Getting the most out of your Ford Sync system sometimes means learning more about your smartphone and here are some tips on using your iPhone with the Ford Sync system.
Are you having trouble accessing your iPhone music?
If you have upgraded to a newer Apple iOS, then one of the options is to “back up” and store your music on the Cloud. This uses a process referred to as iTunes Match. Essentially you see the song titles and information on your iPhone – but the music is actually “parked” in the Cloud. The problem is that the Ford Sync system no longer can access this music since it has become part of the Apple proprietary system. If you go to your iPhone’s Settings folder… scroll down to the iTunes & App Stores bar, then turn off the iTunes Match button.
This allows your Sync system to access music files. Turn the iTunes Match button back on to back up and store your music from time to time to keep your files current.
Has your streaming iPhone music stopped playing?
If you pushed the Voice button on the steering wheel to access music by saying “Bluetooth Audio” then you can stream music through your vehicle sound system. It streams music, but you don’t have enough bandwidth to give voice commands to “Play Artist Bruno Mars.”
If you plug your iPhone into the USB port, then you’ll have to push the Voice button and say “USB.” The Sync system will index the music on your iPhone (or USB jump drive) and after a few minutes, push the Voice button again and when the Sync system says “USB, state your command” then say “Play All.” The Sync system will begin playing your music. You can then push the Voice button and say “Play Artist Miranda Lambert” and it will find and play her music (if you have that in your collection).