What are the flash drive requirements when performing a SYNC®* update?

To update your SYNC 3 or SYNC with MyFord Touch® system using a flash drive, also known as a USB or thumb drive, verify that your flash drive meets the requirements below.


  • SYNC 4A and SYNC 4 can only be updated via a Actualización de Software or at a Concesionario Ford.
  • SYNC Gen 1, Gen 1.1, SYNC with MyFord, SYNC with Voice-activated Navigation, and SYNC with "P" Navigation do not use a flash drive and must be taken to your dealer for updates.

USB Drive Specifications

Select your SYNC generation (gen) from the drop-down options below to see the requirements for the flash drive used to update your SYNC system:

Notes: If you need assistance determining the generation of your SYNC system, select the first drop-down option. 

Identifying Your Vehicle's SYNC Gen

Two resources to help you identify your vehicle's SYNC gen are the:

  • SYNC and Navigation Updates page. Either:

    • Enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and select Check for update.

    • Log in with your Ford credentials, choose a vehicle from your garage, and select Check for updates.

      Note: Your SYNC gen will appear on the right-hand side of the page.

  • SYNC Visual Reference Guide, which provides example images of SYNC gens that Ford has offered.


To update SYNC 3, the USB must be:

  • Either USB Version 2.0 or 3.0. 
  • 8GB or 32GB.
  • Formatted to ExFAT.
  • Without a password.
  • Completely empty. 

Note: If your vehicle is equipped with SYNC 3 with Navigation, you can enable automatic updates via Wi-Fi

SYNC con MyFord Touch® 

To update SYNC with MyFord Touch, the USB must be:

To check for SYNC updates, visit the SYNC and Navigation Update page

*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.