DUE TO THE COMPLEX NATURE OF THE LINKSWELL T-STYLE RADIOS INSTALLATION AND SETUP,
WE ONLY PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR CUSTOMERS THAT HAVE PURCHASED LINKSWELL PRODUCT FROM ADCMOBILE.COM
WE CANNOT PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR PRODUCT PURCHASED ELSEWHERE.
If you are reading this, you have either purchased a Linkswell T-style radio from ADC Mobile or are contemplating the purchase. If you have already purchased – THANK YOU! We will do our best to surpass your expectations for support after the sale.
If you are contemplating the purchase, we are confident you will find that ADC Mobile knows more about the Linkswell T-Style systems than anyone and we will do our very best to support you in that purchase. Due to the fact that we are part of the Linkswell Engineering & Beta Team, we have access that very few other dealers have with the factory engineering and support staffs.
We know that there are many places you can find these products, but there are some VERY IMPORTANT differences in the dealers you may purchase from. We have over 120 YEARS in professional car audio installation experience on our staff, which gives us a dramatically wider “field of view” of potential issues that may affect your vehicle and your installation, and we have tried to distill those experiences into this guide.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON FACTORY SUPPORT: Linkswell limits the support they provide to their FACTORY AUTHORIZED DEALERS ONLY. They do not work directly with the purchaser, so if you call the factory, they will route you back to your dealer for support – this means that with ADC Mobile you will get the benefit of all of our experience with the product – with other dealers, not so much…
On the front page of the Linkswell website, there is a notice regarding purchases made on Amazon or EBay:
Technical Support & Warranty Disclaimer
Linkswell believes that due to the technical nature of our products, our products are best represented and consumers are best served by our team of factory trained and supported dealers. We highly recommend purchasing our products from one of the factory authorized dealers found here: http://www.linkswellinc.com/find-a-dealer/ .
Due to the nature of online shopping platforms like Amazon and eBay, consumers of our products cannot be adequately supported on those platforms and accordingly, we limit support for products purchased there.
LINKSWELL DOES NOT PROVIDE CUSTOMER SERVICE, FACTORY TECH SUPPORT, OR WARRANTY REPLACEMENT PARTS DIRECTLY TO CONSUMERS THAT PURCHASE LINKSWELL PRODUCT ON AMAZON OR EBAY. IF YOU PURCHASED YOUR PRODUCT FROM THOSE PLATFORMS, ALL CUSTOMER SERVICE, TECH SUPPORT AND WARRANTY INQUIRIES WILL BE DIRECTED BACK TO THE SELLING DEALER FOR RESOLUTION.
We always advise our customers to do what is right for them, and we realize that we may not always be the best option for every customer, but before you purchase Linkswell product on Amazon or EBay, think long and hard about the lack of support you will experience on what is a VERY technical and expensive system upgrade. With our competitive pricing (tax-free if outside WA state), free shipping and unlimited phone & email tech support with real installers, we feel that purchasing from ADC Mobile is the smartest place to spend your money on your new Linkswell T-Style upgrade! :- )
Below are all the system applications that come loaded to your T-Style from the factory as well as some fun 3rd party applications that might enhance your experience with your T-Style Radio.
To install any of these applications follow the instructions below.
- Click the hyperlink to the APP you desire to download.
- Select Download -> Direct Download and the APK file will download to your computer.
- Copy the downloaded APK file to a USB drive.
- Turn your vehicle on and boot up your LinksWell T-Style radio.
- Plug the USB into one of the USB inputs, be sure not to plug it into the white PhoneLink dongle.
- Launch the File Manager Application on the radio and navigate to the USB to see the Application.
- Press to select the APK file on the screen and the system will ask if you want to install the APP. Select yes and then the system will begin to install the APP.
- After the install is complete you can access the APP from the APP List icon.
AnyDesk v5.3.6 (Remote Access app for troubleshooting)
DevInfo (Required to get iGO Navigation licensed)
Droid Optimizer v2.2.0 (Optimizes Android System)
FoxIt PDF Editor v7.3.0.0424 (PDF viewer/editor)
Google Chrome (Default internet browser)
NesEmu (NES Emulator)
Nova Launcher v6.2.9 (Alternate launcher for customizable “Home Screen”)
MegaN64 (Nintendo 64 Emulator)
Netflix v6.26.1 GEN IV (Netflix App for Android 8)
Easy Connect (Phone Mirroring App. Requires license & may not work on all units)
ZLINK Tesla Style GEN 4 ONLY (Apple CarPlay/Android Auto App) Current Version: 4.0.26
**Installing too many applications or downloading too many files to the hard drive can cause the system to run slow.**
Owner’s Manuals & Setup Guides
Radio Settings Guide
Applications & Compatibility
- 2014-2018 Silverado 1500
- 2015-2019 Silverado 2500/3500
- 2019-2021 Silverado 4500/5500/6500
- 2014-2018 Sierra 1500
- 2015-2019 Sierra 2500/3500
Fits vehicles with RPO codes IO3 (4″ screen), IO4 (4″), IOB (7″), IO5 (8″) & IO6 (8″) vehicles
Fits vehicles with Bose & non-Bose systems. Vehicles with Bose audio systems (RPO code UQA) will require the use of the Bose adapter, available at additional cost.
