Update Ford Sync 3 to Sync 3.4 with F9 / 1.19 maps, all regions! (Always updated)

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.

BY FOLLOWING THE BELOW GUIDE YOU TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DAMAGES THAT MAY OCCUR.
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.
I HAVE ALSO PERSONALLY TESTED THIS ON MY OWN FORD FOCUS MK3 2015 WITH A EU NAVIGATION MODEL APIM.
IF YOU PROCEED YOU WILL BE EXTREMELY UNLIKELY TO BE ABLE 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.

Region Information

NA = North America (USA, Canada etc)
English American, French Canadian, Spanish Mexican

EU = Europe
Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English British, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

CN = China
English American. Chinese Mandarin, Taiwanese Mandarin

ANZ = Australian, New Zealand, South America, Turkey and Taiwan
ANZ (English Australian, English British), SA (English American, Brazilian Portuguese, Mexican Spanish), TUR (English American, German, Russian, Turkish), TW (Taiwanese Mandarin)

ROW = Middle East, India, Sri Lanka, Israel, South East Asia, South Africa, Caribbean and Central America
Arabic, Dutch, English (All), Canadian French, French, Chinese Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, Mexican Spanish and Thai

Taking note of your current IVSU’s

In the unlikely event that something goes wrong it is highly recommend to take note of your current installed IVSU’s.

  1. First we need to enter in to “Bezel Diagnostics”, this can change from car to car but it should be one of the following
    • Hold Skip Track on the stereo and Skip Track on the steering wheel for around 10 seconds. (Confirmed working on Ford Focus)
    • Hold Eject Skip for around 10 seconds.
    • Hold Eject Seek for around 10 seconds.
    • If none of the above work try googling “car name Sync diagnostic mode”.
  2. Once we are in Bezel Diagnostics touch “End Test”.
  3. Then touch “APIM Diagnostics”.
  4. Next touch “IVSU Versions”.
  5. Now you should be at a screen like below. Take some photos of this information and make sure to scroll down if able to.
    The part numbers are the most important bit.

  6. Once you have all this information safely saved we can exit bezel diagnostics and continue with the rest of the guide.

ONCE YOU HAVE INSERTED THE USB YOU WILL HAVE FORCED YOUR SYNC UNIT IN TO “FACTORY MODE” IT WILL NO LONGER BOOT NORMALLY UNTIL YOU COMPLETE THIS PROCESS!

Automated Method – Windows Application

Cyanlabs have just released their v2.1 of FordSyncDownloader, their windows application that makes the process extremely simple, simply point and click and job done. for full details click the link below.

The application downloads the files directly from Ford, correctly prepares the USB drive and copies the files over ready for you to insert in to your car.

https://cyanlabs.net/applications/ford-sync-downloader/

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

Getting Started

On first launch of FordSyncDownloader you will be asked to read a Disclaimer make sure to read this then continue below.

  1. After accepting the Disclaimer you will be taken to the Configuration page.

    You can select a download location or use the default location of C:\Users\XXX\Downloads\FordSyncDownloader
  2. In the Current Version Information section select your current Version, Region and if it’s Navigation or not.
    make sure to specify the correct information here.
  3. In the New Version section select your Region (must be the same as existing currently), Version and if you have a navigation variant a Map Version.
  4. Finally in the Select your USB Drive section select your USB Drive from the dropdown and press Start.
  5. You will be asked a few questions, make sure to read these and correctly answer them.
  6. Next you will be taken to the Status page, here it will show you the current download status.
  7. Once the download has completed it will automatically start preparing the USB Drive, formatting it to MBR and ExFAT and copying the files.
  8. You can refer to the Log section for additional information on the current progress/status.
  9. Once the process has completed you will see the below message box, you can now safely remove the USB
    (it can take a bit of time before you are able to safely remove it, we recommend waiting)

Be sure to read the full documentation here –  https://cyanlabs.net/applications/ford-sync-downloader/

Installing the update

  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 will 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

APIM AsBuilt Database

Check out our work in progress AsBuilt Database
https://cyanlabs.net/ford-focus-asbuilt-database

Frontend created by CyanLabs, backend and consolidation of data by Louage.

Downgrading

THE WINDOWS APPLICATION HAS BEEN UPDATED TO IMPLEMENT THIS FUNCTION, FOR EASE OF USE PLEASE USE THAT!

In order to use the reformat tool you must be on versions below 3.4.19274. Ford blocked the reformat tool on 19274 or above.

You can however downgrade to an older version to be able to re-use the reformat tool.

  1. Download the following 3 files
  2. Make sure your USB is MBR not GPT – Click for instructions
  3. 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.
  4. Copy the downloaded autoinstall.lst to the root of your USB drive, make sure it’s named autoinstall.lst.
  5. Create a folder in the root of your USB Drive called SyncMyRide without quotes.
  6. Copy 5U5T-14G381-AP_1555085337000.TAR.GZ downloaded above to the newly created SyncMyRide folder on your USB drive.
  7. Copy GB5T-14G386-SC_85041.tar.gz downloaded above to the newly created SyncMyRide folder on your USB drive.
    Do not extract any TAR.GZ files!
  8. Safely remove the USB drive.
  1. Switch on your car ignition and insert the USB you will see the following message at the top.
  2. Once the install is complete you will see this screen.
  3. You should now be on version 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.

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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