1. readhpr's Avatar
    My Pixel 3 doesn't connect automatically to the car Bluetooth. I have to go into the Bluetooth settings every time, go to Connected Devices -> Previously Connected Devices, and even there if I tap on my CAR_MEDIA it tries to connect but fails. I have to go to the settings gear next to CAR_MEDIA in the list of previously connected devices and tap on CONNECT, which does work, but that's way too many taps for something that should happen automatically. Is anyone else having this issue? Anyone have a fix?
    10-22-2018 08:16 PM
  2. readhpr's Avatar
    And a somewhat related problem: when I start up the car my Pixel 3 automatically goes into Driving Mode and launches the Android Auto app, and today when this happened it put my phone into Do Not Disturb and I could not hear my podcast. I couldn't find any setting anywhere in the Android Auto App or in the Settings under Driving Mode that said anything about going into Do Not Disturb mode when driving -- and it was not doing this yesterday. I don't know what changed or how to fix it. Right now all I can do is exit out of Android Auto and then the sound comes back on.
    10-22-2018 08:20 PM
  3. bhatech's Avatar
    Probably in Do Not Disturb settings you have the automatic rules turned on for driving (detects it connected to your car Bluetooth). In there behavior you can say what you want it to be. Like launch Android auto or just turn on do not disturb

    10-22-2018 08:35 PM
  4. readhpr's Avatar
    No, I already checked the Do Not Disturb rules, and there's nothing there other than two rules that I made about calendar events.
    10-22-2018 09:04 PM
  5. methodman89's Avatar
    Turn off Android autu Auto launch
    10-23-2018 07:32 AM
  6. readhpr's Avatar
    Well, yeah, but it would be kind of nice to actually use Android Auto! For now I just turned off the auto launch and am not using it because I had bigger fish to fry. Will try again some other time.
    10-28-2018 03:36 PM
  7. readhpr's Avatar
    Bluetooth problem SOLVED!

    I did an online chat with Google support. They were helpful and professional but it did not solve the problem with my Pixel 3 not connecting automatically to my car Bluetooth. After the chat, I discovered that I could get it to connect by going into the car Bluetooth setup "Select Phone" and select my Pixel 3 and it would then connect immediately. (I had been going into the Previously Connected Devices in the phone settings and connecting from there.) However, after selecting the phone in the car setup, it didn't seem to remember it once I turned off the car and came back. I had to select it each time. This made me suspect the problem was with the car, not the phone. So, I Googled for this problem for my car (which is a 5 year old Subaru) and found the solution. Turns out you have to use the hands-free voice setup to pair the phone to the car Bluetooth, rather than go through the Bluetooth setup using the radio controls. The instructions in the car manual are terrible and give no hint that the two methods of setup behave differently, but I did the pairing using voice commands and it seems to be working.

    I figured I'd post the solution here in case it is helpful to someone else who may run into the same issue.
    Boogr, chezm, Pixel power and 2 others like this.
    10-28-2018 03:47 PM
  8. diesel97's Avatar
    would it help if you delete your old device?
    10-28-2018 03:51 PM
  9. readhpr's Avatar
    That was the very FIRST thing that I did before pairing the new phone, and was not at all the issue. Anyway I did fix the Bluetooth problem. (See my reply #7 above.)
    diesel97 likes this.
    10-28-2018 03:54 PM
  10. TemporalBeef's Avatar
    I'm having the opposite problem... I turn off Bluetooth all the time, but whenever I get into my car, the phone auto connects to my car.
    10-29-2018 09:57 AM
  11. Pixel power's Avatar
    I created an account just to thank you for this. Worked perfectly for me and saved me a lot of time and frustration. Hope you have a great life mate!
    02-24-2019 12:03 PM
  12. Pixel power's Avatar
    Bluetooth problem SOLVED!

