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.**
Manuals & Setup Guides
Radio Settings Guide
Applications & Compatiblity
- 2018-2021 Jeep Wrangler JL
- 2020-2021 Jeep Gladiator
Factory Features Retained: (if present)
Steering wheel controls
Factory backup camera (NOTE: FRONT TRAIL CAM IS NOT SUPPORTED)
Manual HVAC controls (will not convert MANUAL to DUAL controls)
Dual HVAC controls
Start-Stop controls (adds full-time override as well)
Factory Features NOT Retained: (if present)
Driver Information Center radio & navigation displays
Voice Command button on the steering wheel
Front “Trail Cam”
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 FACTORY FEATURES NOT BEING SUPPORTED.
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…
Are there any particular tips regarding this radio installation I need to know?
Are there any particular tips regarding this radio installation I need to know?
YES. When putting the radio back in the dashboard, it will get very tight, with little extra space available to accommodate the harnesses. You may find it will be so tight that the clips around the circumference of the trim piece may not clip in.
If this occurs, all of the harnesses will have to be finessed into various places to allow enough clearance for the radio chassis to fit.
YOU SHOULD NOT ZIP-TIE OR BUNDLE HARNESSES TOGETHER PRIOR TO MOUNTING THE RADIO IN THE DASH.
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.
The best place we have found to mount the mic is up near the rearview mirror as shown here:
ACCESSORY PLUG CONFIGURATION:
The GEN4 T-Style radio comes with multiple additional accessory plugs that will 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… :- )
INACCURATE TIME FIX:
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 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 the factory USB input. On the WHITE PLUG is a standard USB female.
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. You can connect either the black or green factory USB cables at the HMI module to the square factory USB connector on the radio and using the supplied mini “B” female to male “A” adapter, you can connect the other factory USB cable to the “Phonelink” USB input, and you should be able to operate Android Auto using both of the factory USB ports without issue.
To allow Car Play, voltage switching occurs in the radio and only the Phonelink port does that. 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 HUB WITH THE SD CARD READER.
To accomplish a cleaner installation to use the Phonelink input for using Car Play while still using the factory USB hub, follow the methods below:
|Method 1: 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 2: 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.|
Google Maps & 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.