Update all versions of Ford Sync 3 to the latest Sync 3.4 (Build 3.4.19200)

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 USB’s, 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.

Prepare the USB’s (Method 1 – Simplified)

Requirements

If any links break please leave a comment and i will try my best to get them back.

Preparing the first 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 autoinstall.zip file to the root of the USB, it should look like this.
  3. Safely remove the USB and unplug it from your computer. we now need to prepare the second USB.

Preparing the second 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 Sync3.4.19200.zip file to the root of the USB, it should look like this.

    Inside the SyncMyRide folder there should be 15 files ending in tar.gz if there isn’t 15 your download may not have completed successfully.
  3. Safely remove the USB and unplug it from your computer.

Prepare the USB’s (Method 2 – Ford Direct Links)

(If you have already completed Method 1 of the USB preparation you can skip to “The Actual Install”)

This method only includes UK maps, no other EU maps (France, Germany, etc) are included, if you want these either use Method 1 or download the files from elsewhere.

Requirements

Preparing the first 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 autoinstall.zip file to the root of the USB, it should look like this
  3. Safely remove the USB and unplug it from your computer. we now need to prepare the second USB.

Preparing the second 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 > Factory/Master Reset before continuing.
  7. Once you have factory reset you are done, you should now be on 19200 (Sync 3.4).

Additional Information

  • You can find hundreds of different sync files including sync versions, gracenotes, voice data, maps and even licenses for certain maps on the Russian forum here – https://ffclub.ru/post/18683966/
  • I plan to add some Forscan APIM configuration here at some point in the future.

28 Comments. Leave new

  • Thanks very much for this!
    Install process was straightforward (apart from reformat.lst which I had to edit).

    Couple of issues though – every time the system turns on it informs me that installation is still ongoing and not to remove the usb. This message clears by pressing ok.

    Secondly, voice commands for nav such as “find an address” no longer work.

    Do you have these issues?

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    • Hmm, good question, i had the “installation message” but this just takes time for the entire process to complete. i haven’t actually tried the voice commands, it’s possible you need one more package, i will finish work in 40 minutes and will try and navigate home and let you know the result. if it’s not working it will be a easy fix with a simple autoinstall.lst and additional file.

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    • Thinking about it your “installation” is probably actually the reason your voice navigation isn’t working, will still try after work

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    • This should now be fixed, i have updated the files and reformat.lst file.

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  • It seems i made a mistake with the voice/nav package, going to reflash my car now and if it works will upload corrected config.

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    • Many thanks!! I’ll grab these tonight and give it a go. Is the reflash process the same now I’m on >3.0? First stick with autoinstall then second with reformat?

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      • Is reformat necessary to overwrite packages? Can it just be done with an autoinstall.lst and the individual packages that are different?

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      • You can technically do a update via the autoinstall.lst file but personally i would just reformat from scratch following this process again. sorry about the inconvenience. I am also currently uploading a all in one zip with all EU not just UK.

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  • “Sorry for the inconvenience”??? You, sir, are doing a service and do not need to apologise!

    Thanks for your efforts!

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  • Hey, so reinstalling fixed the voice nav problem I was having, but now searching for an address, the system makes me spell out the town, then shows me a list of towns in (presumably) EU countries. Is this because there is more than just the UK maps installed?

    If so, do you know which file is just UK maps – I’ll reflash again with just that one.

    Thanks!

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    • I’ve just noticed you’ve updated the site and mention that method 2 is UK only. Do you happen to know why it might be offering me EU results for nav searches?

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      • i have only put the UK maps on my car, is there maybe a setting? i’ve honestly never even really used the built in nav in the year or so that i have had the car. i use Android Auto and Google Maps or Waze. i will be flashing the EU package my self once it downloads (i downloaded it to my superfast server in finland so that i could reupload it to google drive for all)

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  • No problem, a guy on my forum linked to here, but said he followed slightly different instructions and installed all maps. Here are the files he installed and he said he had no problems at all:

    APPS=5U5T-14G381-AP.tar.gz
    VOICE=4U5T-14G391-AJ.tar.gz
    VOICE_NAV=4U5T-14G422-BAC.tar.gz
    GRACENOTES=4U5T-14G423-AA.tar.gz
    MAP=1U5T-14G421-BAE.tar.gz
    MAP=1U5T-14G421-BBE.tar.gz
    MAP=1U5T-14G421-BCE.tar.gz
    MAP=1U5T-14G421-BDE.tar.gz
    MAP=1U5T-14G421-BEE.tar.gz
    MAP=1U5T-14G421-BFE.tar.gz
    MAP=1U5T-14G421-BGE.tar.gz
    MAP=1U5T-14G421-BHE.tar.gz
    MAP=1U5T-14G421-BJE.tar.gz
    ENH_DAB=1U5T-14G658-AD.tar.gz

    I’ve found these on the Russian site you linked to to I will try a fresh install with this setup.

    Some of these appear to be different from ones you’ve linked above – newer versions maybe? I notice he doesn’t include the license file – does this just enable automatic updates of new maps?

    Thanks again.

