Ford Sync Specialist
This article, hopefully, will offer some tips on receiving iPhone text messages with the Ford Sync system.
Some iPhone users expect the Sync system to send and receive text messages. However, the Ford system, and many other Bluetooth systems offered by manufacturers, don’t always do these tasks.
Apple does not conform to Bluetooth MAP requirements. MAP is a protocol (Message Access Protocol) designed by Bluetooth SIG and not by Apple. Due to this lack of protocol compliance, you cannot send text messages and you cannot see older text messages that are in your history. What you can see is new text messages that you’ve received after the phone initially pairs to the vehicle each and every time you get in and start up the vehicle.
You see, the Ford Sync system cannot access the text messages in your iPhone, so it can’t read them back to you.
Solution: Once you have paired your iPhone to your vehicle.
Go to your phone’s Settings Folder
Go to the Bluetooth Menu
Find that tab that shows “Sync Connected” and…
Tap the little blue circle with the (i)
A screen appears, tap the switch to turn on “Show Notifications”
The “Sync Contacts” switch should already be on.
You should turn off the vehicle and completely power down (by opening and closing a door) then starting the vehicle again. to allow the change to be set.
Please be sure that you are running the most recent iPhone iOS software for your phone. And remember, you need to completely power down and restart (reboot) your iPhone at least once a week before getting into your vehicle and starting it up.
To send a text message with your iPhone:
Push, and hold the “Home” button – the big button on the lower face of your iPhone.
Siri, will come on your vehicle speakers.
Say, “Send text message.”
Siri will ask you to whom (or what number) you want to text.
Then speaker your message, Siri will ask you when you are ready to send.
To receive a text message:
Press the Home button on your iPhone.
Ask Siri to, “Read Text messages.”
Siri will read any new messages to you.
Remember, please drive safely. The traditional way to send and receive text messages through the Sync system is a process for certain Android-based phones.
For more information, visit support.ford.com contact Ford’s in-vehicle technology team at 1-800-392-3673.