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Playing Pandora®

Features

Playing Pandora®

Your audio system allows you to listen to music from the Pandora® app on a 
compatible smartphone.
This function is available when the phone is paired and connected to the vehicle’s 
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® (HFL) system, or with an iPhone, you can connect using 
your USB cable to the USB port.

Phone Setup P. 385
USB Port(s) P. 201

U.S. models

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Playing Pandora®

Pandora®, the Pandora logo, and the Pandora trade 
dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of 
Pandora Media, Inc., used with permission. Pandora 
is only available in certain countries. Visit the Pandora 
website for more information.

To find out if your phone is compatible with this 
feature, visiautomobiles.honda.com/handsfreelink/
or call 1-888-528-7876.

To use this service in your vehicle, the Pandora® app 
must first be installed on your phone. Visit 
www.pandora.com for more information.

Pandora® is free, personalized radio that plays music 
and comedy you’ll love. Just start with the name of 
one of your favorite artists, songs, comedians or 
composers and Pandora® will create a custom station 
that plays similar tracks. Pandora® also features 
hundreds of genre stations ranging from Dubstep to 
Smooth Jazz to Power Workout.

If you cannot operate Pandora® through the audio 
system, it may be streaming through Bluetooth® 
Audio. Make sure Pandora® mode on your audio 
system is selected.

If your phone is connected to Android Auto, Pandora 
will be available only through the Android Auto 
interface. Visit the Android Auto website to check 
compatibility.

Audio/Information Screen

Cover Art

VOL (Volume) Icons
Select to adjust the 
volume.

 (Back) Icon

Select to go back to the 
previous display.

/AUDIO (Power/

Audio) Icon
Select to turn the audio 
system on and off.

 (Menu) Icon

Select to display 
the menu items.

Play/Pause Icon
Select to resume or play a song.

STATION Up/Down Icons
Select to change a station.

Skip Icon
Select to skip a song.

Like/Dislike Icons
Select to evaluate a song.

Multi-Information Display

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Playing Pandora®

Features

You can operate some of the Pandora® menu items from your vehicle’s audio 
system. The available items are:
• Bookmark
• Station List
• New Station
• Sound
• Setting

Operating a menu item

1. Select .
2. Select an item.

Pandora® Menu

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Pandora® Menu

Available operating functions vary on software 
versions. Some functions may not be available on the 
vehicle’s audio system.

If there is a problem, you may see an error message 
on the audio/information screen.

Pandora®

*

 P. 297

Pandora® may limit the total number of skips allowed 
on the service. If you dislike a track after the skip limit 
has been reached, your feedback will be saved but 
the current track will continue to play.

To change stations, activate the Pandora® menu, 
select Station List, and then select a new station. It 
also changes stations on the main Pandora® screen.

* Not available on all models

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Playing a USB Flash Drive

Features

Playing a USB Flash Drive

Your audio system reads and plays audio files on a USB flash drive in either MP3, 
WMA, or AAC

*1

 format.

Connect your USB flash drive to the USB port, then select the USB mode.

USB Port(s) P. 201

*1:Only AAC format files recorded with iTunes are playable on this unit.
*2:Some or all of the lists may not be displayed.

VOL (Volume) Icons
Select to adjust the volume.

 (Back) Icon

Select to go back to the previous 
display.

Track Icons
Select 

 or 

 to change files.

Select and hold to move rapidly 
within a track.

/AUDIO (Power/Audio) Icon

Select to turn the audio system 
on and off.

Open/Close Icon

*2

Displays/hides the detailed 
information.

 (Menu) Icon

Select to display the menu items.

Folder Icons
Select 

 to skip to the next folder, and 

 to skip 

to the beginning of the previous folder.

Audio/Information Screen

Multi-Information Display

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Playing a USB Flash Drive

Features

1. Select 

 and select Music Search.

2. Select a folder.

3. Select a track.

How to Select a File from the Music Search List

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Playing a USB Flash Drive

Use the recommended USB flash drives.

General Information on the Audio System 

P. 299

WMA files protected by digital rights management 
(DRM) cannot be played.
The audio system displays Unplayable File, then 
skips to the next file.

If there is a problem, you may see an error message 
on the audio/information screen.

iPod/USB Flash Drive P. 296

Select Switch USB Device in the Audio menu 
screen to switch to another USB device.

Folder Selection

Track Selection

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Features

You can select scan, repeat, and random modes when playing a file.

Scan

1. Select .
2. Select Scan.
3. Select a play mode.

Random/Repeat

Select a play mode.

To turn off a play mode

Select the mode you want to turn off.

How to Select a Play Mode

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How to Select a Play Mode

Play Mode Menu Items
Scan
Scan Folders
: Provides 10-second sampling of the 
first file in each of the main folders.
Scan Tracks: Provides 10-second sampling of all files 
in the current folder.

