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Sync 3 on Ford vehicles

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Sync 3 on Ford vehicles

Post by MWmetalhead » Sat Aug 20, 2016 9:24 am

Overall, I like Sync 3 better than version 2 of MyFord Touch. The buttons are larger, it's easier to scroll through lists, the color scheme changes based on daylight, and apps such as Pandora and iFartRadio can be accessed directly through the dash (an embarrassing missing feature from MyFord Touch).

Thanks to sloppy reporting by the tech press, there is a lot of confusion right now regarding availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on Sync 3 equipped vehicles. Let me help clear up that confusion.

NONE of the existing 2016 Ford vehicles equipped with Sync 3 can currently use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, contrary to what you may have read at CNET or elsewhere. That's the bad news.

The good news?
--According to a support specialist I just chatted with, a software update will be available for all 2016 Fords with Sync 3 "before the end of summer." An exact date has not been released, but it will be "very soon." This update will give all 2016 Sync 3 vehicles full access to the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features.
--All 2017 Ford vehicles will offer Sync 3 as a STANDARD FEATURE! (2017 models are not yet available on lots for many Ford models.)

Why are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto superior to the existing AppLink functionality built into pre-2017 versions of Sync? Simple.

Right now, only about 10 (!!!) smartphone applications are compatible with AppLink, meaning that they can be controlled in-dash. That number has actually dwindled during the past several months, given the fact everyone knew since at least January that Android Auto and Apple CarPlay would be coming to Sync 3 at some point this year. The underlying assumption: once those services are available across Sync 3, users will gravitate to them in droves.

Using Android Auto as an example, there are probably a good six to eight dozen applications that can be controlled in-dash when using Android Auto. This is why the roll out of Android Auto (and the similar Apple CarPlay) to Sync 3 will be a game changer.

I cannot wait to have Google Maps available in-dash for free (yes, I do realize it'll eat into my data plan allocation)! :D

In a separate thread this weekend, I'll review iFartRadio Auto, which is compatible with Sync AppLink.


Thanks, corporate radio, for finally tossing Nickelback to the curb. Now can you please do the same for Shinedown? THEY SUCK!!!

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Re: Sync 3 on Ford vehicles

Post by MWmetalhead » Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:18 pm

Good news!!!

Those who are enterprising can search YouTube, Ford Mustang forum sites, Ford Focus forum sites, and similar web sites for instructions as to how to upgrade SYNC 3 version 1.0 in 2016 models to version 2.2, which includes Apple Car Play *and* Android Auto!!! :P

Despite the dummies at FoMoCo not yet releasing the software update publicly, some folks within Ford have "leaked" the update to multiple heavily trafficked web sites, where it is available for download. This update was originally promised by September, then that date got pushed back to December 31.

I've gotta say: being able to use Google Maps in dash KICKS ASS!!!! I installed the update yesterday afternoon.

There are at least a couple different versions of the unofficial updates available for download. One version had all files grouped together in one batch as a single install; I tried that one first and it failed (my system ran out of memory when trying to run the install).

Another version had the files split into sub folders - basically a Part I and a Part II; you install Part I first (takes about 15 minutes) then you erase your flash drive, copy over the Part II files, and then install those (takes about 5 minutes). This two part version worked like an absolute charm!!!

A word of caution for those with iPhones wishing to use Apple Car Play - you will likely need to get your existing center console USB hub with an Apple-friendly version, which is available from Ford. For those using Android Auto with an Android phone - you should be good to go!


Thanks, corporate radio, for finally tossing Nickelback to the curb. Now can you please do the same for Shinedown? THEY SUCK!!!

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