Dash trim comes in silver only. Denali trim color (pewter) is available as an option.
Factory Features Retained: (if present)
Steering wheel controls
Factory backup camera
Factory rear sensors w/audio feedback (or seat buzzer feedback – if equipped)
Manual HVAC controls
Automatic HVAC controls
Factory heated seat controls
Bose amplifier (additional adapter required)
Factory remote start
Factory Wi-Fi hotpot (password is available after removal of factory radio)
Factory Features NOT Retained: (if present)
XM radio (NOTE: Sirius/XM app can be installed on GEN4 radio)
Driver Information Center radio & navigation displays
Factory rear entertainment
Factory rear controls
Factory Lane Assist (if installed)
Note: The list above is what is known regarding integration with factory features and options. Some combinations of factory options may not have been tested in the development of this unit, and may not be supported.
If your vehicle has an option or feature that is not shown, please call before purchase to confirm whether or not it is supported. We do not refund based on support for factory features.
Installation Difficulty: 2 out of 10
Tools & Parts Required: Plastic trim tool, 7mm socket, 10mm socket, T-15 Torx driver, Phillips screwdriver, needle-nose pliers or pick tool (for removing trim clips from rear of factory trim piece), zip ties.
For any type of advanced electronics, professional installation is always advised, but most owners are capable of doing the installation themselves if you own some basic hand tools and a spare few hours to dedicate to the installation. If you need any help or guidance, feel free to call us at 253-297-4570 – we’d rather answer your questions in advance than to have you make a mistake because you didn’t understand any of the instructions or installation steps.
Installation of the GEN4 T-Style radio in the Silverado and Sierra is very straightforward and relatively easy, as it is completely plug and play. We rate this install as about 2 on a 10 scale of difficulty, and should take most owners 2-3 hours to install, depending on your level of ability and which factory system your truck came with. We HIGHLY recommend that you watch the installation video below start to finish in order to familiarize yourself with the process.
NOTE: The video below shows the installation of a GEN3 T-Style radio, so some of the installation steps will be very slightly different:
- The rear panel of the GEN4 radio will be laid out differently
- USB inputs will be different
- Bose adapter (if necessary for your installation) will no longer require modification of the plug
- New production units are now coming with an extended wi-fi antenna instead of the small “rubber ducky” style antenna – we normally stick this antenna to the “shelf” above the factory radio tuner opening
Prior to installation, determine which factory radio is present in your truck in order to determine which main harness to use. On 2014-2017 trucks, this can be done by looking at the RPO Code plate in the upper glove box. On 2018-2019 trucks, you will need to scan the QR code at the rear of the driver doorjamb. You will be looking for the “IO” codes to determine the radio type:
- IO3: 4″ screen
- IO4: 4″ screen
- IO5: 8″ screen w/o navi
- IO6: 8″ screen w/navi
- IOB: 7″ screen
IO3 through IO6 will use the main harness with GRAY and GREEN plugs labeled “IO5/IO6 Power Cable”
IOB will use the main harness that has the MUSTARD and GRAY plugs labeled “IOB Power Cable“
IMPORTANT: Open the box that contains all of the harnesses and adapters that shipped with the unit and lay them out on a table or bench so that all the parts and pieces can be identified and NOT GET LOST. We get a lot of tech calls from customers that swear they are missing a harness, when in fact it has fallen out of the truck, between the seats, etc. We have never seen a unit ship without all of the harnesses that are supposed to be there…
Installation Video (GEN3 T-Style in “IO5/IO6” truck):NOTE: IO3 trucks have no adapter provided for the factory backup camera – this will need to be hardwired as follows:
Because the GEN4 T-Style radio has a dedicated USB input for Android Auto and Car Play, we highly recommend that you read the information on the “USB CONNECTIONS” tab below so you are aware of how the USB inputs need to be configured (especially important if you are planning on using an iPhone and Car Play).
