How to Play Youtube on Android Auto

Joel Mason

Android, Tutorials

YouTube is one of the most popular platforms for watching videos, and with the rise of Android Auto, it has become even easier to enjoy your favorite content on the go. Android Auto is a smart driving companion that allows you to access various apps and services from your Android device directly on your car’s infotainment system. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to play YouTube on Android Auto.


Before we begin, make sure you have the following:

  • An Android device running Android 5.0 or higher
  • An Android Auto compatible car or aftermarket head unit
  • The latest version of the Android Auto app installed on your phone
  • A stable internet connection

Step 1: Connect your phone to your car’s infotainment system

The first step is to connect your phone to your car’s infotainment system using a USB cable. Make sure both devices are compatible and that you have enabled USB debugging on your phone.


If you’re not sure how to enable USB debugging, go to Settings > About Phone > Tap on Build Number several times until you see a toast message saying “You are now a developer.” Then go back to Settings > Developer Options > Enable USB Debugging.

Step 2: Launch the Android Auto app

Once connected, launch the Android Auto app on your phone. If prompted, grant all necessary permissions for the app to work properly.

Step 3: Access YouTube through Android Auto

In the list of available apps, locate and tap on the YouTube icon. This will open the YouTube app within the Android Auto interface.


If you don’t see the YouTube icon, make sure you have the latest version of the YouTube app installed on your phone. You can update it from the Google Play Store.

Step 4: Search for videos or browse your subscriptions

Once inside the YouTube app on Android Auto, you can search for specific videos using voice commands or by typing on your phone’s screen. You can also access your subscriptions and playlists for quick access to your favorite content.

Step 5: Play and control videos

After selecting a video, it will start playing automatically. You can control playback using the controls provided on your car’s infotainment system or through voice commands.


You can pause, play, skip forward or backward, and adjust volume using either the touchscreen or voice commands such as “Hey Google, pause” or “Hey Google, skip forward.”

Step 6: Customize settings

To further enhance your YouTube experience on Android Auto, you can customize various settings such as video quality, autoplay behavior, and more. To do this, tap on the settings icon within the YouTube app on Android Auto.

Step 7: Exit Android Auto

When you’re done watching videos on YouTube through Android Auto, simply exit the Android Auto app by pressing the home button on your car’s infotainment system or by disconnecting your phone from the USB cable.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to play YouTube videos on Android Auto. Now you can enjoy unlimited entertainment during your car rides without compromising safety.

Remember to always prioritize safety and avoid distractions while driving. Use voice commands whenever possible and keep your eyes on the road.

Happy driving and happy watching!

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