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Multimedia Android IOS Box For BMW 2018-2023 | Wireless CarPlay & Android Auto

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This device is compatible with any car that comes with wireless CarPlay.

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Full CarPlay functionality for the existing BMW CIC, NBT and EVO

This amazing kit adds full CarPlay functionality to your existing CIC, NBT, EVO while retaining all the original functionality. The CarPlay system supports button and steering wheel controls and integrates with console or glove box USB.

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FAQS

Is the installation process difficult?

The installation process is generally straightforward, but it may vary depending on your BMW model and familiarity with car disassembly. Some customers have completed the installation within 2 hours, while others have taken longer, especially if additional disassembly like glovebox removal is required. Videos are available to guide you through the process, but please refer to the installation manual for specific instructions related to your vehicle.

Do I need to connect the aux cable or the mic extender?

This depends on your specific vehicle model and the existing audio setup. Some customers have not needed to install additional cables, while others have found it necessary to ensure the functionality of features like Siri. Please consult the installation manual and check your vehicle’s compatibility.

What if I experience issues with audio quality or connectivity?

Audio quality issues could be related to your vehicle’s existing sound system, such as the Harman Kardon speakers. If you’re experiencing connectivity problems, ensure that all wires and cables are properly connected. Some customers have found that placing the Wi-Fi antenna outside of the radio compartment helps with Bluetooth connectivity.

Will the CarPlay module work with my BMW's existing features?

The module is designed to integrate with your BMW’s existing features, but some customers have reported the need to adjust settings like the EQ to get the audio quality just right. The module also supports both wired and wireless connections, so you can choose the most convenient option for you.

What should I do if the module is not functioning correctly?

If you encounter functionality issues, such as a black screen or freezing interface, first check for loose connections. If the problem persists, contact customer support for assistance. In some cases, a firmware update may be required to resolve issues.

Can I add additional features like an aftermarket camera?

Yes, some customers have successfully added aftermarket cameras and other features. Make sure to follow any additional installation instructions for these components.

Is customer support available if I have questions or problems during installation?

Customer support is available to assist with installation and troubleshooting. Response times are typically within 24 hours.

Can I add additional features like an aftermarket camera?

Yes, some customers have successfully added aftermarket cameras and other features. Make sure to follow any additional installation instructions for these components.

Will this upgrade be compatible with my BMW F30 2017?

Compatibility depends on the specific infotainment system version in your vehicle. It is compatible with NBT systems commonly found in 2017 models. However, for certainty, please provide your VIN or a photo of your current system for verification.

Can I use my existing screen with this upgrade?

Yes, in most cases, you can use your existing OEM screen. If you decide to upgrade to a larger screen, separate screen options are available for purchase.

Will the cruise control buttons on the steering wheel work with CarPlay?

Yes, your existing steering wheel controls will continue to work with CarPlay after the upgrade.

Can I listen to XM radio and receive audio from CarPlay navigation apps simultaneously?

No, you cannot listen to XM radio and receive audio from CarPlay navigation apps at the same time as the system uses the AUX input for audio.

If my car doesn't have navigation or CarPlay, will this upgrade enable these features?

Yes, this upgrade will enable you to use navigation and CarPlay in your vehicle.

Can I add an aftermarket backup camera to this system?

Yes, this unit supports aftermarket backup cameras with 720P PAL and NTSC standards.

Will this system work with my 2018 BMW 320xi that lacks navigation and CarPlay?

Yes, this system is designed to add navigation and CarPlay functionality to models that did not originally include these features.

Does this upgrade support the use of the steering wheel's cruise control buttons while in CarPlay?

Yes, the cruise control buttons will continue to function as normal when using CarPlay.

Can I install this system myself?

Installation complexity varies. Some customers have successfully installed it themselves by following guides or videos. However, professional installation is recommended for those unfamiliar with car electronics.

Will this upgrade work with a 2021 BMW Z4 M40i?

