Ford brings Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to its 2016 fleet


If you like plugging things in, grab a USB drive and head over to Ford's owner site.

Needless to say, having access to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay makes the infotainment system on Ford cars much more modern, streamlined and comfortable to use.

For a while now, Ford has promised that it would bring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to Sync 3 users in 2016-model-year vehicles.

If your 2016 Ford car has Wi-Fi hardware, you can connect the vehicle to your home Wi-Fi network and download the SYNC 3 update for Android Auto to your car. Customers with Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles and a Wi-Fi network can set up their vehicle to receive the update automatically.

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While you can take your vehicle to a dealer to do the update for you, that isn't necessary as there are a couple of DIY options ...

Compatible with Android™ devices 5.0 and higher, Android Auto brings the Android experience into the vehicle safely and easily with Google Maps, Google Play Music, phone, messaging and third party apps projected on the car's built-in display and available via voice controls.

Ford first announced in early 2016 that it would support Android Auto for its 2017 model cars equipped with SYNC 3, and that its 2016 cars with the same system would support it via a software update planned for later that year.

The USB install method is also faster, but the Wi-Fi update option is the start of the company's efforts to really increase its OTA update program, which will be used for security improvements as well as infotainment bumps. As long as the system is connected to the Wi-Fi, the update process will keep running in the background.