Can I drive my Ford while it is updating?

Ford Power-Up software updates - SYNC®*4/4A

  • Some updates will happen seamlessly in the background while you are driving.
  • Non-drivable updates require your vehicle to be turned off while updating. Most complete within minutes, while others may take longer**. You should schedule the update to occur when you do not need to drive your vehicle, such as overnight.

SYNC updates - SYNC 3 and previous versions of SYNC

  • Wi-Fi (SYNC 3 required): You can drive and use SYNC during the update. 
  • Flash drive (SYNC 3 and previous versions of SYNC): Your vehicle must be in park when you initiate the SYNC update installation process. Make sure your vehicle is in a well-ventilated area as your vehicle must remain running until the update is complete. Once the download process starts, you may drive your vehicle. 

Additional Topics

Is there a cost to update SYNC?
Can I upgrade to a new SYNC system?


*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.

**Always check your in-vehicle screen or FordPass® app for the most accurate estimated update time.