How to connect Android Auto on VW Tiguan

Compatible Android devices can share content with and can be controlled through the infotainment display using Android Auto.

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line – (photo by VW)

The phone should be running Android operating system 5.0 or higher. Ensure that the Android Auto app from the Google Play Store is installed on the device.


  1. Start by turning on the ignition on putting the vehicle in park.
  2. Connect your smartphone to one of the USB ports in the center console with a manufacturer approved cable.
  3. A prompt will ask for permission to access data on the phone. Select Allow.
  4. Now on the top right corner of the infotainment system, press APP button. This will display available devices and applications.
  5. Select Android Auto.
  6. A prompt will appear asking for your permission to transfer data between vehicle and phone. Select OK.
  7. A confirmation will appear after successful connection and it will inform you that the device can no longer be used as a media source – since Android Auto will now be the default media source.
  8. A message will appear asking to check if confirmation is required on your phone. Agree to terms and conditions and accept all prompts on your phone.

You can access Android Auto home screen by touching the button on the lower left of the display.

Android Auto home button – (photo by Volkswagen)

While in any application or the home screen, if music files are present on the phone, the Google Play Music icon will appear on the lower left – allowing control of music files or stations while using another application.

Google Assistant

While using Android Auto, the Google Assistant can be activated by pressing the talk button on the steering wheel, the microphone icon on the display, or simply by saying “Hey Google” just like on your phone. Google Assistant can be used to make voice commands for making calls or sending messages. You can also ask Google Assistant to read incoming messages.

Talk button on steering wheel of 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

You can also enter navigation destination using voice commands. Just speak addresses, points of interests or names of location.

Contact the author: carolray@wheelsjoint.com



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