Windows Automated Method – Update Ford Sync 3 to Sync 3.4 with F9 / 1.19 maps, all regions!

A guide on updating your Ford Sync 3 based car to the latest Sync 3.4 version, now with the latest F9 / 1.19 maps.
Supported regions : Europe, America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Middle East, India, South East Asia, Israel, Turkey, Central America, China and more!

Introduction

This is a newer safer and more compatible guide for Ford / Lincoln Cars to upgrade your Sync 3 on any version to the latest Sync 3.4 version even though older hardware versions of the Sync 3 APIM are not officially compatible with newer versions of Sync.

Thanks to all the Russian guys over at https://ffclub.ru/topic/418797/ and a leaked ford flashing/formatting tool we have a solution.

If you car looks like the left side of this picture you are able to upgrade to Sync 3.4. If you car looks like the right side of this picture then you will require replacement hardware in order to have Sync 3.X

Here are some of the benefits of upgrading to Sync 3.4

  • 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 APIM firmware 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.

Changelog

22/09/2020 – Completely restructured the guide ready for Syn3 Updater 
24/05/2020
 – Restructured the guide, added emphasis to use the application as it’s much simpler for the less techy.
13/05/2020
 – Added additional common issue and also a notice to clarify that you can’t just flash Nav to a Non Nav unit.
12/05/2020
– Added a link to a WIP AsBuilt Database, Frontend by CyanLabs, Backend by Louage.
09/05/2020 
– Added guide for updating the calibration firmware via ForScan thanks to Louage.
09/05/2020 
– Fixed Voice on ROW / South Africa packages, thanks to Kosmik.
09/05/2020
– Added Windows Video Guide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zlxo8E1NLZQ
02/05/2020
– Added “Common Issues” section
28/04/2020
– Added Mac OSX video guide courtesy and with permission of TORQUE & TECH 
14/04/2020
– Added link to https://cyanlabs.net/tutorials/fixing-ford-sync-3-mem_err03/ to fix MEM_ERR03
15/03/2020
– Added warning regarding changing regions
12/03/2020
– Changed non nav package to 19200 to prevent issue where it’s impossible to downgrade due to small storage
08/03/2020
– Fixed typo in EU gracenotes package, not a massive issue but case sensitivity was wrong.
07/03/2020 – Fixed typo in the language file for ROW nav, sorry for the inconvenience, just re flash new file.
05/03/2020
– Fixed typo in the language file for ROW non nav, sorry for the inconvenience, just re flash new file.
05/03/2020
– Added ROW (Middle East, India, Sri Lanka, Israel, South East Asia, South Africa, Caribbean and Central America).
04/03/2020
– Added Australia, New Zealand, South America and Taiwan.
03/03/2020
– Added direct download links as a google drive alternative.
02/03/2020
– Fixed NA non nav link pointing to EU.
01/03/2020 – New guide Sync 3.4.20021 and F9 Maps for EU, NA and CN. Others to follow.

I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ACTIONS. THIS HAS BEEN EXTENSIVELY TESTED BY MANY PEOPLE WITH MANY DIFFERENT FORD AND LINCOLN CARS WITH NO ISSUES.

IF YOU PROCEED YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO RETURN TO ANYTHING BELOW 3.2 AFTER FOLLOWING THIS PROCEDURE.

Requirements

  • You will need 1 USB drive between 8-32GB, 8GB is fine for non navigation, 32gb is recommended for navigation.
  • A car with Ford / Lincoln Sync 3 installed, if you have the old 4 quadrant sync 2 system as shown above you are out of luck.

IF YOU ARE BELOW 3.0 OR UPDATING MAPS ONCE YOU HAVE INSERTED THE USB YOU WILL HAVE FORCED YOUR SYNC UNIT IN TO “REFORMAT MODE” IT WILL NO LONGER BOOT NORMALLY UNTIL YOU COMPLETE THIS PROCESS!

Automated Method – Windows Application

Syn3 Updater is the successor to FordSyncDownloader, it has been designed to be even simpler by automatically incorporating any needed downgrade or reformats that need to be done.

Just like FordSyncDownloader, Syn3 Updater is a is a Windows application created to make the upgrade process of Ford Sync 3 as simple as possible.