    I did an online chat with Google support. They were helpful and professional but it did not solve the problem with my Pixel 3 not connecting automatically to my car Bluetooth. After the chat, I discovered that I could get it to connect by going into the car Bluetooth setup "Select Phone" and select my Pixel 3 and it would then connect immediately. (I had been going into the Previously Connected Devices in the phone settings and connecting from there.) However, after selecting the phone in the car setup, it didn't seem to remember it once I turned off the car and came back. I had to select it each time. This made me suspect the problem was with the car, not the phone. So, I Googled for this problem for my car (which is a 5 year old Subaru) and found the solution. Turns out you have to use the hands-free voice setup to pair the phone to the car Bluetooth, rather than go through the Bluetooth setup using the radio controls. The instructions in the car manual are terrible and give no hint that the two methods of setup behave differently, but I did the pairing using voice commands and it seems to be working.

    I figured I'd post the solution here in case it is helpful to someone else who may run into the same issue.
    I created an account just to thank you for this. Worked perfectly for me and saved me a lot of time and frustration. Hope you have a great life mate!
    readhpr likes this.
    02-24-2019 12:06 PM
  13. IslandTJ's Avatar
    I created an account just to thank you for this. Worked perfectly for me and saved me a lot of time and frustration. Hope you have a great life mate!
    This was also a time saver for me. I purposely created this account to shoot out to #readhpr ! Mahalo!
    readhpr likes this.
    02-25-2019 07:52 PM
  14. IslandTJ's Avatar
    Bluetooth problem SOLVED!

    I did an online chat with Google support. They were helpful and professional but it did not solve the problem with my Pixel 3 not connecting automatically to my car Bluetooth. After the chat, I discovered that I could get it to connect by going into the car Bluetooth setup "Select Phone" and select my Pixel 3 and it would then connect immediately. (I had been going into the Previously Connected Devices in the phone settings and connecting from there.) However, after selecting the phone in the car setup, it didn't seem to remember it once I turned off the car and came back. I had to select it each time. This made me suspect the problem was with the car, not the phone. So, I Googled for this problem for my car (which is a 5 year old Subaru) and found the solution. Turns out you have to use the hands-free voice setup to pair the phone to the car Bluetooth, rather than go through the Bluetooth setup using the radio controls. The instructions in the car manual are terrible and give no hint that the two methods of setup behave differently, but I did the pairing using voice commands and it seems to be working.

    I figured I'd post the solution here in case it is helpful to someone else who may run into the same issue.
    Thanks for the great solution readhpr, it worked for pairing my pixel 3 and 2015 WRX.
    readhpr likes this.
    02-25-2019 07:54 PM
  15. Shauno007's Avatar
    G'day,
    I've only had my 3 for a few weeks but am having the same issue with the Bluetooth connection with my car, but also when it is connected (via the previously paired devices) it disconnects when i receive a call it worked fine with my HTC M9 doesn't seem to allow me to answer calls through my stereo.
    any ideas gang ?
    05-05-2019 01:59 AM
  16. GSDer's Avatar
    doesn't seem to allow me to answer calls through my stereo
    It certainly shouldn't disconnect the Bluetooth connection to your car when you receive a call. Does your car support hands-free operation through Bluetooth?
    Do you have any other Bluetooth devices connected at the same time (smartwatch, fitness tracker, etc)?
    Have you tried this in Safe mode?
    You're sure you have the correct profile selected for your car?
    You could try fiddling with the Bluetooth configuration in Developer options as a last resort.
    Unfortunately Bluetooth on Android has always been a crapshoot.
    Shauno007 likes this.
    05-05-2019 01:02 PM
  17. Shauno007's Avatar
    I am still having no joy, i even factory reset my phone thinking i had done something wrong in the initial starting the phone for the 1st time, I deleted the car stereo (Clarion 305a) previously paired devices & went through the stereo to connect but it is still doing the same thing.
    *Not automatically connecting on starting the car (having to use "previously paired" option)
    * Once paired will disconnect from the stereo when I make or receive a call but will then reconnect once the call has ended.
    *works fine through a 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Bluetooth Stereo & a 2015 JBL Bluetooth portable Speaker
    05-14-2019 12:30 AM
  18. mrpackerguy's Avatar
    I think one more thing you could try is to activate developer options, then go in and change the version of bluetooth to 1.3

    That worked for me with a bose bluetooth speaker that wouldn't connect on the default 1.4 bluetooth version. Works with my car, too. More info in this thread https://forums.androidcentral.com/go...ml#post6546108
    Shauno007 likes this.
    05-14-2019 10:58 AM

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