Ford Power-Up 3.5.3 Software rolls out: Alexa Built-in almost complete, new games

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Ford Power-Up Software Update version 3.5.3 has started rolling out this week, giving owners a nearly-complete Alexa Built-in feature, and new games.

The Power-Up 3.5.3 Software Update includes substantial updates to Ford’s Alexa integration, which is mostly built-in at this point. “Most of Alexa Built-in has now been downloaded, with the final piece arriving in a few more days,” Ford said to customers in the release notes.

Ford utilizes both CarPlay and Alexa, as well as its in-house SYNC®4 Technology in its cars. Alexa has been in development in Ford models for some time, and it seems that the automaker is finally close to releasing it altogether.

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Alexa access will also be included for free for the first three years, Ford said.

Additionally, Ford is adding new entertainment options in the form of in-car gaming to its vehicles. With the addition of Lane Change, Sudoku, and auto-themed Jigsaw Puzzles, Ford is making trips to EV charging points a little easier to embrace.

Ford started rolling out the Power-Up 3.5.3 Software Update earlier this week, according to owners who contribute to the F-150 Gen 14 forums.

Ford’s Power-Up 3.5.3 Software Update release notes are available below (via @macheauto on Twitter):

“Ford Power-Up 3.5.3

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Alexa Built-in

It’s almost here. Most of Alexia Built-in has now been downloaded, with the final piece arriving in a few more days. Then you can wake Alexa up. Make a call, check the weather, interact with your smart-home devices, make a shopping list, ask for a joke. Just about anything you use Alexa for at home, you’ll be able to do in your vehicle. Plus, add Ford Streaming and listen to music and podcasts.

You’ll know it’s time to activate Alexa when the icon appears on your SYNC®4 Technology screen. Just click on it and follow the steps to register. Remember, your vehicle must have Enhanced Voice Recognition and an activated modem. And, of course, you’ll need an Amazon account.

More good news: Your first three years of Alexa access are on us (streaming media services not included). That three-year clock starts ticking the moment the Alexa icon appears, so don’t wait to set it up. Go to your Ford Account or FordPass® App to learn even more.


Looking for something to do while charging up? These new games are just the ticket. In Lane Change, you’ll dodge cars while collecting points and trying not to get squashed. Into numbers? Try the always-challenging Sudoku. Or go old school and piece together one of the auto-themed Jigsaw Puzzles.”

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Joey Klender: Joey has been a journalist covering electric mobility at TESLARATI since August 2019. In his time at TESLARATI, Joey has broken several big stories, including the first images of the Tesla Model S Plaid, the imminent release of the 4680 Model Y through EPA certification, and several expansions to the Lucid AMP-1 factory in Arizona, to name a few. His stories have been featured in several publications, including Yahoo! Finance, Fox News, CNET, and Seeking Alpha. In his spare time, Joey is playing golf, watching MMA, or cheering on any of his favorite sports teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, Miami Heat, Washington Capitals, and Penn State Nittany Lions. You can get in touch with joey at He is also on Twitter @KlenderJoey.
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