Not long ago, it required you to root Android phone to install AA Mirror and then do some changes to the phone’s advanced settings to mirror Android Auto Screen. However, rooting Android phone voids the warranty and may brick your device permanently. Thus, it’s not worth rooting Android phones for just mirroring your Android Auto screen.
However, now you can install AA Mirror App without root and mirror your Android Auto Screen. In this guide, I will show you a simple way to mirror your Android Phone screen on Android Auto without root access. This works on all Android devices.
Why Mirror Android Auto Screen?
By mirroring your Screen to Android Auto, you can run and mirror Android applications, such as Netflix or YouTube on your Android Auto screen. And that too without root or PC. All you need is one App that spoofs the unofficial Android Auto Apps, such as AA Mirror, AA Mirror Plus, Screen2Auto, as an official app installed from Play Store.
Steps to Mirror Android Auto without Root
To get started, you need to install a new app called Android Auto Apps Downloader or AAAD. As the name suggests, this app allows you to download the Android Auto Apps on your Android device. After downloading the AAAD.apk file on your device, follow these steps,
Step 1: Tap on the downloaded AAAD.APK app and then tap Settings.
Step 2: Enable ‘Allows from this source’ toggle, go back and then tap ‘Install’
Step 3: Once installed, open the AAAD app and grant the required permissions. It currently offers 10 unofficial Android Auto Apps. One of them is AA Mirror.
NOTE: There are other mirroring Apps also available, such as the Screen2Auto, AAStream, and AA Mirror Plus that you can install on your Android phone without root. You may install any based on your preference but for this tutorial’s sake, I have installed the AA Mirror app.
Step 4: Tap on AA Mirror app from the list. This will start downloading the AA Mirror APK file and display a popup like this. Tap ‘Settings’ and then enable ‘Allow from this Source.’ Go back and tap Install.
Step 5: Once installed, you can open the AA Mirror app to make changes to the settings. I will leave these settings as they are. Now you are ready to mirror our Android apps on the Android Auto screen.
Step 6: Just connect your Android device to your Android Auto via USB cable or wirelessly, if your Android Auto supports a wireless connection.
Then access the Android Auto and tap on the AA Mirror App. Tap Start Now on your Android phone to grant permission.
That’s it. Now whatever you do on your Android phone will be visible on the Android Auto Screen. From now on, your co-passengers can enjoy watching videos on the screen while you or whoever is driving, focus on the driving.
CAUTION: Watching videos while driving is dangerous. Do not do that. Please.
Also, one important thing about AAAD is that it allows you to install only one app per month. So if you installed any other app and want to install more apps from AAAD without waiting for an entire month, you can purchase the PRO version as I did.
This will also help the XDA developer who did a fantastic job. Previously, you needed root which voids the phone warranty. Plus, the root process is very complex and may brick your device.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
AA Mirror App is not visible on Android Auto?
AAAD does not work with all Android Auto versions. Thus, you need to downgrade or upgrade the Android Auto to the supported version. Follow this video guide to downgrade Android Auto. Also, checkout solutions here.
Can I Mirror Android Auto without Root?
Yes, with the new AAAD app, you can now install Android Auto mirroring apps, such as AA Mirror, AA Mirror Plus, AAStream, Screen2Auto, and mirror your Android phone screen on Android Auto without root.
Is AAAD Safe?
The AAAD app is completely safe as it’s coming from a trusted senior XDA developer member.
I am not able to install more apps?
AAAD allows you to install only one app per month for free. You can either wait for an entire month to install and try other apps, such as Carstream to play YouTube videos on Android Auto, or purchase the pro version.
Does the AA Mirror need to be installed from inside AAAD?
Can i download and install AA Mirror from other source?
It must be installed from within AAAD to work.
Can I use the touch screen to use the phone?
No, you can’t use the Touch screen with AAAD. However, you can use Screen2Auto to use the touch screen on your car while mirroring.