While Google has slowly started to open up the possibilities of Android Auto, developers have struggled for some time to provide additional functionality. AA Passenger is a veteran and ahead of its time app with which a passenger can interact with Android Auto by sending photos, locations and even audio.
AA Passenger joins the list of unofficial apps like Local Video Player, Cartube, AA Mirror Plus, IPCarTV or Fermata Audio, with which you can do more with Android Auto. In this case, it is a little more complicated system because it requires you to install two different applications, one on the mobile which connects to Android Auto and the other on the passenger who will be sending content.
Android Auto control for passengers
To make AA Passenger work, you will need to install two applications. On the mobile that connects to Android Auto, you need to install AA 2nd Seat. You will find this app in AAStore, the unofficial store and app downloader for Android Auto that is not in Google Play. Of course, it is mistakenly called AA Passenger.
You can download AAStore from this link, although you can also download AA 2nd Seat directly from the project page on Github. Note that for this to work you need to enable installation from unknown sources in Android Auto. This is accomplished by activating the Android Auto developer options by tapping the version and permission information ten times. Then use the Developer Settings menu and check Unknown Sources.
Whether you use AAStore or install it from its APK, the rest of the process is the same. Install AA 2nd Seat on the mobile which will connect to Android Auto. At the moment, you have nothing else to do on this mobile.
The process continues on the passenger’s mobile, the one who will control Android Auto by sending content even if their mobile is not the one that has been connected. You need to install AA Passenger there, which you can download and install from its APK GitHub.
Connect the first mobile to Android Auto and open AA Passenger on the second mobile. The step-by-step wizard guides you to easily pair the two devices and shows you the main functions of the app.
You don’t have to do anything else in the app, as the process is mostly done from the Android share menu. To send photos to Android Auto, you can do so from any gallery app, using the share menu and choosing Send to Android Auto.
The same goes for sending directions from Google Maps. After opening a location’s address, use the share menu and choose Send to Android Auto from the menu that appears. It should be pointed out that in our tests this did not work correctly.
Sending photos works great, showing instantly on the Android Auto screen. Not only that, but every time you take a screenshot, it is sent to the car without any intervention on your part.
In addition to sending photos and addresses, with AA Passenger, it is also possible to send music and control its playback from the car, with the Passengers Audio application. Although some functions of this app do not work very well because it has not been updated for a few years, the truth is that it is still a pretty neat way to let other passengers in the car to manage what is displayed in Android Auto in a certain way.