The radio in my 2004 Honda Accord went out, and rather than buy a new one with the same set of very basic features, I replaced it with an aftermarket 10″ touchscreen Android-powered radio! This plug and play replacement costs about $150-250, and vastly increases the capability of your radio!

This upgrade makes the interior of your 15-yr-old car look fully modern!

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In this picture guide, I walk through the steps I took to perform the radio replacement. It took me about 1-2 hrs, and these are the required tools:

Tools and Supplies:

How to Remove the Radio from a 2003-2007 Honda Accord

The first step is to remove the old radio. Here is the original radio that was in my 2004 Honda Accord.

Note: I have a single-climate control vehicle, meaning that you cannot set the temperature separately for the driver and passenger. If you have "dual climate control" it means that you have a separate control for the temperature on each side.
OEM Radio in a Honda Accord 2004
The original radio

The first step is to remove the negative battery terminal. The reason for this is so that the radio does not accidentally get shorted out while unplugging it.

disconnect negative battery terminal
Remove the negative battery terminal

Next, use a pry tool to wedge between the panels. You could also use a flat screwdriver, but it could mar the finish. I used pry tools like this. Pry the top panel up…

Honda Accord Radio removal procedure
Pry the cover above the radio up

Then pry it forward slightly (about 3/4 of an inch)

Honda Accord Radio removal procedure plastic pry tool
Pry the cover outward

Then the top cover will lift up. Don’t remove it completely, as there are some wires still attached, just swing it aside for now.

Remove Accord Radio process
Remove the cover by pulling out and up

Underneath the radio are 2 screws that need to be removed in order to take out the old radio. To get at them, we have to remove the cubby below the radio. To do that, first remove the “not an ashtray” with a pry tool.

Pry up the ashtray
Remove the ash tray

Then use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 2 screws.

Remove screws 2004 Honda Accord
Remove the 2 screws

Pry up and remove the trim around the gear shifter knob.

Hint: Put the key in the ignition and turn it to "II" then you can put the shift lever all the way down and it makes it easier to remove the trim.
Pry up the cover gear shifter honda accord
Remove the trim around the shifter

Remove the ashtray, don’t yank it out! You need to carefully unplug the cigarette lighter cable.

Remove cigarette lighter Honda Accord
Pull out the ashtray, unplug lighter

Remove 2 more Phillips screws.

Remove Cubby on a 2004 Honda Accord
Remove 2 Phillips screws

Now the cubby should be loose. Carefully pull the cubby out. You may need to rock it back and forth, up and down a bit to get it loose.

Now, go to the top of the radio, and there are 3 screws at the top. Remove these three.

Air vents 2004 Honda Accord
Remove 3 Phillips screws from top

Now, underneath the radio (kind of hard to see) are 2 screws that need to be removed before the radio will be loose. Remove these two screws. this view is looking up

2004 Honda Accord remove stock radio procedure
Remove 2 Phillips screws underneath

The radio should now be free. Wiggle and pull the radio out. Careful not to pull to hard, as there are a bunch of wires attached to it in the back…

Removing the stock radio from a 2004 Honda Accord
Wiggle and pull old radio out

Now, unplug all of the connectors on the back of the radio.

Old radio 2004 Honda Accord
Unplug all the connectors

How to Install a 10″ Touchscreen Radio in a Honda Accord

The next step is to prepare and install the new Android 10″ touchscreen radio.

New Android Radio and Stock radio from a 2004 Honda Accord side by side
New and Old Radios

Follow the instruction sheet to plug all of the connectors into the back of the new radio.

Note: There is a "Y-cable" included in the kit. If you have dual-climate control (can set different temp for driver and passenger) then you should NOT use the Y-cable! If you have single climate control like my car, then you SHOULD use the y-cable. The instruction sheet included with the new radio describes this pretty clearly.
Note: Another thing to watch for. I've seen some comments in the reviews for this radio saying things like the rear defrost or AC doesn't work. One of the problems is if the connectors are not plugged in all the way, are loose, or have bent pins. Make sure to be very careful when plugging everything in that it is plugging in straight, not backwards, and is fully seated! 
New Android Radio for 2004 Honda Accord Connections
Connect included wires on new radio

Bring the new radio to the car and attach the connections. They can really only fit one-way.

