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Old 03-27-2018, 01:37 PM
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Good evening! I have a blue tooth issue. For some reason every now & then I receive a text "beep" when I have an incoming text....which I want!! Next multiple trips I don't get anything?? I haven't changed any settings?? Very frustrating when I need to see these before reaching my destination.

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Old 03-29-2018, 11:16 AM
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Interesting, I've never heard a beep when there's a new message (just the visual envelope graphic on the top right of the iDrive screen). Is there some settings somewhere for this?
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Old 03-29-2018, 11:25 AM
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Good evening! I have a blue tooth issue. For some reason every now & then I receive a text "beep" when I have an incoming text....which I want!! Next multiple trips I don't get anything?? I haven't changed any settings?? Very frustrating when I need to see these before reaching my destination.

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There's no beep from the car when you get an incoming text. Only from your phone--but if you are connected via Bluetooth, you may not hear it from your phone.
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That's the thing! Sometimes I hear the phone alert through the blue tooth, albeit it rarely, and that's what I want! Otherwise there's no audible notification. I haven't changed any settings on my phone or car??
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I have never heard an audible alert from getting a text message in any BMW I have had in the last 8 years (5 total in my family). I get the envelope on screen, but never heard any sort of audible alert. It is not that big a deal for me, as I can wait the less than 5 minutes it would normally take for me to notice the envelope.

I have had issues where the envelope stops appearing, and that normally means I have to remove and re-pair (not repair but re-pair) the phone with the car, making sure the "show notifications" toggle switch is on. I have (2) 2016 Model year BMWs with idrive 4.0 though, so maybe something is different in idrive 5 or idrive 6?
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That's the thing! Sometimes I hear the phone alert through the blue tooth, albeit it rarely, and that's what I want! Otherwise there's no audible notification. I haven't changed any settings on my phone or car??
You only will hear the alert if you are streaming music through BT. I usually listen to satellite, and I do not hear the pings from my phone, because it is connected to the BT, but I'm listening to another media input.
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You only will hear the alert if you are streaming music through BT. I usually listen to satellite, and I do not hear the pings from my phone, because it is connected to the BT, but I'm listening to another media input.
Oh hm that makes sense I guess. I am always listening to pandora from my phone, normally plugged in (because it sounds better to me).
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Ok...think I may have figured my issue out. If you're on the phone via bluetooth, you will get an audible alert for a message. Just wish it was all the time. Oh well...perhaps when I upgrade to the iphone 11
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