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Introducing the SYNC® 3 update with voice-activated technology and advanced features for navigation, calling and entertainment.
Introducing the SYNC® 3 update with voice-activated technology and advanced features for navigation, calling and entertainment.

Roads are constantly changing. Ensure your peace of mind by keeping your SYNC® 3 MAPS up-to-date. Updating your SYNC® 3 MAPS every year helps you reach your destination safely and efficiently.

Roads are constantly changing. Ensure your peace of mind by keeping your SYNC® 3 MAPS up-to-date. Updating your SYNC® 3 MAPS every year helps you reach your destination safely and efficiently.

Hover over a symbol or number to see what it indicates.

Hover over a symbol or number to see what it indicates.

  1.  Activate Bluetooth® on your device
  2.  Go to phone menu
  3.  Press “ADD PHONE”
  4.  Select [vehicle name] on your phone
  5.  Confirm the 6-digit PIN on your system screen or enter the 6-digit PIN on your device to complete pairing.

Or just search for your mobile phone using SYNC® 3

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  1.  Activate Bluetooth® on your device
  2.  Go to phone menu
  3.  Press “ADD PHONE”
  4.  Select [vehicle name] on your phone
  5.  Confirm the 6-digit PIN on your system screen or enter the 6-digit PIN on your device to complete pairing.

Or just search for your mobile phone using SYNC® 3

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  1.  Select navigation
  2.  Select menu
  3.  Select new route
  4.  Select saved locations
  5.  Enter your address
  1.  Select navigation
  2.  Select menu
  3.  Select new route
  4.  Select saved locations
  5.  Enter your address
Save your current position in moments
  1.  Go to the main map view
  2.  Touch the screen at your current location
  3.  Expand the pull down menu on the right
  4.  Select save location
Save your current position in moments
  1.  Go to the main map view
  2.  Touch the screen at your current location
  3.  Expand the pull down menu on the right
  4.  Select save location
What you can do with SYNC® 3.
What you can do with SYNC® 3.
  • Get connected via Bluetooth® and USB
  • Make phone calls and send text messages
  • Control the temperature
  • Use Android Auto & Apple CarPlay*
  • Choose from 5 languages

*Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are smartphone projection platforms (developed by Apple and Google respectively) which allow you to control select applications on each platform via a USB cable connected smartphone on the SYNC® 3 touch screen. Presently Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have not been officially licensed for release/use in Middle East. However, Apple CarPlay does offer a level of immediate functionality when connected to SYNC® 3 with Siri enabled. Android Auto is currently not available for Middle East.

  • Get connected via Bluetooth® and USB
  • Make phone calls and send text messages
  • Control the temperature
  • Use Android Auto & Apple CarPlay*
  • Choose from 5 languages

*Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are smartphone projection platforms (developed by Apple and Google respectively) which allow you to control select applications on each platform via a USB cable connected smartphone on the SYNC® 3 touch screen. Presently Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have not been officially licensed for release/use in Middle East. However, Apple CarPlay does offer a level of immediate functionality when connected to SYNC® 3 with Siri enabled. Android Auto is currently not available for Middle East.

Learn more about SYNC® 3

Learn more about SYNC® 3

Your helpful guide to download the SYNC® 3 update

Your helpful guide to download the SYNC® 3 update

Before you start, you will need:

A USB drive with at least 4GB of free space.

Your Ford vehicle’s VIN number.

A valid e-mail address.

Before you start, you will need:

A USB drive with at least 4GB of free space.

Your Ford vehicle’s VIN number.

A valid e-mail address.

Check your SYNC® version:

Update is not required for those with SYNC® 3 version 3.0 or above. Make sure to check your version before you proceed. Check by going into Settings -> General -> About SYNC

Check your SYNC® version:

Update is not required for those with SYNC® 3 version 3.0 or above. Make sure to check your version before you proceed. Check by going into Settings -> General -> About SYNC

  1. Click on the “Download SYNC® Software Update” link.
  2. Enter your VIN. If your car is eligible for an update, enter your e-mail address.
  3. If eligible for update, you will receive an email with a link to your update download.
  4. Download the file to your desktop. Unzip the downloaded file and upload to a USB drive.
  5. Insert USB drive into the car USB slot. The update should start automatically. It may take a while for the update to start and SYNC may restart a few times. Do not remove the USB until an update complete message is shown.
  6. You’re done! Report your update online.

