Ford Enables CarPlay, Android Auto on 2016 Models

If your 2016 Ford car has Wi-Fi hardware, you can connect the vehicle to your home Wi-Fi network and download the SYNC 3 update for Android Auto to your car. To DIY the update, you'll need to download the right version for your auto from Ford's owner support website. This is possible on 2016-models, where the SYNC 3 system is running on version 2.2 or higher.

Retroactively offering this kind of thing to auto owners is a definite change in tone for auto makers, since they typically use these kinds of things as incentives to get people interested in vehicle model updates. Customers with Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles and a Wi-Fi network can set up their vehicle to receive the update automatically. Google Maps, Google Play Music, and some third-party apps are integrated into the infotainment system with on-screen projection and voice controls, as are phone and messaging functions.

Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 or later models running at least iOS 7.1.

Ford will finally bring smartphone mirroring to its older vehicles running Sync 3, the latest version of Ford's in-car touchscreen infotainment system.

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Or download the update from this website and install it with a USB drive.

This is Ford's first Wi-Fi OTA update.

To get the update over-the-air, a Ford SYNC 3-equipped vehicle must have Wi-Fi compatibility and automatic system updates enabled.

There is one additional, potentially pricey step you'll need to take if you want to use CarPlay, however: Ford says CarPlay support requires a USB hub upgrade from a Ford dealership. It can happen while the vehicle is off, so long as the auto was connected to said Wi-Fi network while it was running.

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