How do I reverse pair a phone with SYNC®* 3?

Before pairing your phone and SYNC using Reverse Pairing, verify the following:

  • Your phone's Bluetooth®** is turned on.
  • Your phone is in discoverable mode.
  • The vehicle must be completely stopped (e.g. in park) to pair a phone.

Note: The pairing process can be different on each phone. Watching both the phone and the SYNC system for any messages is the best way to successfully pair a phone.

Reverse Pairing Your Phone with SYNC 3

  1. Turn on Bluetooth on the phone or device.
  2. Turn on discoverability on the phone or device. This is normally a timed function so you will want to work quickly to complete the pairing from this point.
  3. Press the Settings button then Phone and select Add Bluetooth Device
  4. Select Discover Other Bluetooth Devices and then select your device name from the list.
  5. On the phone, go to the Bluetooth settings and select SYNC.
  6. Depending on your software version, your phone may prompt you to enter the 6-digit PIN or it may display the PIN automatically. Confirm that the PIN matches.
  7. The device should pair and you should receive a message that the pairing was successful.

Note: Watch both your device and your SYNC screen and answer any additional prompts or questions that either device asks. 

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*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 Bluetooth word mark is a trademark of the Bluetooth SIG, Inc.