NPR News for SYNC AppLink

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With available SYNC® AppLink™, you can use your voice to control a variety of mobile apps in your vehicle. NPR News, available for Android™ and iPhone® devices, is an app that allows you to listen to your favorite NPR stations, and follow local, national, and world news wherever you are and whenever you want. To find out if NPR News is available for your mobile device, check your app store.27,43,63

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

Before You Start

Before getting started, make sure you are using a SYNC AppLink-compatible device that supports the NPR News app. NPR News works with SYNC AppLink and your Android or iPhone device.

Once you've confirmed that your device is compatible with SYNC AppLink and NPR News, follow these steps:

1. Familiarize yourself with the controls in your vehicle.

2. Download NPR News from your phone's app store.*

3. Launch NPR News on your mobile device.

4. Turn on your vehicle's ignition and make sure your phone is paired with SYNC.

*Refer to the terms and conditions of use of the app provider for more information on how your data is used.


1. Press Voice and say, "Mobile applications."
SYNC responds with "Mobile applications, please say a command."

2. Say, "NPR News."

To start using NPR News, press Voice and say any of the following commands:


Voice Command

Select public radio station (e.g., WDET or KCRW) "Stations"
Select public radio program (e.g., Car Talk or  All Things Considered) "Programs"
Select news category (e.g., Politics or Music News) "Topics"
Play broadcasts saved to your playlist "Playlist"
Play most recent hourly news update "Hourly news"
Hear more voice commands "Help"
Exit application "Exit"


You can use manual controls to listen to NPR News, if desired.

1. Press Phone.

2. Browse to "Mobile Applications" menu option and press OK
(If you have a Navigation radio, press the SYNC Apps tab, and then browse to "Mobile Applications.")

3. Select "NPR News" and press OK.

To start using NPR News, press a radio or steering wheel control to perform any of the following actions: 


Manual Control

Play or pause NPR News stream Press OK
Play station saved to a preset Press Preset
Save currently playing station to a preset Press and hold Preset
Skip to next station within current category Press Seek Forward (>>|)

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