Android Auto gains new diagnostic tool to help battle bad USB cables

Michail, 18 March 2022

Google’s latest update to the Android Auto app (version 7.5.121104) brings a new USB Startup Diagnostic tool that tells users if their connection cable is faulty. The new tool automatically checks whether data transfers between connected phones and the car’s infotainment are functioning properly and will send a message if it detects any issues.

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Android Auto USB Startup Diagnostic tool

Google’s support page also recommends you use the bundled USB cable that came with your phone. Google also suggests said cables should ideally be under 1m in length and adheres to the USB-IF standard. You should also skip out on using USB hubs, cable adapters or extensions. You can check out the feature by going to the Android Auto app’s connection help menu. The new diagnostic feature will follow a gradual rollout schedule.

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Reader comments

  • Anonym
  • 20 Mar 2022
  • Lci

That's also why some cars have wireless charging.

  • Anon
  • 19 Mar 2022
  • mgU

I prefer a cable connection because my phone isn't running down its battery when it's plugged in.

Or buy the new $90 motorola dongle like I did to add the functionality. Also, don't blame Google for lack of Wireless Android Auto support, blame the car makers.

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