Thousands of people use the iPhone 4s every day and many of them drive Ford vehicles with Sync – but how do you get the most “music” out of your iPhone 4s on the Sync system?
This workshop will cover a few topics and hopefully make it a bit easier…
Most iPhone 4S users connect their phones to a computer occasionally to recharge their phone or to get iPhone OS updates. If you don’t, you should. What I mean is… if all you ever do is plug your phone into phone’s USB cord and plug it into a USB port to recharge, then you could be using an old out-of-date software version. Connecting through iTunes allows the user to backup files, to download App updates, to download iTunes music, download photos and videos and much more.
If you haven’t already, then pair your iPhone to your Ford sync system in your vehicle. Click on this video link to get that handled. The Sync system will recognize your phone as an iPhone, a Bluetooth music device and an USB device. Where a lot of users get things out of whack is when they starting mixing the uses with the Sync system.
Once an iPhone 4S is correctly paired to Sync, then you can push the “voice” button and when it prompts, say “Bluetooth Audio.” The system will repeat Bluetooth Audio and then go to your phone and in a few seconds it will start playing music from your phone’s Music files. Your vehicle may have the LED screen on the center console. If it does, it will display “Bluetooth Audio.” If it is a Sony touch screen nav unit it will go to the audio screen and show the “name” of your iPhone as the source device that’s playing. If it is the MyFord Touch or MyLincoln Touch system, it will show the audio screen and the source of the music.
As a footnote… you can “pair” other devices such as iPads, iPods, other smartphones and Mp3 players as Bluetooth Devices. On the Sony Touch Screen nav units or on the MyFord Touch systems you can go to their audio source screens and choose which device you can have streaming the music from. This could also be a USB jump drive, a smart phone connected via USB or an Mp3 player connected via the 1/8-inch RCA jack.
So, let’s get back to the iPhone 4S… once you get the Bluetooth Audio playing you will notice the console screen doesn’t list the song title or the artist name. You aren’t able to use your voice to search for this information, but you can use voice commands such as “Play All,” “Shuffle,” “Play Next Track,” or “Pause.”
If you go to your iPhone and select an app, let’s say Pandora, and then start the app on your phone, it will override the Music Files and start playing the app music. You can use the search arrows on the steering wheel to jump to the next track. You can use the play/pause buttons on the steering wheel or dash to handle those functions as well.
But, let’s say you plug your iPhone into the recharge cord and connect the device to the vehicle’s USB port. If you do, the screen on the iPhone may not let you access your music. You will notice, that after a few minutes, your vehicle will have indexed your music files. It will show the Artist’s Name (AR: name) and Song Title (ST: name) on the LED screen (if you have the screen on the center console) or on the nav system or MyFord Touch screen.
At this point, you may push the voice button on the steering wheel and use the command “USB.” The system will then go to the USB source and look for your device. Then you can make commands such as “Play Artist The Beatles,” “Play Song Let It Be,” or “Play Track Day Tripper.”
Please note, when connected via USB you cannot access your music via Bluetooth Audio. You have to access it as a USB source. One source is “searchable” and the other is not. I know, it’s confusing, but it is what it is…
And, and only for iPhone 4S users, if you push the “home” button on your iPhone for a couple of seconds, you will hear your phone’s tone in your vehicle. Now you can speak your commands to Siri and you will hear her over your vehicle’s sound system. So you could ask her to “Read Text Messages.” Siri will read messages, then you can ask her to send messages (if you’d like). When your done speaking with Siri, just push and hold the “phone” icon on your steering wheel for about four or five seconds and it will end your conversation with Siri.
So click on this link to find out some more about using SyncApps (on some 2012 and 2013 Ford models). Click here for a video link on the iPhone as a music device and a phone with the Ford Sync system. Happy trails!