Random/Repeat
Random in Folder
: Plays all files in the current 
folder in random order.
Random All Tracks: Plays all files in random order.
Repeat Folder: Repeats all files in the current folder.
Repeat Track: Repeats the current file.

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Playing Bluetooth® Audio

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Features

Playing Bluetooth® Audio

Your audio system allows you to listen to music from your Bluetooth-compatible 
phone.
This function is available when the phone is paired and connected to the vehicle’s 
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® (HFL) system.

Phone Setup P. 385

*1:Depending on the Bluetooth® device you connect, some or all of the lists may not 

be displayed.

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Playing Bluetooth® Audio

Not all Bluetooth-enabled phones with streaming 
audio capabilities are compatible.
To check if your phone is compatible, visit 
automobiles.honda.com/handsfreelink/.

It may be illegal to perform some data device 
functions while driving.

Only one phone can be used with HFL at a time. 
When there are more than two paired phones in the 
vehicle, the first paired phone the system finds is 
automatically connected. 

The connected phone for Bluetooth® Audio can be 
different.

If more than one phone is paired to the HFL system, 
there may be a delay before the system begins to 
play.

In some cases, the name of the artist, album, or track 
may not appear correctly.

Some functions may not be available on some 
devices.

If a phone is currently connected via Apple CarPlay or 
Android Auto, Bluetooth® Audio from that phone 
will be unavailable. However, you can have a second 
previously paired phone stream Bluetooth® Audio by 
selecting Connect 

 from Bluetooth Device List.

Phone Setup P. 385

Audio/Information 
Screen

VOL (Volume) 
Icons
Select to adjust 
the volume.

 (Back) Icon

Select to go back to 
the previous 
display.

/AUDIO (Power/

Audio) Icon
Select to turn the 
audio system on 
and off.

 (Menu) Icon

Select to display the 
menu items.

Group Icons

*1

Select  

or  

to 

change group.

Pause Icon

Play Icon

Bluetooth Indicator
Appears when your 
phone is connected 
to HFL.

Track Icons
Select  

or  

to change tracks.

Open/Close Icon

*1

Displays/hides the 
detailed 
information.

Multi-Information 
Display

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Features

1. Make sure that your phone is paired and 

connected to the system.

Phone Setup P. 385

2. Select the Bluetooth® Audio mode.

If the phone is not recognized, another HFL-
compatible phone, which is not compatible 
for Bluetooth® Audio, may already be 
connected.

To pause or resume a file

Select the play icon or pause icon.

1. Select .
2. Select Music Search.
3. Select a search category (e.g., Albums).
4. Select an item.

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The selection begins playing.

To Play Bluetooth® Audio Files

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To Play Bluetooth® Audio Files

To play the audio files, you may need to operate your 
phone. If so, follow the phone maker’s operating 
instructions.

Switching to another mode pauses the music playing 
from your phone.

You can change the connected phone in the 
Bluetooth® settings on the Audio menu screen by 
the following procedure.
1. Select .
2. Select Setting.

Searching for Music

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Searching for Music

Depending on the Bluetooth® device you connect, 
some or all of the lists may not be displayed.

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HondaLink®

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Features

HondaLink®

HondaLink® connects you to the latest information from Honda. You can connect 
your phone wirelessly through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth®.

Wi-Fi Connection P. 284
Phone Setup P. 385

Places

*

Displays restaurants, gas stations, Honda dealer, and so on. You can also navigate to 
the found locations via the navigation.

Vehicle

Displays instruction messages when the vehicle needs service.

Help & Support

Displays tips for vehicle usage, and get support via road side or customer service 
center.

HondaLink® Menu

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HondaLink®

The HondaLink® connect app is compatible with most 
iPhone and Android phones.

Some cell phone carriers charge for tethering and 
smartphone data use. Check your phone’s data 
subscription package.

When Apple CarPlay or Android Auto is connected to 
the audio system, HondaLink® can be accessed even 
without a Wi-Fi connection.

* Not available on all models

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HondaLink®

Features

Messages from Honda

Displays helpful and important information from Honda.

Weather

Displays a weekly five-day weather forecast for any location you want. You can 
change the ZIP Code at any time.

Use the following procedure to connect to HondaLink® service.

To enable the HondaLink® service

1. Select .
2. Select Settings.
3. Select Clock/Info.
4. Select the HondaLink tab.
5. Select Diagnostic & Location Data.
6. Select On.

You need to allow the consent of the location 
service to enable the HondaLink® service.

Cancel: Does not allow this consent.
Enable Once: Allows only one time. (Shows 
again next time.)
Always Enable: Allows anytime. (Never 
show again.)

To Connect to HondaLink® Service

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HondaLink®

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Features

To link with HondaLink®

You can see the Connection Guide screen 
after launching HondaLink®. If you do not 
need this guide, select check-box and select 
OK.