No, this particular unit is not compatible with the 2021 BMW Z4 M40i. It’s important to contact the manufacturer with details of your vehicle for the correct unit.

Can I use the native car apps like XM radio while using the navigation on CarPlay?

Unfortunately, you cannot use the native XM radio app and CarPlay navigation audio simultaneously, as the system switches to AUX input for CarPlay audio.

If I change my mind about the screen size, can I purchase just the screen separately?

Yes, screens are available for purchase separately. Contact the supplier with your car model and a picture of your car console to get the right fit.

Does the system support the use of the steering wheel buttons while using CarPlay?

Yes, the steering wheel buttons will still function with CarPlay, allowing you to control audio and other features.

Do I need to buy a special camera for the front or can it be any camera?

The unit supports 720P PAL and NTSC rear cameras. Make sure your camera meets these specifications.

My car does not have a backup camera. Will an aftermarket camera work with this system?

Yes, the system supports aftermarket backup cameras that meet the 720P PAL and NTSC standards.

Will Android Auto's interface change with different versions of the app?

Yes, the interface of Android Auto may vary according to the version of the app you are using.

How do I find the WiFi password for connecting to CarPlay on my Android phone?

The WiFi password can typically be found in the Airplay app on the main menu of the system.

Will the heads-up display (HUD) still show navigation and music info after the upgrade?

When you are using the OEM system, the HUD will continue to display information as usual. However, third-party apps like Google Maps on CarPlay will not show up on the HUD.

How do I connect an aftermarket reverse camera to the system?

For specific instructions on connecting an aftermarket reverse camera, contact the support team for guidance.

What are the dip switch settings for CarPlay on a 2014 F32?

Dip switch settings depend on the screen size of your car. For detailed instructions, refer to the manual or contact support.

Will this work with a 2010 BMW 528i E60?

No, this unit is not compatible with the 2010 BMW 528i E60. Compatibility is specific to certain models and years.

If my BMW F30 has the CIC system, will the head-up display (HUD) and steering wheel controls still function with CarPlay?

The HUD will display information when using the OEM system, but not when using CarPlay. As for steering wheel controls, some users report that with the latest software updates, the controls, including the scroll bar, function well with CarPlay, but this may vary, so checking with the manufacturer for your specific model and system version is recommended.

How do I troubleshoot if my screen only displays the BMW logo after installation?

This issue may indicate a boot loop or a connection problem. It’s advisable to contact the manufacturer for technical support, as the solution might require a reset or specific troubleshooting steps.

Can I use both Android Auto wirelessly and have a wired connection for an iPod or other music devices simultaneously?

The system does not support using Android Auto wirelessly while having another device connected via wire for music.

What should I do if I'm having trouble with Siri not connecting properly?

For issues with Siri or any other feature not working as expected, reach out to the support team with details of your system and the problem for assistance.

Is it possible to have navigation display on the HUD with this system?

No, third-party navigation apps like Google Maps used through CarPlay will not display on the HUD.

Can I play music through Bluetooth with this system?

The system allows for Bluetooth connectivity for calls, and depending on the unit, it may also allow for music streaming. Check the product specifications or contact support to confirm.

How long does it take for the system to boot into CarPlay?

Booting into CarPlay typically takes a few seconds after the Bluetooth connection is established. It’s recommended to disconnect other Bluetooth devices from your phone for a better connection.

If I experience a no-signal issue with the LVDS-NBT-C19 cable, what should I do?

A no-signal issue may be related to a faulty cable or improper connection. Contact the support team for troubleshooting steps or to arrange for a replacement if necessary.

Are software updates available for the system, and how are they performed?

Software updates may be released to improve functionality or add new features. Information on how to perform updates should be provided and may involve downloading updates to a USB drive and installing them directly into the system.

What models is the Wireless Carplay Retrofit Kit Decoder compatible with?

This retrofit kit is specifically designed for the BMW i3 I01 NBT System, model years 2012-2017. It is not compatible with the EVO system. Before purchasing, please confirm that your vehicle has the NBT system.

