PAIR YOUR IPHONE AND ENABLE APPLE CARPLAY-

To pair your Apple iPhone with the new BMW iDrive 7 Operating System and activate Apple carPlay, first ensure that Bluetooth, WiFi and Siri voice operation are all switched on and follow the below steps. 

  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. 

 

Siri, WiFi, and Bluetooth must 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.