The 37-year-old missed out on inclusion last time out due to a thigh injury, which he picked up in the 1-0 win over Azerbaijan at the end of last season.
McAuley made his first appearance of the campaign in the Baggies' 2-1 EFL Cup defeat to Manchester City last week, however, and he will now form part of Michael O'Neill's 25-man group for the upcoming qualifiers.
Northern Ireland squad in full:
Goalkeepers: McGovern (Norwich City), Mannus (St Johnstone), Carroll (Linfield)
Defenders: Hughes (Hearts), G McAuley (West Brom), Evans (West Brom), Brunt (West Brom), C McLaughlin (Millwall), Hodson (Rangers), A Thompson (Bradford City loan), D Lafferty (Sheffield United), Flanagan (Burton Albion)
Midfielders: Davis (Southampton), McGinn (Gwangju), Norwood (Fulham loan), C Evans (Blackburn), Ferguson (Millwall), Dallas (Leeds), Lund (Burton Albion), Paton (St Johnstone), J Jones (Kilmarnock), G Saville (Millwall)
Strikers: K Lafferty (Hearts), Magennis (Charlton), Washington (QPR), McCartan (Bradford City)