How do I use SYNC®* voice commands?

SYNC voice commands can control your AM/FM radio, SiriusXM®**, USB media player, or Bluetooth® Audio device. 

Utilizing SYNC Voice Commands

Select your SYNC generation from the drop-down options below to learn how to operate your SYNC system with voice commands:

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

Identifying Your Vehicle's SYNC Generation 

Two resources to help you identify your vehicle's SYNC generation 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 generation will appear on the right-hand side of the page.

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

Example Voice Commands

These are commonly used voice commands for SYNC. For a comprehensive list, reference your vehicle's Owner's Manual

Basic Voice Commands

  • Go back
  • Cancel
  • List of commands
  • Next page/previous page (scrolls through voice lists only)
  • Help

Phone Voice Commands

  • Phone list of commands
  • Pair phone
  • Call <name>
  • Call <name> <on cell/at home/at work>
  • Dial <number>
  • Listen to message

Navigation Voice Commands (if equipped)

  • Navigation list of commands
  • Destination <home/work/favorites/previous destination>
  • Find <an address/POI/intersection>
  • Where am I?
  • Show route
  • Cancel route
  • Detour
  • Voice guidance on/off
  • Show <3D/North up/heading up>
  • SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link list of commands
  • Show <traffic/weather map/5-day forecast/fuel prices>
  • Help

Climate Voice Commands (if equipped)

  • Climate list of commands
  • Climate set temperature <# degrees>

Audio Voice Commands

  • AM <530-1710>
  • FM <87.9-107.9>
  • CD
  • USB
  • Bluetooth audio
  • Sirius <0-233>
  • Sirius <channel name>

Mobile Voice Apps Commands

  • List mobile apps
  • Find new apps
  • <App name>
  • <App name> Help 


To use voice commands with SYNC 4A:

  1. Tap either the Home icon or Settings (varies by software version) on your vehicle's SYNC screen.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Press Voice Control.
    Push-to-Talk button
  4. Tap Listen for Wake Word.

    Note: “OK, Ford” is the default wake word, but the other options include “OK, FordPass®†,” “OK Ford SYNC,” or “Hello Ford.”


  • A short press of the Push-to-Talk button on the steering wheel can be used instead of the wake word.
  • A long press of the Push-to-Talk button will alert Android Auto™†† or Apple CarPlay®, if connected.


To use voice commands with SYNC 4:

  1. Select Settings on your vehicle's SYNC screen. 
  2. Press Voice Control.
    Push-to-Talk Button
  3. Tap Listen for Wake Word.


  • A short press of the Push-to-Talk button on the steering wheel can be used instead of the wake word.
  • A long press of the Push-to-Talk button will alert Android Auto†† or Apple CarPlay, if connected.

Setting the Wake Word

You can set the Wake Word instead of using the default. To do so:

  1. Select the vehicle drawer on the SYNC touchscreen. 
  2. Press Settings.
  3. Tap Voice Assistant.
  4. Select the wake word.

Once the wake word is selected, you can say: <Insert wake word> followed by a voice command.


To use voice commands with SYNC 3:

  1. Press the Voice Control button on the steering wheel.
    voice control button SYNC 3
  2. Say a voice command.

Note: When Apple CarPlay†† or Android Auto is active, SYNC 3 Voice Recognition is disabled and voice commands will be unavailable.

SYNC with MyFord Touch®

To use voice commands with SYNC with MyFord Touch, press the Voice button on your steering wheel. A message will appear in the bottom, left-hand corner of your SYNC screen that tells you your vehicle is "Listening" and ready for your voice command.

  • You can press the Voice button and say "What can I say?"
  • You can press the question mark icon on your SYNC screen for a list of suggested commands.
  • You can press the Voice button and say "Help." For example, to get help with phone commands, you can say "Phone Help."
  • For a complete list of commands:
    1. Press Settings on your vehicle's SYNC screen.
    2. Tap Help.
    3. Select Voice Commands.

Note: When you see a "Success" or "Failure" message in the bottom, left-hand corner of your SYNC screen, the voice session is over, and you will have to press the Voice button again to start a new session.

Important: Your phone must be paired with and connected to SYNC.

Additional Information

What do I do if I am having issues with SYNC voice commands?

 Actual screens may vary. See your Owner’s Manual for information specific to your vehicle.

*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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