Currently, Android Auto users can only use the apps on their regular Android profiles. Hence, users who have a work profile on their phones are limited to the apps they can use. A future update to Android Auto will fix that, and Google is currently testing the functionality.
Work Profiles in Android Auto
The Android Work Profiles solution will already be present in Android Auto, Those reports 9to5Google. This concerns a number of lines of code in a recent update to Android Auto, specifically version 6.4. In the code, Google talks about the permission the end user should give to view data from work profiles in Google’s auto operating system. Meshaal Al-Rahman confirms on Twitter that the feature Present in the application.
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At the same time, Rahman stated that the primary job appears to be “unavailable” at the moment. Since no changes have been made up front at this time, it is difficult to determine exactly how Google handles business profiles in Android Auto. In Android, a distinction is made clearly between work profile apps and regular Android apps, so you always know if you are opening a regular app or a work app. A distinction can also be made between regular reports and work reports. Finally, work profiles can be turned off after a specified time. How this turns into Android Auto is still unknown.
Google Play Music disappears
In addition to having work profiles accessing Android Auto, Google has adapted two other functions of the app. One of the changes relates to the references to Google Play Music. Although the streaming service has been missing from the platform for some time, references are left in the Android Auto app – this time completely removed.
Additionally, the search giant has worked in version 6.4 to improve its Android Auto wireless troubleshooter, which users can ask questions about when connecting their devices wirelessly to their car’s infotainment system for the first time. Google has also added a notification to users with a phone that does not support 5GHz Wi-Fi. While a few phones have been released in recent years that do not support this, they remain useful for those with an old (er) phone.
Introducing Android Auto 6.4
Android Auto 6.4 is currently rolling out to the Play Store. At the time of writing this article, the update was not yet available for the editor. It is possible that Google will enable work profiles through its servers in the Android Auto app at a later time. If you come across a working profile in the Android Auto app these weeks, feel free to let us know in the comments at the bottom of this article or via the email address of the Androidworld editorial team.