How do I install SYNC®* updates using a USB or Wi-Fi**?

You can find instructions for installing SYNC updates by Wi-Fi or a USB drive, also known as a thumb or flash drive, on the SYNC and Navigation Updates page.

Note: Instructions vary based on your SYNC generation (gen).

Identifying Your Vehicle's SYNC Gen

Use the following resources to help identify your SYNC gen:

  • El SYNC and Navigation Updates page allows you to enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), or log in with your Ford credentials and select Check for update. Your current SYNC gen will appear on the right-hand side of the page.
  • El SYNC Visual Reference Guide has example images of each of SYNC gen.

Update Methods by SYNC Gen

Use the table below to see what update options are available for your SYNC system.

SYNC GenAvailable Update Methods

SYNC 4A

SYNC 4

Wi-Fi with Actualizaciones de Software
SYNC 3
  • USB drive - all versions 
  • Wi-Fi - all versions except 2016 - 2017 model-year vehicles without a touchscreen
MyFord Touch®USB drive

SYNC con MyFord Touch

SYNC Gen. 1.1

SYNC con Navegación Activada por Voz

SYNC with "P" Navigation

SYNC Gen. 1

Concesionario Ford

Checking for and Installing SYNC Updates

To download and install SYNC updates:

  1. Visita el SYNC and Navigation Updates page.
  2. Enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), or sign in to your Ford account and select a vehicle from your garage.
  3. Choose Check for update.
  4. Select the dropdown under SYNC UPDATES

    Note: If you have the latest SYNC software version, you will see a green checkmark and a message stating that an update is not available for your vehicle. 

  5. Choose USB Drive or Wi-Fi as your preferred installation method and follow the instructions.

Notas: 

  • Installing USB updates can take up to 45 minutes.
  • For Wi-Fi updates, the download time can vary from a few hours to multiple days depending on internet-related factors (Wi-Fi strength, internet speeds, time connected to Wi-Fi network, etc.).
  • Depending on your SYNC version, you may or may not be able to drive your vehicle during an update. Consulta Can I drive my Ford while it is updating para obtener más información.
  • You cannot connect to the vehicle's Hotspot Wi-Fi (if equipped) to install Wi-Fi updates.

Información Adicional

Can I drive my vehicle while SYNC is updating?
¿Se cobra un cargo por descargar las actualizaciones de SYNC?
Can I upgrade from a previous SYNC system to a newer SYNC system?


*No conduzcas si estás distraído. Usa sistemas operados por voz cuando sea posible; no uses dispositivos portátiles mientras conduces. Es posible que algunas características estén desactivadas cuando el vehículo está en marcha. No todas las características son compatibles con todos los teléfonos.

**Requires in-vehicle USB mobile broadband connection, PAN-supported mobile device or proximity to an outside wireless hotspot. Wi-Fi es una marca registrada de Wi-Fi Alliance.