Ford now supports SYNC 3 with software updates to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™ for 2016 and 2017 model year vehicles.

Customers can now update by downloading the software to a USB drive, visiting a dealer, or using a wireless Wi-Fi connection. This is Ford’s first software update via Wi-Fi and offers a convenient, automated alternative to existing update methods.

Customers with 2016 model year Ford vehicles can update to the new version 2.2 of SYNC 3 to get this support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

“Our SYNC 3 software platform was designed to be easy to upgrade so we can offer our customers the latest and greatest features, functional and safety 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 to use their vehicles.”


Compatible with Android™ 5.0 and later devices, Android Auto brings the Android experience to the vehicle easily and safely. It offers Google Maps, Google Play Music, phone, messaging and third-party applications projected on the car’s integrated screen and available through voice controls. With a streamlined interface, large touch targets, Google voice search, and easy-to-use voice controls, Android Auto is designed to minimize distractions on the go.

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

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay is 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. The comfort allows the driver to concentrate on the road. Users can control Apple CarPlay through the vehicle’s display or through Siri voice control. Apple CarPlay compatibility requires a USB hub upgrade available through Ford dealers.

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

Receive updates over Wi-Fi

Ford has had SYNC updates since 2009, but this is the first time the company has offered an update over Wi-Fi. In Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles with Automatic System Updates turned on within SYNC 3, the system will connect periodically to a designated client Wi-Fi network to check for updates. If an update is available, the system automatically downloads the update in the background for a period of time without client interaction. And SYNC 3 is designed to update as long as Wi-Fi is connected before the vehicle is turned off, so you don’t need to keep the vehicle running for the update to take place.

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