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JOYING Android Head Unit: Apple Carplay / Android Auto Info Thread ( US-JY-TO160N4GS-1 with Canbus)

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by ClubSoda, May 28, 2020.

  1. May 28, 2020 at 11:21 AM
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    Hey TW,

    I haven't been able to find a similar thread with information consolidated for this specific head unit, so I'll attempt to provide as much detail as I can on my personal experience with this item. If anyone has this head unit already, I'd encourage you to share information here as well to help people out with their installation and use. Information on this damn thing is scattered around everywhere, from single page mentions, to Reddit posts, so here's hoping that this can be a solid reference for anyone interested.

    Where I purchased it: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07W1ZML6V/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    This head unit was intended for the Toyota Corolla, though, the fit and functionality is almost perfect for the Third-Gen Tacoma. Joying even lists it under the "Tacoma" radio selection on their website, so they've confirmed it works well too. I'll continue updating this thread as I discover more with it. There is also an extensive review on this head unit on the Reddit post below by another user.

    Reddit Review - https://www.reddit.com/r/ToyotaTacoma/comments/eubifx/joying_head_unit_review_for_3g_tacoma_long/

    Joying 1.jpg

    Fitment/Installation: As mentioned earlier, the fit for this thing is perfect. It looks OEM, doesn't require aftermarket brackets (but it's usually recommended), and the installation is plug and play. I'm not including installation steps because it's really that simple if it fits, it clips, can't really mess anything up. I've also used the provided Mic that came with the unit and can confirm the quality is great. I'd recommend using the provided mic since your voice commands will be accurate.

    Here's the mic:
    Joying Mic.jpg

    Usability:
    It's fast and accurate. I haven't had the unit function slow or crash on me yet. Navigating around the settings is really annoying at first, and Joying, for whatever damn reason, put password locks when trying to enter the car options. I guess it can help passengers or children from screwing shit up, but this was really annoying when I first noticed it. The OEM USB hub works, charges, and recognizes Android Auto. They also provide another USB extender to connected different devices.

    NOTE: Updating the application will set things back to factory settings. Make sure you install the latest update before really messing with the settings.


    Car Settings Password: 3368


    There are additional passwords for sub settings which I'll update later as I find them.

    Android Auto/ Apple Carplay:
    Part of the reason why I purchased an android based unit was to avoid using my phone. Aside from setting up mobile hostpot to allow the device access to a network, I've connected the phone using Android Auto, and it worked great. The actual Android Auto app you can download on the device looks a lot better though, and it sucks you can't use that interface when connecting the phone. The resolution also doesn't look as great, and there aren't any widgets available like the one on the actual app.

    Someone with an iPhone can comment on their apple experience if they'd like.

    GPS: You'll likely end up using google maps which requires internet. I've ordered an adapter to make use of the OEM GPS receiver just in case as well(Joying provides one as well, though, OEM is better). Honestly, just use google maps and download the data offline. The UI is better, and this makes more sense on an android unit.

    Backup Camera:
    Works fine, resolution sucks because Toyota put a cheap camera which looked good on the old entune unit. I'll be replacing this with a better resolution camera eventually.

    Application Support:
    The unit is running Android 8.1, so all of the mainstream apps are available. YouTube works as well, though, when I first started watching videos, the sound came through, but the videos were just black. I fixed it by following the instructions in the link below.

    YouTube Issue - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyZqCiPhEWI

    Steering wheel buttons: Everything for the most part works. You will, however, lose turn by turn nav, compass, and music information. I've always found those to be extremely useless, so I don't care. My mirror provides me with compass directions, and my headunit is what I've always referenced for music and directions. The voice button will open Google Assistant, the call buttons function correctly, it's all good.

    Button Backlight Color:
    Finally figured this out. The unit right out of the box didn't have the latest update, which meant that the "Lantern" application wasn't available. Joying finally reached out and sent me an update file for the firmware. Once the update was installed, the lantern application was now available.

    Thoughts: For the price and capability, I'm happy with it. It's not the most intuitive unit I've ever used, but it gets the job done. Having Android Auto, along with all the bells and whistles an Android tablet allows is HUGE. I'm still keeping the old head unit just in case, but you'd pretty much even costs out after selling it since this thing is so cheap. I'm not ready to fork up $1K+ on the new 2020 OEM head unit, and this will do just fine for the time being. I'll continue updating this the more I use it, and I hope those that already have it will provide better information if I've missed anything. If anyone needs more info, I'd be happy to try and answer any questions. It's still new to me, so I'm learning as I go. :drunk:

    **Update 6/20/20**
    After using this in the real world, I wasn't a big fan with how it was performing. Long story short, I've returned this head unit and have moved on to the Pioneer DMH-WC6600NEX.
     
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2020
  2. May 29, 2020 at 8:23 AM
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  3. May 30, 2020 at 2:33 AM
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    Does it work with JBL system?
     
  4. May 30, 2020 at 11:27 AM
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    Check thread above your post, its all about this headunit. There are a few people who tried with the JBL system.
     
  5. Jan 5, 2021 at 1:40 PM
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    You said that no after market brackets were available but the stock brackets on my 2016 radio did not fit. I have the bigger touch screen radio. Would you mind telling me where I could buy a bracket that would fit?
     
  6. Jan 5, 2021 at 1:43 PM
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    Are you talking about the metal ones? because those should fit just fine. Granted only 1 screw on each side, but they still work.

    But if you want aftermarket mounts you need the scoche tacoma radio kit, it will come with metal mounts, everything else in the scoche bag is not used. Then you need to cut the metal mounts down to fit.

    Check the thread in the second post, its like 35 pages about this radio.
     
  7. Jan 5, 2021 at 2:30 PM
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    The mount that holds the stock 7 inch radio in place doesn’t fit the radio. Everything else is fine the bracket just doesn’t fit
     
  8. Jan 5, 2021 at 5:11 PM
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    Can you post a picture? Because if the stock one doesnt fit, then no mount will fit because they are all based off the stock mount.
     

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