Setting Up Apple CarPlay

Did you know that your BMW may be compatible with your iPhone? Setting up Apple CarPlay is quick, easy, and allows you to access some of your phone’s features as you drive.

Sharpe BMW Genius Dan Bui gives a quick tutorial on setting up Apple CarPlay in your BMW.

Setting Up Your BMW with Apple CarPlay

Step 1: Click on the "Communication" Tab

To start the process of accessing Apple CarPlay on your BMW, click on the communications tab on iDrive. (Your BMW's default infotainment system.) The communications tab can be found on the vertical side menu titled "COM" or on the main page titled "Communication".

Step 2: Make Desired Bluetooth Device Visible

After accessing your communication options, make your iPhone visible. This will allow your BMW to connect to your iPhone.

Make your iPhone visible by navigating to Settings, Bluetooth, and confirm that your phone's Bluetooth is on and discoverable.

Step 3: Click on Desired iPhone

Once your iPhone is discoverable, it should appear on your BMW's iDrive. Select your iPhone's name to start the pairing process.

Step 4: Confirm Pairing Request

After selecting your iPhone on iDrive, a message will appear on your phone notifying you that your BMW is trying to pair with it. Confirm that the code appearing on your phone is the same code appearing on your BMW. Select pair if both codes are the same.

Step 5: Click Pair and Sync Contacts and Favorites

Upon pairing your iPhone to your BMW, another message will appear asking if you want to allow your contacts and favorites to sync. Select "Allow."

Step 6: Select "Apple CarPlay"

Once your iPhone's Bluetooth is paired to your BMW you will be given the option to either continue using iDrive or use Apple CarPlay. You will have to select "Use Apple CarPlay" for your infotainment system to switch to Apple CarPlay.

Step 7: Confirm CarPlay on Your iPhone

After your BMW Starts to connect, another confirmation message will appear on your iPhone asking if you want to use CarPlay with your BMW. Select the "Use CarPlay" option. Your BMW's infotainment system will convert to Apple CarPlay.

Step 8: Entering and Exiting Apple CarPlay

To exit Apple CarPlay, select the BMW application on the screen. Alternatively, you can push the "Menu" button in the center console.

To switch Apple CarPlay from iDrive, push "Apple CarPlay" in the top left corner of the iDrive screen.

Feel free to reach out to Sharpe BMW Genius Dan Bui via phone (616-222-0538) or email ([email protected]) if you have questions about setting up your BMW with Apple CarPlay.

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