Android Auto update removes the option to turn off ‘wireless Android Auto’

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With the latest Android Auto update, version 8.7, you can no longer disable wireless connections from the app, reports 9to5Google. It’s been a few years since the app supported it and people used it, and it seems Google now deems it unnecessary to ever want to disable it.

You can no longer disable Android Auto with the new update

The switch to disable the feature was in the settings menu before the Android Auto 8.7 update, which is now widely rolled out. The setting used to be under the “System” section in the app, above the option to turn off Google Analytics. The setting is also missing in Android Auto 8.8 (now available in beta for some beta testers).

In previous years the option was disabled by default and now Google is leaving it enabled by default and removing the option to disable it. Please note, however, that wireless Android Auto is not affected in any way by this change. So you can still use it just fine, as usual.

It can be a bit of a pain if you want to disable wireless Android Auto so that a partner’s device can connect. But, as the folks at 9to5Google point out, a simple airplane mode or turning off Bluetooth while the other device connects should do the job.

It’s always a bit odd when updates remove settings instead of introducing new ones, but that change does eliminate confusion, okay. If you really want to disable wireless Android Auto, there’s a way… but the setting is now buried deep in the developer’s settings (you can access it by tapping the version number multiple times).

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