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Old 04-23-2015, 05:39 PM
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How to update enhanced bluetooth/media software?

Hey guys and gals.

New 2015 535I owner here. New to me, it's a dealer car, so never titled before me.

This whole "enhanced bluetooth/USB" thing is as clear as mud for me. I do have a car equipped with enhanced bluetooth(ie the snap in adapter in the arm rest). For me, the music I play through Bluetooth via the iphone 6 to the car sounds WAY better than when I connect the iphone 6 to the car via the regular white lightning cable that comes with the phone. And, if I play Pandora via the BMW Apps, the sound is even worse...vs playing pandora via bluetooth without BMW Apps. My thinking is maybe I have an older software on the car that needs to be updated. Or, maybe I'm missing something else, like this Y cable. Do I even need this thing in a 2015 bmw with enhanced bluetooth and an iphone 6? The car is a dealer car, not brand new. No cables came with the car. AND, if I need to update software how do I do it? All I see is how to update the Snap In Adapter or this Y cable thingy below, which I don't have and didn't think I needed.

http://www.shopbmwusa.com/PRODUCT/32...CHARGING-CABLE

My software in the car is showing me the following versions:
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Old 04-23-2015, 06:18 PM
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You have the most current update, and no you don't need a "Y" cable.
You can always check for the latest version at bmw.com/update.
Enter the last 7 of your VIN and the site will tell you which update is the latest. From there, you can download the update to a USB drive, plug the usb drive into the center console, then go to software updates in the iDrive menu and tell it to update the software. IDrive will find the software update on your USB drive and install it.
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Old 04-24-2015, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by webwolf2007 View Post
Hey guys and gals.

New 2015 535I owner here. New to me, it's a dealer car, so never titled before me.

This whole "enhanced bluetooth/USB" thing is as clear as mud for me. I do have a car equipped with enhanced bluetooth(ie the snap in adapter in the arm rest). For me, the music I play through Bluetooth via the iphone 6 to the car sounds WAY better than when I connect the iphone 6 to the car via the regular white lightning cable that comes with the phone. And, if I play Pandora via the BMW Apps, the sound is even worse...vs playing pandora via bluetooth without BMW Apps. My thinking is maybe I have an older software on the car that needs to be updated. Or, maybe I'm missing something else, like this Y cable. Do I even need this thing in a 2015 bmw with enhanced bluetooth and an iphone 6? The car is a dealer car, not brand new. No cables came with the car. AND, if I need to update software how do I do it? All I see is how to update the Snap In Adapter or this Y cable thingy below, which I don't have and didn't think I needed.

http://www.shopbmwusa.com/PRODUCT/32...CHARGING-CABLE

My software in the car is showing me the following versions:

I could see where you are confused. The snap in adapter is only for the iPhone 5 or 5s depending on which one you buy. There is no adapter for the iPhone 6. What the adapter does is it allows you to charge the phone, use some of the apps, car antenna and allow you to operate the phone from the idrive.

Since you have an iPhone 6 your only options are to plug it into the USB drive for charging and connect to the car via the cable or via bluetooth. I would try via bluetooth while connected to the USB to see if that will work. At least your phone will be charging at the same time.
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