BMW 3 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 3: Functional requirements

  • Compatible device, with Bluetooth interface.
  • The vehicle key is in the vehicle.
  • The device is ready for operation.
  • Bluetooth is switched on in the vehicle and on the device.
  • The pairing readiness is displayed on the Control Display.
  • Bluetooth presettings, such as visibility, may be required on the device; refer to the owner's manual of the device.

Switching on Bluetooth

Via iDrive:

1. "COM".

2. "Mobile devices".

3. Move the Controller to the right.

4. "Settings".

5. "Bluetooth".

6. Select setting.

Activating/deactivating telephone functions

To use all supported functions of a mobile phone, activate the desired functions in the vehicle prior to pairing the mobile phone with the vehicle as needed.

Via iDrive:

1. "COM".

2. "Personalize menu".

3. Select the desired settings, for instance "Text messages".

Pairing the mobile device with the vehicle

Via iDrive:

1. "COM".

2. "Mobile devices".

3. Move the Controller to the right.

4. "New device".

5. "Phone calls and audio".

The vehicle's Bluetooth name is displayed on the Control Display.

6. On the mobile device, search for Bluetooth devices in the vicinity and select the vehicle.

A control number is displayed.

7. Compare the control number displayed on the Control Display with the control number on the display of the mobile device, and confirm that the two match.

8. Select Bluetooth connection if necessary: "Use BMW iDrive for phone calls, Bluetooth audio, and apps." The mobile device is connected to the vehicle and displayed in the device list.


     Frequently Asked Questions

    All requirements are met and all required steps were completed in the specified order. Despite that, the mobile device does not function as expected. In this case, the following explanations can help

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     Music hard disk

    General information Tracks from CDs and USB storage devices can be stored on the music hard disk in the vehicle and played from there. CD: the tracks are converted into a compressed audio format and stored in a directory that contains the name of the album. If no information about the album is

     Using CarPlay

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