Installing an Android Radio in a 2004 Honda Accord
Plug and play connectors

On the bottom of the new radio are 2 tabs that help secure the radio to the car. The problem is that these tabs don’t necessarily line up with the tab holes in your car (mine didn’t); it depends on what type of car you have.

There are 2 ways to deal with this. Either you can make new slots (this is what I did) by drilling holes into the plastic as shown below:

The other option is to just remove the tabs from the radio, they are just each held on with 2 screws. Remove the screws and the tabs. The radio will be plenty secure without those.

Lower radio installation 2004 Honda Accord
Bottom may need to drill 2 holes

After plugging in all the connectors, slide the new radio into place and re-install the 3 screws on the top.

refasten screws 2004 Honda Accord
Reinstall 3 Phillips screws

Then, re-install the top trim piece. It works best to set it down, then slide it back, so that the tabs seat properly.

install the upper air vent in a 2004 Honda Accord
Reinstall top trim cover

Now, re-install the cubby.

Install the lower cubby in a 2004 Honda Accord
Reinstall lower cubby box

Put the ash tray back in, plug in the cigarette lighter, and re-install the screws.

Install the cigarette lighter in a 2004 Honda Accord
Reinstall ashtray

Snap the trim back on.

Re-connect the negative battery terminal, then start up the car!

New Android Radio installed in a 2004 Honda Accord
Reconnect battery and turn on car

Setup the Android Radio 10″ Touchscreen

Now, connect your android 10″ touchscreen radio to wifi. Start downloading apps from the Google Play Store.

The radio comes with several apps included a radio tuner and music player. I downloaded YouTube, Amazon Music, and Google Maps, among others.

2004 Honda Accord with an Android Radio upgrade installed with 10 inch touchscreen
Install various Android Apps

The radio has dual-screen capabilities which is nice for having the music and maps side-by-side.

dual maps and FM radio in a 2004 Honda Accord with Android Radio installation
Radio and Google Maps Side-by-Side

To listen to music from an external USB plug, attach a thumb drive to the USB connector, then nagivate to the appropriate folder.

USB connection on Android Radio in a  2004 Honda Accord
Folders for Playing Music from USB

The unit runs on Android 10. It can also connect through Bluetooth to an iPhone using CarPlay.

Android 10 installed in a 2004 Honda Accord Radio
Unit runs Android 10

If you connect the radio to your phone’s wifi hotspot, you can get live traffic on the screen.

Google Maps in a 2004 Honda Accord using an upgraded Android Radio installation
Google Maps with Traffic
Google Maps Satellite installed in a 2004 Honda Accord
Connect to Phone Hotspot

This unit works with either Android or iPhone. The sound is great, the sound is just as good as with the stock radio.

Let me know your experience installing an aftermarket radio in your car!

Tools and Supplies:

Android Car Radio and AC Problems (Air Conditioning not working)

The radio works well for most people, but one complaint you hear is that the AC is not working. This is due to one of several reasons:

  1. The connections on the back of the radio are not correct (not pushed in all the way, bent pin, upside down, incorrect use of the “y-cable,” etc…)
  2. The most common reason is that the CANbus settings are not set correctly. CANbus refers to the communication between the radio and the car. You need to tell the radio what ‘language’ to use, or else it won’t work, or it will partially work. The most common issue is that it is set to a Honda Accord, but not set to the correct model of Honda Accord.

How to Set the CANbus Settings

To set the CANbus settings, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Go to the CarSetting app on the radio.
  2. Then go to “System Settings”
  3. Touch “Factory Setting”
  4. Enter the following Password: 16176699 or 8888 or 8878
  5. Press “Confirm”
  6. Scroll down to CAN Type Setting
  7. Press CAN Type Set
  8. Wait a few seconds for it to load
  9. Then, select cytong: Honda: Accord: 2002-2007(7Gen): touch 02-07(Low): select cytong.

A couple of notes:

  • (Note: Don’t select cytong (Accord)! You will not see the AC controls on-screen if you do!)
  • Select (Low) for Single-Climate control cars (like mine).
  • Select (High) if you have Dual-Climate control.
  • If you are using a different Android aftermarket radio than the one shown here, you may need a different password. I do not have experience with those radios, but several other passwords that may work include: 8888, 8878, 8317,123, and 126.
  • Here is a link to my YouTube video on how to get into the CANbus settings.

Video Guide for Radio Replacement in a 2003-2007 Honda Accord

Check out this video for more details on how I installed this aftermarket radio: