Android Auto installed but "invisible"



  • I have Android Auto installed, but I can't run it:

    1. I can navigate to Android Audio app's page in Google Play app and I see "Uninstall", but I don't see "Open".
    2. I cannot see this app's icon in Nova Launcher (or any other launcher).
    3. When I install this app directly from .apk file the "Launch" button in confirmation message box is grayed.

    Is this something with my Android (10) or my gear (DooGee S88 Plus)?

    This is the first time, I have such situation. So far, in the past 10+ years of using Android, I could only see apps that I can install and run or that I can't install. I have never seen before an app that I can install, but can't run, since this seems pointless.

    BTW: When I tap "Uninstall" in Google Play then, after something that looks like uninstallation process, I don't see "Install" button again, but "Update" instead (which would suggest that application hasn't been actually uninstalled). This is also very weird and also I have this situation for the first time in my Android life. What is this, what is causing this or what am I missing in the above picture?



  • Since Android 10, Android Auto is integrated as a system app but hidden for phone users. Users may have to install Android Auto for Phone Screens app to use it on their phones.

    According to https://support.google.com/androidauto/answer/9468382 ,

    Starting with Android 10, Android Auto is built into the phone as a technology that enables your phone to connect to your car display. [...]

    If you don't have an Android Auto compatible car or prefer to access Android Auto on your phone screen, there are 3 options:

    • If you're upgrading your phone from Android 9 to Android 10, make sure that your phone already has Android Auto installed before you upgrade. If so, the app icon will carry over to your newly upgraded device.
    • You can use https://support.google.com/android/answer/2819582 to backup and restore from another device that already has Android Auto app installed.
    • You can also go to the Play Store and download https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.projection.gearhead.phonescreen , which is only available on Android 10 or higher devices. Once you install the app, you can continue to use Android Auto on your phone screen.

    According to GSM Arena, https://www.gsmarena.com/_doogee_s88_pro-10754.php comes with Android 10 already. Thus, Android Auto app is hidden by default and users need to install Android Auto for Phone Screens if they want to use it from their phone.

    On the other hand, https://www.gsmarena.com/google_pixel_3a-9408.php comes with Android 9 and Android Auto pre-installed. Thus, when it's updated to Android 10 (and beyond), the app icon is still shown on the app drawer.




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