What are vehicle software updates?
The latest, greatest software advancements are delivered right to your car. These updates give eligible vehicle owners free enhancements and the ability to purchase innovative new upgrades. Plus, refinements can be received right in your driveway.
How does it work?
Updates are sent directly to your center display. With the simple push of a button, download and install the most recent software via Connected Access or through any Wi-Fi® network — no paid data plan is necessary.
Installing vehicle software updates* ensure you’re getting the best in-vehicle experience. Every update helps make today’s drive better than the last.
Your quick start guide to updates
Types of updates and what they mean
A software update to improve an existing feature (e.g., fixing audio issues) at no cost to you.
Get new functionality that’s usually within an existing feature (e.g., Super Cruise road expansion) at no cost to you.
The introduction of new functionality that typically is accessible via a new feature (e.g., Themes) and available to purchase.
Recent vehicle software updates
How updates happen:
1. Vehicle is safely parked and connected to Wi‑Fi.
2. Over-the-air technology sends software updates* directly to your vehicle.
3. Updates are automatically downloaded to the center display.
4. Follow on-screen prompts when notified that installation is ready.
Keep in mind:
- Installations can take up to 20 minutes.
- Once started, installations can’t be stopped.
- The center display stays on during installation.
- New hardware or a service appointment is not needed
Frequently asked questions
Vehicle software update technology allows specific software updates for certain vehicle components to be downloaded and installed over a wireless connection. This technology provides a convenient way to update your vehicle with the latest available software. This functionality is available on select model year 2017 and newer vehicles.
Downloading and installing vehicle software updates can be done via the vehicle’s available built-in data connection, or a Wi-Fi® connection. A paid data plan is not required. To be eligible for vehicle software updates for your vehicle, including automatic Super Cruise map updates (if equipped), you must have accepted the connected vehicle User Terms for Connected Vehicle Services and OnStar Privacy Statement for the vehicle.
Important: During vehicle software update installation, the vehicle is disabled and cannot be driven during the installation. There is no option to cancel or override the installation once started. Therefore, customers are presented with the option to “Download/Install” or wait for a more convenient time using the “Remind Me Later” or “Schedule” (if available) options; or they can exit the vehicle (the update will be offered on next ignition cycle for up to 30 times). If they select “Download/Install,” the customer will be asked for acceptance twice — both the estimated time for installation and a statement that the vehicle will be immobilized for the time of installation — on the vehicle’s center display.
Here’s how the vehicle software updates work:
- Notices of updates can be sent to your vehicle, or you can manually check for updates via the center display.
- When an update is made available for your vehicle, you will receive an in-vehicle notice upon your next ignition cycle or the next time your vehicle is placed into PARK.
- There are two steps to the process: software download and software installation. The specific steps required to download or install may vary by vehicle.
○ “Download/Install”: You can choose from the below options for the download and installation processes:
• Download: You can continue to use your vehicle normally. After the download is complete, you will be prompted to accept installation upon placing the vehicle in PARK, or on your next ignition cycle.
• Install: Choose “Install now” or wait for a more convenient time using the “Remind Me Later” option. Once the installation has begun, the vehicle will be disabled and cannot be driven. Once installation has begun, you may turn the vehicle off and do not need to remain in the vehicle.
○ “Remind Me Later”: This selection gives you the option of being prompted about the update after a duration of your choosing.
○ “Dismiss/Next Time”: If you choose this option, you will be prompted about the update after your next ignition cycle. The number of times you can dismiss an update notice may vary.
○ “Schedule” (2021 vehicles and newer): If you choose this option, you will select the time that you’d like the update to install.
○ “Decline/Delete”: If you choose this option, you will not be reminded again and the update will not occur. Instead, you can take your vehicle to your dealer to perform the update at a later time.
Here is how the process works, depending on your selection:
- You can continue to use your vehicle normally during the software download. The download will automatically pause and resume if you turn off your vehicle or lose connectivity during the download (e.g., if you pull into a parking garage)
- Once the software download is complete, you will be prompted to accept the installation of the downloaded software update upon your next ignition cycle or the next time your vehicle is placed into PARK.
- For most updates, the vehicle will be disabled and cannot be driven during the installation:
○ Please park your vehicle in a safe and secure location
○ You will not need to remain in your vehicle during the installation.
○ Features such as door locks, windows and chimes may not work during the installation .
○ If you leave the vehicle, do not lock occupants inside.
- You can choose to ‘Install’ now, or wait for a more convenient time using the ‘Remind me’ later option or ‘Schedule’ (if available) or simply exit the vehicle (note the update will be offered on next ignition cycle for up to 30 times)
- In certain circumstances, as part of the normal process, you may notice that your radio display stays on for up to five minutes after you turn off your ignition and open your driver’s door .
- You may notice one or more system resets during the installation process.
You will receive success and error messages as needed from the system during and after the download and installation processes.
Download and install times will vary, depending on the size of the update and the wireless signal strength.
Vehicle software updates can only occur if vehicle conditions are adequate, especially the requirement for sufficient battery.
To confirm if your vehicle supports vehicle software updates, go to the “Settings” menu in your infotainment system and look for either of the following:
- Under the “System” tab, go to the “Vehicle Software" section and look for “Updates”
- Choose “Software Information,” and then look for “System Update”
If you see these options, your vehicle supports vehicle software updates. To be eligible for vehicle software updates for your vehicle, including automatic Super Cruise map updates (if equipped), you must have accepted the User Terms for Connected Vehicle Services and OnStar Privacy Statement for the vehicle.
Note: If you declined the User Terms for Connected Vehicle Services and OnStar Privacy Statement for the vehicle, the vehicle will not be eligible for vehicle software updates.
The first step is to accept the download of the software. Download times will vary, depending on the size of the update and the wireless signal strength. You can continue to use your vehicle normally during the software download.
Once the software is downloaded, you can begin the installation process. Your vehicle will be immobilized (i.e., will not be usable/drivable) during this portion of the process. This cannot be overridden once the installation has begun.
Vehicle software update installation times will vary, depending on the component being updated and the contents of the update. The in-vehicle notice will provide the estimated completion time for the installation. Generally, the software installation is expected to take 20 minutes or less.
During the software download, you can continue to use your vehicle normally. The download will automatically pause and resume if you turn your vehicle off or lose network connectivity during the download (e.g., if you pull into a parking garage).
During the installation, the vehicle will be disabled and cannot be driven for most updates:
- Please park your vehicle in a safe and secure location
- You will not need to remain in your vehicle during the installation
- Features, such as door locks, windows and chimes, may not work during the installation
- If you leave the vehicle, do not lock occupants inside.
You may notice one or more system resets during the installation process