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BMW Apple CarPlay

Learn more about what BMW models offer Apple CarPlay, and how to set it up in your vehicle.

BMW Apple CarPlay interface

What Is Apple CarPlay?

Apple CarPlay seamlessly connects your iPhone to your BMW's built-in display, creating a familiar interface with your favorite apps. Apple CarPlay helps you more safely and efficiently make phone calls, get directions, send and receive messages, listen to your favorite music or podcasts, and more.

Compatible Models

Below is a list of all Apple CarPlay-compatible BMW models as of October 2022. If you have any questions, contact your local AutoNation BMW location. Our team members are here to help you find your perfect BMW vehicle with Apple CarPlay.


Setup Guide

Available on all BMW models with the iDrive 7 or newer infotainment system, Apple CarPlay is the best way to connect your Apple iPhone to your new BMW. Follow this easy step-by-step guide to learn how pair your Apple iPhone to your new BMW with Apple CarPlay.

For iDrive 7 Systems

  1. Make sure Bluetooth is activated on your iPhone.
  2. On left side of your iDrive 7 screen, select COM > Mobile Devices > New Device > Phone calls and audio. The system is now discoverable from your iPhone, and may display nearby devices.
  3. On your iPhone, select your BMW from the Bluetooth menu. The two will now begin pairing, and your iDrive 7 screen will confirm the pairing request.
  4. Confirm the PIN displayed on your iDrive 7 and iPhone screens match, then select Yes.
  5. Select the option to connect to Apple CarPlay on your iDrive 7 screen. Your iPhone and BMW iDrive 7 system are now connected via Apple CarPlay.

For iDrive 8 Systems

  1. Make sure Bluetooth and Siri is activated on your iPhone.
  2. On left side of your iDrive 8 screen, select TEL > Connect new telephone. Make sure your Bluetooth screen is open on your iPhone. Your BMW will search for your device.
  3. Once your device is found, it will appear on the screen in your BMW. Select it, and the two wills begin pairing.
  4. Confirm the PIN displayed on your iDrive 8 and iPhone screens match, then select "Pair" > "Allow" on your iPhone.
  5. You will now be given the option to enable "Hey Siri" on your BMW's screen. You can select it, then select "Activate and continue".
  6. Lastly, select "Use Apple CarPlay" on your BMW's screen. You will then get a prompt on your iPhone. Select "Use CarPlay". Your iPhone and BMW iDrive 8 system are now connected via Apple CarPlay.

For more information on your BMW iDrive system, or how to pair your mobile device with Bluetooth or Android Auto, please feel free to contact your local AutoNation BMW dealer to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable team member.

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