Maybe you have a brand-new Android phone and are in the market for a matching heavy-duty truck to go with it. Ok, you’re probably more focused on selecting the right pickup than you are with a cell upgrade. But, in your quest for the best truck, you know it’s equally important to find the right trim levels or packages that are compatible with your device.
If you have your truck-hunting sights set on finding and building out a Ford F-250, you’ll have a fantastic roster of available working and lifestyle features and configurations from which to choose. But, does the 2020 F-250 have Android Auto? After all, you’ll want to be able to tap into the in-cabin tech with your Android device. We checked the specs to learn more.
What available tech do you get with F-250?
There are six trim levels and a trio of engine configurations to start your F-250 build-out. Each level, of course, brings a fresh menu of standard tech and infotainment options, as well. The XL is the base model and doesn’t offer much more than a rearview camera and a four-speaker audio system. But, for the XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited levels, expect top-notch connectivity and driver assistance options. You can have a 4G LTE mobile hotspot and varying sizes of an easy to navigate touch screen.
Enjoy the Sync 3 infotainment system and USB connection, too. For trailering, you can choose a trim that offers the Pro Trailer Backup Assist and 180/360-degree cameras. Always keep an eye on your trailer with Trailer Reverse Guidance that provides side view mirror enhancements and dash screen displays. For safety, you’ll have lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring, among several other driver assisting safety tech features.
Does the 2020 Ford F-250 have Android Auto?
Ok, so the F-250 has options for all the bells and whistles you want. But, does it have the Android Auto compatibility you need? Yes and no. For the XL base model, you won’t have Android Auto. However, rest assured that every trim level on up will have you commanding your Google assistant on the first drive.
Pair your device wirelessly or plug-in with your USB charger to begin your setup. Once connected, your F-250 screen will then automatically adjust. You’ll have an opportunity to design your menu, choose your preferences, and set up the best hands-free experience. Make and receive calls, read and respond to texts, and scroll through your music selections, without taking your hands off the wheel.
What about Apple CarPlay?
You may have an Android device now, but what if you plan to change over to Apple in the future? Have no fear. For the 2020 Ford F-250, you’ll have Apple CarPlay connectivity capabilities for the XLT trim levels on up, too. Instead of the Google Assistant, you’ll have Siri at your command, with many of the same infotainment and navigation options as Android. Apple CarPlay is also easy to set up and configure to your digital preferences. It’s good to know that you can opt for a truck that will change devices with you, should you choose to do so.
Having Android Auto on your Ford F-250 is a smart and safe move. As you make your selection on engine size and packages, make sure you choose those trim levels that offer Android compatibility. What once used to be a luxury extra, in today’s age, is considered more of a staple. Safe driving doesn’t mean you can’t navigate and communicate from the driver’s seat. Pair up your Android device and tap into Google’s voice command platform to truly stay connected.