Accessory Plug Configuration:
The GEN4 T-Style radio comes with multiple additional accessory plugs that may or may not be required for your installation. The image below shows the proper locations for all of the accessory plugs. Even though these plugs are keyed to help locate them into the proper ports, it is possible to plug some of them in incorrectly. NOTE: It is extremely important that all plugs are plugged into the proper ports in order for all accessories to operate properly! Damage to accessories or to the radio may result from improperly located accessory plugs! We highly recommend that you plug in ALL of the plugs to the their proper ports even if you are not using them in order to not lose them – for instance, if you ever decide to add amplifiers to your system, you will need the RCA output harness. If that plug is plugged in already, you can’t lose it in the garage somewhere… :- )
Bose System with Factory Rear DVD Modification:
In vehicles that have Bose and the factory rear DVD system installed, replacing the factory radio with the GEN4 is possible, but the rear DVD will be disabled due to the DVD player having to be removed, rendering the rear screen inoperative. If the trade-off of losing the rear screen is worth the additional features of the GEN4, there is one slight modification necessary to maintain audio when using the factory Bose amplifier.
The system now ships with a small black connector labeled “CD JUMPER” with PN “XC01-N0483-A0“. This will connect to the male 12-pin plug that was plugged into the rear of the DVD player as shown below. It will snap in place of the two jumper wires shown in the picture below, right.
|Wires to be connected together in 12-pin plug||Jumper wires in place
Now replaced by “CD JUMPER” plug
When deciding where to place the included microphone (YES, IT IS REQUIRED TO USE IT), the goal is to mount the mic where it will get the least amount of vibration and wind noise transmitted to the mic. Avoid the temptation to take shortcuts while running the mic! Don’t mount it on the dashboard or clip it to the “A”-pillar cover, as sound quality will suffer.
After much experimentation (including trying to incorporate the factory microphone into the Linkswell system), we have found the best place to mount the mic is up near the rearview mirror as shown here:
What we have done is simply zip-tied the mic wire to the harness that runs down to the rearview mirror and let the mic hang down vertically. This will eliminate, as much as possible, the amount of vibration that the truck is able to feed into the mic, and will result in much better overall better sound quality – if done properly, it will sound BETTER than the factory Bluetooth.
Post-Installation Setup & Testing:
We cannot suggest strongly enough that before you place the radio back in the dashboard and screw it in, test every function first! Almost all tech phone calls we get regarding non-working functions (especially USB and Bluetooth mic issues) are due to not plugging the connectors into the proper ports or checking to make sure they are snapped in tight.
You will save yourself time, effort and possible damage to the radio or the dashboard by simply testing all functions prior to bolting it in – that way you don’t have to pull it out again multiple times to fix the problems. Any vehicle settings that need to be changed can be done from the “VEHICLE” icon on the home screen. If your truck has the built-in factory hotspot, the password for it can be retrieved by pressing the “OnStar” button on the mirror to bring up the OnStar info screen.
Once you have completed the installation, there are some setup steps that need to be completed that allow the radio to communicate properly with your HVAC controls and to modify the clock settings in the Android settings to maintain proper time display. Follow the steps below to set up those systems.
NOTE: The hard buttons located on the bezel of the radio that control the HVAC settings are connected via the small white plug on the right bottom corner on the back of the bezel. THIS MUST BE PLUGGED IN TO MAKE THE BUTTONS OPERATE. If your hard buttons are not operating properly, check that this small white plug is firmly connected.
PHONELINK (CAR PLAY / ANDROID AUTO) USB CONNECTION
The GEN4 radio made a change in how you will accomplish Car Play & Android Auto – it no longer requires an outboard dongle to allow those functions – you now will plug the phone’s charging cable directly to the USB input without using a dongle. However, the GEN4 radio now has three USB inputs – on the RED 8-PIN PLUG is a standard female “A” type USB labeled “Phonelink” and one is a mini female “B” type USB designed to plug into the factory USB harness and activate one of the factory USB inputs. On the WHITE 10-PIN PLUG is a standard female “A” type USB.
THESE INPUTS DO NOT PROVIDE THE SAME FUNCTIONALITY AND DEPENDING ON THE PHONE YOU OWN MAY DICTATE THE USE OF USB ADAPTERS TO ACCOMPLISH CAR PLAY / ANDROID AUTO!
Android phones can use either of the Linkswell radio’s standard Female USB inputs to accomplish Android Auto and so do not need any special treatment of the USB connections. HOWEVER, we do not recommend using Android Auto on the Linkswell units due to the fact that they are already an Android system and accomplish anything that Android Auto can do, but better, by installing the apps you want to use directly on the radio.