What features does the Wireless Carplay Retrofit Kit Decoder support?

The kit supports wireless and wired Apple CarPlay, wireless and wired Android Auto, Mirrorlink, factory and aftermarket reverse camera support, parking radar, front view camera DVR (CVBS input), original car knob control, and steering wheel control. It also allows you to stream apps like YouTube, view TV news, and use navigation apps

Can I use my factory car controls with this retrofit kit?

Yes, the retrofit kit supports the use of your original car knob and steering wheel controls. However, for steering wheel control buttons, only the voice control button, Tel button, and voice volume “+” and “-” buttons are supported.

How do I activate Siri voice control with the retrofit kit?

To activate Siri voice control, press and hold the voice control button on the steering wheel or long press the car knob.

Does the retrofit kit support updating to newer software versions?

Yes, the kit supports software updates. If your current software does not support certain functions like YouTube, you can obtain a new update file from the manufacturer.

What should I do if I encounter a "no signal" error message?

Ensure that the Carplay box is placed at the car passage box position during installation. If you see a “no signal” error, it may be due to incorrect placement.

Can I install the Wireless Carplay Retrofit Kit Decoder myself?

If you are unfamiliar with how to remove the car dashboard or are unsure about the installation, it is recommended to go to a professional car shop for installation. However, for product-specific issues, the manufacturer may be more knowledgeable than the auto repair shop.

What should I do before putting everything back after installation?

Please confirm that all features, especially the sound, work correctly before you reassemble any parts of the car’s interior.

What should I avoid when installing the retrofit kit?

Do not place the Wi-Fi antenna inside of the center console. It is suggested to put it under the windshield for optimal performance.

What is the correct procedure for changing wiring or toggling switches during installation?

Always remember to turn off the car first, then unplug the power cable from the decoder box before changing any wiring or toggling switches to prevent damage or short circuits.

What models is the Wireless Carplay Retrofit Kit Decoder compatible with?

This retrofit kit is compatible with BMW Mini Cooper One Hatch Clubman models F55 F56 from 2014-2018 and F54, F57 from 2016-2018 with the NBT system. It is not compatible with CIC or EVO systems. Please verify your car system before purchasing.

How do I ensure that my car has the NBT system and not the CIC system?

You can check our website for pictures to help identify your car system. If you are still unsure or confused, please contact us directly, and we will be happy to assist you.

Does the retrofit kit support both wireless and wired connections for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

Yes, the kit supports both wireless and wired connections for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For Android Auto, the compatibility for a wireless connection depends on your mobile phone type.

Can I control the Carplay features using my original car controls?

Yes, the retrofit kit supports the use of the original car knob and steering wheel controls. However, not all steering wheel buttons may be supported, so please refer to the product instructions for specific control capabilities.

Will I need to replace my original car screen or make any wiring modifications to install this kit?

No, the kit is designed to retain the factory-fitted display screen without the need for cutting wires or making modifications. You will need to switch your BMW radio to ‘AUX’ mode for sound playback, so please ensure your original radio has an AUX option.

Does the retrofit kit support the use of the factory original reverse camera and parking radar?

Yes, the retrofit kit supports the factory original reverse camera and parking radar, as well as aftermarket reverse and 360 cameras, and front view camera DVR (CVBS input).

How do I update the software if my current version does not support certain functions like YouTube?

If your software version does not support certain functions, you can get a new update file directly from us.

What should I do if I am not confident in installing the retrofit kit myself?

If you are unsure about how to remove the car dashboard or install the retrofit kit, we recommend going to a professional car shop for installation. However, for product-specific issues, we can provide more specialized assistance than an auto repair shop.

What precautions should I take when installing the retrofit kit?

Please make sure to turn off the car and unplug the power cable from the decoder box before changing any wiring or toggling switches. Additionally, do not place the Wi-Fi antenna inside the center console; instead, place it under the windshield for better signal reception.

