Update all versions of Ford Sync 3 to the latest Sync 3.4

UPDATED – 03/12/19 – Added instructions and AIO pack for Non Nav models
UPDATED – 18/11/19 – Added separate sections for UK, EU and the newly added US section.
UPDATED – 17/11/19 – Moved to 19101 as considered more stable, reworded guide.
UPDATED – 11/10/19 – Nav voice fixed and simplified method added.

Introduction

Unfortunately older hardware versions of the Sync 3 APIM are not officially compatible with versions of sync after i believe 18025.

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

Thanks to Terry on the Diesel ST Facebook Group for bringing this procedure to my attention.

NOTE: BY FOLLOWING THE BELOW GUIDE YOU TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DAMAGES THAT MAY OCCUR, I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ACTIONS. I HAVE TESTED THIS ON MY OWN CAR AND I KNOW OF A FEW OTHERS WHO HAVE ALSO DONE SO WITH NO ISSUE. FOR REFERENCE I HAVE A FORD FOCUS 2015 WITH A RETROFITTED FORD SYNC 3.0 FROM A FORD KUGA. EU NAVIGATION MODEL.

NOTE 2: ONCE YOU HAVE UPGRADED TO THIS YOU WILL BE EXTREMELY UNLIKELY TO BE ABLE TO GO BACK TO 3.0, I HAVE READ POSTS FROM SOME PEOPLE WHO SUPPOSEDLY HAVE REVERTED HOWEVER I CAN’T BE SURE ON THIS. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED, NOW SHALL WE CONTINUE?

I have provided 2 methods for preparing the second USB, method 1 will literally involve downloading a couple of zips with all the required configuration already setup, however if you prefer to download the files directly from ford you can follow method 2.

Requirements

  • 1 USB at-least 1GB and another which is at least 16GB (UK) or 32GB (EU).
  • A car with Ford Sync 3 installed, if you have the old 4 quadrant sync 2 system you are out of luck.

Prepare the First USB

  1. Download this file
  2. Format the smaller of the 2 USB drives as FAT32 in windows by right clicking the drive in This PC and pressing Format… and then make sure it’s set to FAT32 and press Start.
  3. Extract the autoinstall.zip file to the root of the USB, it should look like this.
  4. Safely remove the USB and unplug it from your computer. we now need to prepare the second USB.

Prepare the Second USB

Method 1: AIO (Simple) (All Regions) (Nav/Non-Nav)

AIO Downloads

Download one of the following files depending on your desired region.

  • Full EU Maps Package including UK, France, Germany etc.
    Sync3.4-19101-EU-cyanlabs.zip
    MD5: 23D292ACDD7BA4FE9E2955D208D4BFA2
    SHA-1: 967AA0007F3FD0077714F3C89B2FF0533A64B956
    Please note this file is ~18GB and will take a while to download.
  • UK Maps Package (UK only part of the EU map pack)
    Sync3.4-19101-UK-cyanlabs.zip
    MD5: 7C25EDA2790D361563600AEB4F218BC4
    SHA-1: 9B856B47331CE92A0439F2C6E13E48CD77489167
    Please note this file is ~9GB and will take a while to download.
  • Full US Maps Package including America, Canada etc.
    Sync3.4-19101-US-cyanlabs.zip
    MD5: FB9C50F51500923A638631FB1005B84A
    SHA-1: 18764F047CF866E7AA91928F3E77D17C898807BA
    Please note this file is ~13GB and will take a while to download.
  • UK/EU Non Navigation
    Sync3.4-19101-NonNav-EU-cyanlabs.zip
    MD5: 4EEC0B6A8288CF3B73B12102D095ACD5
    SHA-1: 9A78CE62C22ED43D234D7AD447A8FB264ADAE63A
    Please note this file is ~3GB and will take a while to download.
  • US Non Navigation
    Sync3.4-19101-NonNav-US-cyanlabs.zip
    MD5: B7E14A3C51142DB7505F29C9FAD07C98
    SHA-1: 0A625D344BFCBCFBF6F06A32B3FBCB2AFAC1B354
    Please note this file is ~2GB and will take a while to download.

If any links break please leave a comment and i will try my best to get them back, i would recommend you guys post mirrors in the comments. Use the MD5 / SHA-1 checksums to ensure file integrity

Preparing the USB

  1. Format the USB as FAT32 in windows by right clicking the drive in This PC and pressing Format… and then make sure it’s set to FAT32 and press Start.
  2. Extract the Sync3.4.19101-EU-cyanlabs.zip or Sync3.4.19101-UK-cyanlabs.zip or Sync3.4.19101-US-cyanlabs.zip file to the root of the USB, it should look like this.

