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SYNC 3-Equipped 2016 Ford Model Lineup Gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Published on Feb 28, 2023 by Dylan Weiher

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Now Available on 2016 Ford Models

We’ve got exciting news for anyone with a 2016 model year Ford equipped with the SYNC 3 infotainment system. That’s because Ford has announced Apple CarPlay and Android Auto software support is now available on all 2016 Ford models equipped with the SYNC 3 infotainment system. If your 2016 Ford has the SYNC 3 system, all you need to do is update it to the new SYNC 3 version 2.2 by downloading it with a USB drive by following the instructions at, downloading it through a Wi-Fi connection or by visiting a dealership like ours here at Brandon Ford in Tampa, FL.

“Our SYNC 3 software platform was designed to be easy to update so we can get our customers the latest and greatest features, functionally and security enhancements. With over-the-air updates, we can deliver new features to customers in the background while they continue using their vehicles.” – Don Butler, Executive Director, Ford Connected Vehicle and Services

What are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

Put simply, Apple CarPlay turns your 2016 model year Ford’s infotainment system into an iPhone, allowing you to get directions, make calls, play music and send or receive text messages right from your SYNC 3 system. Additionally, Siri Eyes Free allows you to do these things using only your voice. Apple CarPlay also supports select iPhone apps including Phone, Messages, Maps and Music. Android Auto is compatible with Android OS devices equipped with Android OS 5.0 or higher. Like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto works by connecting your phone to your SYNC 3 infotainment system, allowing you to utilize such apps as Google Maps and Google Now, along with listening to music, making phone calls and sending or receiving text messages.

For more information on how to turn your 2016 model year Ford into an entertainment haven with this SYNC 3 update, please get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable Brandon Ford staff in Tampa, FL. You can also check out our Ford Model Research Page for even more information.

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