How to fix Spotify not working on Android Auto?

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December 12, 2023

Android Auto is designed with safety in mind. It has a simple and intuitive interface with integrated steering wheel controls and powerful new voice operation designed to minimize distractions so you can stay focused on the road. With access to millions of songs and podcasts on Spotify, you can find the perfect soundtrack for your trip. When you connect your Android phone to a compatible vehicle or radio, Android Auto will display Spotify on the vehicle’s screen.

Spotify Android Auto

How to use Android Auto?

To use Android Auto, you need an Android Auto compatible vehicle or aftermarket radio and an Android phone running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher.

  1. Make sure your car or stereo is compatible with Android Auto(
  2. If you have Android 9 or below, get the Android Auto app on your phone. (Download it here.) With Android 10, Android Auto is built in – so you don’t need the app to get started.
  3. Connect your phone to your car with a USB cable and see Android Auto on your dashboard display. If your car display supports wireless connection, you must pair your phone with your car’s bluetooth for set-up. After set-up, depending on your car, either the phone will automatically connect or the Android Auto app icon will appear on your car display.

Which apps can I use on Android Auto?

Android Auto makes it easy to access your favorite music, media, and messaging apps in the car. Check out all the Apps for Android Auto.

How to fix Spotify not working on Android Auto?

1. Developer settings

If Spotify doesn’t show up in the Android Auto Menu, follow below steps:

  • Launch the Android Auto app.  
  • Tap the top left menu and select About.
  • Tap About Android Auto 10 times to unlock Developer Mode. Select top right menu and check if there’s Developer settings
  • Select Developer settings and scroll down to Unknown sources.

2. Restart Your Phone

3. Reinstall Spotify and Android Auto

4. Clear Spotify Cache

  • Go to Settings on your phone and tap on Apps (or Applications depending on the version of Android OS).
  • Locate and tap on Spotify.
  • Tap ‘Storage.’
  • Tap ‘Clear Cache.’

5. Set Spotify as Default Music Service

To make Spotify the default player manually:

  • In the Google Home app, tap Account in the top-right.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Music under services.
  • Select Spotify to set it as the default music player for your Google Home.

6. Play Spotify in car from USB drive

However, Android Auto doesn’t work so stably. Many users complain that “it stops connecting at random times during my drive and then says device is not supported”, “Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t”. Besides, if you don’t have Spotify premium you will be interrupted by ads. The best way to play Spotify music in the car is to download Spotify music to mp3 and them play them from your phone or usb drive. All you need is Pazu Spotify Converter.

Pazu Spotify Converter is a professional Spotify music downloader for you to download Spotify songs, albums, playlists and podcasts to common formats including MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF with 100% original quality preserved. After downloading, all ID3 tags and metadata, including title, artwork, artist, album, and track number, will be retained. To learn how to download Spotify music to your computer with a free account, here is a quick and short tutorial you need to follow.

Key features of Pazu Spotify Converter:

  • Download Spotify songs, albums, playlists and podcast with either Spotify free or premium account.
  • Built-in Spotify web player, no Spotify app needed.
  • Download Spotify to MP3 in 320kbps.
  • Multiple output formats: MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF.
  • Keep all ID3 tags.
  • Rename Spotify songs with title, album, artist, etc.
  • Archive downloaded songs by album or artist.
  • Multilingual interface.

1. Run Pazu Spotify Converter

Download, install and run Pazu Spotify Converter on your Mac or Windows. Log in your Spotify account with the built-in web player.

spotify converter

2. Choose output format

Click the ” Options ” button on the top right corner. Here you can select output format (MP3/M4A/AAC/FLAC/WAV/AIFF), output quality, customize the output path, organize the output files in various ways, rename output files and more.

spotify song format

3. Select Spotify songs, albums or playlists

Select the songs, album or playlist you want to download. Spotify Converter will detect and display all songs. Uncheck the songs you don’t want to download if there are any. Click “Show All” icon to toggle “Hide Converted” on in case some songs have been downloaded before.

drag&drop spotify songs

4. Download and Convert Spotify Songs to Local

Click Convert button to start downloading the Spotify songs to your local computer.

remove Spotify DRM

5. Transfer Spotify mp3 songs to USB drive iPhone/iPad

Sync the downloaded Spotify songs to USB drive and then play them offline from your car’s USB port. You can also get rid of ads without upgrading to Spotify premium.