Software update allows all 2016 Ford cars to use Android Auto

Melba UnderwoodMay 20, 2017

Ford auto owners can download a free, over-the-air update via Wi-Fi, use USB, or visit their dealer.

While you can take your auto to a dealer to do the update for you, that isn't necessary as there are a couple of DIY options ...

Getting SYNC 3 v2.2 is quite simple, and you have one of three ways to perform the update.

The update comes after carmakers Audi and Volvo announced that they will be using Android as the main operating system for their upcoming cars.

CarPlay and Android Auto are huge upgrades vs. most in-car software, offering navigation and entertainment options that follow you from your phone to your vehicle. With a simplified interface, large touch targets, Google voice search and easy-to-use voice controls, Android Auto is created to minimize distraction while on the road.

First introduced in 2014, CarPlay allows auto owners to access Apple apps from their vehicle's infotainment screen, including Phone, Music, Apple Maps, and more. This marks the first time that Ford will enable one of its updates to be applied via WiFi.

To get the update over-the-air, a Ford SYNC 3-equipped vehicle must have Wi-Fi compatibility and automatic system updates enabled. Users can control Apple CarPlay through the in-vehicle display or via Siri voice control.

Customers must upgrade their USB hubs in order to receive Apple CarPlay support. If any update becomes available then the SYNC system will download and install the update in the background.

Apple CarPlay works with iPhone 5 and later models with iOS 7.1 and higher. As long as the system is connected to the Wi-Fi, the update process will keep running in the background.

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