BMW 7 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 7 Series: Infotainment- Using the phone

Accepting a call

Depending on the equipment, incoming calls can be answered in several ways.

  • Via iDrive:


Press the corresponding button on the steering wheel.

  • Via the selection list in the instrument cluster: Use the thumbwheel on the steering wheel to select: "Accept"
  • Via touch screen: tap on the corresponding entry on the Control Display.
  • Via gestures: point the index finger into the direction of the Control Display.

Dialing a number

Via iDrive:

  • "COM"
  •  If necessary, "Telephone"
  •  "Dial number:"
  •  Enter the numbers.
  • Select the symbol. The connection is established via the mobile phone to which this function has been assigned.

Establish the connection via the additional phone:

  1. Press the button.

  2. "Call via"

Apple CarPlay preparation


CarPlay allows certain functions of a compatible Apple iPhone to be used via Siri voice operation and iDrive.

Functional requirements

  • Compatible iPhone.

    iPhone 5 or later with iOS 7.1 or later.

  • Corresponding mobile contract.
  • Bluetooth, WLAN, and Siri voice operation are activated on the iPhone.

Switching on Bluetooth and CarPlay

Via iDrive:

  • "COM"
  • "Mobile devices"
  •  Move the Controller to the right.
  •  "Settings"
  • Select the following setting: "Apple CarPlay"
  • Activate the function.

Pairing the iPhone with CarPlay

Pair iPhone via Bluetooth with the vehicle.

Select CarPlay as the function:

"Apple CarPlay"

The iPhone is connected to the vehicle and displayed in the device list.


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