How Do I Reset My Honda Accord Navigation System?

The simplest way to reset your Honda Accord navigation system is to simultaneously press the MAP/GUIDE and SETUP buttons on the navigation system for 10 seconds. This will perform a factory reset, restoring the navigation system to its default settings.

For many drivers, the navigation system in a Honda Accord is an essential feature. It gives you turn-by-turn directions to get you to your destination quickly and easily. The Honda Accord navigation, like any electronic system, can occasionally malfunction or freeze. Resetting the system can often restore normal operation.

Below, I’ll explain in detail how to reset the Honda Accord navigation system in a variety of scenarios when you might need to restore factory settings. 

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Why Would You Need To Reset The Honda Accord Navigation System?

There are a few common reasons why you may need to reset your Honda Accord navigation system:

  • Software glitches or freezing
  • Battery replacement
  • Map updates
  • Repair work

Software glitches or freezing

Like any electronic system, the navigation may occasionally freeze up or act erratically due to a small software glitch. Resetting it restores the system to factory conditions.

Battery replacement

If the battery dies or is disconnected for repair work and then replaced, the navigation system often loses its settings. A reset will restore them.

Map updates

Sometimes, updating the maps or adding new software to the navigation system can cause malfunctions. Resetting after an update often fixes the issues.

Repair work

If any major work was performed on the car that required disconnecting the battery, the navigation system would need to be reset after to regain functionality.

Resetting the system essentially clears out any glitches and allows you to start fresh. So if you notice your Honda Accord navigation freezing, acting strange, or outright not working, a reset is the first step in getting it operational again.

How To Reset The Honda Accord Navigation System

Resetting the navigation system is, thankfully, a very straightforward process. Here is how to do it:

For 2006-2011 Honda Accord Models

  1. Turn the ignition to the “On” position without starting the engine.
  2. Press and hold the MAP/GUIDE and SETUP buttons on the navigation system simultaneously for 10 seconds.
  3. The screen will go blank, indicating the reset has been initiated.
  4. Allow the system several minutes to reboot and reset itself.
  5. Confirm functionality by inputting a destination and verifying turn-by-turn directions work properly.

For 2012-2015 Honda Accord Models

  1. Stop the car and turn off the engine.
  2. Press and hold the Power button on the navigation system until the screen goes black.
  3. While still holding the Power button, press the Reset button next to it until you hear a beep.
  4. Release both buttons. The navigation system will reset and reboot.
  5. Start the car and test that navigation functions properly.

This process will reset all navigation system settings to their factory defaults. Any programmed addresses, preferences, or paired phones will need to be re-entered after the reset.

Resetting The Navigation System On Older Honda Accord Models

The process is a little different on older Honda Accord models from the early and mid-2000s:

  1. 2001-2005: Simultaneously press and hold the TALK and VOLUME DOWN buttons for 10 seconds.
  2. 2006-2007: Hold SETUP, MAP/GUIDE, and CANCEL for 10 seconds.

For older models, consult your owner’s manual for the exact reset procedure. But it will similarly involve pressing a set of buttons for 10+ seconds to initiate a factory reset.

Why Is My Honda Navigation Not Working?

There are several common reasons why your Honda navigation system may be malfunctioning. The most likely causes are an outdated map, a disconnected battery, software bugs, or hardware issues. 

Outdated maps frequently result in freezing, crashing, or the inability to find routes. The memory of the navigation system is erased when the car’s battery is disconnected or replaced, necessitating a reset. Intermittent software flaws can also disrupt normal operation. In some cases, hardware such as the screen, controls, or internal components may be malfunctioning. 

If your Honda navigation system is unresponsive or acting strangely, try resetting the system to factory defaults first. If the problem persists, have it professionally diagnosed to see if a software update, map refresh, or hardware repair is required to get your navigation back up and running.

Where Is The Honda Navigation Code?

Hondas have an anti-theft radio/navigation code that must be entered in order for the system to function after a power outage. This four-digit code can be found in your owner’s manual or on a sticker on the door jamb or glove box of your vehicle. 

If you don’t have the code, a Honda dealer can get it for you by entering your vehicle’s VIN. They keep track of each vehicle’s radio codes. When you bring your car in, provide the VIN and they will give you the exact navigation code needed to reactivate the system after resetting it or disconnecting the battery. 

Having the code handy before beginning any navigation reset or battery work will ensure that your Honda navigation will work again after servicing.

How Do I Update My Honda Accord GPS?

A map update disc or SD card is required to update the maps and software on your Honda Accord’s GPS navigation system. Every year, Honda releases new map updates. Visit a dealership or a navigation update website, enter your vehicle information, and buy the most recent update for your Honda model and year. 

Follow the on-screen instructions to install the update into your system. This may necessitate a factory reset first. Allow enough time for the large update file to be installed completely. 

After that, take a test drive to ensure the navigation is working properly with the most up-to-date maps and features. Annual updates are recommended for optimal performance. Outdated maps are a common source of navigational issues.


Resetting your Honda Accord navigation system is straightforward, only requiring holding a few buttons to initiate a factory restore. This can often fix glitches, sluggish operations, freezing, or other issues. Just be prepared to re-enter settings and the radio security code after the reset.

While most basic problems are resolved by a reset, major issues may require professional service at a dealership. But try a navigation system reset first, as it offers an easy and no-cost way to revive your Honda’s navigation functionality.

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Ammar Masoud

I have had a long and fulfilling career in the automotive industry, primarily with Honda and Acura. With 15 years of experience as a Honda service technician, I became highly skilled in repair and maintenance, gaining a deep understanding of these vehicles. After many years in the automotive field, I decided to embark on a second career in industrial manufacturing. It was a significant change, but I found that the skills I had honed in the automotive industry were incredibly valuable in my new role. In my current position in industrial manufacturing, the demand for quality workmanship and meticulous attention to detail is paramount. Fortunately, these are traits that I have cultivated throughout my years in the automotive industry. I take pride in applying these skills to meet the high standards expected in the manufacturing sector.