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The Hidden USB in the Honda Civic (and Why You Need It)

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Perrya is a major car enthusiast and loves sharing his extensive vehicular knowledge with his readers.

The hidden USB port

The hidden USB port

The USB Port Not Mentioned in the Car Manual

If you are the owner of a 2012 or later Honda Civic, you probably did not know that there are TWO USB ports in the car. The car manual only informs you of the USB found in the console of the car where you hook up devices etc. The hidden USB is actually behind the glove box and hard to locate.

Why You Might Need This USB Port

This hidden USB port, not mentioned in the manual, is used by Honda technicians to obtain information. If your Civic has a built-in GPS, this hidden USB is required to use to update the GPS software information with a more recent mapping system. If you ry to use the USB port located in the console to update the GPS, this will not work! The system will just not "see" the GPS update if you use the wrong USB port. The two USB ports have distinct purposes.

How to Find the Hidden USB Port on Your Civic

To access this hidden USB, do the following:

1. Open the glove box and empty it.

2. Using both hands, squeeze both sides of the glove box and pull down. This deactivates and releases the box restraints so that the glove box can open all the way, exposing the back of the dash.


Squeeze the sides of the glove box

Squeeze the sides of the glove box

Pull the glove box and let it drop wide open

Pull the glove box and let it drop wide open

3. The USB may appear connected to something, but it is not. It is a gray color. Just pull it exposing the port. This is where the GPS USB update plugs into. At this point, you are ready to begin the update. Follow those instructions that came with the USB update.

Look up under the dash. The USB may be in its fixed position or not, just pull it.

Look up under the dash. The USB may be in its fixed position or not, just pull it.

4. While the glove box is wide open, you can easily change the interior air filter. As shown in the picture by a rectangle, simply unfastened the lid to the filter and pull the filter out and replace. When done, snap back the filter cover.

To change the air filter, remove the cover and replace. It's that easy!

To change the air filter, remove the cover and replace. It's that easy!

5. Updating the GPS to the most recent software usually takes 20 minutes or so with the engine running. The instructions will tell you the details. When done, simply remove the USB update. The hidden USB can be left hanging or in its seat.

6. To return the glove box to its restricted setting, simply squeeze both sides of it and put it in place. The latches will catch allowing you to close it normally.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.