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post #1 of 90 Old 05-23-2015, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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HondaLink Tips/Tricks/Questions

Thought I would start a thread for any of us new to HondaLink. So far I have one tip, one trick, and one question.

Tip:
When I initially paired my iPhone 6 Plus it (as expected) showed under the Bluetooth devices as HandsFreeLink. Now, it's "14AHU". My only guess is that I have a second HandsFreeLink which is my gf's CR-V

Trick:
In order for iPhones to get text messages on the screen, you have to:
1. Open Settings - Bluetooth
2. Tap the "i" next to your HandsFreeLink device
3. "Show Notifications" needs to be enabled.

You may have to disconnect/reconnect the Bluetooth for text messages to work.

Question:
When on the "Trip Computer" screen (which is rather cool) or Wallpaper/Clock and you use the steering wheel controls to change to the audio source or even go to the audio screen, there is no way from the steering wheel to return to the Trip Computer or wallpaper. Only the phone and audio are options. Or am I missing something? It seems you have to use the console touchscreen and tap Home, then Info.

On my gf's 2014 CR-V, she can use the steering wheel button to cycle through the Audio, Trip Computer, and Wallpaper..





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Great idea for a thread, and good tips to start!

I haven't played with one yet, but I thought this video review of the Fit / Civic Next Generation system was a good intro, and should hopefully match the HRV pretty closely.

https://youtu.be/P2RgyREQSig
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Thanks for that video! One more tip/trick that I just discovered. Siri wasn't working very reliably through the steering wheel control. Half the time the smartphone logo would appear on the screen, but no Siri beep. To fix that, you have to enable Siri on the iPhone lock screen.

1. On your iPhone, go to Settings, then Touch ID and Passcode
2. Under "Allow access when locked", enable Siri

As a security caveat, one should probably research what's capable with Siri in the lockscreen. But after I did this, Siri was working rather well!
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The Hondalink iOS cable kit sells for $99. I already have the lighting cable. Any suggestions on where to buy the other components that will work just as well?
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Sounds like from the video that the $99 cable might not be necessary in the future.
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The Hondalink iOS cable kit sells for $99. I already have the lighting cable. Any suggestions on where to buy the other components that will work just as well?
I guess it depends on what you want to use HondaLink for, you may be able to get away with just BlueTooth and/or a USB cable. Is it for the navigation app? That doesn't really get stellar reviews, so I'd make sure that's what you want.

Also I don't think you need the official Honda kit, i believe it's just a normal Apple HDMI output adapter..
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I guess it depends on what you want to use HondaLink for, you may be able to get away with just BlueTooth and/or a USB cable. Is it for the navigation app? That doesn't really get stellar reviews, so I'd make sure that's what you want.

Also I don't think you need the official Honda kit, i believe it's just a normal Apple HDMI output adapter..
I was watching the video and was curious what else I could do if I had that connection. I figure if it wasn't going to cost a lot of money for an adapter, I'd go for it.
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Which things can be used with an Android Phone? Also, how would you be able to get XM radio on this car?
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I went to Amazon and bought the three components for $50 with the adaptor and the lightening cable being Apple parts.
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I went to Amazon and bought the three components for $50 with the adaptor and the lightening cable being Apple parts.
Can you please post links for the items?
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