How do I change the Automatic Updates settings with SYNC®*?

Your SYNC 4A- and SYNC 4-equipped vehicle will arrive with Automatic Updates enabled. We recommend keeping Automatic Updates toggled to ON for the best ownership experience.

Important: To schedule a future date or time for automatic updates, see scheduling Software Updates.

Identifying Your Vehicle's SYNC Generation

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

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

Changing the Automatic Updates Settings

Select your preferred method from the drop-down options below:

SYNC 4A

To change the Automatic Updates settings:

  1. Press the Home icon on your vehicle's SYNC screen.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Select System Updates.
  4. Toggle Automatic Updates to your preference (ON or OFF).

Important:

  • If both Automatic Updates and Notifications are OFF, your vehicle will not receive any updates. 
  • If Automatic Updates are OFF, but Notifications are ON, you will not receive Software Updates automatically. You will be prompted to accept the updates.

SYNC 4

To change the Automatic Updates settings:

  1. Tap Settings on your vehicle's SYNC screen.
  2. Press System Updates
  3. Toggle Automatic Updates to your preference (ON or OFF).

Important:

  • If both Automatic Updates and Notifications are OFF, your vehicle will not receive any updates. 
  • If Automatic Updates are OFF but Notifications are ON, you will not receive Software Updates automatically. You will be prompted to accept the updates.

FordPass®** App

To change the Automatic Updates settings:

  1. Log in to FordPass.
  2. Tap the Vehicle tab at the bottom.
  3. Tap Software Updates.
  4. Toggle the Automatic Software Updates to ON or OFF.

Additional Information

What are Software Updates?
How do I accept Software Updates?


*Don’t drive while distracted. Use voice-operated systems when possible; don’t use handheld devices while driving. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear. Not all features are compatible with all phones.

**The FordPass App, compatible with select smartphone platforms, is available through a free download. Message and data rates may apply.