Android Auto - no/bad GPS after update FP4 to Android 12

Yesterday I used android auto for the first time after the upgrade to Android 12.
For the first 5 minutes on the road, the screen showed my starting location. Then it jumped to where I was at that point and told me ‘looking for GPS’. I disconnected the phone a few times and finally, after about 20 minutes, it started working.
Today: same story. 5 minutes of starting location, then the exact location. As a test I didn’t disconnect the phone. After a 35 minute drive to get home, the screen still showed the location after 5 minutes.
Anyone else notice this? Is there a fix? It’s “a bit” inconvenient this way. (Using FP4 on Nissan Leaf 2018.)

The odd thing: if I use the Google Maps without the phone, the GPS is just there without a problem.

I had that’s problem with Android 11 already and it has not yet improved. I do not have the issues in the car with other phonesyig at the same location.

Solution for me is to start GPS TestPro app on my phone and then the position gets updated in Android Auto, too.


I never had the issue on Android 11.
Where can I find that app, please? I don’t find anything with that name on the app store.

Its this one


Thank you so much for the fast responses!!
I sincerely appreciate it. :slight_smile:

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I am having the same issue as mentioned in the first post.

When i am using the Fairphone 4 with my Renault Zoe via Android Auto, the first few Minutes while driving are fine. The Car-Display shows “looking for GPS”, and when my passenger presses the “screen unlock” button on the Fairphone, one can see the “Location” marker in the status bar appearing and disappering very quickly.

When i start the “GPSTest” app while having that Problem, Google Maps on the Car-Displays gets its GPS fix.

However, after the screen on the Fairphone goes dark, Google Maps looses its GPS-Fix again. I would have to keep the display unlocked on the Fairphone to keep the GPS-Fix - which increases power usage, creates heat and wears down the display.

My gut feeling is that this might be a power-saving problem - that the Fairphone tries to restrict GPS usage when the display is dark. Currently, the Android Auto is not working like it should with A12 and the workaround is not optimal :frowning:

I’m not denying that folks here are having problems with Android Auto.
I have not experienced any GPS issues with Android Auto myself. I link to my work van, a Vauxhall Combo. I’m just giving suggestions to try. I don’t claim these will work.

Settings > Apps > All Apps > Android Auto
Disable Remove permissions and free up space

Settings > Apps > All Apps > Android Auto > Battery
Change setting to Unrestricted

Settings > Apps > All Apps > Android Auto > Permissions > Location
Make sure Use precise location is enabled.

Settings > Apps > All Apps > Maps
Disable Remove permissions and free up space

Settings > Apps > All Apps > Maps > Battery
Change setting to Unrestricted

Settings > Apps > All Apps > Maps > Permissions > Location
Make sure Use precise location is enabled.

Hopefully that will keep GPS alive, but you may also see an increase in power consumption. Keep an eye on it with the battery monitoring tools.


These sounds sensible. I’m going to give them a try. Thank you for the


For me it seems to help. Before the fix I had a lot of periods where Maps in Android Auto only showed “searching for GPS location”. After fixing the permissionsnthebfirst test was fine…

I have the same issue. GPS on android auto just sometimes works. Completely unreliable. But bot new with android 12. It started a few days or weeks earlier.
Did the settings thing described above and that didn’t help. Didn’t try starting another app while driving, as the point of android auto is to not use the physical phone…

Thank yo u for your suggestion.

I did apply your settings, and they seemed to work. However, yesterday the problem did occur again - i had to use Android Auto four times and twice there was the “waiting for GPS” on the display.

So, maybe this is is something the devs should take a look at for the next update?

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I gave the adjusted permissions a try too. No luck from the first moment.
After starting the GPS Test app, the location was there immediately, so I’m keeping this fix until there’s a proper fix. :slight_smile:


Recently the GPS functionality of my FairPhone stopped working in Android Auto. I think it began since one of the latest updates of Android.

The signal is frequently lost, for long periods (like many minutes). Making navigating via Android Auto useless.

I use the TomTom Go application, because I can use offline maps.

Google maps also had the same issues. I think I was able to resolve the issue there by allowing it to run all the time in the permissions. This option however does not exist in the permission settings of the TomTom app. I would also like te prevent using an all the time on feature for google maps.

When using the app just on the smartphone itself there are no issues. But who wants to look at the smaller screen when you’ve got a large screen on your dashboard :wink:

I think this might be a permission issue.

Android auto is on version 9.0.630834 - Location permssions are enabled when in use + exact location
Google maps is on version 11.69.0401 - Location permissions are on always allow + use exact location
TomTom Go is on version 3.6.128 - Location permssions are enabled when in use + exact location

Hi and welcome to the community, I moved your post to this existing topic, please see above