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Receiving iPhone text messages with SYNC™ 3

Before you start

  • Check your phone’s compatibility with SYNC™ 3.
  • Check to be sure that your iPhone operating system version is up-to-date.
  • Pair your phone with SYNC™ 3.

Step 1

Activate Notifications on your iPhone

  • Tap Settings > Bluetooth® > SYNC™*
  • Set Show Notifications to ON

*If you have more than one SYNC™ vehicle that connects to your iPhone, please make sure you have activated the correct SYNC™ Bluetooth® connection on your iPhone to receive notifications.

Step 2

Ensure the SYNC™ 3 “Do Not Disturb” feature is turned off

  • Press the Phone icon in the Feature bar at the bottom of your touchscreen.
  • Press the Do Not Disturb icon to turn it off or on.
  • A pop-up will appear on the touchscreen confirming the status.

Step 3

Test receiving a text message

Send a text message to your iPhone and check for the following:

When your iPhone is paired to SYNC™ 3 and a new text message arrives, an audible tone will sound and the touchscreen will display a pop-up with the sender’s name and ID

If SYNC™ was able to display an alert and read the incoming text message aloud, you’re all set! You can continue enjoying this feature without additional set up and jump to step 6 to learn voice commands. If not, continue step 4 and 5.

Note: It cannot support if you turn off “Allow Notifications” in Messages’ setting.

Step 4

Restart your vehicle

Before you check to see if you can start using the text messaging feature right away, you’ll need to restart your vehicle:

  • Turn off the ignition.
  • Open the driver’s side door.
  • Wait for the instrument cluster to turn off.
  • Close the driver’s side door.
  • Start your vehicle again.

Also, ensure that your iPhone screen is locked. Your iPhone will only notify SYNC™ of incoming text messages when the screen is locked.

Step 5

If SYNC™ 3 does not receive the text message

If SYNC™ never displayed the text message alert or was unable to read the text message aloud, then you may need to restore your iPhone to its factory settings and try these instructions again.

Warning: Restoring your iPhone to its factory settings will remove all of its data, music, photos, settings and applications. We recommend backing up your iPhone’s data, using either iTunes or iCloud, so that you’ll be able to restore all of your personal data to your iPhone after the reset is complete.

Step 6

Listening to text messages

Press the Voice button on your steering wheel and say, “Listen to the message.”

SYNC™ 3 will read the message aloud.

Step 7

If you wish to call the sender, press the Voice button and say, “Dial.”

Quick Tip

Use Siri Eyes-Free and your iPhone to personalize text messages

With Siri Eyes-Free, you can use your iPhone to send personalized replies to text messages. To use this feature, activate and tell Siri whom you want to text and what you want to say in your message. Siri will read your text back to you to confirm it and then send it when it’s ready. Siri Eyes-Free is the only option for replying to text messages with voice and personalized messages.