What should I check before putting everything back after installation?

Please confirm that all features, especially the sound, are working correctly before you reassemble the car’s interior.

How do I know if my BMW has the CIC system and not the NBT or EVO system?

Please check our website for pictures or contact us directly for assistance to ensure you have the correct system. Your car should have a 4-pin LVDS at the back of the OEM screen, as the kit does not support 6-pin LVDS or NBT systems.

Does this kit support both wireless and wired connections for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

Yes, the kit supports both wireless and wired connections. The type of connection available may depend on your mobile phone model.

Can I use my factory car controls with this retrofit kit?

Yes, the retrofit kit supports the use of the original car knob and steering wheel controls. However, only specific buttons on the steering wheel are supported, such as the voice control button, Tel button, and voice volume “+” and “-” buttons.

Will I have to replace my original car screen or make wiring modifications to install this kit?

No, the kit is designed to retain the factory-fitted display screen without the need for cutting wires or making modifications. For sound playback, switch your BMW radio to ‘AUX’ mode. Ensure your original radio has an AUX option before purchasing.

Does the retrofit kit support the use of the factory original reverse camera and parking radar?

Yes, the retrofit kit supports the factory original reverse camera, parking radar, and aftermarket reverse and 360 cameras, as well as front view camera DVR (CVBS input).

How do I update the software if my current version does not support certain functions like YouTube?

If your software version does not support certain functions, you can get a new update file directly from us.

What should I do if I am not confident in installing the retrofit kit myself?

If you are unsure about how to remove the car dashboard or install the retrofit kit, we recommend going to a professional car shop for installation. However, for product-specific issues, we can provide more specialized assistance than an auto repair shop.

What should I check before putting everything back after installation?

Please confirm that all features, especially the sound, are working correctly before you reassemble the car’s interior.

How do I activate Siri voice control with the retrofit kit?

You can activate Siri voice control by using the voice control button on the steering wheel or by long pressing the confirm button on the iDrive controller.

What is the BMW AI Box Wireless Multimedia Carplay Adapter?

The BMW AI Box is a plug-and-play device that upgrades your BMW’s factory wired or wireless CarPlay to a more advanced system, allowing for additional features such as app downloads from the Google Play Store, streaming services like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and internet access via a 4G SIM card.

Which BMW models are compatible with the BMW AI Box?

The BMW AI Box is designed to work with any BMW model that comes with factory wireless CarPlay. This includes a range of BMW models; please consult the product description or your vehicle’s manual to check for compatibility.

Can I use the BMW AI Box with my iPhone or Android phone?

Yes, the BMW AI Box is compatible with both Android and iPhone devices, as long as your BMW supports factory wireless CarPlay.

How do I install the BMW AI Box in my car?

The BMW AI Box is designed for easy installation with a plug-and-play setup. Simply connect the device to your car’s original USB port designated for CarPlay.

Do I need a separate internet connection for the BMW AI Box?

The BMW AI Box supports internet access through a 4G SIM card only. You do not need to use your phone’s hotspot or Wi-Fi connection once the SIM card is inserted into the device.

Can I download apps directly onto the BMW AI Box?

Yes, you can download apps directly from the Google Play Store onto the BMW AI Box thanks to its Android 10.0 system.

What kind of storage does the BMW AI Box have?

The BMW AI Box comes with 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. It also supports an external TF card for additional storage up to 256GB.

Does the BMW AI Box support navigation apps?

Yes, the BMW AI Box supports navigation apps and comes with pre-embedded GPS, GLONASS, and BEIDOU positioning systems. It also features a smart split-screen function that allows you to watch videos while navigating.

How is the BMW AI Box controlled?

You can control the BMW AI Box using your vehicle’s OEM touch function, controller, or buttons.

What are the technical specifications of the BMW AI Box's system?

