Android Auto™* Frequently Asked Questions

Android Auto is a way to connect the experience of a mobile device with SYNC* 3 and SYNC 4 systems. It provides access to mobile features and apps, such as on-screen navigation, text messaging, and more. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Which vehicles are Android Auto available on?
What apps are compatible with Android Auto?
Will my 2016 vehicle require a software update or a hardware upgrade to use Android Auto?
How do I get Android Auto on my cellular device?
Does my device need to be tethered to SYNC to use Android Auto?
What are the device requirements?
Where can I find additional information?

Which vehicles are Android Auto available on?

  • 2020 and 2021 model-year (MY) vehicles equipped with SYNC 4
  • 2017 and newer vehicles equipped with SYNC 3
  • 2016 SYNC 3 equipped vehicles (after performing a software update)

What apps are compatible with Android Auto?
Google Play™ maintains a current list of Android Auto compatible apps.

Will my 2016 vehicle require a software update or hardware upgrade to use Android Auto? 
Android Auto will only require a SYNC Software update.

How do I get Android Auto on my cellular device?
Android Auto can be downloaded at the Google Play store.

Does my device need to be tethered to SYNC to use Android Auto?
SYNC 3 requires a USB-tethered connection to SYNC with a manufacturer-supplied USB cable. SYNC 4 can be operated wirelessly.

Set up instructions for SYNC 4 with wireless Android Auto can be found here.

What are the device requirements?
Android Auto requires an Android phone that uses Android 6.0 Marshmallow or newer with a data plan. For best performance, we recommend the latest version of Android.

Note: Not all devices may be compatible. 

Where can I find additional information?
The Lincoln Owner site contains additional information:

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Additional Topics

How do I activate Android Auto with SYNC 3?
How do I disable Android Auto with SYNC 3?
What do I do if I am having trouble with Android Auto?


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*Don’t drive while distracted. Use voice-operated systems when possible; don’t use handheld devices while driving. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear. Not all features are compatible with all phones.