BMW 3 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 3: Managing mobile devices

General information

  • After one-time pairing, the devices are automatically recognized and reconnected when standby state is switched on.
  • After stored content on the SIM card or the mobile phone, such as contacts, has been detected, the data is transmitted to the vehicle and can be used via iDrive.
  • For some devices, certain settings are necessary, for instance authorization; see the owner's manual of the device.

Displaying the device list

All devices paired with or connected to the vehicle are displayed in the device list.

A maximum of 4 devices can be connected to the vehicle via Bluetooth, and a maximum of 10 devices can be connected to the vehicle via WiFi.

A maximum of 20 devices will be detected.

Via iDrive:

1. "COM"

2. "Mobile devices"

A symbol indicates, for which function a device is used. When the icon is displayed in white, this function is actively connected to the vehicle. The icon is displayed in gray when the function of the device is inactive.


Bluetooth audio.

WiFi hotspot.

Apple CarPlay.

Screen Mirroring.

Configuring the device

Functions can be activated or deactivated for paired and connected devices.

If a function is assigned to a device, the function will be deactivated where appropriate for a device that is already connected and the device will be disconnected. Follow the information on the Control Display.

Via iDrive:

1. "COM".

2. "Mobile devices".

3. Select the desired device.

4. Select the desired setting:

  • "Disconnect device"
    The device remains paired and can be connected again.
  • "Connect device"
    The functions that were assigned to the device before disconnecting are assigned to the device when it is reconnected. The functions may be deactivated on a device already connected.
  • "Delete device"
    The device is disconnected and removed from the device list.

Priority of the phones

When two mobile phones are connected to the vehicle, you can specify the priority of the mobile phones for reconnection.

Via iDrive:

1. "COM".

2. "Mobile devices".

3. Move the Controller to the right.

4. "Settings".

5. "Priorities for telephones".

6. Select the desired device.

7. Turn the controller to select the priority for the selected mobile phone.

Select the desired priority by sliding.


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