MirrorLink & installed apps

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MirrorLink & installed apps

MirrorLink & installed apps

NOTE: Full MirrorLink on Samsung phones with Android 10 is a bit different!


MirrorLink limitations

Please understand that MirrorLink blocks launching normal installed apps and it’s not our fault. MirrorLink is designed to do it and it actively tries to stop you from running other than certified apps!

It’s possible to run only some apps, and it also depends on your phone and vehicle. Usually, it needs a few very precise steps to do it.

Please understand that MirrorLink technology has its specifications that prevent some apps (like Waze) from running correctly. While it may work for some users, there is no solution for all types of phones and vehicles. Again, it’s caused by MirrorLink and not Floating Apps.

Enabling launching normal apps

It’s not possible to run normal apps without little tricks and hacks. Read whole this article to learn how to do it! Also, you can contact us if you have any problem.

From Floating Apps 4.7, launching normal apps is disabled by default to prevent crashing MirrorLink connection. To enable it, open Floating Apps and go to Settings in the left panel. Scroll down, find “MirrorLink Expert” and enable it. From this moment, you will no longer be warned that normal apps cannot be run through MirrorLink.

As not all phones and vehicles support this, don’t be surprised if you encounter the following:

  • Running normal apps may break the MirrorLink connection
  • Apps may be launched in the background and may not be visible on the infotainment screen
  • Apps may not be fully rendered on the infotainment screen missing some of their parts or some parts being frozen

Double LG MirrorDrive trick

This trick works for the most users and allows running of some apps like Google Maps. You need to install LG MirrorDrive app and enable the freeform mode in Floating Apps.

1. Install LG MirrorDrive. You can download it from Google Play.

2. Connect your phone to your car with MirrorLink.

3. Start LG MirrorDrive from the list of MirrorLink certified apps.

MirrorLink & installed apps

4. Error message “LG MirrorDrive only works with LG phones that support MirrorLink.” is shown. Don’t worry, it’s ok.

MirrorLink & installed apps

5. Click floating icon and start Launcher. Be sure that you have the freeform mode enabled!

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6. In Launcher, long-press LG MirrorDrive and start it in a small window.

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7. You can click OK in the fullscreen LG MirrorDrive to close it. Keep just the LG MirrorDrive in the window. You can move it somewhere to the corner or so.

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8. Now, you can start some of the installed apps like Google Maps from the floating menu or Launcher. If you are kicked back to the list of certified apps, use “1:1” button or relaunch LG MirrorDrive (try both, it may be different on your phone).

MirrorLink & installed apps

9. You can also combine them with built-in floating apps ;-).

MirrorLink & installed apps

You can also see the video guide here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLGelD0AmA8

Have you successfully run installed apps on your infotainment? Let us know what your phone and vehicle are and what apps work for you via car.mirror.link@gmail.com!

Do you have any problem? Contact us via car.mirror.link@gmail.com for help.

Other tricks and hacks

There are also other tricks and hacks that work for some combinations of phones and vehicles. Don’t be afraid and experiment on your own!

You can find some tricks and share your own on our facebook MirrorLink group! You can learn about upcoming features of Floating Apps on official Floating Apps group.

Also, read our FAQ articles Using floating apps in your car and MirrorLink, connecting the phone and the car, basic usage.

Contact us

Have you found some trick or hack? Do you have some questions or need help? Please contact us via car.mirror.link@gmail.com

Also, become a member of our Facebook MirrorLink group to receive newest information and updates about Floating Apps for Auto and a member of official Floating Apps group to receive information about upcoming updates of the app.

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59 Responses

  1. […] •  MirrorLink & installed apps […]

  2. AREND says:

    I have a s6edge and my car radio ia a alpine ine-w920r id doesnot reconise the app as a mirror link

  3. Shailesh says:

    I cannot find enable mirror link option under settings.

    From Floating Apps 4.7, launching normal apps is disabled by default to prevent crashing MirrorLink connection. To enable it, open Floating Apps and go to Settings in the left panel. Scroll down, find “MirrorLink Expert” and enable it. From this moment, you will no longer be warned that normal apps cannot be run through MirrorLink.

  4. Oleg says:

    Hi. Работает ли приложение с телефоном Samsung Note4 ? Я купил, но не могу сопрягать с авто ,VW Tiguan. Thank.

  5. Mohd fadzli bin samsudin says:

    Using my note8 and try to connect to mitsubishi triton media device but not working

  6. Giuseppe zeppetella says:

    Ho una peugeot 3008 del 2018 ed un cellulare Samsung note 9. Sono compatibili con la vostra app. Grazie anticipatamente per la risposta che andrete a disporre!