The BMW AI Box runs on a customized Android system powered by an 8-core MediaTek 6765 processor with a 12nm process and a 2.3GHz main frequency. It supports the 4G GSM frequency band and comes with Bluetooth V5.0.

Is the BMW AI Box certified?

Yes, the BMW AI Box has undergone certification and testing and holds CE, FCC, and RoHS certifications.

How do I know if my BMW has the NBT system?

Please check our website for images and descriptions to help identify your car system. If you are still unsure, contact us via email for assistance.

What functions does the Linux Screen add to my BMW?

The Linux Screen adds wireless Carplay, wireless Android Auto, wireless mirrorlink for iOS and Android phones, Bluetooth, EQ adjustment for optimal audio quality, and support for both original factory and aftermarket reverse cameras. It also synchronizes with the car’s original headlamps to switch between night and day mode automatically.

Does the Linux Screen support touch input?

Yes, the Linux Screen supports capacitive touch?

What are the main technical specifications of the Linux Screen?

The main chip is Sunplus 8368XU with 2Gb DDR3, 1Gb nand flash for storage, dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4Ghz/5.8Ghz), Bluetooth 5.0, a resolution of 1920*720, USB channel support, CAN power supply, AHD 720P reverse input, and built-in DSP. It operates on Linux 4.9 and can withstand a wide range of operating and storage temperatures.

Can I use my original car microphone with this system?

Yes, the Linux Screen supports the original car microphone. Additionally, it includes a built-in microphone which can be activated if your car does not have one.

How do I install the Linux Screen in my BMW?

The installation process may require professional assistance, especially if you are not familiar with car dashboard removal. We recommend having the installation done at a car shop, but for product-specific questions or issues, please reach out to us directly.

Will the Linux Screen work with my car's original controls?

Yes, it is designed to work with your car’s original knob and steering wheel controls.

What should I do if I encounter issues with the Linux Screen after installation?

Before reassembling your car’s interior, ensure that all features work correctly. If you experience any issues, please contact us for support.

What are the main features of the Android Screen for BMW?

The Android Screen for BMW comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB ROM, and runs on Android 13. It features a 10.25 or 12.3-inch touch screen with a super HD resolution of 1920×720 pixels. It offers wireless and wired CarPlay and Android Auto, supports original and aftermarket cameras, has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0, and can accommodate a 4G/5G SIM card for network connectivity.

Is the Android Screen compatible with my BMW?

The compatibility of the Android screen will depend on the specific model and year of your BMW. Please verify the compatibility with your vehicle’s system and screen size before purchasing.

Can I use my factory-installed reverse camera with this screen?

Yes, the Android screen can decode the original car camera to display it on the new screen. If your car does not have an OEM factory camera or you want to upgrade, you can also install an aftermarket AHD reversing camera.

Does the Android Screen support split-screen functionality?

Yes, it supports split-screen functionality, allowing two functions to work simultaneously. However, note that some third-party apps may not support this feature due to conflicts.

Will installing the Android Screen affect my car's warranty?

The Android Screen is designed not to damage the OEM harness, so it should not affect your vehicle’s warranty. However, it’s always a good idea to check with your dealer or manufacturer to confirm.

What kind of navigation apps can I use with this screen?

You can use any GPS navigation software that is compatible with Android OS, such as Sygic, IGO, Navitel, Waze, and Google Maps.

Can I connect my phone to the Android Screen for music and calls?

Yes, the screen has Qualcomm Bluetooth 5.0 for hands-free calling and music streaming. You can stream music from apps like Spotify and Pandora with high fidelity quality.

What are my options if I want to use a SIM card for connectivity but am in North America or Japan?

The 4G chip may not be compatible with North American and Japanese frequency bands. You can still use built-in WiFi or connect to a network hotspot via WiFi for online navigation, video, and music streaming.

Does the screen have any special display features?

The screen comes with Blu-Ray-Anti-Glare and Anti-Fingerprint technology, offering a clear and high-quality display even under various lighting conditions.

