BMW 3 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 3: Resetting BMW Digital Key

To reset BMW Digital Key, an authorized vehicle key must be located in the vehicle.

After the reset, the vehicle can no longer be unlocked, locked or started with a digital key.

The vehicle owner must present proof of authorization for his vehicle again at the service center to be able to use BMW Digital Key again.

Via iDrive:

1. "CAR".

2. "Settings".

3. "Doors/Access".

4. "BMW Digital Key".

5. "Reset function".

Unlocking and locking the vehicle

Opening and closing

Hold the smartphone or key card directly on the outside door handle of the driver's door.

Starting the engine

Opening and closing

1. Open the cover of the smartphone tray.

2. Place the smartphone or key card centered into the smartphone tray in front of the cup holders.

3. After the digital key has been detected as authorized, the engine can be started.

Sale of the smartphone/vehicle

When a smartphone with a digital key is sold, all digital keys should be deleted from this smartphone.

When a vehicle is sold, BMW Digital Key should be reset in this vehicle. The new vehicle owner should make sure that BMW Digital Key has been reset. This ensures that the previous vehicle owner no longer has access to the vehicle.


Vehicle key recognition by the vehicle may malfunction under the following circumstances:

  • The battery of the vehicle key is discharged.

    For replacing the battery.

  • Interference of the radio connection from transmission towers or other equipment with high transmitting power.
  • Shielding of the vehicle key due to metal objects.

    Do not transport the vehicle key together with metal objects.

  • Interference of the radio connection from mobile phones or other electronic devices in direct proximity to the vehicle key.

    Do not transport the vehicle key together with electronic devices.

    Wet or snowy conditions may disrupt the locking request recognition function on the door handles.

    In the case of a malfunction, unlock and lock the vehicle using the buttons of the vehicle key or use the integrated key.


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