R-Link 2: Android Auto, Waze, Carplay

Last update: May 30th, 2018

It is possible to have Android Auto (and so Waze) and also Apple Carply from your iPhone on Renault R-Link 2.




How to know if my R-Link 2 is compatible with Android Auto and Apple Carplay?

Go to System and on the second page there must be the “Smartphone Replication” icon.

Renault gave me the information, here are the dates when the functions were introduced on the production lines.

  • Scénic, Kadjar, Mégane: Week 16 (but ordered after 6 March)
  • Espace, Talisman: Week 15
  • Mégane Sedan: Week 17
  • New Koleos Android Auto & Apple CarPlay available from the beginning of sales.




How use Android Auto?

 

 

How use Carplay on R-Link 2?




Waze on R-Link 2

To use Waze on R-Link 2, you need to use Android Auto (sorry for iPhone users’). Install the Waze application on your phone. After lauching Android Auto on the R-Link 2, click on the navigation button you will have the choice between Google Maps and Waze. Enjoy!




 

Increase the size of Android Auto

On R-Link 2 in portrait mode 8.9 inches (large size) when launching Android Auto (and Carplay), only a small part of the display is used:There is a trick to increase the size of Android Auto as below:

Approach:

  • Open Android Auto on the phone
  • Go to “About” in the left side menu
  • Click 10 times on “About Android Auto” in the title bar to enable developer mode.
  • Go to the top right menu to select “Developer Settings”
  • Go down the list to check the option “Allow 720p video output”.

Now Android Auto occupies a much larger part of the R-Link 2 screen! (performances may depend of phones).

The different steps in pictures:

EDIT May 30, 2018: the latest version of April 27, 2018 fixes the bug. No need to do the manip below.

Google rolled out a new version of Android Auto application on March 26 2018 that de-selects the option after each use. Not very practical.

 

If you want to find the previous behavior here is the manipulation to do:

I therefore recommend that you uninstall the current version of Android Auto from your phone and manually install the apk file available at this address (take arm version for 95% of phones).

I advise you to download the file from your phone. Check that the “Unknown sources” option is authorized in the phone settings security menu. Once done, click on the notification as the download has been done to start the installation of the file. If you have an error message that the application is not compatible with your phone, try another version such as arm64.




16 Responses to “R-Link 2: Android Auto, Waze, Carplay

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  • Jan Ellesgaard
    5 months ago

    On My Renault Scenic with RLink 2 version 3.3.16.941 Apple CarPlay stopped working since i updated my iPhone to versions newer that iOS 11.2.

    When connecting the iPhone with the USB cable the Apple Car Play button never appears.
    The RLink2 things that it is an iPod and can only use it for music.

    • Hello, Carplay worked well before ? In which version your iPhone was before ? And now?

  • I updated today to 2.2.19.300 on my Megane Sport Tourer. At first appeared the mirroring icon but dimmed. Now its gone…. No icon ay all.

    Any advice?

    • The 2.2.19.300 doesn’t bring Android auto or apple carplay… It is only available with the 3.3.16.94x.

  • Hello, I need Android auto to use phone’s navigator (like waze )

    Can I upgrade my r-link from 2.2.19.300 to 3.3.16.94x?

    thank you

  • in my system 2.2.19.300 I haven’t “Smartphone Replication” icon ??

    • Normal, as it is said in all website version 2.2.x.x isn’t compatible with Android auto / carplay (and we can’t add it…)

  • Hello,
    Please guide me how I can add “Smartphone Replication” icon to Talisman system. Thanks

  • Hi
    I have new koleos 2017 and install android auto on r link.but i can not increase size of it

  • my carplay disappeared on the new update any advise

  • Hi! If I´m on 3.3.15.416 is it possible or ever recommended to upgrade to a later version such as 3.3.16.940? This must be done by Renault or? Does it make my R-Link 2 Apple Carplay compatible?
    Thanks!

    / D

  • Pepicak
    4 weeks ago

    Hi, I try to connect apk LG MirrorDrive but it does not work. Android auto is working very well. Do you have any suggestion where is the problem? My version of RLink 2 is 7.x.x.x.

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