How to Connect a Bluetooth Phone on a 2010 Ford Explorer


In a world full of text messaging, social media websites and increasingly important phone calls, keeping your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel can be difficult. But, the good people at Ford, in association with Microsoft, has a solution to the distractions that plague modern drivers: they call it SYNC, a wireless, hands-free media and communication system built right into properly equipped Ford vehicles. While the SYNC system in your 2010 Explorer is simple enough to use via steering wheel-mounted buttons and a keen voice-activated interface, getting SYNC to sync with your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone requires a bit of menu surfing.

  • Turn on the ignition to activate the Explorer's SYNC system. Press the phone-shaped button on the control panel to enter the Phone Menu displayed on the screen.

  • Press the SEEK buttons to scroll through the menu options until you arrive at System Settings, then press OK. Scroll to BT Device, press OK, then scroll to Add Device and press OK again.

  • Activate your mobile phone's Bluetooth option and set it to Discoverable mode. A six-digit code will appear on the SYNC display, signifying that SYNC is ready to pair with your mobile phone. Enter the displayed code into your mobile phone. The word Connecting, followed by Connected, will appear on the display once your mobile phone an SYNC has paired.

  • Choose if you would prefer your mobile phone to be the primary phone, once prompted on the SYN display. Scroll to YES, then press OK to designate your mobile phone as the Primary, or scroll to NO and press OK to set the phone as a secondary device.

  • Download your mobile phone's contact directory to the SYNC device, if your phone is the primary device. Scroll to YES and press OK to begin the download, once prompted, or scroll and select NO to skip the download. The SYNC display will return to its standby screen.

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