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    • which ones are different?

      APPS=5U5T-14G381-AP.tar.gz is v3.4.19101 not 19200

      the ones you have linked are the same just older.

      license file is needed to install them via autoinstall.lst so i just include it anyway because why not.

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      • Thanks for your reply.

        As you say, APPS is an older build and probably the cause of the problem I was having.
        VOICE is 4U5T-…-AJ instead of 5U5T-…-AH
        VOICE_NAV, GRACENOTES and the MAP files are the same]
        ENH_DAB is -AD instead of AE.

        The build you have provided appears stable (though some people are freporting a few bugs, not sure if they;ve master reset or not)

        The only issue I am having with it is the odd “Find an address” process in the nav. Almost like the app is forced default to a different country. Russia, perhaps? =]

        I have reflashed today with the setup described above with no issues.

        It’s all good! Thanks again for your efforts

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        • Wait, isn’t 5U5T a different Region to 4U5T for the VOICE files – isn’t this more likely to be the issue with the voice commands?

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          • 1) ARW,DUN,ENA,ENG,ENU,FRC,FRF,MNC,MNT,PTB,PTP,SPM
            (2) ENU,FRC,SPM
            (3) ARW,ENA,ENG,ENU,FRF,GED,PTB,RUR,SPM,TRT
            (4) ENU,MNC,MNT
            (5) ARW,CZC,DAD,DUN,ENG,ENU,FRF,GED,ITI,MNC,NON,PLP,PTP,RUR,SPE,SWS,TRT
            (6) CZC,DAD,DUN,ENG,FRF,GED,ITI,NON,PLP,PTP,RUR,SPE,SWS,TRT
            (7) ARW,ENA,ENG,FRF,GED,PTB,RUR,SPM,TRT

            (8) ARW,DUN,ENA,ENG,ENU,FRC,FRF,KOK,MNC,MNT,PTB,SPM
            (9) ENA,ENG,ENU,GED,MNT,PTB,RUR,SPM,TRT

            (10) ARW,CZC,DAD,DUN,ENG,FIF,FRF,GED,ITI,NON,PLP,PTP,RUR,SPE,SWS,TRT
            (11) ARW,DUN,ENA,ENG,ENI,ENU,FRC,FRF,KOK,MNC,MNT,PTB,PTP,SPE,SPM,THT
            (12) ARW,DUN,ENG,ENI,ENU,FRC,FRF,MNC,PTP,SPE,SPM,THT

            (13) ARW,DUN,ENG,ENU,FRC,FRF,MNC,PTP,SPE,SPM,THT

            CZC – Czech
            ARW – Arabic
            CZC – Czech
            DAD – Danish
            DUN – Dutch
            ENA – Australian English
            ENG – British English
            ENI – Indian English
            ENU – American English
            FRC – Canadian French
            FRF – French
            GED – German
            ITI – Italian
            KOK – Korean
            MNC – Chinese Mandarin
            MNT – Taiwanese Mandarin
            NON – Norwegian
            PLP – Polish
            PTB – Brazilian Portuguese
            PTP – Portuguese
            RUR – Russian
            SPE – Spanish
            SPM – Mexican Spanish
            SWS – Swedish
            THT – Thai
            TRT – Turkish

            4U5T-14G391-AJ – Sync3 v3.2.19049

            my EU package uses 5U5T-14G391-AH 1.5Gb Sync3 v3.2.19164 (10)
            (10) ARW,CZC,DAD,DUN,ENG,FIF,FRF,GED,ITI,NON,PLP,PTP,RUR,SPE,SWS,TRT

  • So all is well, kind of…… I have installed version 19200 and everything is working, however whenever I turn the system on I get the ” installation in progress, some features will continue to be disabled until this process is complete. please keep the update usb in the system and the engine running so that it can complete” message. Nothing seems to make this go away. Any ideas?

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    • I got this for a little bit but it seems i no longer get it. i would imagine it just takes time but haven’t been able to confirm/deny this yet.

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  • How long did it take for it to go? I’ve tried a load of different combinations and even 3.3 and it still happens

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    • Like a few days of going to work and back, i don’t know exactly, however please note i only use the UK package i never installed the rest of the EU maps so it may take longer for you.

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  • Hi

    I’m currently running Sync v3.2 (build 18004, f6.2 maps) which cam pre-installed on a new APIM/Screen I used when I upgraded from Sync 2 to Sync 3. Will your method work on this?

    Regards

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  • Help … SYNC3 Build 3.4.19200 Installed. No NAVI and read Thai.

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  • christophe perez
    27th October 2019 10:55 am

    he

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  • christophe perez
    27th October 2019 11:03 am

    Hello, I installed sync 3.4 with the method 1 on my Ford kuga st line of 2017 in France. all works except that I do not have a map that is displayed on the GPS. and no radio logo how to make it all work. thank you in advance

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  • Mr M r jackman
    29th October 2019 6:12 pm

    I have a 2019 transit custom the sync 3 build is 19149. No nav.
    Will this be OK to update to 3.4?
    Does anyone know if this will give me DAB radio logos?

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