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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:00 PM
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playing music from mobile via Bluetooth in X3

Hi All,

Ií recently bought 2012 X3 Xdrive which has idrive, I was told that I can play music from my mobile phone via Bluetooth. So I paired my mobile phone to idrive and I choose the option of telephone and audio and said okay, and when I go to the paired devices I see my mobile name and a music symbol which means I can play audio too from my phone via Bluetooth, thatís what I read in the manual.

So now when I play songs on my mobile phone I donít hear any music from my phone and I see the options where it says its connected to the vehicle audio which a check mark, but I donít see any music coming from the vehicle and if I take that check mark off then Iím able to hear the music from my phone.

Iím missing anything hereÖ how can I hear songs from my mobile via Bluetooth
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:51 PM
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Hi All,

Ií recently bought 2012 X3 Xdrive which has idrive, I was told that I can play music from my mobile phone via Bluetooth. So I paired my mobile phone to idrive and I choose the option of telephone and audio and said okay, and when I go to the paired devices I see my mobile name and a music symbol which means I can play audio too from my phone via Bluetooth, thatís what I read in the manual.

So now when I play songs on my mobile phone I donít hear any music from my phone and I see the options where it says its connected to the vehicle audio which a check mark, but I donít see any music coming from the vehicle and if I take that check mark off then Iím able to hear the music from my phone.

Iím missing anything hereÖ how can I hear songs from my mobile via Bluetooth
Did you make sure the volume is turned up on your phone? I think there might be a setting also for your phone for bluetooth audio but not sure right now. Busy at work right now to check.
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:26 PM
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Hi All,

Ií recently bought 2012 X3 Xdrive which has idrive, I was told that I can play music from my mobile phone via Bluetooth. So I paired my mobile phone to idrive and I choose the option of telephone and audio and said okay, and when I go to the paired devices I see my mobile name and a music symbol which means I can play audio too from my phone via Bluetooth, thatís what I read in the manual.

So now when I play songs on my mobile phone I donít hear any music from my phone and I see the options where it says its connected to the vehicle audio which a check mark, but I donít see any music coming from the vehicle and if I take that check mark off then Iím able to hear the music from my phone.

Iím missing anything hereÖ how can I hear songs from my mobile via Bluetooth
I haven't used BT audio but I thought I read somewhere it wouldn't work if you are simultaneously connected to center console USB port. You didn't mention if your cable was plugged or not.
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:34 PM
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It's a two step process - have you done both steps?

(first, setting up the Bluetooth pairing, which you've done)

1. select CD/Multimedia -> Bluetooth audio -> connected -> click on your device. But this just establishes the BT input device of choice; it doesn't move the device's music to the speakers

2. CD Multimedia -> External devices -> select your BT device (phone) - this selects the BT device as the audio to play out of the speakers as opposed to, say, FM, since you could have your phone music available but be listening to FM radio, if you so wanted. This second step might be what's missing.

then, make sure the volume is turned up, of course on both the phone and the car stereo

EDIT: I believe there are two kinds of bluetooth connection on the X3, regular BT, and enhanced BT. ALL X3's have iDrive so that doesn't tell you whether you have the enhanced. Only enhanced BT will play audio from a phone; regular BT will only do the phone call over car speaker thing. You might want to check which one you have
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:46 PM
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no, its not plugged in..
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:24 AM
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It's a two step process - have you done both steps?

(first, setting up the Bluetooth pairing, which you've done)

1. select CD/Multimedia -> Bluetooth audio -> connected -> click on your device. But this just establishes the BT input device of choice; it doesn't move the device's music to the speakers

2. CD Multimedia -> External devices -> select your BT device (phone) - this selects the BT device as the audio to play out of the speakers as opposed to, say, FM, since you could have your phone music available but be listening to FM radio, if you so wanted. This second step might be what's missing.

then, make sure the volume is turned up, of course on both the phone and the car stereo

EDIT: I believe there are two kinds of bluetooth connection on the X3, regular BT, and enhanced BT. ALL X3's have iDrive so that doesn't tell you whether you have the enhanced. Only enhanced BT will play audio from a phone; regular BT will only do the phone call over car speaker thing. You might want to check which one you have

Does any one know if its possible to to get the enhanced blue tooth function added later? My vehicle has the Pro Media pack but apparently that doesn't include bluetooth streaming
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:23 PM
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2. CD Multimedia -> External devices -> select your BT device (phone) - this selects the BT device as the audio to play out of the speakers as opposed to, say, FM, since you could have your phone music available but be listening to FM radio, if you so wanted. This second step might be what's missing.
I have to admit that I still forget sometimes to actually select the source when I want to play audio via bluetooth!

