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Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™ In Your Honda

Apple CarPlay in a 2021 Honda Accord


Almost a dozen Honda models today offer Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. These two systems are designed to work seamlessly with your smartphone of choice to create a smooth, convenient ride through Oakland and beyond! Setting up Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ may sound intimidating, but it’s quite easy as long as you follow a few key instructions. San Francisco Honda has outlined everything you need to know below. If you currently own a Honda and you’re hoping to set up one of these systems, read on! And if you’re in the market for a new Honda, be sure to check out our online inventory.



How to Set Up Apple CarPlay®: Honda

With Apple CarPlay®, you can listen to music and podcasts, navigate using the app of your choice, send and receive messages, and even have the news read to you! Apple CarPlay® is currently available on the following Honda models:

  • Accord
  • Civic
  • Ridgeline
  • CR-V
  • Pilot
  • Odyssey
  • Clarity
  • Fit
  • HR-V
  • Insight
  • Passport

To set up Apple CarPlay® in your Honda, just follow these simple instructions and you’ll be good to go:

  1. Confirm that your Honda and iPhone are both capable of running CarPlay. You’ll need at least an iPhone 5 running iOS 7.1 or later.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your Honda’s USB port using a USB cable and turn your car on.
  3. Follow any instructions that appear on your iPhone screen or your Honda’s infotainment screen.
  4. You’re all done! You can use CarPlay through your Honda’s infotainment screen, the buttons on your steering wheel, or by voice using Siri.

How to Set Up Android Auto™

Android Auto™ makes it easy to connect your Android smartphone with your Honda for music, navigation, and much more. It’s currently available on the following Honda models:

  • Accord
  • Civic
  • Clarity Fuel Cell
  • CR-V
  • Fit
  • Freed
  • Odyssey
  • Pilot
  • Ridgeline

Like Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ is easy to set up in your Honda. You also have the added advantage of doing away with USB cables thanks to Android Auto™ Wireless (more on that below). Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be hitting the Daly City roads with next-level infotainment in no time!

  1. Confirm that your smartphone is running Android 6.0 or later, and has the latest version of the Android Auto™ app downloaded.
  2. Plug in your smartphone to your Honda’s USB port using a USB cable.
  3. Follow the instructions that pop up on your screen to complete setup.
  4. Select the “Android Auto™” feature on your Honda’s infotainment screen.
  5. Follow any additional instructions on the infotainment screen.
  6. You’re all set! Drive safely and enjoy.

How to Use Android Auto™ Wireless

If you’re wondering how to use Android Auto™ without USB cables, we’ve got everything you need to know right here. Android Auto™ Wireless lets you connect your Android smartphone once via USB cable, and then automatically connects wirelessly to your phone after that.

Android Auto™ Wireless has some more stringent requirements than the standard Android Auto. In order for Android Auto Wireless™ to work, your Honda needs to have a working WiFi connection through its car radio. You also have to have a Google Pixel running Android 8.0 or later, or a Samsung S8/Note 8 or later running at least Android 9.0.

If your car and smartphone meet these requirements, setting up Android Auto™ Wireless is easy. Just set everything up with a USB cable using the steps above, and the next time you get into your car, your smartphone will connect to Android Auto™ without needing a cable!

Shop All Things Honda at San Francisco Honda

If you have any further questions about how to set up Apple CarPlay®, how to use Android Auto™ Wireless, or anything else, feel free to contact our office anytime! If you’re shopping for an Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™-enabled Honda, come by our dealership to set up a test drive around Colma. And be sure to check out our Honda specials to see if you can save big on your next Honda.


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