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BMW Apple CarPlay Activation

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Features

  • Activates Apple’s OEM CarPlay feature
  • Lets you safely use iPhone apps on your native iDrive display
  • Uses the factory car microphone to let Siri hear voice commands
  • Connects your iPhone wirelessly to the BMW iDrive system
  • Provides audio playback through your BMW's stereo system
  • Fully integrated with iDrive controller and dashboard screen

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Do you dream of using Apple Maps on your car screen or listening to Spotify through the BMW speakers? All this is possible with BMW CarPlay — an original Apple system that lets you use your iPhone’s navigation, messaging, music and other driver-focused apps on the iDrive display. 
With plenty of apps at your fingertips you can choose whether you want to access your favorite music tracks via YouTube Music or Spotify, chat with your peers through WhatsApp or Messages, or take advantage of Google Maps and Waze while navigating through the city. Just pair up your iPhone wirelessly and you’re good to go!
To conveniently control and switch between the apps you can use your iDrive’s built-in controls, including iDrive controller, steering wheel buttons, Siri voice commands or touchscreen if your BMW features one.


The best part –  all you gotta do to unlock BMW Apple CarPlay is spare max. 30 min of your free time for a simple USB or cable coding procedure. No intricate installations, taking your car apart or advanced coding are needed. Everything’s done quickly from the comfort of your home. 

BimmerTech's BMW Apple CarPlay activation is compatible with F-Series and G-Series BMWs and MINIs with newer iDrive generations (e.g. NBT EVO ID5/ID6, MGU etc.). Depending on your vehicle specifications you may also need to add a wireless WiFi antenna to use CarPlay. Identify your VIN to check your compatibility.


Access Phone Apps

The OEM BMW Apple CarPlay grants direct access to a host of your iPhone’s navigation, messaging and music apps straight from your dashboard display. Alongside those, you’ll find other driver-focused apps in the categories of parking, EV charging, or quick food-ordering. 

Apple CarPlay grants direct access to iPhone apps


Apple CarPlay Navigation Apps


If you want your maps to be accurate at all times without the hassle of performing periodic updates and spending extra money, there isn’t a better choice than BMW Apple CarPlay navigation apps, such as Google Maps, Apple Maps, Waze or TomTom. 
Being up-to-date is second nature to them, which makes them a very natural first-pick for the fastest and safest navigation wherever you are in the world. At all times, without any Internet connection whatsoever! 


Apple CarPlay Parking & EV Apps

But BMW CarPlay Apps are not only useful for navigating around the city – you can also find solutions, such as SpotHero or EasyPark, making it easier to park up in a convenient spot. Or use apps like PlugShare and ChargePoint for a quick charge up of your electric vehicle. 


Apple CarPlay Music Apps

If you can’t go anywhere without your favorite Spotify or YouTube music playlists, or being a true audiophile, respect nothing less than high-quality HiFi tracks from your Tidal app, BMW Apple CarPlay will allow you to carry over what used to be a phone-exclusive experience into your car. 
And should you find music apps not enough for your hourly trips to work, a bunch of great podcasts from Audible or Stitcher may help you pass the time quicker.


Apple CarPlay Communication Apps

Texting while driving is not the best idea as anyone can tell – especially when you’re at high speeds. Yet thanks to BMW Apple CarPlay’s built-in Siri voice assistant you can use your preferred messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Messenger or Line to send and receive messages without taking your eyes off the road and hands off the wheel. 
Staying in touch with your peers when driving couldn’t be safer than that.
To check the latest BMW Apple CarPlay apps lineup go to the official Apple CarPlay website.


Wireless Capability

Even though Apple CarPlay apps are displayed on your BMW screen, the apps themselves are still being run by your iPhone, which means CarPlay isn't a standalone system; it requires your iOS device to be connected to your vehicle at all times.
Apple CarPlay wireless capability
Fortunately, with this BMW Apple CarPlay upgrade you don’t need any cables; you wirelessly connect your iPhone to BMW CarPlay over WiFi. Just activate Bluetooth on your iPhone, and go to Settings > General > CarPlay on your iPhone to pair the two. Once you do, Carplay will connect automatically every time you start your engine. 


Phone Compatibility

BMW CarPlay upgrade supports devices running iOS 9.3 or higher with active data transmission. However, it is with the newest versions that you get to enjoy new categories of apps, improved Siri feature, updates to Apple Maps and any other upcoming enhancements.  

Apple CarPlay upgrade supports devices


BMW Apple CarPlay Split Screen vs Full Screen

The native CarPlay for BMWs and MINIs comes by default with a split-screen interface and fits eight apps per screen. Our Apple CarPlay activation will however unlock your CarPlay’s full screen option (if eligible for your vehicle) letting you display our running app on the whole screen width and have as many as ten apps per page. 

 Apple CarPlay full-screen mode

Identify your VIN to see if your vehicle supports Apple CarPlay full-screen mode.
 

Easy Control With iDrive

Navigating around the Apple CarPlay menu will come to you naturally, as it’s nothing different from using your OEM BMW iDrive system. You can simply use the iDrive controller to switch between the iDrive and CarPlay interfaces, and while in CarPlay mode, navigate the apps. If your BMW is fitted with a touchscreen you can tap the app you want to display just as you would on your iPhone. You can also use the steering wheel buttons when you feel like releasing the steering wheel isn’t the best idea. 
Apple CarPlay easy control with iDrive
Voice control might also come in handy when you need to focus on the road. Just press the voice-control button on the steering wheel to summon Siri. The voice assistant will let you ask for directions, dictate messages, turn on a playlist and more.  


