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Tuesday Tech Tips – SYNC Media


Underneath the radio display, you will find the menu buttons to control your radio.  The featured photo above is from a 2014 Ford Escape.  However, these controls will vary in placement dependent upon vehicle. The top left button is the RADIO button.  Next down is the SIRIUS button.  Below this, you will find a button labeled MEDIA (AUX on some vehicles); you will also find a button on the steering wheel that is labeled M or Media which may be used to cycle through RADIO/SIRIUS pre-sets and to take you to other Media options.

When pressed, the MEDIA button takes you to the line-in option.  This is for playing audio from a phone/MP3 player/other device.  When using the line-in feature, the device will be the remote for audio content.  After pressing the MEDIA button, you press the MENU button, you will be provided additional options: BLUETOOTH AUDIO, and USB.  Use the arrow buttons in the center to go to the option, then press OK.

Start the music (or other media) playing on your device.

As you can see, there can be several steps involved.


Press the VOICE button on your steering wheel, wait for the system prompt and tone, then say: “LINE IN”, or “BLUETOOTH AUDIO”, or “USB”.  Start the media playing on your device. Some features can be controlled by voice command.


While this is a matter of preference, there are some significant differences.

LINE IN – requires a 3.5 mm male-to-male cable.  Plugged into the device and the jack located on/in the console, this is solely for playing audio.  The device itself is the remote for skipping songs, pausing, etc.

BLUETOOTH AUDIO – Any Bluetooth capable phone or other device can provide you with entertainment while driving.  You can also use SYNC APP-LINK to assist with playing audio from your device utilizing voice commands.  More on this in the next post.

USB – Plugged into your USB port, most devices will charge while connected (using the USB cord made for the device, not aftermarket).  If you have music or apps playing on your device, some features can be controlled by voice command. This also allows for other useful features, as well. More on this in the next post.

Come back soon to learn about other media options for SYNC and MyFord Touch.

Want to learn about SYNC or MyFord Touch? We have classes every Saturday:  SYNC Class at 9:30am, MyFord Touch at 11:30am.  FREE One-on-One sessions are also available on weekdays by appointment.  Call 817-498-8838 to schedule and please allow for 24 hrs. notice.


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