Can I use my existing car controls with the new Android Screen?

Typically, these screens are designed to retain the use of your car’s original controls. However, the extent of compatibility may vary based on the model and year of your BMW.

What is BMW Apple CarPlay?

Apple CarPlay is a feature designed to provide a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone while driving. BMW was one of the first automotive manufacturers to integrate CarPlay wirelessly, enhancing the user experience by eliminating the need for physical connections.

What features does Apple CarPlay have for BMW?

  1. Wireless Connection: BMW offers a wireless connection for Apple CarPlay, allowing drivers to connect their iPhones seamlessly without the need for USB cables. This feature ensures a cleaner and more convenient interface.
  2. User Interface: The CarPlay interface in BMW vehicles mirrors the iPhone interface, providing easy access to essential apps like navigation, music, and communication. The integration is designed to minimize distraction by allowing users to control their iPhones using the car’s built-in controls or Siri voice commands.
  3. Navigation: Apple Maps, Google Maps, and other navigation apps are fully supported. Drivers can receive real-time traffic updates, estimated arrival times, and alternative route suggestions. The integration ensures that navigation information is displayed on both the central infotainment screen and the heads-up display, if equipped.
  4. Communication: CarPlay supports hands-free calling and messaging. Drivers can make calls, send texts, and listen to voicemails using voice commands. The integration with the BMW audio system ensures clear and high-quality audio.
  5. Entertainment: CarPlay provides access to a wide range of audio apps, including Apple Music, Spotify, and podcasts. The BMW audio system, known for its premium quality, enhances the listening experience.
  6. BMW iDrive System: The iDrive system in BMW vehicles offers a high-resolution touchscreen, rotary controller, and voice command capabilities. These control options make it easy to navigate the CarPlay interface safely while driving.

BMW CarPlay Compatibility and Availability:

BMW CarPlay is available in a wide range of models, typically as part of the Connected Package Professional. It is compatible with most iPhones running iOS 7.1 or later. BMW continuously updates its software to ensure compatibility with the latest iOS updates and features.

Advantages of BMW Apple CarPlay:

  1. Enhanced Safety: By allowing drivers to access essential functions through the car’s controls and voice commands, CarPlay minimizes the need to handle the phone, reducing distraction and enhancing safety.
  2. Convenience: The wireless integration ensures a hassle-free connection, maintaining a clean and clutter-free environment in the cabin.
  3. Seamless Experience: The intuitive interface and integration with BMW’s iDrive system provide a seamless and user-friendly experience, making it easier for drivers to stay connected and entertained.

