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BMW 7 Series: Connecting mobile devices to the vehicle

Vehicle features and options

This chapter describes all standard, country-specific and optional features offered with the series.

It also describes features and functions that are not necessarily available in your vehicle, e.g., due to the selected options or country versions. This also applies to safety-related functions and systems.

When using these functions and systems, the applicable laws and regulations must be observed.

Connecting mobile devices to the vehicle


Various connection types are available for using mobile devices in the vehicle. The connection type to select depends on the mobile device and the desired function.

General information

The following overview shows possible functions and the suitable connection types for them. The scope of functions depends on the mobile device.

Function /Connection type

Making calls via the hands-free system.

Using phone functions via iDrive or touchscreen.

Other functions, e.g. Contacts or SMS.-  Bluetooth.

Playing music from the smartphone or the audio player.- Bluetooth or USB.

USB storage device: Playing music.- USB.

Playing videos from the smartphone or the USB storage device. - USB.

Using the vehicle Internet access.- WiFi hotspot via WLAN.

Using Apple CarPlay apps via iDrive and voice operation.- Bluetooth and WLAN.

Screen Mirroring: Showing the smartphone display on the Control Display.- WLAN.

The following connection types require one-time pairing with the vehicle:

  • Bluetooth.
  • WiFi hotspot.
  • Apple CarPlay.
  • Screen Mirroring.

Paired devices are automatically recognized later on and connected to the vehicle.

Safety information


Operating the integrated information systems and communication devices while driving can distract from traffic. It is possible to lose control of the vehicle. There is a risk of accident. Only use the systems or devices when the traffic situation allows. As warranted, stop and use the systems and devices while the vehicle is stationary.

Compatible devices

General information

Malfunctions may occur with devices not listed or deviating software versions.

Displaying the vehicle identification number and software part number

When looking for compatible devices, you may have to state the vehicle identification number and the software part number. These numbers can be displayed in the vehicle.

Via iDrive:

  1. "COM"
  2.  "Mobile devices"
  3. Move the Controller to the right.
  4. "Settings"
  5. "Bluetooth info"
  6. "System information"


     Bluetooth connection

    Functional requirements Compatible device with Bluetooth interface. Compatible devices The vehicle key or BMW display key is in the vehicle. The device is ready for operation. Bluetooth is swit

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