In this age of smartphones, automakers like Honda are building more and more connectivity options into their vehicles. If you are wondering “How can I connect my phone to my Honda CR-V?” there are several options. Models of the 2017 and 2018 Honda CR-V come standard with a USB audio interface and Bluetooth® connectivity. Starting in the EX trim, which comes standard with the seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen infotainment system, both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration is available. Keep reading this blog to walk through each of these connectivity options.
USB Interface on a Honda vehicle
The USB audio interface on a 2018 Honda CR-V allows drivers and passengers to listen to specific music files through the speakers of the vehicle. Not all devices or music files will work, but this is a decent option to explore if you don’t have a Bluetooth capable smartphone, or would rather not use it.
How to use Bluetooth on your Honda CR-V
- While your car is in park, but running, go to “Settings” and then “Phone” on your Display Audio system. You should then be able to choose the Bluetooth® Device List.
- Your phone will either show up, or you will have to add it by hitting “Add Bluetooth® Device”. (Be sure that the Bluetooth® on your phone is enabled).
- Either choose your phone when it appears on the list, or try to find your Honda CR-V via the Bluetooth® on the phone
After your phone and your vehicle are connected via Bluetooth®, you will be able to take advantage of many other features. We have embedded a video from Honda that walks you through many of these steps on the 2016 Honda CR-V. While not exactly the same as currently available new CR-V vehicles, the information should still be helpful.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Connection Steps
- Download the correct vehicle integration app onto your smartphone (Apple CarPlay for iPhones and Android Auto for Android phones)
- With your car running (but parked) make sure your Display Audio system is on
- Connect your compatible iPhone or Android phone to the Honda CR-V infotainment system via the USB connector labeled with a phone icon.
- When you go to the Home screen, the correct icon should show up, and you will be able to use the appropriate app to integrate your phone and vehicle.
The information in this blog is drawn from specification for the 2018 Honda CR-V, and videos that are based on the 2016 and 2017 Honda CR-V. For information on other model years, or to explore the possibilities of a new Honda CR-V in the Oklahoma City area, contact a member of the Battison Honda sales team.