How to Install 2009-2015 Audi Q5 Android Head Unit?

Many car owners of 2009-2015 Audi Q5 don’t choose the factory Audi navigation system as it’s not friendly in use and costs a lot for map updates.

Here comes a better solution, you can upgrade the factory Audi Q5 screen head unit and install an aftermarket Android head unit for Audi Q5, with factory looking.  Via this post, we will show you step by step installation instructions on how to install an aftermarket Audi Q5 Android radio head unit.

How does the Android Audi Q5 head unit look like?

Audi Q5 radio upgrade

As the factory screen is only 6.2 inch, this new replacement is 7 inch, so the factory frame is useless anymore, there are 2 new frames included in the package, one for Audi Q5, the other for Audi A4 and A5.

By the way, the current frames are only available for left-hand driving cars, not suitable for right-hand driving cars.  We have another 10.25″ Android screen unit which can fit right hand-driving Audi Q5, A5, A4, A4L. If you need, you can contact us by sending an email to sales@dvdgpsnav.com.

Installation Instructions

Just follow the following step by step installation instructions, you may need to send the detailed installation instruction to your installer before he starts the work, so it takes less time and save installation fee if your installer who has not installed such a head unit before.

  1. The first thing you need to do is removing the central air conditioning vents using dash pry tool, pry the edge of the vents, when it’s loose then pull out the air vents.
    air vents removal
    pull out vents
  2. After the air vents was taken out, remove 2 screws  which holds the radio/cd player, remove the below climate control and CD player in the middle, unplug all cables behind.
    remove 2 screws
    climate control
    cd player
  3. Now it’s time to remove factory screen. Firstly take out the trim strip, then use the pry tool to detach the frame, then you can see 4 screws which holds the factory screen unit.
    trim
    frame
    screen unit

    Check this video to learn more:

    2009-2015 Audi A5 Radio & Screen Removal

  4. After you removed the factory screen, you can connect all included cables with main unit, and put the main unit in the glove box or inside of the dashboard. If you put the main unit control box in the glove box, please firstly run the screen cables from glove box to the dashboard behind the screen. Then you can connect the new touch screen unit with 2 white plugs at the back of the screen, and the other end connects to the main unit, see below:head-unit
  5. Then you can connect other plugs.Note: When you connect the red/white/blue and other plugs with the main unit, please pay attention to the connector, so that you won’t get wrong, if you look carefully, you can see all these connectors are different, this step is very important, if you can not make sure where the cable goes, just feel free to contact us and send us your pictures.
    LVDS plug
    Note: If your Audi Q5 or A5 is premium model, your LVDS plug is round 4 pins, we will send you the unit with 4 pins LVDS plug. That’s why we will ask you to send us your car information including a dashboard picture for us to check, so that we can know your LVDS plug is 10 pins or 4 pins.control box in glove box

    You can also put the main unit control box at the back of the screen unit as below.

    touch-screen-unit-installation

    Or you can remove the glove box, then push the control box from the glove box position into the dashboard.
    fix new screen

  6. Connect the power adapter plugs(as below 1 and 2) with the back of CD player and factory wiring harness, connect the plug 3 and plug 4 with your cables behind climate control panel.
    power plug
    Plug 1: connect the factory power wiring harness which was connected to the back of your radio before.
    Plug 2: connect to the back of your radio/CD.Plug 3 and 4: unplug the cables behind climate control panel, then connect plug 3 and 4 with them. Note: For premium model of Audi Q5, A4, A5, your gateway plugs are not from the back of the climate control panel, they are in the glove box as below:

    gateway plugs

    gateway cable

    So if you find your gateway plugs behind the climate control panel are different with ours, you should remove the glove box and then check the plugs as above. If you still have a question, you can take a clear photo for us(sales@dvdgpsnav.com) to check for you. Want to check how to remove the glove box?

    wiring diagram


    If every cables have been connected correctly now, you can turn on the car and test the screen unit now.

    If you have a question, you can contact us send a message to us on whatsapp, our technician can reply to your message within 24 hours.

  7. If everything goes well, you can install back the climate control, cd player, and install the new touch screen unit, frame, trim, etc. This should not be difficult for you as you have already known how to remove them.

    after install

Can this Android Audi Q5 android head unit fit and work with my car?

This 7″ OEM looking Android navigation head unit fits most Audi Q5, Audi A5, and Audi A4/A4L. But we do find some models are not compatible because the the dashboard is different. If you send us your dashboard picture including factory screen and the buttons below the shift gear so that we can check for you.
Audi-2G-3G-control-buttons

1, 2, 3: For Audi A5 A4 Q5 with 2G system, 10 pins square LVDS plug
4, 5: For Audi A5 A4 Q5 with 3G system, 4 pins round LVDS plug

Latest update: Our latest version can support all above models now. The LVDS plug is different for 2G and 3G system, so please send a dash photo for us to check for you.

However, if there are buttons from your CD unit as below:
CD-with-buttons
Our unit does not work for your car directly, because your plugs are different, you will need to modify wires for installation, that’s very complicated.

