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Using The FordPass App To Lock And Unlock A Vehicle’s Doors: Video

The FordPass App contains all sorts of features that aim to give us more control over our Blue Oval vehicles using our smartphones. This includes the ability to lock and unlock doors remotely, without the need for a key, as the automaker demonstrates in this quick video. This action couldn’t be much easier either, given the fact that it’s operated using a button present right on the home screen of the FordPass app.

That means all we have to do to lock or unlock the doors of a Ford vehicle is pull up the app and push the lock/unlock button. Simple as can be, and also quite handy if we’ve got our other hand full with things like groceries or multiple dogs, as is the case in the video. It’s also possible to start the vehicle from this screen, which is a nice feature when it’s really cold or really hot outside.

Locking and unlocking are just two of the many connected vehicle features present in the FordPass app. Owners can also set a start schedule, so the vehicle automatically starts and is ready to go when they are. Additionally, the app contains all the pertinent data someone might want to see at a glance, including a vehicle’s mileage, location, oil life, fuel level, and even maintenance intervals.

Ford Mustang Mach-E owners get even more features from the app, including the ability to check their charge level, access Phone as a Key (which allows owners to access the vehicle without taking their phone out of their pocket), find charging stations on the go, and much, much more.

Setting up a vehicle in the app is simple as well, and requires only the vehicle’s VIN number to add to a virtual “garage.” Then, owners can enjoy all of these benefits and more.

We’ll have more on FordPass and its many benefits soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. DJ

    It would be great if the app worked….. FordPass is very hit or miss…

    1. Bob Dobson

      I have to second that motion, one day I can remote start in 2-3 seconds other days it wont work at all. Very hit and miss. This is when my phone is in good WiFi coverage with full bars and the vehicle is in open air parking area.

  2. Finn

    The app sometimes drains the phone’s battery.

  3. Doug Benkert

    I quit using mine for that reason. Ford’s suggested fixes have done NOTHING.

  4. Dave Mathers

    I didn’t realize that it is my phone that unlocks the car with the app, NOT the key fob in my pocket. Interesting. And I agree that the app needs a ‘bit of work’!!

  5. James Howlett

    It’s not clearly stated it only 2018 and up vehicles work. I have a 2017 and have Ford pass set up and it’s pretty useless in my case.

  6. Dave S*.

    All of these comments so far seem like sour grapes to me. I’ve been using Ford Pass on my ’17 Escape Titanium for over 3 years & it always performs as it says it should. Maybe read twice, execute once? Oh, & try updating your onboard software now & again, right? Outdated info always provides less than optimal results… Or, GIGO!

  7. Dave S*

    Dave, I’m sorry to disagree with you but the Fob, not your phone, operates the physical lock/unlock feature. Now if your model doesn’t possess the proximity reader, (does your driver side front door have a dull yet sparkly grey dot where your thumb would be when opening it?) then perhaps you are right. Check it out & I invite a response if & when you do… Peace, Tocayo… (Spanish for namesake)


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