  1. Click on the “Download SYNC® Software Update” link.
  2. Enter your VIN. If your car is eligible for an update, enter your e-mail address.
  3. If eligible for update, you will receive an email with a link to your update download.
  4. Download the file to your desktop. Unzip the downloaded file and upload to a USB drive.
  5. Insert USB drive into the car USB slot. The update should start automatically. It may take a while for the update to start and SYNC may restart a few times. Do not remove the USB until an update complete message is shown.
  6. You’re done! Report your update online.

Download the latest SYNC® Software update using a USB storage drive. Please ensure that you have your vehicle’s VIN number at hand, follow and complete all the necessary steps and register the installation to complete your update.

Download Update

Download the latest SYNC® Software update using a USB storage drive. Please ensure that you have your vehicle’s VIN number at hand, follow and complete all the necessary steps and register the installation to complete your update.

Download Update

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How to update the Ford SYNC3 system using a USB drive

By Product Expert | Posted in Technology on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 at 4:09 pm

The Ford SYNC3 system is designed to keep drivers informed and entertained while on the roads. Keeping the SYNC3 system updated is important for ensuring you can continue to take advantage of the features the system has to offer. There are multiple ways to install SYNC3 updates. Follow these steps to learn how to update the Ford SYNC3 system using a USB drive.

Read More: What Ford models are compatible with Apple CarPlay?

Updating SYNC3 Using a USB Drive

Updates to your SYNC3 system can be done by using a USB flash drive. Follow these steps to update SYNC3 via USB.

  1. On your personal computer, log into your Ford Owner account at Owner.Ford.com. If you have not logged in before, you will need to register.
  2. Click on “SYNC & Vehicle Features” at the top of the page.
  3. Then click “Check for Software Update.”
  4. Scroll down to view any available updates for your vehicle.
  5. Click “Download SYNC Update.”
  6. Accept the licensing agreement and download the file onto your computer.
  7. Plug the empty USB drive into your computer. It is important to be sure the USB drive is not password protected and can hold at least 32 GB of data.
  8. Locate the file on your computer and unzip the file.
  9. Save the file to your USB drive.
  10. Make sure the ignition switch in your Ford vehicle is set to “On” and the vehicle is in park.
  11. Plug the drive containing the update into the vehicle’s USB port.
  12. Installation of the update will automatically begin.
  13. Take the USB drive back to your computer to confirm the update.
  14. Log into your owner account and click “Confirm Update.”
  15. Insert the USB into the computer and follow the prompts.

Your SYNC3 infotainment system will now be updated. If you have any questions, visit Owner.Ford.com.

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Ford Sync 3 - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

When Ford first came out with the Sync infotainment system, it was so bad that the company probably wishes it had never bothered. But fast forward to Sync 3 and what was the laughing stock of such systems became much more competitive. The user interface was dramatically improved, response times shortened and generally the system worked like a modern infotainment management system should.

Waze is now available on Ford's Sync system.

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This much become clear on a personal level, as I experienced the system on my 2018 Ford F-150 pick-up. It's essentially the same system found in all new Fords and Lincolns.

On the plus side, the system display is clean and simple, with all the major elements - navigation, communication, entertainment and climate - easy to find and adjust. So far, so good.

Is it the best looking interface? Hardly. It works but it is extremely plain, with a drab blue and white color scheme. Take a look at most competitors and they are much more colorful and visually entertaining. The map rendering and graphics, for instance, are far superior on a BMW or Lexus.

But again, Sync 3 functions perfectly well, so if its aesthetics are sub-par then that's hardly the end of the world. At this point I would mention one glaring flaw in its programming. While you can access text messages in Sync 3, emails are not allowed. Virtually all major automakers allow emails to be read out by the systems while driving, yet Ford apparently decided it was not a good idea. The company says it's because of driver distraction problems. But this is patently incorrect as the alternative is for drivers to pick up their phones and read emails while driving, a far more egregious distraction problem

Where Sync 3 really comes unglued, as I found out after a while, is in other areas. You would think that a 2018 model Ford would come with the latest version of Sync 3, but unfortunately mine was a version behind, meaning 2.3 versus 3.0. No problem, I imagined, I would simply upgrade wirelessly via the internet, or at worst with a thumb drive plugged into a USB port. But after hours of trying, neither method worked and it took a trip to a dealer to effect the upgrade.

