Enable or disable Digital Radio Reception on Ford F-150

The system on Ford F-150 has a special receiver that allows it to receive digital broadcasts in addition to analog broadcasts.

Ford F-150 14th generation

HD1 signifies the main programming status and is available in both analog and digital broadcasts on F-150. Other multicast stations are only available digitally and could contain new or different content.


When the system first receives an HD1 station, it plays the station in the analog version until it verifies the station is an HD Radio station. Then it shifts to the digital version. There is an audio mute delay when switching to an HD2 or HD3 station because the system has to reacquire and decode the digital signal.

Switching Digital Radio Reception On and Off

You can enable or disable digital radio reception via the SYNC 4 infotainment system settings on 14th generation of Ford F-150.

  1. Select Settings tab on the center touchscreen.
  2. Select Radio Settings.
  3. Switch AM HD Radio or FM HD Radio on or off.
Radio settings location on SYNC 4, Ford F-150, 14th gen

Digital Radio Limitations

  • If you are outside the reception area, the system could not work.
  • If you are on the fringe of the reception area, the station could mute due to weak signal strength.
  • If you are listening to HD1, the system changes back to the analog broadcast until the digital broadcast is available again. If you are listening to any other multicast channels, the station mutes and stays muted unless it is able to connect to the digital signal again.
  • Depending on the station quality, you could hear a slight sound change when the station changes between analog and digital audio.
  • You cannot access a saved HD station if your vehicle is outside the station’s reception area.
Author: Nabeel K
Email: nabeel@wheelsjoint.com



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