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Ford SYNC® Breakdown: Overview, Different Versions, and Set Up

By Modessa Mamuri on

Ford SYNC - EdmontonSYNC® is a Bluetooth-powered navigation and infotainment system that allows you to use voice and touch commands to make calls, play music, get driving directions, connect with your mobile device, and find other useful information. Let’s talk more about the different versions of SYNC®, their features, how to use them, and how to set it up.


How to identify your SYNC® Version

Ford SYNC - EdmontonThere are four versions of SYNC® available, depending on your vehicle’s model and year. As with all kinds of technology innovation, SYNC® has evolved since its introduction. There are key features to help you identify which SYNC® version you have:  

SYNC® and SYNC® with MyFord:

  • Hands-free calling
  • Voice control of your media player
  • SYNC® AppLink™ (if available)
  • 4.2-inch color cluster display or horizontal two-line display

SYNC® with Voice-Activated Navigation

Includes the same features as the basic system (except for SYNC® AppLink), plus the following:

  • Voice-Activated Navigation
  • Color navigation screen
  • HD Radio™48

SYNC® with MyFord Touch

Includes all the features as the basic system (except for SYNC® AppLink), plus the following:

  • 6.5- 8-inch color touchscreen
  • Media hub with two USB ports, SD card reader, and input jacks
  • Five-way controls on the steering wheel

SYNC® 3

Includes all the features as the basic system, plus the following:

  • 6.5- or 8-inch color touchscreen with easy-to-read text and icons
  • Capacitive touch technology requires just a light tap or swiping and pinching for some features with available navigation system
  • Touchscreen responds with impressive speed
  • Enhanced voice recognition
  • Five-way controls on the steering wheel

How to set up your SYNC®

To make the most use out of SYNC®, you’ll need:

  • A Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone
  • A media player that connects through USB

Ford SYNC - EdmontonStart by connecting your Bluetooth phone to SYNC® through a process called "pairing." Once paired, your phone connects with SYNC® each time you enter your vehicle, and calls are automatically transferred between your phone and your vehicle without hanging up. After pairing your phone, use SYNC® voice commands to make calls, play music, and much more. Be sure to use a phone that’s compatible with the SYNC® features you want, keep your phone’s firmware up to date, and learn as much as you can about your phone’s capabilities.


Ford SYNC - Edmonton Ford SYNC® opens up a lot of possibilities in connecting your vehicle with the technology of your phone and utilizing it the best way possible. You can talk hands-free and worry-free with your family or friends while driving your Ford. Jam out to your favorite playlist on your road trip. Get directions to a camping site that you have always wanted to check out. Receive traffic advisories on your commute to work. Whatever your lifestyle is, the Ford SYNC® features make it more convenient. Visit us or contact us at (780) 434-8411 and talk with our Service or Parts Team and discover the power of the Ford SYNC® technology.

By Modessa Mamuri on