How do I use SYNC® AppLink® with my Android smartphone?

Man driving a Lincoln vehicle

Many of us want to be connected everywhere, all the time. SYNC AppLink allows you to use your compatible Android™ smartphone mobile apps while keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. 12,33,53

SYNC AppLink is available on select models and compatible with select smartphone platforms. SYNC AppLink is not compatible with MyLincoln Touch®. Commands may vary by phone and SYNC AppLink software. Compatible apps must be installed and running on compatible devices.

Here’s how to use SYNC AppLink with your Android* device.33

* SYNC AppLink works with most devices with Android OS 2.1 or later.


  1. Once you’ve connected your phone to SYNC, press the Voice button and say, “Mobile apps.”
    SYNC will respond, “Mobile apps, please say a command.”

  2. Say the name of the App you wish to use.
    Or say, “List mobile apps” to hear the names of available apps.

  3. Press the Voice button and say, “Mobile apps.”
    SYNC will respond, “Mobile apps, please say a command.”

  4. Say the name of the App you wish to use.
    Note: You may be prompted with messaging asking you to enable mobile apps. Select Yes to enable mobile apps.
    Once you’ve accessed the app, you can use the steering wheel controls and voice commands to control it.

  5. You can also change apps by voice command.

Note for 2010-2012 Lincoln owners who have updated their SYNC system to include AppLink

After installing a new application on your mobile phone, close all apps and restart your phone.  Once your device reboots and you’ve paired it, check to see if SYNC can find the new app? If not, try restarting your vehicle.

Notes: In order to enable mobile apps, SYNC requires user consent to send and receive app authorization information and updates using the data plan associated with the connected device.

The connected device sends data to Lincoln in the United States. The information is encrypted and includes your VIN, SYNC module number, anonymous usage statistics and debugging information. Updates may take place automatically.

Standard data rates apply. Lincoln is not responsible for any additional charges you may receive from your service provider, when your vehicle sends or receives data through the connected device. This includes any additional charges incurred due to driving in areas when roaming out of a home network.

App Permissions

The system organizes the App permissions into groups. You can grant these group permissions individually. You can change a permission group status any time when not driving, by using the settings menu. While in the settings menu, you can also see the data included in each group.

When you launch an app using SYNC, the system may ask you to grant certain permissions, for example Vehicle information, Driving characteristics, GPS and Speed, and/or Push notifications. You can enable all groups or none of them during the initial app permissions prompts. The settings menu offers individual group permission control.

Note: You are only prompted to grant permissions the first time you use an app with SYNC.