BMW 3 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 3: Smart Favorites

General information

A maximum of 20 channels can be stored as Smart Favorites.

If a stored Smart Favorite is selected, the current track will be played from the beginning.

Adding the current channel to Smart Favorites

1. Press the button.

2. "Add to Smart Favorites"

Removing the current channel from Smart Favorites

1. Press the button.

2. "Remove from Smart Favorites"

Selecting Smart Favorite

1. "MEDIA".

2. "SiriusXM".

3. Move the Controller to the right.

4. "All categories".

5. Select a Smart Favorite.

The subscribed channels from this category are displayed.

6. Select the desired channel.


General information

A performer, a track, a league or a team can be stored as a favorite. If the stored favorite is played on a channel, a message appears on the Control Display. Up to 30 Favorites can be stored.

Storing the artist or track

It is only possible to store Favorites that are currently being broadcast. The channel information must be available.

1. "MEDIA"

2. "SiriusXM"

The menu on the right indicates if the artist and track have already been stored.

"Add to favorites"  Artist/track is not stored.

"Del. from favorites"  Artist/track was already stored.

1. Move the Controller to the right.

2. "Add to favorites".

3. Select artist or track.

Storing the league or team

1. "MEDIA"

2. "SiriusXM"

3. Move the Controller to the right.

4. "Add to favorites"

5. Select the type of sport desired.

6. Select the desired team.

Activating/deactivating a notification

A notification can be displayed when a selected favorite is being played.

1. "MEDIA"

2. "SiriusXM"

3. Press the button.

4. The stored Favorites are displayed.

5. Set a check mark to activate notification for the selected Favorites.

Remove the check mark to deactivate notification for the selected Favorites.

6. Select the desired Favorites.

Opening the Favorites

If an activated favorite is played back, the following message is displayed for approx. 20 seconds: "Favorites alert:".

To change to the played Favorites:

Tap on the message on the Control Display.


1. Move the Controller to the right.

2. Select the symbol while the message is shown.

The displayed favorite is played.

When the message disappears, the list of channels that is currently playing one of the stored Favorites can be displayed.

1. Move the Controller to the right.

2. "All categories" 3. Select the Favorites list.

The channels that are currently playing a favorite are displayed.

4. Select the channel that you would like to change to.

Deleting Favorites

1. "MEDIA".

2. "SiriusXM".

3. Press the button.

4. Select the desired Favorites.

Channel magazine

In the channel magazine, the current and subsequent program for each channel booked is displayed.

1. "MEDIA".

2. "SiriusXM".

3. Move the Controller to the left.

4. "Program guide".

Automatic update

About twice a year, Sirius performs an update of the channel names and positions. The update takes place automatically and may take several minutes.

System limits

  • Reception may not be available in some situations, such as under certain environmental or topographical conditions. The satellite radio has no influence on this.
  • Graphical contents can be received under certain circumstances.
  • The signal may not be available in tunnels or underground garages next to tall buildings or near trees, mountains or other powerful sources of radio interference.


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