Syn3 Updater will allow you to download your desired version of Sync 3 from the official Ford links and once the download has completed it will automatically prepare the USB Drive ready for you to insert into your car. This application prevents user error from wrongly formatted or partitioned USB drives and will ensure the correct update method is used.

https://cyanlabs.net/applications/syn3-updater/

If you are not on Windows you can still upgrade using the Manual Method otherwise we would highly suggest using the above application.

Getting Started

On first launch of Syn3 Updater you will be asked to configure your settings.

  1. Enter your SYNC Version, Region and whether you have navigation or not you can also change your download location if desired and then press Save Configuration.
    NOTE: It’s important to enter the correct SYNC version here as this application will determine the best install method based on this.
  2. Select a USB Drive from the dropdown. Optionally you can leave this blank and the app will only download the files.
  3. In the New Sync 3 Version section select your RegionVersion and Map Version.
  4. You can see a summary of your current configuration, once you are sure everything is correct simply press the Continue button.
  5. You can skip installing a specific package by unchecking it, click the Start button.
  6. Next you will be taken to the Status page, here it will show you the current status, You can click Show Log to view the full log
  7. Once the process has completed you will be asked whether you wish to update your Current Sync Version setting, this is recommended to ensure the next time you use Syn3 Updater your settings are correct, the CyanLabs tutorial will then automatically open to the relevant car part.

Be sure to read the full documentation here –  https://cyanlabs.net/applications/syn3-updater/

Updating (Autoinstall Mode)

If you are currently on SYNC 3.2 or above and don’t require a map upgrade you should use this method.

  1. insert the USB drive in to your car and make sure the ignition/engine is on, you should see the following message.
  2. Simply wait for the install to complete, you may see the following message followed by a restart, this is normal.
  3. Eventually you will see the following message and may remove your USB drive.
    (Installation time will vary depending on exactly what packages you are updating)

If you want to get Radio Logos and Calm Screen you may need to upgrade your calibration firmware, please refer to Upgrading the APIM Calibration Firmware.

Updating (Reformat Mode)

If you are currently on any sync version between 3.2 and 3.4.19274 and wish to update maps you should use this method.

  1. insert the USB drive in to your car and make sure the ignition/engine is on, you should see the following message.
  2. You will see the following message, do not remove the USB at this point, it will restart automatically in a few moments.
  3. Once the car has rebooted it will start the reformat process and will progress through the following screens, depending on the packages used it can take between 10-60 minutes.
  4. Once the install is complete you will see this screen, remove the USB and the system should start SYNC if it doesn’t turn the ignition off, open the car door, then close the door and turn the ignition back on.
  5. Once 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.

If you want to get Radio Logos and Calm Screen you may need to upgrade your calibration firmware, please refer to Upgrading the APIM Calibration Firmware.

Updating (Downgrade Mode)

If you are currently on any sync version above 3.4.19274 and wish to update maps you should use this method.

  1. insert the USB drive in to your car and make sure the ignition/engine is on, you should see the following message.
  2. After about 5-15 minutes you will see the following message and SYNC will restart.
  3. Once restarted it will continue updating system software.
  4. You will see the following message, do not remove the USB at this point, it will restart automatically in a few moments.
  5. Once the car has rebooted it will start the reformat process and will progress through the following screens, depending on the packages used it can take between 5-80 minutes.
  6. Once the install is complete you will see this screen, remove the USB and the system should start SYNC if it doesn’t turn the ignition off, open the car door, then close the door and turn the ignition back on.
  7. Once 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.

If you want to get Radio Logos and Calm Screen you may need to upgrade your calibration firmware, please refer to Upgrading the APIM Calibration Firmware.

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 below

Sync 3 Upgrade Record – Form

CyanLabs Ford Hub

Visit our Ford Hub to find all the additional information regarding SYNC such as updating calibration, configuring asbuilt etc.

https://cyanlabs.net/ford

Contributions and Help

Hopefully you are all up and running with your newly upgraded Sync software however if you are not leave a comment below, send a Facebook message, join the discord server.

When leaving a comment or message please include the following

  1. Region
  2. Sync Version
  3. Navigation or Non Navigation
  4. What type of computer you used (Windows, Mac, Linux etc)
  5. Any relevant information such as error message or screenshot

This will help me help you quicker.

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Still Struggling?

Due to the sheer amount of views and comments this guide has received i am unable to help everyone on a 1 by 1 basis however i will try my best to help in our Community Forum and on Discord.

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