Follow this guide to easily and safely update your car to the latest version of SYNC 3, this is currently SYNC 3.4 If you car looks like the left side of this picture you are able to upgrade. otherwise you are out of luck!
Here are some of the benefits of upgrading
Android Auto navigation on the small screen in the Dash Cluster / Speedo. (potentially car play aswell)
Much snappier and more responsive user interface
A nicer looking stock blue theme
Newest map data for SatNav
If you update your firmware (see our ford hub page) you can also get Radio logos and Calm Mode.
There are probably others, if you know of any let me know and i will add them here.
THIS WILL NOT WORK ON CARS MANUFACTURED 2020 (MY20), IT WILL “BRICK” YOUR UNIT DO NOT TRY THIS ON 2020 CARS.
You can use Syn3 Updater v2.6+ to update MY20 APIM's without reformatting
I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ACTIONS. THIS HAS BEEN EXTENSIVELY TESTED BY MANY PEOPLE WITH MANY DIFFERENT CARS WITH NO ISSUES.
IF YOU PROCEED YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO RETURN TO ANYTHING BELOW 3.2 AFTER FOLLOWING THIS PROCEDURE.
ONCE YOU HAVE INSERTED THE USB YOU WILL HAVE FORCED YOUR STEREO IN TO “FACTORY MODE” IT WILL NO LONGER BOOT NORMALLY UNTIL YOU COMPLETE THIS PROCESS!
You will need 1 USB drive between 8-32GB, 8GB is fine for non navigation, 32gb is recommended for navigation.
REMOVE ALL OTHER DEVICES FROM YOUR CAR SUCH AS OTHER USB DRIVES, SD CARDS ETC. IF YOU HAVE OTHER DEVICES INSERTED THIS WILL RESULT IN A RED SCREEN SAYING "ERROR UPDATE PACKAGE NOT FOUND"
Installing the update
insert the USB drive in to your car with SYNC 3 and make sure the ignition/engine is on, you should see the following message.
You will see the following message, do not remove the USB at this point, it will restart automatically in a few moments.
Once the car has rebooted it will start the reformat process of SYNC 3 and will progress through the following screens, depending on the packages used it can take between 10-60 minutes.
Once the install is complete you will see this screen, remove the USB and the SYNC 3 system should start! If it doesn’t turn the ignition off, open the car door, then close the door and turn the ignition back on.
Once SYNC 3 is fully booted go to Settings > General > Master Reset, this will clear a lot of bugs and other incorrect information and will be the first thing i tell you to do if you have any issue.
Format the USB drive as exFAT in windows by right clicking the drive in This PC and pressing Format… and then make sure it’s set to exFAT and press Start.
Copy the downloaded autoinstall.lst to the root of your USB drive, make sure it’s named autoinstall.lst.
Create a folder in the root of your USB Drive called SyncMyRide.
Copy 5U5T-14G381-AP_1555085337000.TAR.GZ downloaded above to the newly created folder on your USB drive.
Copy GB5T-14G386-SC_85041.tar.gz downloaded above to the newly created folder on your USB drive. Do not extract any TAR.GZ files!
Safely remove the USB drive.
Installing the update
Switch on your car ignition and insert the USB you will see the following message at the top.
Once the install is complete you will see this screen.
You should now be on version SYNC 3.4.19101 and can now re-use the reformat tool. please note Gracenotes was removed as part of the downgrade, follow the step by step in the application or the manual guide from the start to install your desired version with gracenotes, maps etc.
Upgrade Feedback Form
Once you have updated and tested everything, please be so kind as to give back to this guide by filling in the upgrade feedback survey