No more problems with Google Maps on Android Auto, this time when closing the app
And in theory, Google Maps on Android Auto is a perfect match, but as some users find out the hard way sometimes, that’s not necessarily the case.
The most recent struggle over the navigation app on Android Auto is over how Google Maps turns off after the smartphone is disconnected from the car’s main unit.
In theory, Google Maps should automatically stop browsing and close its services after running Android Auto, but for some reason this no longer happens for some users. I noticed similar behavior in my car as well, although for some reason this issue went away automatically a few updates ago.
And while it’s not yet clear whether Google has at least tried to implement a fix, users here on reddit claim that they need to manually close Google Maps on their mobile devices after shutting down Android Auto.
In other words, Google Maps doesn’t do everything automatically anymore, although it obviously should, and some users claim that the navigation shows up in the notification center even if they haven’t launched it.
So basically Google Maps has to be closed manually even when the app hasn’t been launched on Android Auto, and for a lot of people that is as confusing as it can be.
While some location services can indeed be used while using Android Auto (for various other features), Google Maps should still close automatically. And some users of the linked reddit thread claim that this behavior was introduced a few months ago after a recent update.
As of yet, Google has yet to recognize this issue or at least explain why Google Maps shows up in the notification center when navigation is not in use, so it goes without saying that you shouldn’t remember your breath for a solution.