How to Check if my Audi Q5 comes with AUX function?

Factory AUX function is really important to install this new replacement of Android Audi Q5 radio unit, because the sound transfers to your car speakers through factory AUX. You can check in the glove box or armrest and see if there’s a 3.5mm AUX port or a 30 pins connectors. If your car has a 3.5mm MMI AUX port in the armrest, that’s great.

Audi-MMI-AUX-port
If your Audi has a 3.5mm Aux port in the armrest or glove box as above, that’s great, you don’t need to buy Aux adapter cable.

However, if your car just comes with a 30 pins AMI AUX connectors in the glove box, see below photo:
Audi-AMI-AUX
You will need to buy another Audi AMI-AUX cable and connect it with this 30 pins connectors to activate factory AUX, you can check the below picture of AMI-AUX ccable:

MMI-AUX-ADAPTER
Note:

1. Only this kind of AUX adapter cable works, please pay attention to the circled end.
2. This adapter cable is not necessary for the car with 3.5mm MMI AUX port.

Should you have any questions or inquiries, just feel free to contact us.

Resource: 

  1. Where to buy this Android Audi Q5 Android head unit: https://www.dvdgpsnav.com/audi-q5-screen-upgrade-android-radio-head-unit-touch-screen/

30 thoughts on “How to Install 2009-2015 Audi Q5 Android Head Unit?

  1. IM REALLY SURPRISED HOW PROFESSIONAL YOU ARE.

    I NEED YOUR HELP!

    I BOUGHT A 10.25 ANDROID SCREEN FOR AUDI Q5 2013 (MMI 3G VERSION). MY CAR HAS 3.5mm MMI AUX port IN ARMREST. I don’t need to buy a AMI CABLE TO CONECT.

    BUT THE 10.25 ANDROID DISPLAY CAME WITH 2 USB IN HARNESS.DO I NEED TO CONNECT THESE 2 USB IN SOMEWHERE?

    PLEASE HELP ME

    MANY THANKS

  2. While Apple carplay support is listed as an option, Android Auto does not appear to be listed? Is android auto supported by default?

    1. Our Apple Carplay option is a USB device, it also supports Android Auto for Android phones by default.

    1. Our unit should fit your Audi Q5 2009 year model, you can send a dash photo for us to check further.

  3. Hello,

    I bought the new 10.25 version of this setup, but the directions are piss poor. I wish I would have found out your site sooner. So after looking at your installation instructions here, I see why my MMI unit stopped working once I fully installed the unit. I have the fifth version of the radio. Pic 5.

    I have done plenty of wiring and am capable of making the necessary changes, do you by chance have the wiring changes that are needed written out, that I could get from you? I do not have an issue paying you for your expertise.

    Thank you in advance,

    Chris

  4. Hi. I a 9″ aftermarket screen installed into an Audi Q5 2011 model, however, the air bag indicator, wasn’t re-installed due to lack of space. I do have a smaller functioning alarm(flashers) button but the air bag indicator is missing which resulted of getting an indication in the gauges cluster, showing me an activated air bag…..as well as a handbrake indication!!! I am pretty sure a wire was crossed or missed to cause that, hence my inquiry as to how to resolve this problem.
    Thanks,

    1. Hi, by searching your name or email, i did not find your order with us. Our unit has the space to reinstall the air bag indicator button.

  5. Would this work on a 2016 Audi Q5 with no navigation currently? however I do have the buttons for “NAV” and other on my steering wheel.

    1. Hi, our Audi Q5 head unit works with your 2016 Audi Q5 as well, it has navigation function built-in, and we can install igo or sygic maps for your country.

  6. Do you have this for right hand drive cars? Also whats the biggest display sice upgrade you have? What’s the extras you can get like 350 camera etc.

  7. Will this handle all the controls for car setup as the original system settings come up on screen? What happens with the steering wheel controls, do those continue to work?

    1. Yes, this Android Audi Q5/A5/A4 screen upgrade can display all the original system settings and your controls including steering wheel control can still working after installation.

  8. Does this kit come with the cameras?

    I want to install both rear & front cameras. Would it be compatible?

    1. Camera is optional, front DVR camera and rear camera are both compatible, DVR connects with USB, rear camera connects with a RCA connector.

      1. Hi,

        Can you please forward details of 10.25″ android head unit to fit 2013 Audi SQ5

  9. Hello,

    Would this work on a 2009 Q5 2.0T with no navigation (no MMI), it’s got a 7 speed stronic transmission and dashboard looks pretty similar to the supported automatic gearbox on this page.

    Thanks,
    Peter.

  10. Hola. Yo quiero comprar un navegador Android pero me dicen que yo tengo un modelo nuevo y es por que tengo el botón de desactivar el airbag debajo del de 4 intermitente. Esto es verdad? Me dicen que los conectores son diferentes. Es para un audi q5 2009

    1. If you check our frame for this unit, you can see there’s enough room to relocate your buttons for hazard warning light and airbag.

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