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Old 11-15-2014, 07:37 AM
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2015 F10 - Can we get texts on iDrive?

Hey all, brand new to the f10, just got my car a couple days ago.

Question I have is can you set up to read texts and/or emails on iDrive? I'm using an iPhone 5s today (soon to be 6).

I do have the BMW connected and remote apps installed and working, but don't see a way to view texts or personal email (just the system messages).

I don't have the "enhanced bluetooth". Does that matter?
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Old 11-15-2014, 07:45 AM
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Hey all, brand new to the f10, just got my car a couple days ago.

Question I have is can you set up to read texts and/or emails on iDrive? I'm using an iPhone 5s today (soon to be 6).

I do have the BMW connected and remote apps installed and working, but don't see a way to view texts or personal email (just the system messages).

I don't have the "enhanced bluetooth". Does that matter?
Congrats. You should search the forum, but you need to enable notifications for both email and text on your phone. Under notifications select alerts. I can't seem to get email to work, but less concerned as I'm driving and no email is that important. However, texts are good to get and you can send via Siri. I use this function often.
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:46 AM
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If using iOS you have to shut off your email application by double clicking the home button, then swiping the email app up to the top. Once you check again, your new emails should come up in iDrive. Unfortunately you will have to do this every single time you want emails to come through the car.

Texts, however, should come up regardless.
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:55 AM
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That's weird... I have all the setting done correctly, but it still doesn't seem to work. Where will the texts and emails show up? Do I have to go into "messages" int he connected menu?
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Old 11-15-2014, 12:47 PM
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When you configure bluetooth you do have to enable messages on the setup menu for each device.
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Old 11-15-2014, 02:27 PM
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i'd like to get the messages in individual folders or conversation list instead of all one by one. I cant get email either
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Old 11-16-2014, 09:41 AM
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I don't see "enable messages" in my bluetooth settings. I'll just try calling BMW for help. I'll post what I learn.
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Old 11-16-2014, 09:44 AM
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I think for this to work on a 2015, you need to have ordered the optional "enhanced USB/bluetooth". Was standard on 2014s.
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Old 11-16-2014, 10:03 AM
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Interesting... So that probably means a "coding" would be needed to open it up.
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Old 11-16-2014, 10:11 AM
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Interesting... So that probably means a "coding" would be needed to open it up.

I think they've locked those features behind an fsc code now so even coding woukdnt do it
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Old 11-16-2014, 11:10 AM
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Well that would suck... I'll post what I find out.
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Old 11-16-2014, 03:01 PM
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Well that would suck... I'll post what I find out.
Look forward to your post! I had a Blackberry and emails already received and any new emails that came in could be displayed on the nav screen. I did not have to do a thing. It automatically displayed emails as long as you had a Bluetooth connection.

Got a iphone 6 and cant review or receive any emails. I certainly cant figure it out even though I have turned on all notifications. The message icon comes up on the display but it will not show emails. I don't think you can display emails with the iphone. Not sure why it would work with Blackberry but not Iphone.
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Old 11-16-2014, 04:51 PM
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Look forward to your post! I had a Blackberry and emails already received and any new emails that came in could be displayed on the nav screen. I did not have to do a thing. It automatically displayed emails as long as you had a Bluetooth connection.

Got a iphone 6 and cant review or receive any emails. I certainly cant figure it out even though I have turned on all notifications. The message icon comes up on the display but it will not show emails. I don't think you can display emails with the iphone. Not sure why it would work with Blackberry but not Iphone.
This has been posted a number of times.

The way to get email to work is to EXIT THE MAIL APP on the phone.

I don't understand why, but this routes all emails to the car, rather than the phone for "initial" viewing. Yes, this is a screwy BMW thing. And you can only view emails as they come in while you're in the car. You can't go back to read all emails like you can on, say, a BlackBerry.
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Old 11-17-2014, 12:55 AM
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A friend jumped into my "plain Jane" 2013 535i and enabled both texts and emails in my car. I had never tried, because I thought I needed another option that wasn't on this car. And yes, exiting the email app on my iPhone 4S seemed to be part of the formula. It really doesn't matter much, because I only use email on my iPhone when I'm traveling. Receiving texts is nice, though.

Based on my experience, I expect just about any F10 can receive texts and emails.
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Old 11-21-2014, 09:51 AM
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ok, now to add confusion to the mix... called BMW "Geniuses" today. They say NO iPhone will work for text or email reading on iDrive for any BMW. Said it was an Apple thing. Seems like a BS answer to me. Especially looking at the response right above from Colin. What gives?
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Old 11-21-2014, 01:47 PM
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For 2014 528i, "BMW ConnectedDrive Services" is an $850 option. My question is:



Do I need it in order to get email and text on my idrive? (the details of the package related is listed below)



Dose any one know? Browsing thru this forum, seems many people can get text and email + some app in drive. I knew IO8 now may have some problems (may prevent it from working), but I just want to know if my car is capable of getting text/email/app without this option.
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Old 11-21-2014, 01:49 PM
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On a 2014 528i with xdrive+Msport, I had no issues making bluetooth connections using ios8.1 or ios 8.1.1. I can make phone calls and access the phone's address book. No media access.



