Android Auto finally removes one of its most annoying restrictions

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Android Auto Home Screen Honda (Image credit: Ted Kritsonis / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Android Auto has added support for dual-SIM phones.
  • The application now allows you to choose which SIM you want to make a call from.
  • Google previously hinted at the feature's arrival a few months ago.

Google looks to have taken notice of a long-time pet peeve among Android Auto users who frequently make a call using their Android phones with dual-SIM support. The search giant has rolled out a new update to Android Auto that lets you select a SIM card to use when placing a phone call on the go.

The dual-SIM support has been spotted by a Reddit user, first reported by XDA Developers. The new update enables the infotainment system to display a pop-up message asking you which SIM to use for a phone call you're trying to make.

Prior to this update, the system would not allow you to select a SIM card from which you wish to place a call. Instead, it would automatically place the call using your default SIM regardless of your phone's dual-SIM support.

As per XDA, Google first teased the feature in September when several new improvements were announced for the app, including personalized recommendations for music, news, and podcasts powered by Google Assistant.

The latest change comes in handy for people who own devices with two SIM card slots. More importantly, the update removes one of Android Auto's most inconvenient limitations: the inability to choose a SIM when making a phone call.

If you want to try out the new capability, you only need to install the latest version of the Android Auto app from the Play Store. The update is available as part of version 7.1.614554 of the app.

Jay Bonggolto
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4 Comments
  • If only it worked reliably to give you audible routing.
  • I would argue the most annoying feature is the requirement to have the car stopped and in park to start Android Auto. If Android Auto crashes (and it does often on some cars) you have to pull over to restart it. It could tempt some users to try and open Google Maps instead while driving. So in an effort to make it's usage safer, it could actually creat a more unsafe condition.
  • I found if you reboot your head unit while still driving, Android auto will work. On my stereo you push the volume button in and hold it til the unit reboots. I hope this helps!
  • I disagree about the MOST annoying restriction of Android auto.
    The worse of all is that you get a message "in the face" if you take to much time to browse the interface, typically when I search for music on Spotify. Why on earth does "Auto" believe it has to remind you're driving and restrict its use ??? Completely stupid : Hey Auto I know what I do !