Ultimate Driving Mode is able to remotely control a wide variety of music and media apps.  The capabilities and level of compatibility will vary significantly from app to app.  We cannot guarantee that the commands listed here will work with all apps.


Linking to Media Apps:


In order to control music and media apps, the app must first be linked to Ultimate Driving Mode. Sometimes, this means the app must be started and, in some cases, the app's play button must be pressed. When sending a command to an unlinked app, Ultimate Driving Mode will try to automate the process of linking as much as possible. Some button presses in the media app may be required, which can be a hassle while driving.


If your app does not link automatically then, for your safety, we recommend starting your music/media app before you start driving.  Select your radio station or playlist, then press the play button (and the pause button if desired).


Trigger Phrase: For these, say your standard trigger phrase first ("Hello Android" by default).


Playback Control:

  • "Play." or "Resume." - Tells the currently active or default media player to start playback.
  • "Play [Spotify]." - Sends a "play" command to the chosen app and makes it the active player.
  • "Next." or "Skip." - Tells the currently active player to skip to the next song or track.  (You can also swipe right on the screen to do this without having to pause the playback first.)
  • "Previous." or "Back." - Tells the currently active player to go to the prior song or track. (You can also swipe left on the screen to do this without having to pause the playback first.)

Voice Searches:
  • "Play [Michael Jackson]." - Tells the currently active or default media player to play whatever you specify. Typically, you can specify an artist, song, genre, playlist, or radio station.  Support for voice searches varies widely by app.
  • "Play [Michael Jackson] using [Pandora]." - Tells the specified app to play something based on your query.
  • "Ask [Google Play Music] to play [classic rock]." - Tells the specified app to play something based on your query.

Precise Voice Searches:

  • "Play genre [classic rock]." or "Play genre [classic rock] using [Pandora]."
  • "Play artist [Michael Jackson]." or "Play artist [Michael Jackson] using [Pandora]."
  • "Play album [Thriller]." or "Play album [Thriller] using [Pandora]."
  • "Play song [Thriller]." or "Play song [Thriller] using [Pandora]."
  • "Play playlist [Joe's Classic Rock]." or "Play playlist [Joe's Classic Rock] using [Pandora]."

Known Compatible Apps:
These apps are known to be compatible as of this writing (February 2017). Support for specific commands listed here varies widely. At a minimum, each app can support the "Play" command and can be paused when the screen is tapped or when a call or message arrives. This is not a complete list.
  • iHeartRadio
  • Napster (formerly Rhapsody)
  • Pandora
  • Spotify
  • Google Play Music
  • TuneIn Radio
  • Slacker Radio