  7. Сергей says:

    Full MirrorLink | Floating Apps for Auto будет работать с SYNC 3 на Ford Explorer 2018 ?

  8. Giuseppe zeppetella says:

    Grazie per i vostri tempestivi consigli tecnici!! Funziona tutto perfettamente come da voi promesso!@ grazie di nuovo!!

  9. Luca says:

    Vorrei sapere se fa il mirror anche con le app tipo netfix o Raukuten TV

  10. Dirk Weber says:

    Hallo, mich interessiert Ihre App. Ich habe eine Samsung Note 8 mit Android 8.0. Ich würde das Handy gerne mit einem VW Discover pro Generation 2 2015 verbinden. Allerdings bekomme ich keine Verbindung mit dem Discover pro hergestellt. Könnte mir die App dabei helfen?

  11. Avner says:

    Cant conect to my car subaru xv 2016

  12. Alexander says:

    Samsung A7 + scoda octavia 2018, bolero, after start launching apps , close all and nothing happened. Expert was switched on
    What else i need to do???

  13. Sam Gan says:

    Hi Developer , Installed this apps on Huawei Mate 10pro. However , it is doesn’t work in VW Passat. Please advise what shall I do to do next. Thanks

  14. Seb says:

    Hi, i have a “Samsung S7 Edge” and a “Samsung S8+” both with with Android 8. The car is a Citroen DS3 from May 2017 with MirrorLink activated and working so far.

    My questions:
    1. Can I use your App on both Mobile Phones (with 2 different Google Accounts, no problem if we need to buy it twice) and would it work on our car to be able to have a “FULL mirroring”?
    2. Is it possible to mirror the following Apps: Whatsapp, Google Maps (with full screen navigation), Youtube, Shazam, Calendar, GMail, BlueMail ?

  15. […] phone with an active account4. Floating Apps for Auto on your phone5. Active free-form mode and MirrorLink expert6. The latest version of LG MirrorDrive installed7. Know how to do the double LG MirrorDrive […]

  16. Marco says:

    Ciao io ho samsung s9+ , nella Vs applicazione non ho l’icona launcher

  17. Arcangelo RIZZUTI says:

    Dopo l’ultimo aggiornamento di mirrorlink le app floating non sono più attive attive.

    Prima ha funzionato molto bene.
    Vorrei sapere cosa devo fare per attivarle.


  18. Erik says:


    I understand it is not your foul.
    But i just want google maps in car. I do not want to pay €54 for an almost useless navigation map (guess what app i refer to) when the phone already have an superior map installed.

    Unfortunately, your solution (who i’m sure would work in my Suzuki and with my S9+) is a little “much” things to do before driving.

    I just want to get in my car, connect my phone and drive. I am sure you understand.

    And yes, i understand you just trying to fix the problem.

    But if you one day find an easy solution to just get that dam google maps quick fast easy up on my Suzuki screen, give me a notice about that 😉

    • Floating Apps says:

      The problem is MirrorLink itself. It’s limited and crippled technology – the security approach disallow all useful apps except for a few certified ones.

      However, we can’t change this.

  19. Yasser says:

    Is the application suitable for Peugeot 3008 2019 with Samsung Galaxy note9 because I couldn’t work with android auto and my note9.

  20. Ronny says:

    Ho un samsung s8 e auto toyota chr. Da una ventina di giorni le app sygic non si connette più allo schermo del chr. L’assistente toyota mi ha detto che viene supportato solo miro link 1:1, quindi la vecchia versione.
    Sapete dirmi dove posso rintracciarla per scaricarla nuovamente. Grazie

  21. Renato G Battistella says:

    Hi. I purchased Floating Apps for Auto and tried to use it with Yaris Active. I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Following your instructions, I click on Glimpse first and then on the floating app. When I click on an app like Maps I get the message: Function not available with car moving. However, the car is not moving. It takes me back to the Mirrorlink, I have to press Glimpse again and then sometimes i can see the opened app, sometimes I have to do it again. It is very annoying. Also, resizing, moving windows, managing apps, giving instructions is very slow. Not a very practical solution.

  22. Mira says:

    Dobry den, bude aplikace fungovat na samsung s6 Android 7? Skoda octavia 2017

  23. KOK CHUNG SEE says:

    hi, I am using Samsung note 8 , I cant find the Mirrorlink Expect in my setting. please assist. tq

  24. GÖKHAN says:

    2017 Peugeot 3008 icin uygunmudur. Tesekkur ederim.

  25. Dobrý den přejí mám
    Full MirrorLink | Floating Apps for Auto po odpojení. Tlačítka hlasitosti na telefonu Samsung S9 přestanou fungovat.Děkují předem za radu

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