SYNC AppLink Overview

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SYNC Applink

SYNC® AppLink™ connects you to some of your favorite smartphone applications through voice commands. Stream Internet radio, listen to tweets, and more without fumbling through phone menus.12,53

Please note: SYNC AppLink is available on select models and compatible with select smartphone platforms. SYNC AppLink is not compatible with MyLincoln Touch. Commands may vary by phone and SYNC AppLink software.

Mobile applications within reach of your voice

Available on select vehicles, SYNC AppLink uses voice-activated technology to build a hands-free bridge between you and your smartphone applications. 

SYNC AppLink-compatible mobile applications are available for Android™, BlackBerry®, and iPhone® smartphone platforms, and new applications are being added regularly. Applications can be purchased and downloaded through Google Play, iTunes® App Store, and Blackberry® App World™.133,26

Not all smartphones support SYNC AppLink, and not all applications are available for all phone platforms. See the section related to your phone platform for availability and important settings to make your phone compatible with SYNC AppLink.

If your vehicle is not yet equipped with SYNC AppLink, it may be available to you as a software update.

Which vehicles have AppLink?

  • 2014

  • 2013

  • 2012

  • MKS

  • MKT

  • MKX

  • MKZ

  • Navigator

  • MKS

  • MKT

  • MKX

  • MKZ

  • Navigator

  • MKS

  • MKT

  • MKX

  • MKZ

  • Navigator




SYNC AppLink works with most devices with Android OS 2.1 or later.

Compatible Android applications include: Aha™ Radio, Amazon MP3 for Android with Amazon Cloud Player, AT&T Navigator, Glympse™, Greater Media apps, iHeartAuto, Kaliki, NPR News, Pandora® Internet radio, Rhapsody, Scout™ by Telenav®, Slacker® Personal Radio, Stitcher™, and SYNC Destinations.



SYNC AppLink works with most devices with BlackBerry OS 5.0 or later.

Compatible BlackBerry applications include: Pandora Internet radio, Slacker Personal Radio, and SYNC Destinations.



AppLink works with iPhone 3GS with iOS 4.1 or later, with iPhone 4 with iOS 4.2 or later, and with iPhone 5 with iOS 4.3 or later. 

Compatible iPhone applications include: Aha Radio, Allergy Alert®, Glympse, Greater Media apps, iHeartAuto, At Bat, NPR News, Pandora Internet radio, Roximity, Slacker Personal Radio, Spotify, Stitcher Smart Radio, SYNC Destinations, TuneIn Radio, USA TODAY, WSJ Live.

Before using AppLink, do the following:

  • Connect the iPhone to the USB port with the manufacturer-provided cable
  • Manually start the application on the iPhone so that it is running in the foreground 
  • Lock the iPhone by pressing the lock button on top of the device


Once you have downloaded a compatible mobile application, you're ready to use SYNC AppLink. To learn the voice commands and manual controls, view the instructions for your mobile application.

For more information, you can also view the SYNC AppLink reference guide.

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