4240 Universal Display

Universal Display

  • An affordable and portable way to put precision ag to work for you
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen provides easy-to-use experience
  • High-contrast screen allows you to see your display in bright sunlight, even on open station tractors
  • Basic documentation and AutoTrac come standard


4240 Universal Display

4240 Universal Display in cornerpost location

The 4240 Universal Display ships from the factory with these three features included in the display purchase so that you can easily take the first steps on your precision ag journey:

  • AutoTrac™ guidance
  • Documentation
  • Data Sync

Combine the display with a StarFire™ Receiver, and you are ready to get started with automated guidance by creating maps showing work completed and, if you have JDLink™, wirelessly sending your data to the John Deere Operations Center. If you don’t need automated steering, you can deduct AutoTrac when ordering your display. If you want to do even more, you can add a 4240 Section Control Subscription for precision control of crop inputs.

NOTE: You do not need AutoTrac to use the Section Control functionality with a 4240 Universal Display.   

4240 Universal Display

4240 Universal Display

  • Enhanced data merging functionalities to increase on-board/off-board flexibility
  • Data capturing capabilities that precisely map and operate Section Control 
  • Precise application of multiple products simultaneously with individual coverage maps and application points
  • Setup and startup operations easily with improved display navigation
  • Wirelessly deliver display subscriptions and software updates with the wireless USB adapter
  • Improved Gen 4 applications such as AutoTrac™ assisted steering system, Section Control, and Documentation that increase producer profitability all with a moveable display experience

The 4240 Universal Display hardware consists of a 21.3-cm (8.4-in.) touchscreen display.

Back of 4240 Display

Connections on the back of the 4240 Universal Display

  1. Machine connector
    The machine connector port is the harness connection point for the machine and the 4240 Universal Display.
  2. Ethernet port
    Ethernet connectivity is required for Remote Display Access (RDA) and Wireless Data Transfer (WDT).
  3. External USB adapter port
Display layout and navigation
4240 Run Page

Run page structure

  1. Menu
  2. Shortcut soft keys
  3. Next or previous run page
  4. Run page
  5. Title bar
  6. Status center
Status center

The status center is located in the title bar and highlights important information for display functions, such as global positioning system (GPS) signal strength and notifications.

Select status center to display additional information in a drop-down window. The expanded status center provides quick access to notifications and settings.

Status Center

Status center

Machine Settings tab
4240 Machine Settings

Machine settings

The Machine Settings tab allows the user to view and edit:

  • Maintenance and calibrations
System tab
4240 System Tab

System tab

The System tab allows the user to view and edit:

  • Date and time
  • Diagnostics center
  • Display and sound
  • File manager
  • Language and units
  • Software manager
  • Users and access
4240 Applications


The Applications tab allows the user to view and edit:

  • AutoTrac guidance system
  • Calculator
  • Equipment manager
  • Fields and boundaries
  • Help tool
  • Layout manager
  • Mapping
  • Remote access
  • Section Control
  • Settings manager
  • StarFire™ receiver
  • Video
  • Work monitor
  • Work setup
  • Work totals
Operator’s Manual
4240 Operator's Manual

Access the latest operator’s manual on the display

Stay up to date on the latest Gen 4 features and enhancements with the Gen 4 Operator’s Manual at the user’s fingertips. With each bundle update, the Gen 4 display automatically receives the latest Gen 4 Operator’s Manual which means less time locating a paper copy and ensuring the most up-to-date information is always available.

Layout Manager
Layout Manager

Layout Manager selection page

Shortcut Bar

The Gen 4 displays features a modular-designed layout manager, so operators can easily create the page views that meet their needs. From the factory, machines are equipped with one guidance default run page. Run pages can be created and stored within the All Run Pages tab with no limit. A maximum number of 10 run pages can be added to the Active Set. The Active Set provides the ability to toggle through selected pages on the main screen. Toggling between run pages is as easy as swiping the screen or using the arrow buttons on the top right portion of the title bar.

Language and units
Language and Units

Switch between active and alternate language in the display

Easily switch between languages with the option to set the active and alternate language. Configure the shortcut bar to include the language toggle allows different individuals to easily switch the display between languages.

Users and access

Users and access allow the owner or manager to lock out certain functions to prevent operators from accessing or changing settings. Lock-out functions are managed with a defined pin for the administrator.

The Gen 4 Universal Display can be set to one of two profiles, administrator or operator. The administrator profile is always set to the full access group. This group allows unlimited access to all the features and can lock and unlock features in the operator profile.

Help Shortcut

Help contents shortcut key on run page

Context-Based Help

Context-based help available in all applications

Work Monitor

The Work Monitor application displays the performance information about the task being performed by the machine. The user is shown averages, totals, and productivity of the machine, such as area worked, average working speed, and fuel usage. The values of the Work Monitor can be reset by the user at any time. Specific values of the Work Monitor can be configured by the user to be shown on a run page.

NOTE: The work monitor application replaces values found in the universal performance monitor with the GreenStar™ 3 2630 Display.

Video capability

4240 Universal Displays are equipped with one video input. The image will appear on the 4240 Universal Display. The camera (video observation system) is available through John Deere Parts. All harnessing, inputs, outputs, and software support Voyager® camera systems. Other camera systems will require third-party harnessing and converter for use. The Gen 4 4240 video connector display bulkhead harness (PFP17673) from John Deere is required where a separate video connector is established.