BMW CarPlay Troubleshooting and Solutions

While BMW’s Apple CarPlay integration is designed to provide a seamless experience, users may occasionally encounter issues. Here are some common problems and their solutions:
  1. Connection Issues
Problem: CarPlay is not connecting or frequently disconnects.
Solutions:
  • Restart Devices: Turn off your BMW and iPhone, then restart both.
  • Update Software: Ensure both your BMW’s iDrive system and your iPhone are running the latest software versions.
  • Forget and Re-Pair: On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > CarPlay, select your BMW, and choose “Forget This Car.” Then re-pair your iPhone with your BMW.
  • Check Wireless CarPlay Settings: Ensure that wireless CarPlay is enabled on your BMW. Go to iDrive Settings > Connections > Mobile Devices > Settings > Apple CarPlay.
  1. Audio Issues
Problem: Audio is not playing through the car speakers.
Solutions:
  • Volume Levels: Ensure the volume on both your iPhone and your BMW audio system are turned up.
  • Audio Source: Confirm that CarPlay is selected as the audio source on the iDrive system.
  • Bluetooth Connection: If you are using Bluetooth, ensure that your iPhone is connected via Bluetooth for audio output.
  1. Siri Not Responding
Problem: Siri is not responding to voice commands.
Solutions:
  • Microphone Access: Ensure that Siri has access to the microphone on your iPhone. Go to Settings > Siri & Search > Enable Listen for “Hey Siri.”
  • Voice Command Button: Press and hold the voice command button on the steering wheel to activate Siri manually.
  • Internet Connection: Ensure your iPhone has a stable internet connection as Siri requires internet access to function.
  1. Display Issues
Problem: CarPlay screen is blank or not displaying correctly.
Solutions:
  • Restart iDrive System: Restart the iDrive system by turning off the car for a few minutes and then turning it back on.
  • Screen Resolution: Check the screen resolution settings on your iDrive system and ensure they are set correctly for CarPlay.
  • Cable Quality: If using a wired connection, ensure that the cable is of good quality and not damaged.
  1. App Crashes or Freezes
Problem: CarPlay apps are crashing or freezing.
Solutions:
  • Close and Reopen Apps: On your iPhone, close the problematic app and reopen it.
  • App Updates: Ensure that all CarPlay-compatible apps on your iPhone are up to date.
  • Reinstall Apps: If the problem persists, try uninstalling and reinstalling the problematic app on your iPhone.
  1. Navigation Issues
Problem: Navigation apps are not working correctly.
Solutions:
  • Location Services: Ensure location services are enabled on your iPhone. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and make sure it is turned on.
  • Update Maps: Ensure that your navigation apps (Apple Maps, Google Maps, etc.) are updated to the latest version.
  • Reset Network Settings: If navigation issues persist, try resetting the network settings on your iPhone. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
  1. General Troubleshooting Steps
  • Reset All Settings: If multiple issues persist, you can reset all settings on your iPhone. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. This will not delete your data but will reset system settings.
  • Consult BMW Support: If you are unable to resolve the issue, consult your BMW dealer or BMW customer support for further assistance. They may have additional troubleshooting steps or updates specific to your vehicle model.

BMW Apple CarPlay Upgrade Solutions

Upgrading your BMW’s Apple CarPlay system can enhance your driving experience with improved functionality, better integration, and the latest features. Here are various upgrade solutions and steps to ensure a smooth process:
  1. Software Updates
Solution: Ensure your BMW’s iDrive system is running the latest software version.
Steps:
  • Check for Updates: Visit the BMW ConnectedDrive website or contact your local BMW dealer to check if there is a software update available for your vehicle.
  • Download and Install: If an update is available, follow the instructions provided by BMW to download and install the update. This may involve downloading the update to a USB drive and then installing it in your vehicle.
  • Professional Assistance: For major updates, it might be necessary to visit a BMW service center where trained technicians can perform the update.
  1. Enabling Apple CarPlay
Solution: Enable Apple CarPlay if it is not currently active in your BMW.
Steps:
  • Check Compatibility: Ensure your BMW model supports Apple CarPlay. Models equipped with iDrive 5.0 or higher typically support CarPlay.
  • Purchase Activation Code: Some models may require the purchase of an Apple CarPlay activation code. This can be done through the BMW ConnectedDrive store or via your BMW dealer.
  • Activation Process: Once you have the activation code, follow the instructions to enable CarPlay on your iDrive system. This usually involves entering the code in the iDrive settings under Connections or Mobile Devices.

BMW CarPlay retrofit

Upgrading your BMW to include Apple CarPlay can significantly enhance your driving experience by providing seamless access to your iPhone’s features. Carlinkit Factory offers a range of products specifically designed for BMW models to enable or improve Apple CarPlay functionality. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to retrofit Apple CarPlay in your BMW using Carlinkit Factory products.
  1. Understanding CarPlay Retrofit
What is a Retrofit?
A retrofit involves installing new hardware and/or software into your BMW to enable features that were not originally included when the car was manufactured. For Apple CarPlay, this can mean installing a new head unit or activating software features.
Benefits:
  • Enhanced Connectivity: Seamlessly integrate your iPhone with your BMW’s infotainment system.
  • Improved User Experience: Access navigation, communication, and entertainment apps directly from your car’s display.
  • Increased Vehicle Value: Adding modern features can increase the appeal and value of your vehicle.
  1. Checking Compatibility
Model and Year:
  • BMW models from around 2016 onwards with iDrive 5.0 or later are typically compatible with CarPlay retrofits.
  • Ensure your BMW model (e.g., 3 Series, 5 Series, X3, X5) supports CarPlay. You can check compatibility on the BMW ConnectedDrive website or consult your dealer.
iDrive System:
  • The retrofit process varies depending on whether your car has iDrive 5.0, 6.0, or the newer iDrive 7.0.
  1. Carlinkit Factory Retrofit Products
Carlinkit Factory offers several products that can help you retrofit Apple CarPlay in your BMW:

