How to Set Up Ford Phone As A Key

Phone As A Key* is a virtual key that allows you to drive your vehicle with only your smartphone with you. It’s an alternative to the traditional key fob for your Ford Mustang Mach-E and uses a Bluetooth® connection from your smartphone that lets you lock/unlock doors, control the liftgate and remotely start or stop your vehicle. You can create up to four virtual keys on four separate users’ phones, however, the tech requires activation of FordPass™ Connect** and a FordPass App account.

Step 1: Activate FordPass Connect

  1. Make sure you have your phone and Ford Mustang Mach-E key fob
  2. Park your vehicle in an open area with a good cellular connection for your phone and start the vehicle using the power button, remain in park (e.g., connection can be compromised in some parking garages)
  3. Download the FordPass App on the App Store® or Google Play™ (If you already have a FordPass account, skip to next step)
  4. Log in to your existing account or create a new account
  5. Add your vehicle to the FordPass App garage
  6. Click “Activate Vehicle”; this will activate your modem (this prompt may take a few minutes to show up on the app)
  7. Enable connectivity settings using your SYNC® Technology† screen. Tap on the Mustang Mach-E in the upper left corner. Then tap the Settings tab. Then tap Connectivity and toggle on Vehicle Data, Vehicle Location, Driving Data, Vehicle Analytics

If you’re an iPhone® owner, be sure to check your Privacy Settings in the FordPass App to ensure Location Access is set to Always. Otherwise, you will have to manually open the FordPass App every time you want to use Phone As A Key.

Step 2: Activate Phone As A Key

  • Ensure your phone is compatible and is running iOS 13 or newer or Android OS 8 or newer and Bluetooth 4.2 or newer
  • Ensure Bluetooth is enabled on your phone
  • Tap Home in the FordPass App
  • Tap “Setup Phone As A Key” in the FordPass App
  • Click on Set Up Now
  • Follow the prompts in the FordPass App

Step 3: Create a Backup Start Passcode and Keyless Entry Door Code

With a Backup Start Passcode and Keyless Entry Door Code, you can enter and drive the vehicle without a key fob or a Phone As A Key (you do need your key fob and phone to set up at the beginning and must have Phone As A Key to program Backup Start Passcode).

  1. If you have an iPhone, check your Privacy Settings in the FordPass App to ensure Location Access is set to Always
  2. Ensure you have Phone As A Key set up on your phone (see above)
  3. Press Yes on the “Backup Start Passcode” message that appears on your vehicle’s SYNC screen
  4. Follow the prompts on your SYNC touchscreen and enter your desired passcode, confirm the passcode (needs to be at least 6 characters of letters, numbers and special characters in NA and 10 characters if all numbers, e.g., #Ford1 or 2569013473)
  5. Press Enter/Return on the screen keyboard after completing the confirmation password
  6. Create a new personal door keyless entry code or use an existing one (optional) by following the prompts (five numbers required)

Note: If a backup passcode has not been set within five starts, you can go to Vehicle Settings/Setup to create a Backup Start Passcode

How to Reset Phone As A Key

If the Phone As A Key belongs to your account, you can delete it from your phone. If not, perform a Phone As A Key reset by following the steps below to remove all previous settings, including your Backup Start Passcode:

  1. Press Settings on your vehicle’s SYNC touchscreen
  2. Press General
  3. Press Reset
  4. Press the FordPass Connect Reset option
  5. Press Phone As A Key Reset
  6. Confirm that you would like to continue with erasing all Phone As A Key and Backup Start Passcodes
  7. Press Continue

Note: If you reset Phone As A Key, you will need to select a new Backup Start Passcode. Limitations to Phone As A Key vary based on the make and model of your phone, phone location and physical obstructions.

The following could hurt or prevent Phone As A Key performance:

  • Your smartphone is not using the latest software of iOS 13 or newer or Android OS 8 or newer and Bluetooth 4.2 or newer (some devices below this requirement may partially work or not work at all)
  • You’re out of range. Typical operating range is 40 m (131 feet)
  • Your Bluetooth connection is not enabled, is disrupted or is out of range
  • Your Phone As A Key is not active or enabled on at least one phone
  • Your vehicle battery has depleted
  • There is interference from other devices using radio frequencies
  • Your phone is too close to other metal objects or devices
  • The FordPass App is closed

Additional Tips for Using Phone As A Key:

  • Your Mustang Mach-E needs to be able to detect your Phone As A Key in order to unlock the doors and must be able to find your phone clearly within the interior of the vehicle to drive
  • When in the vehicle, it’s recommended that you move your phone toward the center of the interior
  • Keep in mind that thick or bulky smartphone cases can interfere with the Bluetooth connection. Your signal can be delayed or may not be available at all if there are bulky items between your phone and the vehicle (e.g., phone is in a briefcase between folders, in a bag sandwiched between a laptop and a legal pad or in a back pants pocket close to the seat back)
  • To get the fastest response with Phone As A Key, it’s recommended that you leave your FordPass App open. If closed, the app will relaunch when it detects your vehicle, but will take a moment to reestablish the connection, therefore, delaying response time

Supported Devices

We support the following devices to work with Phone As A Key:

iPhone 6s
iPhone 7
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 8
iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone X
iPhone XR
iPhone XS
iPhone XS Max
iPhone 11
iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPhone SE 2 (2020)
iPhone 12
iPhone 12 Pro
iPhone 12 Pro Max
iPhone 12 Mini
iPhone 13
iPhone 13 Pro
iPhone 13 Pro Max
iPhone 13 Mini


Google Pixel XL
Google Pixel 2
Google Pixel 2 XL
Google Pixel 3
Google Pixel 3 XL
Google Pixel 3a
Google Pixel 3a XL
Google Pixel 4
Google Pixel 4 XL
Honor 20
Honor View 20
Huawei Mate 10
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Huawei Mate 20
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Huawei Mate 30
Huawei Mate 30 Pro
Huawei Mate 40 Pro 5G
Huawei Nova 5 Pro
Huawei P20
Huawei P20 Pro
Huawei P30
Huawei P30 Pro
Huawei P40
Huawei P40 Pro
Meizu 17
Oneplus 3T
OnePlus 8
OPPO R17 Pro
OPPO Reno 2
Redmi K30 Pro
Samsung Galaxy A10
Samsung Galaxy A80
Samsung Galaxy A8
Samsung Galaxy A8+
Samsung Galaxy A9
Samsung Galaxy J7
Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Galaxy S10+
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung S20+ 5G
Samsung S20 Ultra
Samsung S20 Ultra 5G
Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung Galaxy S9+
Smartisan Nut Pro 3
LG G7 ThinQ
LG V20
LG V30 ThinQ
VIVO X27 Pro
Xiaomi MI 9
Xiaomi MI 10


While we do have limited support for other models from the same manufacturer, these devices have not been calibrated or tested. Please know that we’re always working to support the devices most used by our FordPass™ customers. As we continue to identify these mobile phone manufacturers and models, this list will be updated.

Available on select vehicles. Requires feature activation. Not compatible with all mobile phones.


Additional Topics

How do I use the Backup Start Passcode?
How do I use Valet Mode with Phone As A Key?
How do I delete Phone As A Key?
Phone As A Key is not working. What do I do?

*Requires feature activation. Not compatible with all smartphones.

**FordPass, compatible with select smartphone platforms, is available via a download. Message and data rates may apply.

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.

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