One reason to get the latest version of Sync 3 is to enable more apps, most notably Waze, a highly desirable Google-owned nav system. Unfortunately, again, this was not to be a simple step, at least for me. Although Ford has fully enabled Waze for iPhone users, Android phone users like myself are clearly second class and have to connect by cable to a USB port. And it took hours to get Android Auto to function properly and then enable Waze.

All in all, Sync 3 is a mixed bag. Good as far it goes, but in desperate need of more enlightened thinking when it comes to features like email access and upgradeability.

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SYNC 3 Navigation overview | SYNC | Official Ford Owner Site

To set a destination using Map mode, tap and hold your finger on the map, and a viewfinder will appear. Move the touchscreen to position your desired location under the viewfinder. The capacitive touchscreen allows you to interact with the map by using convenient swiping, zooming and pinching gestures, similar to those used with your smartphone. After you position the map to where you want to go, press the Start button to select the desired location, and once the next screen appears, press Set as New Destination.

Map mode also shows advanced viewing options of 2-D city maps, 3-D landmarks and 3-D city models (when available). You can change your view of the map by tapping the following location indicator icons when they appear on the touchscreen: 

Select the Zoom In icon to see a closer view of the map. 

Select the Zoom Out icon to see a more distant view of the map.

You can adjust the zoom views in preset increments, as well as pinch to zoom in or out of the map.

When you choose North up icon, the map will always show the northern direction facing the top of the screen. 

The Heading up icon always shows the direction of forward travel facing the top of the screen. 

Press the 3-D icon to view an elevated perspective of the map, which can help orient you to your destination as you drive. This icon also displays advanced 3-D views of landmarks and city models (when available). 

Press the Re-center icon to re-center the map after you’ve scrolled the map away from your vehicle’s current location.

Note: When you’re in an active route, the navigation map shows your estimated time of arrival, remaining travel time and distance to your destination.

After you’ve chosen your destination, press Start Route. The system then uses a variety of screens and visible prompts to guide you to your destination.

Note: SYNC 3 provides an automatic re-route if traffic conditions change to cause a major delay on the originally selected route. Minor traffic changes won’t cause a re-route. This feature requires an active SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link® subscription.34

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Ford SYNC 3 Update Brings Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Software Support to 2016 Vehicles | Ford Media Center

  • Ford SYNC 3 software update brings support for Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay to model-year 2016 vehicles
  • Customers can update by downloading the software to a USB drive, visiting a dealership or over-the-air via a Wi-Fi connection
  • This is Ford’s first software update via Wi-Fi and offers a convenient and automated alternative to existing upgrade methods

DEARBORN, Mich., May 19, 2017 – Ford is making Android Auto and Apple CarPlay software support available to model-year 2016 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3. Customers with model-year 2016 Ford vehicles can update to the new SYNC 3 version 2.2 by downloading to a USB drive, visiting a dealership or automatically through a Wi-Fi connection. “Our SYNC 3 software platform was designed to be easy to update so we can get our customers the latest and greatest features, functionally and security enhancements,” said Don Butler, executive director, Ford Connected Vehicle and Services. “With over-the-air updates, we can deliver new features to customers in the background while they continue using their vehicles.”

Customers can update their software by visiting owner.ford.com to download and install with a USB drive, or by visiting a dealership. Customers with Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles and a Wi-Fi network can set up their vehicle to receive the update automatically.

Android Auto

Compatible with Android™ devices 5.0 and higher, Android Auto brings the Android experience into the vehicle safely and easily with Google Maps, Google Play Music, phone, messaging and third party apps projected on the car's built-in display and available via voice controls. With a simplified interface, large touch targets, Google voice search and easy-to-use voice controls, Android Auto is designed to minimize distraction while on the road.

Android, Android Auto, Google Maps and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.

