Front seat media console - AUX and USB ports

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Has anyone had experience with accessing from the backside, both the USB port and AUX audio port from the front seat media console? I would like to access these ports and run the an aux cable as well as an USB cable up through the dashboard so that it plugs into my cell phone while mounted on the holder sitting on top of the dashboard. This would eliminate having the wires exposed on the front side of the dash.

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It's easy to take apart everything and access the back of those plugs, but I think you would need some kind of harness to do what you want. I'm not aware of anything like that. There is a harness for the back of the lighter, but not for AUX and USB.
 
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It's easy to take apart everything and access the back of those plugs, but I think you would need some kind of harness to do what you want. I'm not aware of anything like that. There is a harness for the back of the lighter, but not for AUX and USB.
Thanks Nick, I'll keep searching. Really hate the wires being seen from the front. :-(
 

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Thanks Nick, I'll keep searching. Really hate the wires being seen from the front. :-(
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I really hate wires seen from the front too, but apparently the latest UConnect update narrows the available USB ports down to just the one in the dashboard - killing the one in the center console as well as the rear ports. Why Apple and/or Jeep would do this, is beyond me.

My plan (for my Jeep that is on order) was to get the BT CarPlay adapter and have it plugged in and hidden in the center console, and just automatically connect when you get in the Jeep with no device or connection in sight. Now it has to be plugged into the dash, and the BT adapter has to be stored in there, or close by too.

I would love to know the logic and reasoning behind this regressive move. Perhaps @JeepCares can shed some light?
 

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I really hate wires seen from the front too, but apparently the latest UConnect update narrows the available USB ports down to just the one in the dashboard - killing the one in the center console as well as the rear ports. Why Apple and/or Jeep would do this, is beyond me.

My plan (for my Jeep that is on order) was to get the BT CarPlay adapter and have it plugged in and hidden in the center console, and just automatically connect when you get in the Jeep with no device or connection in sight. Now it has to be plugged into the dash, and the BT adapter has to be stored in there, or close by too.

I would love to know the logic and reasoning behind this regressive move. Perhaps @JeepCares can shed some light?
I have the most recent software and don’t have this issue. Both media and the center console inside all work with Apple car play.
 

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I really hate wires seen from the front too, but apparently the latest UConnect update narrows the available USB ports down to just the one in the dashboard - killing the one in the center console as well as the rear ports. Why Apple and/or Jeep would do this, is beyond me.

My plan (for my Jeep that is on order) was to get the BT CarPlay adapter and have it plugged in and hidden in the center console, and just automatically connect when you get in the Jeep with no device or connection in sight. Now it has to be plugged into the dash, and the BT adapter has to be stored in there, or close by too.

I would love to know the logic and reasoning behind this regressive move. Perhaps @JeepCares can shed some light?
No this has not been done...

Regardless of what Jeep Cares says they still work.
 

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If USB power is all you are looking for, I have a Garmin mini-cam, and a GoPro Dash mounted GoPro 8 mounted with the power wires (USB) concealed behind the windshield edge moldings. They run down under the dash near the glovebox to two 12V to 5V USB power boxes. One box is powered by the cigar lighter connection, and the other powered by AUX switch #2. The Garmin mini is on whenever the engine is running, and the GoPro is controlled by AUX #2. Easy to set up if you are handy at these things. Here is the DC to DC converter I used.
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No this has not been done...

Regardless of what Jeep Cares says they still work.
This is great to hear.

I am new to Jeep and all that surrounds, so as I wait for mine to arrive, I was looking into the CARPLAY2air USB adapter. I figured I'd just throw it in the center console as a set it and forget it wireless option. So when I read that statement from @JeepCares saying that the center console USB will no longer work with CarPlay, it threw a wrench into my plan.

I assumed this was an official word from Jeep - should I not take their statements as fact?

I also should have been more clear in my post - the JeepCares statement mentioned that the other ports were disabled for CarPlay specifically, not total USB functionality.
 

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I don't get it. With Uconnect why do you need to mount your phone? Google navigation maps, music apps, messaging etc.. can all be accessed on the much larger Uconnect screen. My phone stays in the vertical slot between the cup holders, no need to look at it while driving.

One thing I don't like with the USB ports is the cover flap is always open because my phone is always plugged in. I am thinking of removing the cover.
 
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