How do I install SYNC®* 3  updates via Wi-Fi?

If your vehicle is equipped with SYNC 3 with navigation, you can set up the system to receive automatic software updates via Wi-Fi. Once set up, SYNC will automatically download new software updates whenever a version becomes available, so long as your vehicle is connected to the established Wi-Fi network.

To enable Automatic Updates:

  1. Select Settings on your vehicle's SYNC 3 screen.

    Select Settings on your SYNC 3 screen
  2. Swipe to scroll the screen to the right and press Automatic Updates.

Select Automatic Updates

  1. Toggle the slide bar to ON.
  2. Select System Wi-Fi to connect to a Wi-Fi network.
  3. Press View Available Networks.
  4. Select your network and enter the password if required. Now your SYNC system is set to periodically check for software updates. 
  5. Whenever the system is updated, you will get a System Updated message and see an icon in the upper right corner.


  • To update via Wi-Fi, your vehicle must be connected to an external Wi-Fi network, not the vehicle's hotspot (if equipped). 
  • You can use SYNC when a download is in progress.
  • If the system is disconnected from the Wi-Fi network when a download is in progress, the download continues the next time a Wi-Fi connection is available.
  • Updating SYNC does not update the maps. Click here to check for the latest map updates.

Additional Topics

Is there a cost to download SYNC updates?
Can I upgrade from a previous SYNC system to a newer SYNC system?
How do I get the latest map updates?

*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.