How to Connect Your iPhone to the 2017 Honda CR-V

March 23rd, 2017 by

On EX models and higher, the 2017 Honda CR-V comes with a seven-inch touch screen interface that works with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This means it’s easier than ever to connect your iPhone or iPad to your car’s onboard infotainment system and use a range of iPhone apps on the CR-V’s touch screen. Setting up this connection is an easy process, but it does involve a few steps.

1. Connect iPhone to the Center Console USB Port
Although the 2017 CR-V offers wireless Bluetooth hands-free calls and audio streaming on every model, you’ll need a physical connection to set up and use Apple CarPlay. This is both for the sake of extra security and because it allows your phone and your car to communicate with each other much faster.

2. Give Permission
To use CarPlay properly requires that you send some information to Honda, and the system asks you whether it’s okay to do so once, every time you connect, or never. You may also have to tell your Apple device to allow Apple CarPlay to access its information.

3. Turn It On
Once Apple CarPlay is ready to go, it should show up as an extra menu option on the touch screen’s home screen. Just tap the button once and you’re ready to go. Keep in mind that the Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free systems won’t work while CarPlay is active, but then CarPlay can do everything the Bluetooth system does and more.

4. Enjoy
Once CarPlay is active, you can do all sorts of things with it. If nothing else, you can use several basic functions like play iTunes music, access your contact list and voicemail, make phone calls, use the iPhone’s navigation app, and listen to text messages. Several third-party apps also work through CarPlay, including Spotify and NPR News. One way to see which ones work is to search for “CarPlay” when you’re looking through the Apple Store.

You also get to use Siri Eyes Free, which lets you give your car voice commands so you don’t have to take your eyes or attention away from the road when you’re driving. Siri Eyes Free works with all the basic CarPlay functions, which means you can queue up music, make hands-free phone calls, and compose text messages on the road. In fact, CarPlay makes Siri your primary interface and discourages you from using the touchscreen so that you stay safer while you’re on the road.

The 2017 CR-V also works with Android Auto, and the setup is just as simple for smartphone owners who prefer the greater customization allowed by Android phones and devices. Even if you don’t have a compatible phone, you can still make hands-free calls, stream audio and Pandora radio, and compose text messages through the basic HondaLink interface. If you want to learn more or find out how it works in person, you should head over to your local Honda dealership and ask the sales staff to demonstrate the system.

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*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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