Apple CarPlay

Compatible with iPhone 5 and later models running iOS 7.1 or higher, Apple CarPlay gives iPhone users an intuitive way to make phone calls, use voice-guided navigation, listen to music, and send and receive messages while staying focused on the road. Users can control Apple CarPlay through the in-vehicle display or via Siri voice control. Apple CarPlay support requires a USB hub upgrade available through Ford dealers.

SYNC 3 currently supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on all model-year 2017 Ford cars including the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion and Mustang, SUVs including the Escape, Explorer and Expedition, F-Series trucks and Ford’s electrified vehicles.

Receiving updates over Wi-Fi

Though Ford has been issuing SYNC upgrades since 2009, this is the first time the company is offering an update via Wi-Fi. In Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles with Automatic System Updates turned on within SYNC 3, the system will periodically connect to a customer’s designated Wi-Fi network to check for updates. If an update is available, the system automatically downloads the update in the background over a period of time without any customer interaction. And SYNC 3 is designed to perform the update as long as Wi-Fi is connected prior to the vehicle turning off, therefore there is no need to keep the vehicle running for the update to take place. 

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Living with Ford SYNC 3

There’s a war going on for your dashboard, and while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto might have designs on your digits, homegrown systems like Ford SYNC 3 aren’t giving up. Latest iteration of Ford’s infotainment platform, SYNC 3 raises its game in touchscreen responsiveness, voice recognition, and third-party app support. That makes a whole lot of difference behind the wheel, as I discovered when I took it for an extended test-drive in one of the first 2016 cars to offer it, the new Ford Escape.

The 2016 model year escape, along with the 2016 Fiesta, will be the first cars to offer SYNC 3. However, Ford expects to have its entire North American range upgraded to the new platform by the end of 2016.

The face of SYNC 3 is the touchscreen in the center stack, either 6.5- or 8-inches in size, and now thankfully using a capacitive panel than the awful resistive touchscreen the old MyFord Touch system was lumbered with. It’s now responsive to a light tap, rather than demanding an angry stab – or, more accurately, several stabs, since the old screen had a habit of ignoring your fingers – though Ford does warn that it’s not designed to be used by those wearing gloves.

Another of MyFord Touch’s foibles was its occasionally ponderous speed. Happily, that too has been addressed for the most part in SYNC 3: along with the architectural change, switching from Windows to QNX under the hood, the UI is far more responsive.

There’s less time spent waiting in switching between tabs, and map redraws are quicker, too. The voice recognition system is faster as well, still triggered with a dedicated button on the steering wheel.

That’s a good thing, since Ford expects a whole lot of interaction to be done via voice. Not only has the list of supported commands been increased, Ford says SYNC 3 should be better at getting the gist of your instruction rather than insisting you stick to the command as-written.

For the most part that turned out to be the case, though it did mean I was sometimes confused whether I was getting the speech prompt wrong or whether there simply wasn’t such a feature. A good example is asking for “Recent destinations” in the Navigation app, which seems like it should be an obvious feature, but which SYNC 3 consistently rejected.

SYNC 3 organizes itself into a homescreen and multiple tabs. On the homescreen – for models with navigation installed – you get a large map preview and then smaller boxes for audio and details on a connected device. Buttons are big and easy to press, and the blues and grays, though not the most inspiring of color schemes I’ve seen, are at least clearly legible and inoffensive.

First tab is Audio, with the Escape offering an AM/FM radio, Sirius XM, CD, or music from a USB device or paired over Bluetooth. External sources are indexed every time they’re connected, after which point you can in theory ask for a certain artist or track. Ford fits a dedicated Source button to the Escape, one of the few physical controls SYNC 3 gets, though I’d have liked to have seen a Home button either instead of it, or in addition to it.

Next over is Climate, and while there’s a panel of HVAC buttons lower in the center console, you can also adjust all the settings through the touchscreen. It’s even possible to adjust temperature – though not for the dual-zone system this particular Escape was equipped with – by voice: press the button, say “Climate set temperature to degrees,” and after checking it understood the number right, the HVAC will change.

All well and good, but by the time SYNC 3 has briefly thought about what you’ve said, and then clarified it heard correctly, you’d probably have been quicker simply reaching down and twisting the actual control.

