How do I format my USB drive to exFAT or FAT32 for SYNC®* updates?

To perform a SYNC software update, the USB drive, also known as a flash or thumb drive, verify it is properly formatted for your SYNC version, then choose the appropriate dropdown.

Formatting Requirements

  • exFAT for SYNC 3
  • FAT32 for previous versions of SYNC

PC users with Windows 10

  1. Insert the USB drive into your computer's USB port.
  2. Select Start (Windows Icon).
  3. Open File Explorer.
  4. Click on This PC.
  5. Right-click on your USB drive and select Format.
  6. Under File System, select FAT32 or exFAT.

PC users without Windows 10

  1. Insert the USB drive into your computer's USB port.
  2. Open My Computer.
  3. Right-click on your USB drive and select Properties.
  4. Under File System, select FAT32 or exFAT.

Mac users

  1. Insert the USB drive into your computer's USB port.
  2. Open Finder.
  3. Navigate to Applications and Utilities and click Disk Utility.
  4. Select your flash drive.
  5. Click the Erase button on the top right of the screen.

NOTE: This will permanently erase all current data stored on your flash drive. 

  1. Name your flash drive.
  2. Under Format, select FAT32 or exFAT.
  3. Select Master Boot Record as the formatting scheme. 

If you need assistance, contact Lincoln Concierge via Chat (click on the chat bubble on the right side of the screen) or phone at 800-521-4140.

Additional Information

How do I check for SYNC 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.