Ford Android Auto™* Frequently Asked Questions

Android Auto is a way to connect the experience of a mobile device with SYNC®** 3 and SYNC 4 systems. It provides access to mobile features and apps, such as on-screen navigation, text messaging, and more. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Which vehicles is Android Auto available on?
What apps are compatible with Android Auto?
How do I get Android Auto on my cellular device?
Does my device need to be tethered to SYNC to use Android Auto?
What are the device requirements?
Where can I find additional information?

Which vehicles is Android Auto available on?

  • 2020 and 2021 model-year vehicles equipped with SYNC 4
  • 2017 and newer vehicles equipped with SYNC 3
  • 2016 SYNC 3-equipped vehicles

What apps are compatible with Android Auto?
Google Play™ maintains a current list of Android Auto compatible apps.

How do I get Android Auto on my cellular device?
Android Auto can be downloaded at the Google Play store.

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Does my device need to be tethered to SYNC to use Android Auto?
SYNC 3 requires a USB-tethered connection to SYNC with a manufacturer-supplied USB cable. SYNC 4 can be operated wirelessly.

Set up instructions for SYNC 4 with wireless Android Auto can be found here.

What are the device requirements?

  • Wireless connection:
    • Android™ smartphones with Android 11.0 and 5GHz Wi‑Fi
    • Google or Samsung®*** smartphones with Android 10.0
    • Samsung Galaxy S8®, Galaxy S8+®, and Note 9® (all using Android 9.0)
  • USB connection: Android phones running Android 6.0 or higher, with an active data plan

Where can I find additional information?
The Ford.com/support site contains additional information:

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Additional Topics

How do I activate Android Auto with SYNC 3?
How do I disable Android Auto with SYNC 3?
How do I connect to Android Auto?
What do I do if I am having trouble with Android Auto?


*Android Auto and Google Play are trademarks of Google LLC.

**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.

***Samsung, Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Samsung Note 9 are trademarks of Samsung.