If you have a 2016 Ford model that’s equipped with SYNC 3, then you’re in luck because there is a software update available to offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Drivers looking to get the update can do so by visiting a local dealership, downloading the software to a USB drive or over-the-air via a WiFi connection.
This update is exciting because it’s the first of its kind to be offered via Wi-Fi, which is a much more convenient method for most drivers. It will be the SYNC 2 version 2.2 that will allow drivers to link up with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
“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.”
Android Auto Available With Ford
Drivers will be able to connect with Android Auto as long as they have Android devices 5.0 or higher. It will offer easy integration with the following applications: Google Maps, Google Play Music, phone and messaging. Third-party apps can also be displayed and linked with voice controls for a more convenient, less distracting experience.
Apple CarPlay Available With Ford
Those with an iPhone 5 or later model running iOS 7.1 or higher will be able to connect with Apple CarPlay. It will allow for drivers to make phone calls, use voice-guided navigation, listen to music and receive messages, which can all be operated through Siri voice control. It will require a USB hub upgrade, which is available at any Ford dealership.
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All 2017 Ford models with SYNC 3 currently support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Drivers looking to upgrade their system are welcome to contact us here at Western Slope Auto for further details.