The most recent upgrade to Android Auto appears to disrupt WiFi functionality for some

You are not alone if you have observed that Android Auto has been malfunctioning and displaying a black screen in its wireless form during the previous few days. The most recent update appears to be giving some people problems.

Over a dozen people have responded to a few reports that have surfaced on Googles support forums in recent days about Android Auto wifi ceasing to function. Although wires and other annoyances frequently cause the wired version of Android Auto to malfunction temporarily, this is a bit unusual.

Although the exact origin of this issue is currently unknown, Android Auto 7.8 appears to be the main offender.

Users claim that the problem started shortly after updating their smartphones’ Android Auto apps in the first few days of July, and that wireless support was functional prior to that.

Before broadly releasing Android Auto 7.8 in the closing days of June and into the first week of July, Google had the upgrade in beta testing for about a month.

Those who experience this issue notice that their Android Auto screen becomes black a short time after connecting via the wifi version of the device. Chevrolet, Volkswagen, and Honda vehicles are just a few examples of automobiles with Android Auto wifi built-in that appear to be affected by the problem. Android Auto is reportedly sporadically disconnecting and reconnecting as a result of the problem, according to one user.

It’s unclear if users of wireless adapters for Android Auto, including AAWireless or the Motorola MA1, are affected by this problem.
In any case, it appears that there are only two remedies available right now.
If your car has the option, the first solution is to go wired. At least one user claimed the approach worked for them.

The alternative is to downgrade the Android Auto software to an earlier version, which may be done by sideloading the older version or by heading to Settings > Apps > Android Auto > Uninstall Updates. To stop the same version from being reinstalled, you’ll then need to turn off the Play Store’s automatic updates.

Although Google hasn’t yet made a public statement about the issue, it’s likely that it can be resolved in a future update.
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