On-screen help and diagnostic text

There are several different ways to get meaningful on-screen help when navigating the Gen 4 Universal Display. The help icon is located on the default shortcut bar on the bottom of the run page. This icon gives detailed information of all contents of the operating system. Simply select the help icon and navigate to the information section that is needed.

Additionally, application-based help is also available in all locations of the Gen 4 Universal Display. Simply click on the {i} icon available on the title bar to see more information on the application currently being used.

Diagnostic text and information throughout the operating system is available for better understanding of whether applications are operating as directed.

Producers purchasing a 4240 Universal Display have an abundance of choices when deciding which Precision Ag applications to use on their display. The 4240 Universal Display includes basic documentation with the display purchase and is priced with a permanent, non-transferable AutoTrac™ activation.

  • Some producers may want an implement-only display. They can purchase the display less AutoTrac activation.
  • Some producers may want to use the display as an automated guidance-only display. They can purchase the display with the default permanent, non-transferable AutoTrac activation.
  • Some producers may want to use the display for more advanced Precision Ag applications such a pulling a tow-behind sprayer. They should consider the 4240 Universal Display with the default permanent, non-transferable AutoTrac activation and add a 1-year 4240 Section Control subscription.
  • Other producers may want the functionality provided with Section Control but not need AutoTrac. They should consider the 4240 Universal Display less AutoTrac activation and add a 1-year 4240 Section Control subscription.

Regardless of the choice a producer makes during the initial purchase, a permanent, non-transferrable 4240 AutoTrac activation or a 4240 Section Control subscription can be added as a field-installed option. This approach allows producers to start their Precision Ag journey with a Gen 4 display and add the applications they want and need as they become more comfortable with John Deere Precision Ag Technology over time


Use Remote Display Access (RDA) to see a machine’s display to ensure the job being done in the field is of high quality. Customers and dealers can also use RDA to provide remote support to operators in need, all while saving time and money.


Start an RDA session from John Deere Operations Center™ web application


Start an RDA session from John Deere Operations Center mobile application

Machine's Display

Remotely view a machine’s display to assist operators in the field

Value in brief:

  • Improved confidence in operating machines for all operators on the farm
  • Increased productivity with quicker problem resolution
  • Improved service from John Deere dealer and support personnel
  • Increased profitability by keeping equipment moving
  • Reduced labor and travel costs

Additional details:

  • With the 19-1 software update, Gen 4 displays no longer require the operator to accept access for remote view.
  • View multiple machines at once from Operations Center web.
  • Dual display view available:
    • See both Gen 4 CommandCenter™ and GreenStar™ 3 2630 Display or 4640/4240 Universal Display on one machine.
    • Quickly switch views between the two displays.

Gen 4 applications and subscriptions allow data to be transferred from the display to the John Deere Operations Center for job reporting and analysis using Wireless Data Transfer (WDT) or Data Sync.

  • With WDT, you can manually send data to the John Deere Operations Center for review.
  • Data Sync automatically sends your data to the Operations Center, avoiding the need for manually exporting the data. 

Wirelessly sending data helps you save time and money while increasing productivity. Wirelessly transfer setup, prescription, and documentation files securely between office, mobile devices, and 4640/4240 Universal Display or 4600/4200 CommandCenter™ Display, eliminating the need for USB transfer. This increases your uptime and productivity, reduces the risk of data loss, and enables easy data sharing and more timely decision making.

Through the John Deere Operations Center, you are in control and can easily share files with a John Deere dealer and other trusted advisers.

NOTE: For users in areas of poor cellular coverage, data can be exported using a USB flash drive.

4240 Universal Display

4240 Universal Display

4640 Universal Display

4640 Universal Display

Producers have asked for a way to better secure their John Deere devices from improper use and thefts. With the 19-1 software update, John Deere added an enhancement to the user interface of the Gen 4 4240 and 4640 Universal Displays.

With this solution, producers have the choice to enable the security PIN code feature and set up a unique four-digit PIN code to enable and unlock their device, similar to a mobile device. Enabling this code will allow only users with the defined PIN code to access the device when it powers on.

This feature has two levels of access that can be defined. An administrator PIN code must be defined to enable the feature and should be used by the farm manager. A second optional operator PIN code can be defined for usage by operators of the machine.

PIN code level Functions Main user
Administrator PIN code 
  • Enable/disable security PIN code feature
  • Initialize and change of administrator PIN code
  • Create new operator PIN code
  • Reset operator PIN code
  • Unlock device
Farm manager
Operator PIN code
  • Unlock device
Master unlock code
  • Resets the security PIN codes
Farm manager

Security PIN Operator PIN

Over-the-air activations were enabled with the 18-1 software update to the Gen 4 displays. With that software update or newer, a John Deere dealer can send activations to a Gen 4 display without leaving the office. Over-the-air activations also eliminate the need to manually enter long activation codes like was done previously. This also eliminates multiple trips between the cab and the farm office to enter codes and verify completion.

NOTE: Over-the-air activations requires a current JDLink™ Connect subscription and Mobile Telematics Gateway (MTG). Planter and platform activations and subscriptions cannot be updated over-the-air.