Phone Pairing Fail - 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Phone Pairing Fail

January 7, 2012

2013 Ford Focus ST

Ford's SYNC let me down last night in the Focus ST by refusing to pair with my iPhone. Oddly, I've paired my phone before and it was still in the system's memory, but SYNC refused to pair.

In the video you can see that the failure notice appears before there's even a chance to search for SYNC on my phone. Yes, Bluetooth was turned on. After five minutes of failed attempts I deleted all the previously paired phones from the system, deleted all the Ford SYNC connection from my phone's memory (we drive a lot of Fords so they linger in the phone's memory) and tried again.


I cycled the ignition several times to fully reboot the system and tried again.


Even read the manual to make sure I wasn't missing something simple.


Must not be me because it still refused to pair with my phone this morning, which is infuriating. I'll contact Ford and see what they say. Meanwhile, looks like the Focus will be off to the dealer.

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor @ 5,298 miles

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