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Old 02-20-2018, 03:16 PM   #1
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connect smartphone apps to your vehicle

FWIW -

For anyone with a late model (2016+) Ford vehicle that has the Sync 3
system, you might want to check your Sync 3 software version. If it is still
on Version 1 (as our 2016 F-150 was), you might gain some cell phone to
vehicle functionality by doing an upgrade to Sync 3 Version 2.3.

Versions 2.2 and 2.3 allow you to use the Android Auto app or Apple CarPlay
to connect some of your cell phone apps to your vehicle's larger screen and
to the vehicles voice recognition system.

Instead of paying for a Sirius subscription, you might possibly be able to
use Pandora, Spotify, and/or iHeart Radio to stream music while traveling.
You might also be able to use the Google Maps app and/or Waze app for
basic navigation and traffic avoidance in place of (or in addition to) your
portable Garmin dash/window-mounted GPS.

There are various YouTube videos on the Adroid Auto app and the Apple
CarPlay functionality.

A Ford dealership can accomplish the upgrade for you or you can do it
yourself by loading the update onto a 32GB USB3 stick and plugging that
USB stick into the vehicle (about a 20-30 minute upgrade with the vehicle
running) or even possibly downloading the update via an open WiFi signal?
(My Ford service advisor recommended either the dealership or else the
USB options).

Other brands of vehicles may have similar capabilities? I am only just
recently becoming familiar with the Ford Sync 3 system. Ford owners
with Android phones can find some more details at the following URLs:

https://owner.ford.com/tools/account/your-vehicle.html
https://owner.ford.com/tools/account/sync-my-ride.html
https://owner.ford.com/how-tos/sync-...roid-auto.html

I just recently did this upgrade and am far from an expert in this area.
Just sharing some information before(?) the start of the next busy
camping season.

As always, YMMV.

Happy and safe camping to all!

Ray
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Thanks for sharing this, Ray.
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syn 3

I have a 2015 ford edge with sync 3 I have no idea what its for and I really don't care!

ford software designers are stupid no comparison to what gm does!!


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I have a 2015 ford edge with sync 3 I have no idea what its for and I really don't care!

ford software designers are stupid no comparison to what gm does!!


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Jeez Bob, why don't you tell us how you really feel about Ford Sync and Ford's software designers. Please tell me why you feel GM is so superior to other trucks.
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Thanks for sharing this, Ray.
You are welcome, Chet!

Multiple brands of cars can run Android Auto. I'm guessing that also
holds true for brands of cars that support Apple CarPlay. Unfortunately,
all/most brands of cars prior to 2016 don't seem to be very well supported.

My real point in this post is that many late model cars now have the
capability to fairly easily use the navigation and music capabilities of our
various brands/models of smartphones (both Android and Apple).

Prior to our Ford F-150, we had a 2011 Honda CRV with a factory GPS
system and, in addition to our F-150, we still own a 2014 Ford Escape
with a factory GPS with voice navigation (not a Sync 3 system).

All of our previous factory-installed GPS systems were fairly expensive to
buy and usually expensive to update. In general, they have never been
as current as some of my Garmin portable GPS units (my current Garmin
is a Nuvi 2699LMTHD that has free lifetime map updates and free lifetime
HD traffic updates (updated every minute or so).

Even with frequent software and map updates. my portable Garmin GPS
still doesn't seem to be as current as the information available on our
smartphones. The Nuvi 2699LMTHD seems to be a decent system for
over-the-road navigation and provides useful "What's Up Ahead?" info.
However, it is a bit of a nuisance to put it on the dash and remove and
stow it (for theft prevention) during longer duration stops.

With current vehicle interfaces and good smartphones, the factory-installed
GPS and satellite radio systems do not seem to be as big a requirement
for safe and happy travel as they might have been in years past.

Since everyone's wants, needs, and choices (of vehicles, trailers, and
technology) may be different than mine, I'd encourage everybody to
do their own research.

As always, YMMV.

Safe and happy travels to all!

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Thank you for sharing an informative post.
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Old 02-22-2018, 11:55 AM   #7
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main complaint

well first from what I gather ford sync is an optional addition I am not interested paying for that goes for sat. radio also.

fords gps is not as easy to use as gms I have a Cadillac with gps and all that stuff in it too.

I regret ever buying the ford but I am in for the long haul now so since its my car I can complain about it.

after my benchmark 90 Cadillac went 450k not even my current Cadillac measures up in some ways. by the way don't get me started on a northstar motor!

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