Enable or Disable Auto High Beam on Ford F-150

Automatic high beam control on Ford F-150 turns the high beams on if it is dark enough and no other traffic is present. If it detects an approaching vehicle’s headlamps or tail lamps, or street lighting ahead, the system turns the high beams off.

Ford F-150 2021+ 14th generation – (photo by Ford)

A camera sensor, centrally mounted behind the windshield of F-150, continuously monitors conditions to turn the high beams on and off.


You can switch auto high beam on or off via the SYNC 4 infotainment system.

  1. Go to Settings on the touchscreen.
  2. Touch Vehicle Settings.
  3. Touch Lighting.
  4. Switch Auto High Beam / Glarefree Lighting on or off.
Toggle Auto High Beam on or off

Note: You will see “Glarefree Lighting” instead of “Auto High Beam” in the settings menu if your vehicle is equipped with such feature. It is an advanced form of auto high beam system.

This symbol will illuminate in the instrument cluster to confirm when the system is ready to assist.

Overriding Automatic High Beam Control

You don’t always have to go to the settings menu to activate or deactivate high beam assist. It can also be controlled via the stalk to the left side of the steering wheel.

Push the lever away from you to switch the high beams on. Push the lever away from you again to switch the high beams off.

Push the lever away from you for a third time to switch automatic high beam control back on.

Which F-150 trims have auto high beam?

Auto high beam is a standard feature on all Ford F-150 variants: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited.


Requirements

The system turns the high beams on if all of the following occur:

  • You switch the system on.
  • You set the lighting control to the autolamps position.
  • The ambient light level is low enough that you require high beams.
  • There is no traffic in front of your vehicle.
  • The vehicle speed is greater than approximately 32 mph (52 km/h).

Limitations

The system turns the high beams off if any of the following occur:

  • You switch the system off.
  • You set the lighting control to any position except autolamps.
  • The ambient light level is high enough that you do not require high beams.
  • The system detects an approaching vehicle’s headlamps or rear lamps.
  • The system detects severe rain, snow or fog.
  • The system detects street lighting.
  • The camera has reduced visibility.
  • The vehicle speed falls below approximately 19 mph (30 km/h).

Precautions

  • The system does not relieve you of your responsibility to drive with due care and attention. You may need to override the system if it does not turn the high beams on or off.
  • Do not use the system in poor visibility, for example fog, heavy rain, spray or snow.
  • You may need to override the system when approaching other road users.
  • You may need to override the system during inclement weather.
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