If you’re an Android user, you may already know about Android Auto – a tool that allows you to connect your smartphone to your car’s infotainment system. With Android Auto, you can stay connected while staying safe on the road. One of the most convenient features of Android Auto is the ability to read and send text messages without ever taking your eyes off the road.
To get started, you’ll need to have a Kia vehicle equipped with Android Auto, and your Android phone connected to your Kia via Bluetooth or a manufacturer-approved USB cable. Once you’re set up, you can use voice commands to listen to incoming text messages and send new ones.
To send a text message, simply say “OK Google” or select the microphone icon on the Android Auto screen. Then say “message” or “text” followed by the name or phone number of the contact you want to message. For example, “message Lisa Smith” or “text John Doe.” Android Auto will repeat your message back to you and confirm that you want to send it. If everything looks good, just say “yes” to send the message.
Incoming text messages will appear as a drop-down window at the top of the screen. You can play or preview the message by tapping on it. If you miss the notification, you can always access it by pressing the notifications icon.
When you receive a text message, Android Auto will read it out loud to you. If you want to reply, simply say “yes” when prompted. Then dictate your message and Android Auto will confirm it before sending it.
Using Android Auto for text messaging is not only convenient, but it also helps keep you safe on the road. You can keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road while still staying connected to friends and family. For more information about text messaging via Android Auto, check out your car infotainment system quick reference guide or the Kia features and functions videos on YouTube.