CONNECTIVITY-

Bluetooth Pairing.

Every BMW is equipped with standard Bluetooth. When a BMW-approved mobile device is paired with the Bluetooth interface, you can browse contacts and phone numbers and place and answer calls using the iDrive controller, steering wheel phone button and/or Voice Command system. 

*Up to four phones can be paired. 

*Only one phone can be actively paired at a time

  1. Activate the 'COMMUNICATIONS' menu by selecting 'COM' on the menu of the iDrive control display or by pressing the 'COM' button on the iDrive controller.

  2. Select 'Mobile Devices' and then 'New Device". 

  3. This is where you'll indicate how you'd like to use the new device. To pair your phone to be used as a telephone and a media source for audio, choose 'PHONE CALLS AND AUDIO'.

  4. If your device is visible to others, it will be shown on the iDrive control display as a nearby device. 

  5. The BMW identity will now appear on your phone. Tap the identity and follow your phone's steps to pair. 

  6. Once connected, a verification number will display on your device. Confirm this number on the iDrive control display by selecting 'OK'.

  7. Once confirmed, your device will appear in the 'MOBILE DEVICES' menu. The icon to the right indicates the main use of the device.

  8. Clicking on your device name will open a menu that allows you to change settings, disconnect or delete the device from iDrive. 

 

How to Enable Apple CarPlay.

Siri, WiFi and Bluetooth must all be turned on. You cannot connect your iPhone to the vehicle's WiFi hotspot and CarPlay simultaneously. CarPlay uses a wireless connection in BMW vehicles and is not supported through USB. Some BMW onboard features will not be accessible when CarPlay is active. 

How to Pair your Phone to Apple CarPlay.

  1. Activate the 'COMMUNICATIONS' menu by selecting 'COM' on the left side menu of the iDrive screen or by pressing the 'COM' button on the iDrive controller. 

  2. Select 'MOBILE DEVICES' on the left side, and then, 'NEW DEVICE' on the right side.

  3. This is where you'll indicate how you'd like to use the new device. For this instance we want Apple CarPlay, thus choose 'PHONE CALLS AND AUDIO via APPLE CARPLAY'.

  4. If your device is visible to others, it will appear on  the iDrive control display as a nearby device.

  5. BMW's identity will now appear on your phone. Tap the identity and follow your phone's steps to pair. 

  6. Once connected, a verification number will display on your device. Confirm this number on the iDrive by selecting 'OK'. 

  7. Select 'CONFIRM NOTE AND CONNECT APPLE CARPLAY' 

  8. CarPlay will be displayed. This button allows you to swtich between iDrive and CarPlay. 

 

Managing Contacts.

BMW's office feature allows you to save a new contact to the vehicle's hard drive. This contact can be accessed at anytime you are in the vehicle and used within navigation or the phone setting. 

Snap-in Adapter- Basic Use.

Located in the center console, the accessory snap-in adapter is the ideal spot to securely store your phone while driving.

The adapter is recommended, as it provides specific advantages: 

  • Charges the phone when the vehicle is running 

  • Provides a connection to the car's roof antenna for improved phone reception

  • It provides for the full integration and control of certain apps using iDrive, including Pandora, Spotify and Stitcher

  • Has a built-in fan that helps keep the iPhone cool while operating the center console. 

Snap-in Adapter- BMW Connected App. 

If your BMW is equipped with the BMW Apps feature, then you must download the free BMW Connected app to your mobile device in order for any and all of the available apps to work properly within your car. This app provides access to several different features to help you stay connected with the outside world in a safe and interactive way. 

Some of the features include: 

  • App Switcher enabling

  • Web radio

  • Twitter

  • News

  • Last Mile

  • Wiki Local

  • Calendar

  • Eco Pro Analyser