Also, someone mentioned earlier about having the phone plugged in would create a problem. This applies to the iPhone that is connected to the USB port in the armrest and in fact, you will get a message on your iDrive screen that says that the bluetooth connection and physical connection can't coexist so it'll automatically unpair the bluetooth connection with the iPhone that is physically connected. Makes sense.
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Old 09-08-2013, 03:17 PM
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I have to admit that I still forget sometimes to actually select the source when I want to play audio via bluetooth!

Also, someone mentioned earlier about having the phone plugged in would create a problem. This applies to the iPhone that is connected to the USB port in the armrest and in fact, you will get a message on your iDrive screen that says that the bluetooth connection and physical connection can't coexist so it'll automatically unpair the bluetooth connection with the iPhone that is physically connected. Makes sense.
It doesn't "unpair" the device, it merely removes the Audio attribute from the device, such that when you do unplug it subsequently you only get "Phone" activity via BT.

This fact really does irk me - a lot. Every time you plug the phone into charge and it senses you might want to play music over the cable, when you next get back in you have to reconfigure the Audio attribute of the damm thing. Bozos.

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Old 09-11-2013, 07:56 PM
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It doesn't "unpair" the device, it merely removes the Audio attribute from the device, such that when you do unplug it subsequently you only get "Phone" activity via BT.

This fact really does irk me - a lot. Every time you plug the phone into charge and it senses you might want to play music over the cable, when you next get back in you have to reconfigure the Audio attribute of the damm thing. Bozos.

:-/
Definitely a big Itch....wonder why genius BMW IT engineers designed in such way. Now i rarely charge my phone
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:41 PM
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I don't like it, but I understand why - it's more difficult to program for playing music from two sources for the same device.

Neither my personal iPhone or my work-required BlackBerry are configured for Bluetooth Audio. I look at my commute time as "mandatory device charging time", and have both phones hardwired while I'm driving. The upside is that I can't remember the last time that I ran out of battery charge on either device.
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:58 AM
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playing music from mobile via Bluetooth in X3

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Old 09-19-2013, 11:35 AM
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:39 AM
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It doesn't "unpair" the device, it merely removes the Audio attribute from the device, such that when you do unplug it subsequently you only get "Phone" activity via BT.

This fact really does irk me - a lot. Every time you plug the phone into charge and it senses you might want to play music over the cable, when you next get back in you have to reconfigure the Audio attribute of the damm thing. Bozos.

:-/
Yes, I used the word "unpair" incorrectly. I don't use my iPhone for phone activity, so it would have been only audio and it would disconnect bluetooth audio when I connected my phone via cable so it would just seem that it's not bluetooth connected at all.
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Old 02-09-2014, 02:29 PM
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It's a two step process - have you done both steps?

(first, setting up the Bluetooth pairing, which you've done)

1. select CD/Multimedia -> Bluetooth audio -> connected -> click on your device. But this just establishes the BT input device of choice; it doesn't move the device's music to the speakers

2. CD Multimedia -> External devices -> select your BT device (phone) - this selects the BT device as the audio to play out of the speakers as opposed to, say, FM, since you could have your phone music available but be listening to FM radio, if you so wanted. This second step might be what's missing.

then, make sure the volume is turned up, of course on both the phone and the car stereo

EDIT: I believe there are two kinds of bluetooth connection on the X3, regular BT, and enhanced BT. ALL X3's have iDrive so that doesn't tell you whether you have the enhanced. Only enhanced BT will play audio from a phone; regular BT will only do the phone call over car speaker thing. You might want to check which one you have
Big thanks, Hardrada, I had the same problem and you found the bug. User error. Thanks!
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Old 02-18-2014, 01:49 AM
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Hi All,

Ií recently bought 2012 X3 Xdrive which has idrive, I was told that I can play music from my mobile phone via Bluetooth. So I paired my mobile phone to idrive and I choose the option of telephone and audio and said okay, and when I go to the paired devices I see my mobile name and a music symbol which means I can play audio too from my phone via Bluetooth, thatís what I read in the manual.

So now when I play songs on my mobile phone I donít hear any music from my phone and I see the options where it says its connected to the vehicle audio which a check mark, but I donít see any music coming from the vehicle and if I take that check mark off then Iím able to hear the music from my phone.

Iím missing anything hereÖ how can I hear songs from my mobile via Bluetooth
Don't know if you have sorted this or not But here goes anyway, My son has a 2012 X3 and he is connected via bluetooth and he plays his music from his phone, he also streams music from it, he doesn't have Enhanced Bluetooth either.
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