BMW 3 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 3: Wireless charging tray


The wireless charging tray enables the following functions to be performed without cables:

  • Charging the rechargeable battery of a mobile phone with Qi capability and of other mobile devices, which support the Qi standard.
  • Charge the BMW Display key, see Owner's Manual for the vehicle.
  • Connect the mobile phone to the external antenna.

    Depending on the country, this provides for better network reception and a consistent reproduction quality.

General information

The position of the wireless charging tray depends on the vehicle model and equipment version.

Each variant is exemplary described in the following.

When inserting the mobile phone, make sure there are no objects between it and the wireless charging tray.

During charging, the surface of the tray and the mobile phone may become warm. Higher temperatures may lead to a reduction in the charge current through the mobile phone, and in isolated cases the charging process is paused temporarily.

Follow the relevant instructions in the mobile phone owner's manual.

The charge indicator shows on the Control Display whether a mobile phone with Qi capability is being charged.


This device has been tested for human exposure limits and found compliant at a minimum distance of 2 in/5 cm during operation.

Therefore, a distance of 2 in/5 cm must be maintained in every direction when operating the device.

Storage tray:


Mounting position of the product.

Safety information


The tray is intended for mobile phones up to a particular size. Forceful inserting of the mobile phone into the tray can damage the tray or the mobile phone. There is a risk of damage to property. Observe the maximum dimensions for mobile phones. Do not force the mobile phone into the tray.


When charging a device that meets the Qi standard in the wireless charging tray, any metal objects located between the device and the tray can become very hot. If smart cards, memory cards or cards with magnetic strips are placed between the device and the tray, this may impair card function. There is a risk of injury and risk of damage to property. When charging mobile devices, make sure there are no objects between the device and the tray.

Functional requirements

  • The mobile phone must compatibly support the required Qi standard. For compatible mobile phones, see Owner's Manual for the vehicle.

    If the mobile phone does not support the Qi standard, the mobile phone can be charged using a special Qi-compatible charging case.

  • Standby state is switched on.
  • Observe the maximum dimensions of the mobile phone.
  • Use only protective jackets and covers up to a maximum thickness of 0.07 in/2 mm. Otherwise, the charging function may be impaired.
  • Storage tray in the center console: the mobile phone to be charged is located in the center of the tray.


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