How do I check for SYNC®* updates?

You can view available SYNC 4A and SYNC 4 updates in your vehicle. For most other versions of SYNC, you will need to go to the Ford Support website.

Finding SYNC Software Updates

Select your SYNC generation from the drop-down options below to learn how to verify if there are any updates available for your SYNC system:

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

Identifying Your SYNC Software 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.

SYNC 4A

To check for an update with SYNC 4A:

  1. Tap Settings or the Home icon (varies by software version) on your vehicle's SYNC screen.
  2. Select Software Updates.
  3. Press Update Details to display any pending updates and previous update details. 

SYNC 4

To check for an update with SYNC 4:

  1. Tap Settings on your SYNC screen. 
  2. Select Software Updates.
  3. Press Update Details to display any pending updates and previous update details. 

SYNC 3, SYNC with MyFord Touch®, SYNC Gen 1.1, and SYNC Gen 1

To check for an update with SYNC 3, SYNC with MyFord Touch, SYNC Gen 1.1, and SYNC Gen 1:

  1. Visit the SYNC and Navigation Updates page.
  2. Enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and select Check for update.
  3. Select the SYNC Update Available dropdown. 
    • If your SYNC software is current, you will see a green checkmark and a message stating that an update is not available for your vehicle.
    • If your SYNC software is not current, you will see a triangle with an exclamation point (Alert icon (red triangle with exclamation point in it). Follow the on-screen prompts to complete your software update.

Additional Information

How do I troubleshoot USB-installed SYNC software updates?
How do I format my USB drive to exFAT or FAT32 for SYNC updates?
What are the flash drive requirements when performing a SYNC update?
Can I drive my vehicle while SYNC is updating?


*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.