BMW 7 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 7 Series: BMW Gesture Control


Several iDrive functions can be operated by hand motion using BMW Gesture Control.


BMW Gesture Control

The camera in the roofliner detects gestures that are carried out in the area of the center console at the height of the Control Display.


Via iDrive:

  1. "CAR"
  2. "Settings"
  3.  "General settings"
  4. "Gesture control"
  5. "Gesture control"


Via iDrive:

  1. "CAR"
  2. "Settings"
  3. "General settings"
  4.  "Gesture control"
  5. Select the desired setting:
  • "Operating tips display": the possible gesture is shown on the Control Display.
  • "Audio confirmation": an acoustic signal is emitted once the gesture is recognized.

Carrying out gestures

Perform gestures underneath the interior mirror and next to the steering wheel.

Execute gestures clearly.

The gestures can also be executed from the front-passenger side.

Possible gestures

Gesture/ Operation/ Function

- Move index finger forward and
backward in the direction of the screen. - Accept call.

Select a highlighted entry in a list during voice activation.

Confirm pop-up.

- Move hand across the width of
the Control Display in the direction of the front-passenger side. - Reject call.

Close pop-up.

Terminate voice activation.

- Slowly move hand clockwise in
a circular pattern with the index finger stretched out forward.

Gesture is detected after one circular motion.- Increase the volume.

Slowly move hand
counterclockwise with the index finger stretched out forward.

Gesture is detected after one circular motion.- Reduce the volume.

- Pinch with thumb and index
finger and move hand horizontally to the right or left.- Surround View: turn camera view.

This gesture can only be executed while the vehicle is stationary.

- Move stretched out index and
middle finger forward.- Individually assignable gesture.

- Move fist with thumb extended
to the left back and forth.- Reverse Skip function.

The previous music track is played.

- Move fist with thumb extended
to right left back and forth.- Forward Skip function.

The next music track is played.

- Stretch out five fingers, form
a fist and stretch five fingers out again.- Individually assignable gesture.

Assigning gesture individually

General information

Depending on the equipment version, the following functions can be assigned to gestures that allow individual assignments:

  • Destination guidance to home address.
  • Voice command response.
  • Mute/Playback
  • Last calls.
  • Control Display on/off
  • Notifications.
  • Music recognition
  • NightVision on/off
  • No function.

Select function

Via iDrive:

  1. "CAR"
  2.  "Settings"
  3.  "General settings"
  4. "Gesture control"
  5. "Function assignment gesture 1" or "Function assignment gesture 2"
  6. Select the desired setting.

System limits

Gesture recognition by the camera in the roofliner can be disturbed by the following circumstances:

  • The camera lens is covered.
  • Objects are located on the interior mirror.
  • The camera lens is dirty, clean camera lenses.

    Sensors and camera lenses

  • The gesture is executed outside of the detection range.
  • Wearing of gloves or jewelry.
  • Smoking in the car's interior.


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