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Old 05-26-2020, 06:24 PM
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Comes with adhesive but it fits so well I find it just snaps in place and hold securely without using it.

You can customize the holder to your phone as it comes in two pieces-mount and phone holder.
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Old 05-26-2020, 07:19 PM
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but most millennials cant go 1 block without checking their social media.. retards are addicted to their **** phones!
Exactly I may be a millennial but I put it away. For goodness sake your driving a piece of engineering marvel enjoy the road everything you need is provided for you by bmw.
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Old 05-26-2020, 08:42 PM
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Phone Storage

My 2017 540i has a built-in wireless charging tray at the front of the console/bottom of the dash. Very convenient but since you canít see the phone very well when itís in that cubbyhole, itís easy to get out of the car forgetting to take the phone. The car signals when you open the door and the phone is still in the charging tray, but itís easy to ignore - which I do fairly often.
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Old 05-26-2020, 11:23 PM
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In my pocket! BMW has one of the best hands-free systems.
That is true but what if you use your phone for navigation. You still need to mount it in a convenient place?
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Old 05-26-2020, 11:57 PM
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I bought an aftermarket wireless charging pad and installed it on the center console in front of the cupholders. Required disassembly of the center console and some careful wire routing and connecting, but works great.
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Old 05-27-2020, 01:07 AM
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You can get a magnetic holder and put it by the shift and the handbrake area for easy access. The magnetic base is about a quarter size with a double sided tape, height is about an inch and a half. I bought the one with a bmw logo to make more like its like original part of the car.
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Old 05-27-2020, 04:03 AM
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I just put my phone in my pocket.
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Old 05-27-2020, 07:40 AM
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Weather Tech Cup Phone. Use it in my X3. It's really great. (also made in USA, not China)

https://www.weathertech.com/products...03388959f39c31

I got the regular CupPhone. You can buy extension parts to add later on, but likely will not need them.

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Old 05-27-2020, 09:04 AM
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I like simple, I use a magnetic ball mount I found on Amazon. I think it's called No Choice. It's like the Rennline but without the bracket. You just peel and stick the ball on any hard surface, and a slim magnetic disk on the back of your phone-- done. I have them in my Z4, my Miata and my boat and have done many track days (and big waves) and the phone doesn't budge.
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Old 05-27-2020, 07:51 PM
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but most millennials cant go 1 block without checking their social media.. retards are addicted to their **** phones!
OK Boomer.

My car doesn't have navigation. I thought it was stupid to spend another $2,000 for BMW's navigation when my phone has a better system that's updated almost daily.

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Old 05-28-2020, 09:41 PM
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Wow! Things got busy in the hospital recently and I haven't had a chance to check all the responses to this post. Thanks for all the different ideas! I'll definitely look into some of these to see what the best option will be for me personally. I don't particularly want anything added to the dash so I may go with something lower profile. I like the idea of a magnet situation and then a case so it doesn't slide around. My phone is literally just a hair too big to fit in the cup holder which is annoying.

To answer one person's response about carrying "less stuff"...I don't think my keys, wallet and cell phone are really "a lot" of stuff. I keep a very clean and clutter-free vehicle...mostly because I don't like hearing things slide around when I want to really DRIVE . Everything else goes in my briefcase (when I'm working). I'm thankful that our cars have such fantastic hands free systems and voice recognition that I rarely have to pull my phone out. This post was more or less to just ask where to put the phone and keys while driving since I'm not a female and don't carry a purse.

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but most millennials cant go 1 block without checking their social media.. retards are addicted to their **** phones!
Whoa friend, that was super rude for absolutely no reason. I've honestly never understood the "battle" between the different generations but whatever. Like I stated above, I don't pull my phone out while driving. But I work in the medical field and if my phone rings or beeps I need to be able to access it. I typically use hands free functions 99% of the time. This post was, as stated above...mostly just to see where people store their personal items when hopping in the car.

All that aside I do typically put the phone in the little crevice between the e-brake and the i-drive. Works pretty well for me. Thanks for the responses everyone!

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Old 05-28-2020, 09:49 PM
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but most millennials cant go 1 block without checking their social media.. retards are addicted to their **** phones!
Exactly I may be a millennial but I put it away. For goodness sake your driving a piece of engineering marvel enjoy the road everything you need is provided for you by bmw.

I don't really understand the negativity here about an extremely casual question regarding general storage in my vehicle. I guess people need a place to outlet general frustration... I love my car and I thoroughly enjoy driving it. Part of my question was where to store the crap that's on my body when I leave work or have to run to the store when I get in the car so I CAN drive and enjoy the drive the way I want to. Unless I missed something...I don't recall posting "how can I check my Facebook while I'm driving". Some of you need to caallmm down. Thank you everyone else for your useful responses.

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Old 05-28-2020, 09:50 PM
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Drop it in the cup holder.
I wish I could! I have a Samsung galaxy note 9 and the darn thing is just a little too big. I usually just put under the armrest or the space between the hand brake and the center console. Working well so far! I wish I had one of those compartments on the left by my steering wheel like some models. That would be ideal.

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Old 06-02-2020, 07:31 PM
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Like a few other drivers, I carry my phone in my shirt pocket. If there is a chance I might need to know about a call, I'll turn it on, then put it in my pocket. I don't use my phone while driving--nor the option to have my calls go through my audio system. On most of my driving, I turn off my phone, to save the battery. And sometimes I go to a place where there is zero phone coverage--where I also turn off the phone.
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Early versions of the F36 had a rubbery tray over the front cup holders. This was decontented. Later, it was replaced (I think) with a door.

The 2013 F30 has this rubbery tray (Part#: 51-16-9-232-068) I think the 2015 F30 did not but had exposed cup holders.

https://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-8...iABEgJAL_D_BwE

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Early versions of the F36 had a rubbery tray over the front cup holders. This was decontented. Later, it was replaced (I think) with a door.

The 2013 F30 has this rubbery tray (Part#: 51-16-9-232-068) I think the 2015 F30 did not but had exposed cup holders.

https://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-8...iABEgJAL_D_BwE

Nice to see your post, Dave! My 2013 is now over 104,000 miles and running just like it did in 2013! How many miles for you? Any issues?

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Old 06-03-2020, 12:40 PM
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This unit fit over the 2 cup holders in place of the rubber tray shown above. It holds my 11Pro and charges while driving.
I added a quick disconnect so it can be removed to make use of the cup holders at any time.

https://www.scosche.com/uq01

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Old 06-03-2020, 01:37 PM
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I have a 2018 430i Gran Coupe LCI - here's a pic of the aftermarket rubber charging pad in front of the cup holders that I forgot to include in my earlier post. I use it to keep my Galaxy Note 10 charged. I had to take the console apart and do some wiring. I took a huge risk buying from *Bay, but fortunately it has a fuse. It works great.
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Old 06-05-2020, 09:40 PM
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This unit fit over the 2 cup holders in place of the rubber tray shown above. It holds my 11Pro and charges while driving.
I added a quick disconnect so it can be removed to make use of the cup holders at any time.

https://www.scosche.com/uq01

Now this I love. What a perfect idea. How difficult was it to wire up?
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