Plan navigation tabs

Stay organized with collections Save and categorize content based on your preferences.

The first step in structuring your media app is determining which content categories you want to appear as top-level navigation options on the app bar.

Car makers take care of implementing the app bar and determining most aspects of its appearance.

Basically, you need to decide the following:

  • Which top-level content categories you want represented as tabs on the app bar
  • What icons and labels you will supply for each tab

For examples of the navigation interface, visit Navigating media apps.

Requirement level Guidelines
MUST App developers must:
  • Implement no more than 4 tabs
  • Provide a label and a monochrome (black or white) vector icon for each tab
SHOULD App developers should:
  • Keep tab labels as short as possible, to prevent their being truncated


  • Simplify UX: Support consistent navigation model for media apps.
  • Accommodate all screens: Allow car makers to use only labels when both icons and labels won’t fit.