Instead, voice really comes into its own when paired with AppLink. Ford’s system for hooking up smartphones to its dashboard, it’s a way for third-party developers to integrate their software with the various options SYNC 3 provides.

If you’ve an Android device, AppLink will work entirely over Bluetooth. Those with an iPhone, however, will need both a Bluetooth connection (for audio) and a wired link using one of the two USB ports under the driver’s armrest. To make up for it, holding down the speech button on the wheel summons Siri if you’re an iPhone user, in the special Eyes-Free mode designed to reduce distractions.

I tested three AppLink-enabled apps out, Spotify, Pandora, and Glympse. Each shows up in the App tab but can also be summoned by a voice command; each offers some subset of its features for access through the car’s touchscreen.

Exactly what you can do depends on the developer. Spotify, for instance, is surprisingly full-featured in SYNC 3. Not only can you access your playlists, but you can start Spotify Radio stations for instance. Jump back to the homescreen and what’s currently playing shows up in the audio box, complete with album art.

It’s not entirely smooth-sailing, however. When I tested AppLink with an iPhone 6, for instance, I had to make sure the apps were running on the phone before they’d show up in the Apps tab in the car. They didn’t need to be in the foreground on the iPhone, but they did need to be in recent memory.

AppLink’s main problem, though, is that developers need to explicitly support it, and right now that list isn’t especially long. It may begin to pick up pace if Toyota decides to use AppLink’s underlying SmartDeviceLink system, but it still leaves a rather meager selection to showcase alongside SYNC 3’s debut.

Not every SYNC 3-equipped car will have the Navigation tab, but for those that do it’s probably the most rewarding place for voice recognition. While I couldn’t simply hit the button and tell the car an address, after a prompt or two I was able to say the whole location – street number, street, and city – all in one fell swoop, rather than having to dole them out piecemeal as with some rival systems.

Points-of-Interest are handled sensibly, too. SYNC 3 asked me if I was looking for somewhere in a specific city or simply nearby, handy if you get lost as much as I do, and then allowed me to search by category or location name. Despite probably expecting an American accent and getting a British one instead, something which has tripped up voice command systems in other cars, the Escape didn’t have any issues hearing me and finding where I was looking for.

Neither did it take so interminable a length of time to do through speech that I gave up and resorted to tapping out on the (mildly sluggish at times) onscreen keyboard.

SYNC 3 has other charms. No-Charge 911 Assist, for instance, automatically calls 911 and optionally two personal contacts should the car be in an accident, while on the opposite end of the whimsy spectrum, if your particular model is fitted with ambient lighting, you can tap through and switch colors via the touchscreen.

Updating the infotainment should be easier, too. SYNC 3 can log onto a WiFi hotspot, so you could connect it to your home wireless network and it will automatically update itself when Ford pushes out a new version. Previously, you’d have to either pay a visit to your local dealership, or alternatively mess around downloading firmware packages onto USB drives and install them manually.

The infotainment space is becoming fiercely competitive, and SYNC 3 is a much-needed upgrade. Ford may have been one of the first to smarten up the dashboard with the original SYNC, but its rivals have stepped up in the intervening years. Meanwhile, Google and Apple have set their voracious appetites on the automotive space, counting on smartphone-addicted owners themselves driving car companies to a place of acquiescence.

Sure enough, SYNC 3 looks likely to eventually gain CarPlay and Android Auto support. Even then, though, it will have some advantages over the phone-based systems. Their dependence on the cloud, where Ford’s platform is self-sufficiently local to the car, means you’ll need a decent connection, and there are some things CarPlay and Android Auto – in their current iterations, anyway – can’t deliver, like HVAC integration.

Nonetheless Ford can’t rest on its laurels. AppLink works well but is lacking in scale, while I really wish the new center touchscreen had also brought along a revamped panel for the driver’s instrumentation, rather than the piddling little LCD that looks comically small compared to what other cars are fitted with these days.

Ford gets the basics right. To survive the Interesting Times the automotive industry faces, however, it’ll need to persuade developers to get onboard with AppLink before SYNC 3 can become a serious selling point.

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