BMW 7 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 7 Series: Control Display and Controller


The iDrive functions are displayed on the Control Display. The Control Display can be operated using the Controller, touchpad, and touch screen.


Control Display and Controller

  1. Control Display with touchscreen
  2. Controller with buttons and touchpad

Control Display

Safety information


Objects in the area in the front of the Control Display can shift and damage the Control Display.

There is a risk of damage to property. Do not place objects in the area in front of the Control Display.

Switching on/off automatically

The Control Display is switched on automatically when the vehicle is unlocked or as soon as the Control Display is needed for operation.

In certain situations, the Control Display is switched off automatically, for instance if no operation is performed on the vehicle for several minutes.

Switching on/off manually

The Control Display can also be switched off manually.

  1. Tip the Controller up.
  2. "Screen off"

Press the Controller or any button on the Controller to switch it back on again.

System limits

In the case of very high temperatures on the Control Display, for instance due to intense solar radiation, the brightness may be reduced down to complete deactivation. Once the temperature is reduced, for instance through shade or air conditioning, the normal functions are restored.


General information

The buttons can be used to open the menus directly.

The Controller can be used to select menu items and enter the settings.

Some iDrive functions can be operated using the touchpad on the Controller.


  • Turn to switch between menu items, for example.


  • Press to select a menu item, for example.


  • Tilt in four directions to switch between displays, for example.


Buttons on the Controller

Button / Function

Opens the main menu.

Opens the Media/Radio menu.

Opens the Communication menu.

Opens navigation map.

Opens destination input menu for

Opens the previous display.

Opens the Options menu.


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