How to Update BMW Software

If you’ve noticed that your new BMW infotainment technology isn’t operating as intended, it may be time for a BMW iDrive update. Advanced tech features must be compatible with your BMW iDrive in order to operate correctly, so it’s occasionally necessary to update your BMW software. Not sure where to start? Read below to learn how you can easily update iDrive, and continue to enjoy the wide range of innovative tech features on your rides through San Diego and Poway!

Partial vs. Full BMW iDrive Update

To update BMW software, first you need to find out what kind of iDrive update is required. Depending on the extent of iDrive issues, your system will require either a partial or a full update:

Partial iDrive Update — Most of the time, you only need a partial update to ensure continued compatibility with your Bluetooth® systems, mobile devices, and multimedia technology. Partial updates are easy to perform at home. We’ll provide step-by-step directions for this great BMW iDrive hack in the following section!

Full iDrive Update — When system-wide iDrive issues don’t resolve on their own, you need a major system update. We recommend you schedule service at a certified dealership so a BMW technician can take a look and diagnose the issue, rather than attempting this major reset at home. At our BMW service center in Escondido, we have all the specialized diagnostic tools we need to pinpoint and tackle your BMW technology issue, so you can get back to business in San Marcos ASAP!

How to Perform a Partial BMW iDrive Update

It’s easy to perform a partial BMW iDrive update at home. We recommend taking these steps on a regular basis to ensure proper function of your BMW technology features:

  1. Find your vehicle’s VIN number, usually located on the driver’s side dashboard.
  2. Enter the VIN number into the BMW software portal to check for new required updates.
  3. Download the updates and save to a USB drive.
  4. Plug the USB drive into any of your BMW vehicle’s USB ports and transfer the updates.

Get the Latest BMW Technology Info at BMW of Escondido!

At BMW of Escondido, we want you to get the most out of your BMW tech features! Our expert technicians are happy to answer technology questions about how to update BMW software or how to transfer your media into iDrive. You can also rely on us for helpful car-care tips when it comes to regular BMW maintenance and service.

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