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Text Messaging - iPhone Integration with Ford Sync

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  • Cosmos1207 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just got the iPhone 5 and paired it with my Ford Sync, and it doesn't work. It won't allow me use Siri to hear my received text messages. It is a shame that so much technology don't do what Windows phones do or older phones (not smartphones) I think we have to continue waiting for this feature.

  • mrgoody Calculating status...
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    Oct 15, 2012 4:23 PM (in response to esarjeant)

    when you sync. make sure your wifi on the phone is off.  Go into bluetooth and make sure notifications is on the phone and your honda.


    You will be able to recieve texts however you will cannot send automated response.

  • wrkoski65 Calculating status...

    So I have had MFT for a little over two months now and I have been trying to get text messaging working with MFT.  It is October 2012 and this has been an ongoing problem for several years.  Outrageous!  Initially, I thought this was just somoething new that I need to figure out how to use, but after reading all of the posts here, It looks like I would be fighting a losing battle.  C'mon big companies, can't we all just get along?  I agree with every post that relates this missing element to security risks for drivers of all ages.  Please get all aspects of hands-free text messaging fully integrated with MFT!.

    I diidn't see anyone trying to keep score over the years - is this mainly Ford's fault or Apple's?  Who is really unwilling to "play with others to make advanced technology available to the public masses?Ford_Edge_Sport_2013_Silver_Royal_Crown_Moon_Pie_Billboard.jpg

  • gooballala Level 3 Level 3 (500 points)

    I'm sure that someone may have already said this so sorry if I'm being repetitive for not reading all of the 13 pages before this


    But anyway since this is a user form requesting it here doesn't necessarily mean it will be notice by apple. The best way to get this noticed would be for everone here to go to and select iphone and submit an enhancement request for this feature.



  • wrkoski65 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 8:01 PM (in response to ajwd)

    There you were, waiting for something to happen in early 2011.

    Here I am, Fall 2012 and I am waiting for something to happen.

    Apple certainly does not care about automobile safety, or at the very least, keeping otherwise loyal iPhone customers.

    I also feel the same way about the iPhone being the first to go.  For me, it;s the 2013 Ford Edge Sport that I will not part with.

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    May be Apple is waiting for Apple cars to be compatible with their iphones!

    Looks like I am switching to Samsung Note as soon as I am sure it does the job.

  • morning132 Calculating status...

    I had this same issue with MB 2012 SLK 350.  Took me forever to get text messaging to display on screen.  Siri worked fine through the navigation system.  However, now that my iPhone 4S settings are correct, the text message displays on the navigation screen and is also audibly read to me via the navigation system.   I selected MB Bluetooth on the phone and there were two options.  One was "turn on notifications".  That solved the problem. I would think "Ford Sync" would have the same capability since it seemed for a long time that the issue between Apple and MB (Map format) seemed to be a problem.  Perhaps with the most recent updates to the iPhones, all have been resolved.  Hopefully, this will be helpful to others.

  • BC4Bama Calculating status...
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    Nov 4, 2012 12:47 PM (in response to nannamom)

    I've decided not to wait on Apple to get MFT text option to iOS 6 and am switching phones to either the Samsung Galaxy S3 or Note 2 but I am verifying MFT works with them... Anyone know?  I'll have to save all my songs to CD's to get them over to the Samsung unless there is a conversion program.

    I will then sell mr 4S to get some funds back...

  • Akview Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    tried turning on notifications and still nothing coming from message, just phone book, itune play lists and cell phone on my 2013 BMW with Tech package.  I have Iphone4 with OS6.  Fustration with not having Message, Calendar or emails on my new cars computer.  Oh Well

  • Matthew Judy Calculating status...

    I subscribed to this post early on, because I was curious about the integration, but after actually having my 2013 Edge with my iPhone for a few months, I genuinely no longer care.  If I want to hear my new text messages, I hold down the home button (easy to find without looking) and ask Siri to read it to me.  I then have the option to reply by dictating a new message to the sender.


    I've seen, using a friend's Galaxy S3, exactly what the MyFord Touch integration offers.  I'm not about to get bent out of shape because I can't yet use the still-laggy MFT controls to have Samantha read my texts aloud, or read them on the car's screen.  Realistically, that's just not a significant improvement in user experience beyond what my bluetooth-connected iPhone can do by itself.


    I can certainly empathize with others in this thread… I adore my Edge, and I'm slightly annoyed that I don't get to use every single feature in my big shiny new toy.    However, given that MFT is pretty awesome, and iOS certainly offers the best overall user experience in mobile devices, I'm still very happy with my car and my iPhone.  I would think that most people would have to come to the conclusion that MAP compatability is not even close to a good reason to jump ship, unless, of course, you just want to cut off the nose to spite the face.


    Just my $0.02.  End rant.

  • xboxremote Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Very well said, Matthew. I just upgraded to the iPhone 5 from the 4 (not 4S, so no Siri before) and I can totally see myself not even caring anymore. I've only had a few days to play with Siri in my car, and I just got my new windshield mount yesterday, but I can tell I'll prefer to use Siri over Stync anyway. Sure, like you said, it ***** to not be able to use a major feature from your brand new Ford (in my case, a 2011 Ford Escape), but that shouldn't be reason to jump ship from your $800 iPhone or your $30k car. If that's the case, then you're just making poor business decisions all around.


    Siri can do a lot more than if I even got my car and iPhone to communicate effectively. I wouldn't be able o use Sync

    To dictate a message reply like I can with Siri, which I'd argue is possibly more dangerous than trying to just read a text message (which Siri can also obviously do). The only difference is that I will have to reach to the home button on my phone instead of my steering wheel to prompt for voice control. Not a deal breaker for me.


    Anyway just my two cents on top of yours.

  • JerryinOhio Calculating status...

    I have the same problem with my 4S iphone. I have a subaru outback with built-in Bluetooth and I could receive text messages and respond with my old HTC Windows Trophy phone but not with my supposedly fancy dancy iPhone 4S . . . . amazing that I could do this with a Windows phone but not an iPhone. Just one more example of iPhone not being what it's cracked up to be.


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  • Hotphil Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    If the car unit supports it with other handsets, that sounds odd. Are you running latest iPhone software and have enabled the "Show Notifications" option for the connected Bluetooth device?

  • djchrishart Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 26, 2013 5:29 AM (in response to Hotphil)

    That was it!  Essentially, I had to turn that on and Disconnect/Reconnect my phone to the Sync system.


    1) On your iPhone:

            - Click Settings icon

            - Click the Bluetooth button

            - Click the blue arrow next to SYNC (assuming you're already paired)

            - Click the slider icon next to Show Notifications to enable


    2) Within the car's Sync system:

            - Click the Settings icon (lower middle)

            - Click the Phone button

            - Click the Bluetooth Devices button

            - Click your currently connected device

            - Click the Disconnect button

            - Click the Connect button

            - Click the Back icon (upper-left)

            - Click the Messaging button (should work for you now; did for me)

  • JPU77 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello djchrishart,


    I went into the bluetooth settings on my iPhone (iPhone 4S with iOS 6.1.2), clicked on the blue arrow next to SYNC and the only slider icon I have is for Sync Contacts. I do not have Show Notifications. Am I missing somthing?


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