Android Head units forum.

    To answer your original question, you will need an external dongle to be able use Apple CarPlay with this unit. Be advised that many of the dongle devices on the market often stop working when Apple provides updates to your phone as the dongles are not Apple certified.
    3
    Hi, can someone please help me with ZLink apk or app download link so i can use it in my car android head unit runs on andorid 9. I need to use apple car play. Its 2gb ram.
    Thanks

    Yeah I can, please see the link below. This is a personal server with all the Data I have on my headunit. You might want to try autoplaybox, its in the dasaita carpay usb dongle folder. I have not tried Zlink yet but I have the APK.

    https://lcraudio.stackstorage.com/s/xhFWr96B3GUtVGV
    2
    I just backup the Apk Zlink app from my Dasaita Max 6 PX6. Someone need it can download and use :)

    rTYrQxD.png


    Download here :
    Zlink 3.5.57 Apk :
    https://mega.nz/file/HIwhmQyL#nug4XGn9mlRLOxFe67z-WJ_s5DmjkAxYKECXTbrjJdw
    zLInk 4.0.6 Apk :
    https://mega.nz/file/CRgEjTTZ#ABsmvwRSG7XaRDGA4MfK48X1haESGsZUW2ar4UiH0pw
    2
    how can I update i click there on the update button but its says it got the last version
    You have to root !
    Here the latest zlink app, ver 4.0.21 :
    2
    Hi! Seems you are expert, do you know how to update Zlink? I have already the apk file (4.0.32) and my system is PX6 with Hal9K v5 so it's already rooted. Could you gently point me step by step how to install? Thanks in advance
    Delete the installed apk in the odm folder (use search function with a root-enabled file browser) and then install the apk for 4.0.32. Be extremely careful and do this at your own discretion. Messing with system files can go wrong, very wrong, so read how to access your recovery first and try doing it in case you brick your unit.

    Another option is using Titanium backup to first backup the old apk, then remove it and finally install the apk.

    Malaysk rom explicitly says you must not touch odm, vendor and system folders, so if you're using that rom PLEASE DO NOT DO IT or you will soft brick your unit - save yourself the trouble. Hal9k rom seem to be fine, I've done it myself.

    PS: I am by no means an expert! I've just messed a lot with Android phones and tablets in the past. In terms of car units I'm a total noob.