Sunday, January 1, 2017

How To: Upgrading Ford SYNC3 to version 2.2

Well, Ford has been a bit lax in deploying the SYNC3 2.2 update - was supposed to be summer 2016. Fortunately, the interwebs have provided :)

Ford Sync 3 2.2 Software Update Information/Instructions

Official Update for Ford Sync 3 1.0/1.1/2.0 -> 2.2

Android Auto WILL work with existing hardware. 
Apple CarPlay WILL NOT work with existing hardware and requires upgraded USB Interface.

I used a FAT32 formatted 2GB USB Drive to load installation files (Non-WiFi Update)
Vehicle Engine should be running for entire update to maintain battery during installation or connected to a battery charger/maintainer

Download Links (Ford Direct):
Navigation Equipped:

Change Log: 
Sync 3 2.2.6

This software release is the latest update in our continued efforts to improve system performance, device connectivity, and the overall SYNC experience.

This software contains the following enhancements:
  • Updated voice recognition engine.
  • Bluetooth phone, media, and Wi-Fi improvements.
  • Navigation user interface improvements (if equipped).
  • Android Auto for supported devices.
  • Apple CarPlay for supported devices. Owners of 2016 models with SYNC 3 are required to perform a software upgrade and purchase a hardware upgrade through your dealer.
The installation of this update will take up to 60 minutes to complete. DO NOT remove your USB drive or turn off your vehicle. You must wait until Installation Complete is displayed on the center screen before removing your drive or turning your vehicle off. Be sure your vehicle engine is running (not in accessory mode) throughout the entire installation process. Although your vehicle must be in park when you initiate the installation process, once the download process has begun, you may drive your vehicle.

** Mine only took 15 Minutes to Install **

Bluetooth works MUCH better now - just need to find the USB HUB in stock to make Apple CarPlay come to life!  WOOHOO!