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Old 11-23-2012, 09:32 PM
yoraif yoraif is offline
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Wink Upgrading idrive to BMW apps

Hi,

I just bought a BMW X3 with idrive. It connects my iphone 3GS properly and I can get the phone contacts and listen to my music either via bluethooth or via a regular iphone cable connected to the USB slot. I cannot get the BMW connected app to work from my iphone. It says that the communication failed. I also would like to see my calander, videos and SMS messages in idrive. I did not buy the idrive BMW apps option nor did I buy BMW connect with my car. I researched the Internet and I guess I need BMW apps on my idrive.

My questions are:
1) Can I upgarde my idrive to have BMW apps and/or BMW connect?
2) Is this just a SW upgrade or do I need additional HW?
3) Where and how can I get the ugrade?
4) Do I need to buy the snap in adapter or will the USB cable work the same?
5) What is the difference between the Audio & Media snap in adapters?

Thanks in advance for your respones!!
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Old 11-24-2012, 01:38 PM
docal97 docal97 is offline
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Hi,

I just bought a BMW X3 with idrive. It connects my iphone 3GS properly and I can get the phone contacts and listen to my music either via bluethooth or via a regular iphone cable connected to the USB slot. I cannot get the BMW connected app to work from my iphone. It says that the communication failed. I also would like to see my calander, videos and SMS messages in idrive. I did not buy the idrive BMW apps option nor did I buy BMW connect with my car. I researched the Internet and I guess I need BMW apps on my idrive.

My questions are:
1) Can I upgarde my idrive to have BMW apps and/or BMW connect?
2) Is this just a SW upgrade or do I need additional HW?
3) Where and how can I get the ugrade?
4) Do I need to buy the snap in adapter or will the USB cable work the same?
5) What is the difference between the Audio & Media snap in adapters?

Thanks in advance for your respones!!
I don't think you can use this feature if you didn't include this option when you purchased the vehicle. I don't think it can be added post delivery/assembly of the vehicle, although I am not an expert on this subject. I would call your local bmw service dept. They will most certainly know the answer.

Normally, if you have this option, you need to d/l the bmw connected app for iphone and when you launch the app, the bmw apps will load in the idrive. The text/email features are not currently working correctly, and hopefully this will be corrected w/ a future software update, either from apple and/or bmw.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:58 AM
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According to the BMW parts catalog, retrofit of BMW apps is possible. Here is the info for a 2012 X3 35i:

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...11&hg=84&fg=95
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