How can I connect my Galaxy device to a car?

Connecting your Galaxy device to your car makes journeys more enjoyable. Connect to your car stereo to make talking on the phone and listening to music easier. With certain cars you can also connect to your in-built display, allowing you to using your own navigation apps and control your device using your voice assistant.

How can I connect?Click to Expand

There are many different ways of connecting your device to your car. The best method will depend on the device and car that you are using. Once connected, you will be able to control the volume of your device using the car stereo system and may also be able to control music playback. 

 

  • USB: Connect a USB cable to your device, then connect the other end of the cable to your car. 

 

  • Audio cable / AUX: Connect an audio cable to the headphone jack on your device, then connect the other end of the cable to your car stereo. On newer devices you may need to use a USB-C adaptor

 

  • Bluetooth: Turn on Bluetooth on your device and car. Refer to the user guide for your vehicle for more information. Open the Bluetooth settings on your device and tap your car. If prompted, enter the pairing code displayed on your phone to complete the connection. Find out more about pairing a Bluetooth device.

 

  • Cassette player: If your car has a cassette player, you can use a cassette adapter to connect. Insert the cassette adapter into the cassette slot on the stereo, then connect the other end to the headphone jack on your device. On newer devices you may need to use a USB-C adaptor. Please note: cassette adapters are sold separately.

 

Once connected, change the audio source on your stereo to your connection method. You will be able to control the sound coming from your device through the stereo but most other features, such as navigation and calling will have to be controlled through your device. If you've set up a voice assistant like Bixby you will be able to control your device hands-free.

Driving appsClick to Expand

Driving apps are specially designed to provide a hands-free service so you can use some parts of your device while driving. Some driving apps can connect to the display in your car, however most will work just as well on screen of your device.

 

MirrorLink

 

If compatible, your Samsung device will come pre-installed with MirrorLink. To use MirrorLink, connect to your car through a USB connection and any suitable driving apps you have installed will automatically load onto the display. 

 

To enable MirrorLink:

1 Open the Settings app
Open the settings app
2 Tap Connections
Tap Connections
3 Tap More connection settings
Tap More connection settings
4 Tap MirrorLink
Tap MirrorLink
5 Tap Connect to car via USB

Please note: the option to Connect to car via USB will be greyed out unless a compatible USB connection is active

Tap Connect to car via USB

Samsung Car Mode

 

The Samsung car mode app allows you to safely use music, navigation and phone apps. You can use the Car Mode app directly on the screen of your device, however it can also connect to any MirrorLink enabled vehicle and appear on the display.

 

Android Auto

 

The Android Auto app may be suggested if your car does not support MirrorLink. Android Auto is made by Google and is designed to make the most of the Google Assistant.

I'm having difficulty connecting with Car ModeClick to Expand

Nothing appears on my display when I connect

 

If there is no response from your display when connecting to a MirrorLink compatible car, you may need to update MirrorLink. This applies to the following devices: S10, S10 5G, A8, A90 5G, A80, A70, A30, J4+, A20e, Xcover 4S.

1 Open the Settings app
Open the settings app
2 Tap Apps
Tap apps
3 Tap the options icon. It will appear as three dots in the top right corner
Tap the options icon
4 Tap Show system apps
Tap show system apps
5 Tap Samsung MirrorLink 1.1
Tap Samsung irrorLink 1.1
6 Tap Storage
Tap Storage
7 Tap Clear data
Tap Clear data
8 Tap OK
Tap OK
9 Reconnect your device to your car with a USB connection

A text-to-speech download notification keeps appearing

 

If you keep on receiving a reminder about text-to-speech, updating to the latest version may solve your issue.

1 Open the Settings app
Tap Settings
2 Tap General management
Tap General management
3 Tap Language and input
Tap Language and input
4 Tap Text-to-speech output
Tap Text-to-speech output
5 Tap the settings cog
Tap the settings cog
6 Tap the version box. If there is an update it will say that 'A new version is available'
Tap the version box
7 You will be taken to the Galaxy Store. Tap Update
Tap Update
I'm having difficulty using Android AutoClick to Expand

Android Auto only works with certain devices, vehicles and USB cables. If you're having difficulty connecting to Android Auto, try checking your phone, car and cable to troubleshoot the issue.

 

Find out more about setting up and using Android Auto.

If you're experiencing unusual behaviour on Samsung mobiles, tablets or wearables, you can send us an error report or ask us a question in the Samsung Members app. 

 

This allows us to take a closer look at what is happening. The data is anonymised and only held for the duration of the investigation. Find out more about sending an error report through the Samsung Members app.

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