To do Car Play, iPhones must use a direct connection to the USB input labeled “Phonelink”. This means that your iPhone must be connected to the Phonelink USB input directly and not through any other hubs or adapters – including the factory USB hubs.
RED 8-PIN PLUG:
Route the factory square USB connector on this plug to the HMI module and plug it into the GREEN mini female “B” USB harness at the HMI module. This feeds the factory USB port that is located at the forward part of the console (BOSE systems) or in the upper passenger glove box (NON-BOSE systems).
WHITE 10-PIN PLUG:
Route this to the factory HMI module, and using the short male to factory square female adapter, plug this into the BLACK mini female “B” USB connector at the HMI module. This connector feeds the factory USB hub in the center console that contains 2 USB ports, the AUX jack and the SD card reader – this is the hub that cannot be used for Car Play connection.
PHONELINK USB PLUG:
Remember, the “PhoneLink” USB is the only USB that can support CarPlay operation, and it needs to be routed anywhere you want to plug in the charging cable. Here are some ideas for routing that cable:
|Method 1: If you have the center console, an easy place to drop it is in the left side of the console as shown below:
|Method 2: Source a longer USB-Lightning charging cable (like the one shown below) – plug it into the “Phonelink” USB and run it to your preferred location (center box, console storage, etc.).|
|Method 3: Source a USB M-F adapter (like the one shown below) that extends the “Phonelink” female USB to an external location, and mount in your preferred location.|
APPLE CAR PLAY DEMO:
GPS/iGo Navi Upgrade
The Linkswell GEN4 T-Style radio system comes with the Google Maps app pre-installed for use as the default navigation system, though any navigation app that can be downloaded from the Google Play store can be installed and used as the default system as well. In addition, using the “PhoneLink” app, you can use any compatible Car Play or Android Auto app on your phone for navigation.
NOTE: USING ANY ANDROID NAVIGATION APP ON THE RADIO OR YOUR PHONE WILL REQUIRE INTERNET CONNECTIVITY AND WILL CONSUME DATA UNLESS YOU DOWNLOAD “OFFLINE MAP CONTENT” PRIOR TO USING THE NAV SYSTEM.
This means that in order to run Google Maps or any other Android GPS app you have installed on the radio, you must have a data hotspot in the vehicle and paired to the radio – this can be the factory data hotspot, your phone, a portable hotspot, etc. OR you will need to go into the options for the system and download content that is saved to the radio’s memory so you can access that content without being connected to the internet.
If you want to use Google Maps in the “Offline map mode”, meaning you can use it WITHOUT having to have an active data connection, follow this video to get offline maps set up:
IGO NEXT GEN NAVIGATION UPGRADE
The iGo Next Gen Navigation system upgrade gives you the ability to navigate without consuming data and is pre-installed on your system – it just needs the license file to make it active.
Adding the license is an extra-cost option that can be added when you order, or you can activate the iGo system after your purchase.
In order to do the upgrade after you have purchased the system, here’s the process:
- Run the “Dev Info” app and on the screen that opens, the “IMEI” number will be shown at the bottom left of the screen
- Copy the IMEI number EXACTLY. NOTE: There are no refunds for licenses generated for the wrong IMEI number!
- Purchase the iGo license here: https://www.adcmobile.com/product/igo-nextgen-navigation-upgrade-for-t-style-radios/
- Provide the IMEI number of your unit during checkout
- We will forward your IMEI number to the manufacturer
- The manufacturer will generate the license (.lyc file) and we will email it to you
- Follow the instructions below to install
Installation of iGo Next-Gen navigation license file:
- Save the “lyc” file we send you to a USB stick
- Insert the USB stick into a USB port in the truck
- Open File Manager app
- You will have “FLASH” and “USB” drive icons on the left column – click on the “USB” drive
- You should now see the “.lyc” file you copied to the USB drive – tap on the box on the far right of the file name to highlight the file (this adds a checkmark to the box)
- Hit the “Copy” icon (bottom of screen – icon on left)
- Tap the “Flash” icon (top left)
- Tap “iGo” folder to open it
- Tap the “license” folder to open it
- Tap the “Paste” icon (bottom of screen – icon on left) – this will paste the file into the “license” folder
- Now start the iGo system and it will walk you through the setup process
If you want iGo to be the default navigation app, open “Settings”. The navigation icon (top icon) should be lit. Double-tap the iGo NextGen icon in the list at right. Tap the checkmark to verify your selection. iGo will now open when you touch the “Navi” icon on the bottom bar or on the Home screen.