Following the latest update to the Android Auto app, users have noticed a new “disconnect” option when using a wireless connection with their vehicles. This new addition enables users to quickly disconnect their phone from the car’s infotainment system.
A new “Disconnect” button has been spotted in the Android Auto notification shade on Android phones, as observed by Mishaal Rahman. While it is uncertain whether this feature is specifically tied to the 10.6 version update of the Android Auto app or just an A/B test for a limited number of users, it is a valuable addition to Android Auto.
Previously, disconnecting from the system could be a hassle. Particularly in scenarios where multiple users with wireless connections are present in a car at the same time, individuals who did not need to be connected had to resort to either switching their phones to airplane mode or disabling Bluetooth. Alternatively, they had to physically disconnect the Android Auto adapter if one was being used. This process could be inconvenient and time-consuming, especially during a trip.
However, with the introduction of the new “Disconnect” button, terminating an Android Auto connection has become immensely easier. By simply tapping the button and confirming your intention, the Android Auto app will disconnect from the car’s infotainment system, allowing you to resume normal phone usage.
The Android Auto app’s update to version 10.6 is currently rolling out through the Play Store. While this update does not guarantee the inclusion of the disconnect feature, it does bring the usual bug fixes that are typically anticipated with such releases. The disconnect option is expected to be a valuable addition to the platform.
To stay updated on the latest Android Auto features and enhancements, ensure you have the latest version of the Android Auto app installed on your device.