BMW 7 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 7 Series: Operating concept

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.

Operating concept


iDrive includes a large number of functions.

These functions can be operated via the Controller and, depending on the equipment version, via touchscreen, voice activation system or gesture control.

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.

Input and display

Main menu

General information

The main menu is divided into two areas. The left area contains menu items that can be used to call up all the iDrive functions. The right area contains widgets that provide quick access to certain functions.

Input and display


All functions of the
entertainment system, e.g., radio stations or connection with external devices.


Phone and message functions,
e-mail and calendar, and also the connection and management of mobile devices, such as smartphones.


Access to the navigation system,
destination input and traffic bulletins. Configurable map views and other functions, such as Points of Interest and areas to be avoided.

My Car

Information about vehicle status
and trips.

Access to the Integrated Owner's Manual and also administration of driver profiles and range of adjustments for vehicle and iDrive.


Management of apps, access to
apps and vehicle functions. Additional apps can be purchased from the BMW Store.


Widgets provide quick access to
frequently used functions. The configured widgets display dynamic contents such as the navigation map, and serve as interfaces at the same time.

Letters and numbers

Letters and numbers can be selected when the destination is entered, for example.

Letters and numbers can be entered using the Controller and, depending on the equipment version, via touchscreen or voice activation system.

The keyboard's display changes automatically.

Symbol/ Function

- Change between capital and
lower-case letters.

- Enter a blank space.

- Switching between languages.

- Use voice activation.

- Confirm entry.

- Slide the input area to the
left or right.

Entry comparison

When entering names and addresses, the choice is narrowed down with every letter and number and added automatically as needed.

Entries are continuously compared with data stored in the vehicle.

  • Only those letters and numbers are offered during entry for which data is available.
  • Destination search: place names can be entered in all languages that are available in iDrive.

Activating/deactivating the functions

Several menu items are preceded by a checkbox.

The checkbox indicates whether the function is activated or deactivated. Selecting the menu item activates or deactivates the function.

Function is activated.

Function is deactivated.


     Status information

    General information The status field can be found in the upper area of the Control Display. Status information is displayed in the form of symbols. Radio symbols Symbol /Meaning HD Radio station is be

     Control Display and Controller

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

     Operating via the Controller

    Opening the main menu Press the button. The main menu is displayed. Selecting a menu Selecting menu items Turn the Controller until the desired menu item is highlighted.  Press the Controll


     System Components

    Interior Lighting, Front The components for the interior lighting in the front roof area are integrated in the roof functions center and in the sun visors. The footwell lighting is located on the underside of the dashboard. Interior Lighting in the Roof Function Center The interior light unit on t

     Fog Lights, Auxiliary Lights

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