Enjoy Apple CarPlay In Any Location

The availability of factory activated BMW Apple CarPlay can be limited by your location, however BimmerTech can perform the CarPlay setup in any country! 


MINI Cooper Apple CarPlay

MINI Cooper drivers – you too can use this popular in-car multimedia hub! If your car is a 2017+ model, unlocking Apple CarPlay in MINI should be an option for you. Enter your VIN to check compatibility.

MINI Cooper Apple CarPlay

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Installation

BMW Apple CarPlay activation is performed either via USB coding or cable coding. The type of activation available for your vehicle strongly depends on your BMW configuration, so please specify your VIN to see how the BMW CarPlay setup in your BMW or MINI works.
Apple CarPlay Activation process


USB CarPlay Activation

The USB coding process will take up to 15 minutes. It will require you to save the coding file (that we send to you in an email) to a USB stick and connect it to your car. After following some easy instructions, the software will be activated and BMW Apple CarPlay will be available on your iDrive screen.


Cable CarPlay Activation

The coding cable CarPlay activation will be done during a remote coding session with our technician. It is a very simple process that takes no more than 30 minutes. After you complete your order, we send you a coding cable (if you don't have one). Once you receive it, you will be able to schedule a coding session for the time that suits you best. During the session, just plug in the cable, follow the instructions from our technician and Apple CarPlay will be unlocked.
The instructions for BMW Apple CarPlay activation will be linked in an email. In case it is required to install the WiFi Antenna as well, the process will be quick and pretty straightforward. See it for yourself.




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Compatible with:
BMW 1 Series: Convertible E88 (2006-2013), Coupé E82 (2006-2013), 3-door Hatchback E81 (2006-2011), 5-door Hatchback E87 (2006-2011), 5-door Hatchback F20 (2010-2018), 3 - door Hatchback F21(2010 - 2018), Sedan F52 (2015-2018); BMW 2 Series: Active Tourer F45 (2013-2018), Convertible F23 (2014-2018), Coupe F22 (2012-2018), Coupe M2 F87 (2014-2018), Grand Tourer F46 (2014-2018), Gran Coupe F44 (2019-2021); BMW 3 Series: Coupe E92 (2005-2013), Convertible E93(2005 - 2013), Gran Turismo F34(2012 - 2018), Sedan E90(2004 - 2012), Sedan F30(2011 - 2018), Sedan F35(2011 - 2018), Sedan M3 F80(2012 - 2018), Touring E91 (2004 - 2012), Touring F31(2011 - 2018), Sedan G20 (2018-); BMW 4 Series: Convertible F33(2013 - 2017), Coupé F32 (2012-2018), Gran Coupé F36 (2013-2018), M4 Convertible F83 (2013-2018), M4 Coupé F82 (2013-2018); BMW 5 Series: Gran Turismo F07 (2008-2017), Sedan E60 (2001-2010), Sedan F10 (2009-2016), Sedan G30 (2015-2018), Sedan M5 F90 (2016-2018), Touring G31 (2016-2018), Wagon E61 (2002-2010), Wagon F11 (2009-2017); BMW 6 Series: Convertible E64 (2002-2010), Convertible F12 (2009-2018), Coupé E63 (2002-2010), Coupé F13 (2010-2015), Gran Coupé F06 (2011-2018), Gran Turismo G32 (2016-2018), Gran Turismo G32 (2017-2020); BMW 7 Series: Hybrid F04 (2008-2012), Long Sedan E66 (2000-2008), Long Sedan E67 (2002-2008), Long Sedan F02 (2007-2015), Long Sedan F03 (2008-2012), Long Sedan G12 (2014-2018), Sedan E65 (2000-2008), Sedan F01 (2007-2015), Sedan G11 (2014-2018), Sedan G12 (2015-2020); BMW i3 Series: I01 (2013-2021); BMW X1 Series: Crossover E84 (2008-2015), Crossover F48 (2014-2018), Crossover F49 (2014-2018); BMW X2 Series: SUV F39 (2016-2018); BMW X3 Series: SUV E83 (2003-2010), SUV F25 (2009-2017), SUV G01 (2016-2018); BMW X4 Series: Crossover F26 (2013-2018), SUV G02 (2019-2020); BMW X5 Series: SUV E70 (2006-2013), SUV F15 (2012-2018), SUV F85 (2013-2018), SUV G05 (2019-2020); BMW X6 Series: Crossover E71 (2007-2014), Crossover F16 (2013-2018), Crossover M F86 (2013-2018), Hybrid E72 (2008-2011), SUV G06 (2020-2020); BMW Z4 Series: Roadster E89 (2008-2016), Roadster G29 (2019-2020); Mini: Clubman F54, F55, F56, Convertible F57, Countryman F60, Paceman R60, Paceman R61; BMW 8 Series: Convertible G14 (2019-2020), Coupe G15 (2019-2020); BMW X7 Series: SUV G07 (2019-2020),

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