If I plug in the USB cable, I can also play all medias from the iphone. The interface is reasonable.



The part I can't make it work for a few weeks are the office functions and all apps, i.e., no text, email, and apps at all. Of course no way to read them. I tried all the tips in this forum and none of them seems to change anything. After pairing the phone, I only see "Telephone 1", no other options to choose.
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Old 11-22-2014, 01:34 PM
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On Friday, I was ready to head for the gym, and texted a friend that I was going. The reply came after I got in my car and started driving. I received the text on the car's display and read it; I even saw an option to reply, though I didn't try to do that.

Again, my car is a 2013 535i, with Premium and Nav as the only options. Email and text really do work for me.
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Old 11-22-2014, 03:05 PM
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ok, now to add confusion to the mix... called BMW "Geniuses" today. They say NO iPhone will work for text or email reading on iDrive for any BMW. Said it was an Apple thing. Seems like a BS answer to me. Especially looking at the response right above from Colin. What gives?
BMW Geniuses are NOT unfortunately. A friend got a 2015 e90 and his Android phone wouldn't allow him to get texts when he could on his 2011 or 2012 X3. Told him it was because he didn't have the $500 enhanced Bluetooth option.

WRONG

I suggested he use his wife's iPhone and PRESTO he got the texts. I didn't order enhanced Bluetooth on my 2014 f10 and get texts even with IOS 8.1.1 and iPhone 6.

Too bad when you go to the supposed "source" they are inept.
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Old 11-24-2014, 05:08 AM
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On a 2014 528i with xdrive+Msport, I had no issues making bluetooth connections using ios8.1 or ios 8.1.1. I can make phone calls and access the phone's address book. No media access.



If I plug in the USB cable, I can also play all medias from the iphone. The interface is reasonable.



The part I can't make it work for a few weeks are the office functions and all apps, i.e., no text, email, and apps at all. Of course no way to read them. I tried all the tips in this forum and none of them seems to change anything. After pairing the phone, I only see "Telephone 1", no other options to choose.

The "settings" you need to enable are the phone's Bluetooth settings on iPhone. Once connected, goto settings/Bluetooth. Find your BMW connection and hit the (i) symbol for options.
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Old 11-24-2014, 06:50 AM
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- There is no 2015 E90. Perhaps F30?
- Enhanced Bluetooth (6NS) was standard in the MY2014 F10
- Enhanced Bluetooth for MY2015 is a $500 option. Without 6NS there will be no texts/email display.
- 6NS is optimized for iOS, some Android phones implementation are still having problems


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BMW Geniuses are NOT unfortunately. A friend got a 2015 e90 and his Android phone wouldn't allow him to get texts when he could on his 2011 or 2012 X3. Told him it was because he didn't have the $500 enhanced Bluetooth option.

WRONG

I suggested he use his wife's iPhone and PRESTO he got the texts. I didn't order enhanced Bluetooth on my 2014 f10 and get texts even with IOS 8.1.1 and iPhone 6.

Too bad when you go to the supposed "source" they are inept.
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Old 11-26-2014, 03:06 PM
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- There is no 2015 E90. Perhaps F30?
- Enhanced Bluetooth (6NS) was standard in the MY2014 F10
- Enhanced Bluetooth for MY2015 is a $500 option. Without 6NS there will be no texts/email display.
- 6NS is optimized for iOS, some Android phones implementation are still having problems
Sorry. You are correct. About F30. His SA messes up didn't order enhanced Bluetooth and android doesn't work as a result regardless. Long story as situation was a trade assist from BMW on F30. However IPhone does work with texts. BMW Genius told him no dice with either after running VIN and confirming not ordered or installed.
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Old 11-26-2014, 05:29 PM
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What about iMessages?

I can get regular text messages, but if it's coming from an iPhone or iPad as an iMessage, I don't get it. iMessage used to only work over wifi, but that's no longer the case. Does anyone know if it is possible to get iMessages and if so, how?
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Old 11-28-2014, 12:24 PM
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The "settings" you need to enable are the phone's Bluetooth settings on iPhone. Once connected, goto settings/Bluetooth. Find your BMW connection and hit the (i) symbol for options.
Once I press "i", I only see 4 options: Sync Contact, Phone Favorite, Phone Recents and All contacts. No other setup items. Are sure I can do it on 2014 F10?
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Old 11-28-2014, 01:34 PM
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Once I press "i", I only see 4 options: Sync Contact, Phone Favorite, Phone Recents and All contacts. No other setup items. Are sure I can do it on 2014 F10?
I have a 2014 BMW 535i. When I press the "i", I have a slider for "Show Notifications".

Do you not see this option? I have an iPhone5S running 8.1.1.

It was working fine with iOS 7 as well though.
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