How Do I Set Up Apple CarPlay In My BMW?

If you’re like many drivers near San Marcos, you’re exploring all the latest technology your new BMW has to offer. Naturally, some of it can be a little trickier than others at first, and connecting your Apple iPhone’s favorite features and display directly to your car with Apple CarPlay is no different. Our luxury experts in our service center have helped put together this step-by-step guide to get you tapped into your life on any San Diego travels.

Set Up Your Apple CarPlay in Four Easy Steps

Apple CarPlay is the latest way to connect all your favorite apps and features of your iPhone directly to your BMW display. From Poway commutes to long, roaring drives outside the city in the ultimate luxury, our drivers want to be kept up-to-date at all times without sacrificing functionality. Read on to make sure you stay connected with these simple steps:

  1. Activate your iPhone’s Bluetooth, Siri and Wifi. This puts all your phone’s connections in your hands.
  2. Press COM on your iDrive 7 screen, then select Mobile Devices. There you can click New Device and subsequently, Phone calls and audio. This allows your iPhone to be discovered by your BMW system and vice-versa.
  3. You should now be able to select your BMW from the Bluetooth menu on your iPhone. Here the BMW and your iPhone will begin connecting, and your iDrive 7 screen will display a prompt to confirm the pairing request.
  4. By confirming the PIN displayed on your iDrive 7 and iPhone screens match with pressing Yes, you can select the Apple CarPlay option to connect on your iDrive 7 screen.

Congratulations! You’ve just connected your iPhone to your BMW with Apple CarPlay. Now you should be able to enjoy all your apps in the large display of your iDrive 7 anywhere you go. Explore everything your BMW has to offer with more of our parts tips and tricks, or find out how to update your BMW software.

Learn More with BMW of Escondido

As BMW continues to redefine luxury in the 21st century, there’s always more to explore with your favorite ride. You’re always welcome to stop by in Escondido and chat with our service experts when you schedule a service for any maintenance you desire. Contact us today to learn more about the innovative features of your new BMW.

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