Ford Remote Access NOT FORDPASS

@Jeff_H You might want to check out it has device specific settings to prevent battery saving methods from messing with apps.

@Jeff_H I came across a workaround that might help. I factory reset my wife’s phone and was able to replicate the issue you are having. I followed the instructions here: It’s keeping the phone unlocked while connected to my home wifi and locks it when I leave but you could set any conditions you wanted. Since you’re at home and want the truck to start in the morning I figured this might be a working solution for you. I’m going to put it on my other phone also. I hate having to unlock it when I’m at the house. It does require another Tasker plugin though AutoTools.

Thank you Lewis. I took it off my phone for now and haven’t had time to work with it. I have my old phone which still can be used with wifi, I may try to set it up on that and just leave that plugged in for the purpose of just running Tasker.

I realize this is an old post, but MikeST, or anyone else who has access to his original code for FordRemoteAccess, I’d like to get a copy.

Not sure how to PM in this system, you can email me at tivonut at gmail


Sorry for the delay. I had to make some changes to the software due to the changes on the website, but the software component of it is re-coded and I’m finishing up the Echo integration changes, then I will be able to compile this for people to use for themselves.

Stay tuned, I’ll update this thread very soon.


Thank you Mike !

Looking forward to it !

Anxiously awaiting your next post :wink:


So I just played with this for a half hour, capturing the traffic from my iPhone with mitmproxy. The API appears to be quite simple. Standard json using the commands “lock”, “unlock”, “start”, “stop”, and “find”. I was able to do all of these from the command line on my linux box with curl using the following command:

curl -X POST \
-H “Host:” \
-H “Content-Type: application/json” \
-H “Connection: keep-alive” \
-H "X-Crayon-Session-Key: ##unique session key here##“ \
-H “Accept: application/json” \
-H “Accept-Language: en-US” \
-H “Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate, br” \
-H “User-Agent: RemoteAccess/12 CFNetwork/1121.2.2 Darwin/19.3.0” \
-H “Content-Length: 30” \
-d ‘{“request”:{“command”:“lock”}}’ \ car ID here##/requests

You’ll need to capture your own phone traffic to determine the session key and the car ID, and don’t forget to adjust the “Content-Length” value based on the length of the command you send.

My intent is to be able to manipulate the car via an Amazon Echo, so I can’t help any further on the SmartThings platform, but hope this helps others.


Nice. I’ve been wanting to do this.
I’m curious to know how long the session key is valid for

If you want to use this with Alexa why not just use the Alexa FordPass skill?

Because this is Ford Remote Access ,not FordPass, two totally different things.

Not sure how long the key is good for, but it’s still valid today.

Lol. That’s what I get for half assed listening.

They are killing off the service in December 2020.

Service will end on December 31, 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

We are writing to inform you that due to the upcoming discontinuation of the AT&T 3G network, all Ford and Lincoln Remote Access subscriptions will conclude on December 31, 2020.

You may or may not be aware, cellular network connectivity is required to operate your Ford or Lincoln Remote Access system, and unfortunately, AT&T is in the process of decommissioning the 3G network upon which the system relies.

If your current annual subscription period would have extended into 2021, please be aware it will cease to function on December 31, 2020. For customers who previously renewed on or after January 1, 2020, you will be able to request a prorated refund for the unused balance of your subscription cost. If you are currently enrolled in an automatic renewal program, or actively choose to renew during the balance of this year, we have discounted the renewal rate for the remaining calendar year.

We appreciate and value you as a customer. While we regret any inconvenience this announcement may cause, we suggest you please contact your Ford or Lincoln Dealer for possible alternatives.

For more information regarding the subscription fee, please contact 1-800-FORDKEY.


For those of you looking for an alternative to this now that it is getting shutdown, you can add FordPass connect to almost any modern Ford with some junk yard parts. See this thread for more info:

I wonder if this could be swapped in for the Ford Remote Access module if you make your own cable.