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Download: Google Car Home App

Struggling to find or install the new Google Car Home app?  You shouldn’t be surprised as it appears that Google may have actually pulled it from the market already.  Who knows why, but you can download the .apk file below.

Download:  Google Car home (alt link)

*Should act as an upgrade to DROID 1 car app.

*Installed just fine on DROID 2 and X.

*Should work on any phone that is using a semi-custom Car Navigation app.


1.  Download the file from above to your phone.
2.  When it finishes downloading, tap to “Install” it.
3.  Once installed, head to home screen with space on it.
4.  Hit Menu>Add>Shortcuts>Activities  (you need LauncherPro installed).
5.  In Activities, scroll down to Car Home and tap on it.
6.  Now select “Car Home – com.google.android.carhome.CarHome”.
7.  You will now have a shortcut to the app on your homescreen.

Let us know if it works or you have tips for other users!

  • Guest

    AT&T Motorola Flipside (model no. MB508) users: this method works. and you may also uninstall LauncherPro after getting the shortcut on your home screen

    • Guest

      sorry. forgot to mention u need the motoroala/att android 2.2 update installed

  • Joseph Crawford

    Worked fine with my LG Optimus II the only issue I can see is the car icon does not appear in the status bar so it appears the phone does not actually go into car mode.

  • Sdmackie

    Thanks! This helps with cyan rc7! Cheers!!!

  • Jimmiecockerill

    Looks awesome and is really functional. However the landsacape dialer is non existant as in original version. This includes in call screen and recent/favorites/contacts screen, they are all sideways. Nobody needs more than six buttons while driving. People are going to get in accidents. Overall, the ui of this is really professional, but the original one was just missing all customizable buttons. I like. To use the car home beta by the spinning head with one of the shortcuts being the original car dock.

  • Nyreyn

    For those with a Droid X or other phone that won't show car home in the launcher you need to also download the carhomelauncher.apk. That will make the carhome app show up in your app drawer

  • upinthesky11

    Is this anything like car panel because I already have that.

  • Travis

    Has anyone been able to get it on the Samsung Fascinate. I am getting the same error as Brian in the 2nd post (parsing package error). I downloaded it just fine on my DroidX, but since I rooted/de-Bing'ed my wife's Samsung Fascinate her Car Dock does nothing but force close :-(. I would really like to put this on hers!

  • You dont need launcher pro to run this app if u have the car panel app install it u can switch over and use this app when you click on the car panel app…. HTC EVO ….. this app not all that any ways.. i like the other car home app

  • Mbbis

    Sucks for me, i am running saphire 1.1.1 and every time i try to install it it says unsuccessful.

    Then i tried under appbrain and it says i am running 2.1 so it won't install.

    Even though when i go to about phone it reads i am running 2.2.

    Help anyone?

  • RedBank

    I'm a Droid n00b so please forgive me…but why would GOOG pull this from the market that quickly??? Is it bc it was not ready yet?

    I'm on the X and would love this…the car dock on my device is ok…but not customizable…I'd like the option to do so but should I just wait…do they normally do a re-release type of thing?

    No Root (yet)

  • error parse?

  • Norcalpg

    It seems to work in terms of bluetooth with the phone and all. I am trying to figure out why music won't play over the bluetooth connection. Any ideas?

  • Dw900rr79

    On my droid x its saying parse eroor. There is a problem parsing the package. Anyone have any idea what i am doing wrong?

  • Tincanpuller

    Easy DL from market, Easy Install too D1, Rooted.

  • Dave

    Works on a Galaxy S, the Music Player button didn't work but you can long-press and delete the music player icon and add your own. Isn't it supposed to take over the Home button though? With Launcher Pro pressing Home will take you back to Launcher Pro, not Car Home. I know you could use Home Switcher but it's not very convenient. Why is Google only releasing this for two specific 2.2 phones, that's not exactly helping the fragmentation argument is it?

    • Brian

      I'm wondering what galaxy S you have, I just got the fascinate and the new google car home apk will not install on my fascinate no matter what I do it just gives me a parsing package error. If you can please help!!


      • Dave

        I have the international version of the Galaxy S I9000. I installed it with adb install. Probably you just got a bad download, try downloading the apk again.

  • aafreen

    Kellex, how 'bout a QR code?

  • The350zWolf

    Man this is so cool! I can make the color of the icons match the color of my instrument cluster. +1 Google!