Simplest and cheapest way is to connect the car to a wi-fi hotspot running on your phone.So in the UK, are you tied to a particular mobile provider for a SIM card, or can you add any Sim card from any provider ?
Can it use a SIM card mounted in a USB stick / dongle ?
How can you do this if this is essentially for monitoring the car from your phone ?Simplest and cheapest way is to connect the car to a wi-fi hotspot running on your phone.
If you go into the WiFi settings in the car you can select the relevant WiFi network and give it the password. So on your driveway, do your home router. Then plug in the broadband dongle to the usb and do the same. There is no priority setting available to my knowledge, they are just two different available WiFi networks in competition.
Nothing is available for iOS to do this. Apple’s security model doesn’t let any app fiddle with core settings such as this. Jail broken maybe but that’s a big step just to make this happen and not an option if it’s a work phone etc.I don't know if "Tasker" is available for IOS
Yes, when you have configured MacroDroid it will turn on the Wi-Fi hotspot on your phone when you get into the car with it and turn on the car. It detects that the car has connected to the phone's Bluetooth and runs the macro. Then the car detects that the Wi-Fi network is available and connects to it and, shortly after, connects to live services to get the data about traffic, weather, etc. This process is all automatic once MacroDroid is configured. By the way, if you have configured the car to connect to your home Wi-Fi, assuming it is in range, when you first turn on the car it may connect to the house before the phone hotspot has got going. But you don't need to do anything, the car will connect to the phone's hotspot when the car moves out of range of the house.Thanks for replies. Going to try using phone with data at first and keep an eye on data usage. Have looked at the old thread on connection problems some were having, mentions using a macro to auto connect rather than manually doing it everyone. Very, very new to macros have downloaded macrodroid and hopefully set up one to turn on and one to turn off. Can I assume that if I get in car and turn on, if I have set them up correctly, live services will just come on magically without me doing anything else, is that correct. ??
Yes, it is worth it. I agree that Google Maps over Android Auto is a better navigation system than the one built-in to the car and I do use that system for long journey over unfamiliar roads. But for most of my journeys, which tend to be fairly short, it is not worthwhile to plug in the phone, it being much quicker and easier to just select one of my habitual destinations which the car already knows. The car navigation isn't that bad and not using Android Auto means that I still have access to all the other car systems.but is all this really worth it? what is the point of connected services in eNiro 1st edition... (please correct me)
I dont think just connecting your car to WiFi gives you any access to anything special like the battery managment, SOC etc... not unless you use some other equiptment.
All you will get is traffic & system updates, so isnt it better to use your phone with andriod/apple auto for journeys
... or, as @John Page suggested many months ago, you could use the free Macrodroid app which is also dead simple to set up. One point to be aware of though if using Macrodroid (and, I think,other task automaters) is that it can be a bit iffy with Android versions 7 or later. I use an old Samsung Galaxy with Android v5.0.2 and the free SIM mentioned above and, so far, have had no problems.Makes perfect sense.
If anyone has an Android phone, you could buy the App "Tasker". You could set it up to turn on Tethering automatically when your phone connects to the car's Bluetooth
I don't know if "Tasker" is available for IOS