Interestingly enough, the whole thing is most often caused by the cable that’s used to power Android Auto, as the Google Pixel 5 no longer works with the old cords that some people relied on to run the app in their cars. In other words, once you get a Pixel 5, you might have to ditch your old cable, as the phone needs a new one for some reason.
“Had the same! Try different cables. Couldn’t believe it myself, since the cable worked with every other phone but the Pixel but after trying a different one it worked,” one user explains on reddit.
“Just in case folks do run into this, I apparently solved this by swapping out my USB-A to USB-C cable. The one I had was an Anker, which are usually pretty good, so not sure why the phone didn’t like it,” someone else explains.
Needless to say, the most recent Pixel 5 update doesn’t bring any change for these users, so simply switching cables should do the trick for everybody. Unfortunately, finding a cord that just works seems to be quite a challenge sometimes, but as we already learned the hard way, this is something that happens way too often in the Android Auto world.
For now, Google has remained completely tight-lipped on everything related to the Pixel 5 Android Auto issues.