How on earth can I disable autostart whilst using Android Auto. Once it connects to Bluetooth it consistently won't turn off. I can imagine it's very distracting and certainly makes driving more hazodous.
We understand your concern as it's quite annoying when music starts playing automatically. This functionality is depending on multiple factors in relation to Android devices and Bluetooth, rather than a setting that can be switched on/off in the Spotify app itself. You can find more info about this in this article, along with a solution that might work for you.
Something else that's possible on some devices is to go into the app settings for the Spotify app and switch off Autostart.
Note that this option might not be available on all phones.
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a solution for this at the moment because the way the app behaves when connected to Bluetooth devices, including car stereo systems, varies based on the device involved. These actions are a result of how the specific Bluetooth device is designed to interact with the Spotify API. However, we’re constantly optimizing our app, so this behavior might change in future updates.
For now, we recommend checking for possible firmware updates for your devices and if that doesn't help - to reach out to the manufacturer for further help with the Bluetooth configuration.
Hope you find this info helpful. Don't hesitate to reach out again if you have questions.
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Not true, whatever your default music or podcasting app is on Android Auto will start automatically if you have "Start Music Automatically" checked in Android Auto. Just switch that off as Coins already said.