    Inside the SyncMyRide folder there should be either 8, 15 or 16 files ending in tar.gz if there isn’t 8 (UK Maps) or 15 (EU Maps) or 16 (US Maps) your download may not have completed successfully.
  3. Safely remove the USB and unplug it from your computer.

Method 2: Ford Links for UK (Nav)

Preparing the USB

  1. Format the USB as FAT32 in windows by right clicking the drive in This PC and pressing Format… and then make sure it’s set to FAT32 and press Start.
  2. Create a folder called SyncMyRide in the root of your USB drive.
  3. Copy all the downloaded TAR.GZ files to this folder, it should look like this
  4. Next back on the root of your USB paste the downloaded reformat.lst file, the files should look like this.
  5. Safely remove the USB and unplug it from your computer.

Method 2: Ford Links for EU (Nav)

Preparing the USB

  1. Format the USB as FAT32 in windows by right clicking the drive in This PC and pressing Format… and then make sure it’s set to FAT32 and press Start.
  2. Create a folder called SyncMyRide in the root of your USB drive.
  3. Copy all the downloaded TAR.GZ files to this folder, it should look like this
  4. Next back on the root of your USB paste the downloaded reformat.lst file, the files should look like this.
  5. Safely remove the USB and unplug it from your computer.

Method 2: Ford Links for USA (Nav)

US Downloads (Navigation)

The following files are required for US maps.

Preparing the USB

  1. Format the USB as FAT32 in windows by right clicking the drive in This PC and pressing Format… and then make sure it’s set to FAT32 and press Start.
  2. Create a folder called SyncMyRide in the root of your USB drive.
  3. Copy all the downloaded TAR.GZ files to this folder, it should look like this
  4. Next back on the root of your USB paste the downloaded reformat.lst file, the files should look like this.
  5. Safely remove the USB and unplug it from your computer.

Method 2: Ford Links for EU/UK (Non Nav)

EU/UK Downloads (Without Navigation)

The following files are required for UK (Without Navigation)

Preparing the USB

  1. Format the USB as FAT32 in windows by right clicking the drive in This PC and pressing Format… and then make sure it’s set to FAT32 and press Start.
  2. Create a folder called SyncMyRide in the root of your USB drive.
  3. Copy all the downloaded TAR.GZ files to this folder, it should look like this
  4. Next back on the root of your USB paste the downloaded reformat.lst file, the files should look like this.
  5. Safely remove the USB and unplug it from your computer.

Method 2: Ford Links for USA (Non Nav)

US Downloads (Without Navigation)

The following files are required for US maps.

Preparing the USB

  1. Format the USB as FAT32 in windows by right clicking the drive in This PC and pressing Format… and then make sure it’s set to FAT32 and press Start.
  2. Create a folder called SyncMyRide in the root of your USB drive.
  3. Copy all the downloaded TAR.GZ files to this folder, it should look like this
  4. Next back on the root of your USB paste the downloaded reformat.lst file, the files should look like this.
  5. Safely remove the USB and unplug it from your computer.


The Actual Install

  1. insert the first USB in to your car and make sure the ignition is on. it should show “indexing USB” and then after ~2 minutes it should reboot and show “Please insert USB” if after 5minutes this hasn’t happened you may need to try another USB drive.
  2. At this point we need to remove this USB and insert the second USB it it may say error after it reboots, this is because it tried to read the files from your first USB when it needs the second USB, just simply put the second USB in and the system should either reboot automatically or you can press and hold “Forward (Skip)” and “Power” until it hard reboots.
  3. Once the USB is detected you will see a screen similar to this.
  4. Now you just need to wait, for me it took about 20 minutes, depending on your USB quality and whether you have UK only maps or all of the EU it can take longer. i would recommend running the car to make sure you don’t kill the battery, i toggled between engine and battery every ~5 minutes to not drain the battery. you can of-course just leave it running if you want.
  5. Once the install is complete you will see this screen, remove the USB and the system should start SYNC and be fully updated.
  6. I had some issues with DAB and a few other things, so i would recommend going to Settings > General > Master Reset before continuing.
  7. Once you have factory reset you are done, you should now be on 19101 (Sync 3.4), if you wish to upgrade to to 19274 you can follow the section below.

Optionally upgrading to Sync 3.4 19274

Please note that the reformat tool has been BLACKLISTED in this version, however you can still downgrade by first installing a older 3.4 version such as 19101 over the top and then using the reformat tool

  1. Download this file
    sync3.4-19274-cyanlabs.zip
  2. Format a USB drive as FAT32 in windows by right clicking the drive in This PC and pressing Format… and then make sure it’s set to FAT32 and press Start.
  3. Extract the sync3.4-19274-cyanlabs.zip file to the root of the USB, it should look like this.
  4. Safely remove the USB and unplug it from your computer. Insert it in to your car and it should start the upgrade process.

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