Gaia GPS now connects with Android Auto, bringing all of its detailed map sources to your vehicle’s dashboard screen. With turn-by-turn directions on saved routes in the Gaia GPS app, Android Auto offers handsfree navigation for a safer and more convenient driving experience on both city streets and backcountry roads.
Gaia GPS in Android Auto will allow you to:
- Display your active map layers on the Android Auto screen
- Get directions to a destination with Google Assistant
- Zoom in and out and toggle course-up mode
- View a list of your drivable Saved Routes
- Note, only routes that are "drivable" will be displayed. Make sure to use driving mode when creating a route to ensure your route is drivable.
- Follow turn-by-turn directions for the selected Saved Route
- Cancel Navigation
To use Gaia GPS with Android Auto you will need:
- Gaia GPS account
- Gaia GPS app downloaded to the phone (v2021.6 or later)
- Android Auto-supported vehicle
To launch Gaia GPS on your Android Auto system:
- Connect your phone to your vehicle’s Android Auto system
- Select Gaia GPS from the dashboard screen
- If you’re having issues, you can find troubleshooting steps from Google here
Using Android Auto
The main map will mirror the active map sources you have selected in the app.
To change the map source displayed on the Android Auto screen, change your active map source in the app.
And just like the app, if you plan to adventure offline or out of cell service range, make sure to download your maps for offline use before heading out.
Tapping the main map will unhide these controls:
- North up/Course up
Tap the "Routes" button to pull up your saved routes.
The list is sorted from closest to farthest. Due to user safety concerns, Google limits the Routes list to 6 items.
Selecting a route will start navigation.
You can search all -- not just the 6 listed -- of your drivable routes using the search button. Press the phone button to use the keyboard on your phone.
The gear icon opens Settings. From here, you can toggle on or off the routes, waypoints, and tracks overlays.
North up/course up
Tapping the location button will toggle between north up and course up navigation modes.
In "north up" mode, North will be at the top of the screen and the locate button will look like crosshairs:
In "course up" mode, your current heading will be at the top of the screen and the locate button will look like an hourglass:
Tapping the plus button will toggle between 3 zoom levels.
After choosing a route, turn by turn directions will be displayed to instruct you to your destination. The arrival time, time until destination, and distance left are shown in the bottom left corner.
When you reach your destination, tap "End" to exit navigation.
Navigate with Google Assistant
You can use Google Assistant to get directions to a destination.
1. With Gaia GPS open in Android Auto, tap the microphone button to activate Google Assistant.
- Or if Gaia GPS is your default navigation app, you can activate Google Assistant from anywhere in Android Auto.
2. Say something like “Navigate home” or “Navigate to Ouray, Colorado.” The app will create a route for you to follow.
Dark Mode in Android Auto
Android Auto will use the Dark Mode setting from the Gaia GPS app on your phone. See Switch Between Light and Dark Mode to change this setting. Note: If you use the System option, your car's head unit will determine when to use dark mode. For some cars, turning your headlights on will turn Android Auto to dark mode.
Choose a Route from your phone
You can choose a route from your phone to follow in Android Auto.
1. From the Gaia GPS app on your phone, find the route in your Saved menu and tap on it to reach the details page.
2. Tap "Navigate on Android Auto."
Important note about feature availability and safety:
Due to the inherent risks of using a screen while operating a vehicle, Google employs strict restraints on how apps behave in Android Auto. As a result, it's not possible to:
- Pan the map away from your location
- Tap on items on the map
"Please allow Gaia GPS to access your location in Android settings."
If you see this message, you need to allow Gaia GPS to access your phone's location.
"Please proceed to use the app on your phone."
If you see this message, you need to log in to the app on your phone. From your phone, open Gaia GPS > Settings > Account > Log in > Have an account? > Sign in
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