BMW 3 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 3: Using CarPlay

CarPlay can be used via iDrive and voice operation.

Via voice operation:

1. Press and hold the button on the steering wheel, until the Siri Voice command response is activated on the iPhone.

2. Say the commands familiar from the iPhone.

Switching CarPlay off/on

To use the iPhone without CarPlay, CarPlay must be switched off.

1. "COM".

2. "Mobile devices".

3. Select the iPhone with CarPlay function.

4. "Connection mode".


  • "BMW iDrive" Select the entry to switch CarPlay off. The iPhone remains connected as a smartphone.
  • "Apple CarPlay" Select the entry to switch CarPlay on.

Exiting CarPlay

The following options are available for exiting CarPlay without switching CarPlay off:

  • Move the Controller to the left at a corresponding number of time.
  • Press the button on the Controller.
  • Select the BMW symbol in the CarPlay main menu.
  • Press the button on the Controller when the CarPlay main menu is displayed.

CarPlay Navigation

The destination of a CarPlay navigation can be transferred to the BMW navigation. This requires that the destination guidance in CarPlay has not been started.

The navigation destination cannot be transferred back to CarPlay.

BMW Connected app


The Connected app provides mobility-based services and applications.

General information

You can find information on installing the Connected app and on its content, plus information on the ConnectedDrive customer portal, at

The Connected app must be installed on the smartphone you wish to use. The installation process depends on the smartphone.

To use all the features of the Connected app, you will need to register when you start it up; you only need to do this once. The registration process creates a personal ConnectedDrive account for you in the ConnectedDrive customer portal. If you already have a ConnectedDrive account, you can use its login details in the Connected app.

A unique assignment of the app to the vehicle requires the input of the vehicle identification number.

Some functions enable communication with the vehicle without the need for you to be inside or at the vehicle. These functions can be executed via the Connected app or the Connected‐ Drive account.

The vehicle needs to be linked to the ConnectedDrive account in order to use the functions; you only need to do this once. You can link the vehicle via the account or via the app. Confirmation in the vehicle using iDrive is also required.



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