How to install Ford SYNC updates in your vehicle

Install Ford SYNC Install Ford SYNC

Install the latest SYNC® software updates in your vehicle. To get started, download the software updates to a USB drive. After you’ve installed the updates in your vehicle, be sure to report the successful installation.27

  • Before you start

    There are a few things you should do before starting step 1:

    • Familiarize yourself with your vehicle’s USB port, controls, and display
    • Note any saved Navigation points. You’ll need to re-enter them after the installation is complete
    • To perform the following steps, you must first complete the previous procedure: How to download software updates to a USB drive
  • Take the USB drive with the software updates to your vehicle. Turn on your vehicle, and then turn on the radio.  

    Make sure your car is in a well-ventilated area. Your vehicle will need to be turned on, with the engine running between ten and thirty five minutes. Make sure that your vehicle is not in Accessory mode.

  • Plug the USB drive in to your vehicle’s USB port.

  • Press AUX until you select SYNC Line In. Press OK.

    Press MenuSYNC Media may display. If it does, press OK.

  • Media Menu displays, and then Play Menu appears.

  • SYNC USB displays.  Press OK.

    USB Selected displays.  Press OK.

  • Prompts display.  Press Seek until Install Applications is highlighted. Press OK.

  • SYNC automatically detects the files on your USB drive, and then displays “Install Application?”  Press OK to confirm.

    SYNC displays “Installing Application” during the process. Do not remove your USB drive or turn off your vehicle while this update is in progress.  Shortly after installation has begun, SYNC says “Installation Complete.”  Ignore this message.  It refers to a specific phase of the installation, not the overall update process.  While the update is loading, SYNC will not recognize your mobile phone or media device.

    In another approximately 10 minutes (timing may vary per update), SYNC says “Installation Complete.” SYNC may also say, "The system will now reboot. Please wait a few moments before using the system." The system then reboots, which takes several minutes. Do not attempt to use SYNC during this time.

  • SYNC prompts “Installation Complete.”  Press MENU to exit installation mode.  It is now safe to remove your USB drive. 

  • Once you have installed the SYNC software updates, you’ll need to pair your phone again.   To complete the process, take the USB drive to your computer to report the successful installation.

  • Quick Tip

    Need help installing SYNC software updates?

    Your dealer can also install SYNC software updates. There may be a charge for this service, so check with your dealer first. 

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