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HondaLink®

Features

You can check the messages that are received quickly in the shortcut operation.

1. A message appears and notifies you of a 

new message on the header area.

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When the message is received, a 
notification ring can be heard. 

2. A message icon is continuously displayed in 

the header area until the new message is 
read. 

Vehicle Information and Message from Honda Tips

Message 
Icon 
(yellow)

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HondaLink®

Features

3. From the top of the screen, swipe down to 

see the messages. 

4. Select a new message to open.

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Wi-Fi Connection

Features

Wi-Fi Connection

You can connect the Display Audio to the Internet using Wi-Fi and browse websites 
or use online services on the audio/information screen. If your phone has cell 
hotspot capabilities, the system can be tethered to the phone. Use the following 
steps to setup.

1. Select .
2. Select Settings.
3. Select Bluetooth/Wi-Fi.
4. Select the Wi-Fi tab.
5. Select Wi-Fi On/Off Status, then On.
6. Select Wi-Fi Network List.

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Make sure your phone’s Wi-Fi setting is 
in access point (tethering) mode.

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Select the phone you want to connect to 
the system.

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If you do not find the phone you want to 
connect in the list, select Scan.

7. Select Connect.

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Enter a password for your phone, and 
select OK.

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When the connection is successful, the 

 icon is displayed on the list.

8. Select 

 to go back to the home screen.

Wi-Fi mode (setting for the first time)

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Wi-Fi mode (setting for the first time)

You cannot go through the setting procedure while a 
vehicle is moving. Park in a safe place to setup the 
Wi-Fi connection.

Some cell phone carriers charge for tethering and 
smartphone data use. Check your phone’s data 
subscription package.

Check your phone manual to find out if the phone 
has Wi-Fi connectivity.

You can confirm whether Wi-Fi connection is on or 
off with the 

 icon on Wi-Fi Network List

Transmission speed and others will not be displayed 
on this screen.

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Wi-Fi Connection

Features

Make sure your phone’s Wi-Fi setting is in access point (tethering) mode.

Wi-Fi mode (after the initial setting has been made)

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Wi-Fi mode (after the initial setting has been made)

You may need to go through an initial setup for Wi-Fi 
connection again after you boot your phone.

iPhone users

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Siri® Eyes Free

Features

Siri® Eyes Free

You can talk to Siri using the 

 (Talk) button on the steering wheel when your 

iPhone is paired to the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® (HFL) system.

Phone Setup P. 385

Using Siri Eyes Free

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Siri® Eyes Free

Siri is a trademark of Apple Inc.

Check Apple Inc. website for features available for 
Siri.

While driving we recommend only using Siri through 
the 

 button on the steering wheel (Siri Eyes Free).

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Using Siri Eyes Free

Some commands work only on specific phone 
features or apps.

 (Talk) Button 

Press and hold until the display 
changes as shown.

 (Hang-up/back) Button

Press to deactivate Siri.

While in Siri Eyes Free:
The display remains the same. 
No feedback or commands 
appears.

Appears when Siri is 
activated in Siri Eyes Free

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Apple CarPlay

TM

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Features

Apple CarPlay

TM

If you connect an Apple CarPlay-compatible iPhone to the system via USB, you can 
use the audio/information touch screen, instead of the iPhone display, to make a 
phone call, listen to music, view maps (navigation), and access messages.

USB Port(s) P. 201

Phone

Access the contact list, make phone calls, or listen to voice mail.

Messages

Check and reply to text messages, or have messages read to you.

Music

Play music stored on your iPhone.

Apple CarPlay Menu

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Apple CarPlay

TM

Only iPhone 5 or newer versions with iOS 8.4 or later 
are compatible with Apple CarPlay.

Park in a safe place before connecting your iPhone to 
Apple CarPlay and when launching any compatible 
apps.

To use Apple CarPlay, connect the USB cable to the 
front USB port. The USB port located in the center 
console storage will not enable Apple CarPlay 
operation.

USB Port(s) P. 201

To directly access the Apple CarPlay phone function, 
press Phone on the home screen. While connected 
to Apple CarPlay, calls are only made through Apple 
CarPlay. If you want to make a call with 
HandsFreeLink, turn Apple CarPlay OFF or detach the 
USB cable from your iPhone.

Setting Up Apple CarPlay P. 288

When your iPhone is connected to Apple CarPlay, it is 
not possible to use the Bluetooth® Audio or 
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®. However, other 
previously paired phones can stream audio via 
Bluetooth® while Apple CarPlay is connected.

Phone Setup P. 385

For details on countries and regions where Apple 
CarPlay is available, as well as information pertaining 
to function, refer to the Apple homepage.

: Go back to the 
Home screen

Home screen

Apple CarPlay icon

Apple CarPlay menu screen

Go back to the Apple 
CarPlay menu screen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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