1. Multimedia Android AI Box

  • Description: This device upgrades your BMW with a full Android system, enabling wireless CarPlay, Android Auto, and access to numerous multimedia applications.
  • Benefits: Seamless integration, enhanced multimedia capabilities, and an improved user interface.

2. Decoders

  • Description: Carlinkit offers a range of decoders compatible with various BMW systems (NBT, EVO, CIC), allowing you to retrofit CarPlay and Android Auto.
  • Benefits: Enables modern infotainment features in older BMW models, providing a significant upgrade in functionality.

3. BMW Screens

  • Description: These screens upgrade your BMW’s display to high-definition touchscreens, running either Android or Linux, enhancing both the look and functionality.
  • Benefits: Improved display quality, touch responsiveness, and additional features like app integration.

4. Power Liftgate

  • Description: The power liftgate retrofit kit allows for automatic opening and closing of your BMW’s trunk.
  • Benefits: Increased convenience and functionality, easy to install and use.
  1. Installation Process
Professional Installation:
  • BMW Dealer or Certified Technician: The safest and most reliable option is to have the retrofit performed by a professional. They have the necessary tools and expertise to ensure the installation is done correctly.
  • Benefits: Professional quality, warranty protection, post-installation support.
DIY Installation:
  • Skill Level: DIY installation is possible for those with automotive and technical skills. It involves following detailed instructions to install hardware and activate software.
  • Steps:
    • Disconnect Battery: Ensure safety by disconnecting the vehicle’s battery before starting the installation.
    • Remove Existing Head Unit: Carefully remove the dashboard trim and existing head unit if necessary.
    • Install New Components: Install the Carlinkit adapter or AI Box according to the instructions provided.
    • Connect Wiring: Connect the necessary wiring harnesses and ensure all connections are secure.
    • Reassemble Dashboard: Reinstall the dashboard trim and any components removed.
    • Activate CarPlay: Use the activation code or software update to enable CarPlay on the new system.
    • Test Functionality: Verify that CarPlay is working correctly and troubleshoot any issues.
  1. Post-Installation Setup
Pairing Your iPhone:
  1. Enable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi: On your iPhone, ensure both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are enabled.
  2. Connect Your iPhone:
    1. For wireless CarPlay: On the iDrive system, go to “Communication” > “Mobile Devices” > “New Device” > “Phone calls and audio.” Select your iPhone from the list and follow the prompts.
    2. For wired CarPlay: Connect your iPhone using a certified Lightning cable.
  3. Customize CarPlay: On your iPhone, go to “Settings” > “General” > “CarPlay” > “Your BMW” to customize the CarPlay interface.
  4. Troubleshooting
Common Issues:
  • Connection Problems: Ensure all cables are securely connected and check for software updates.
  • Audio Issues: Verify volume settings and audio source selections.
  • Display Problems: Restart the iDrive system and iPhone if the display is not functioning correctly.
Support:
  • For persistent issues, consult your BMW dealer or the provider of the retrofit kit for assistance.

BMW CarPlay password

If you are setting up Apple CarPlay in your BMW and encounter a request for a password, it typically refers to the Bluetooth pairing process between your iPhone and your BMW’s iDrive system. Here’s how to handle this situation:
  1. Pairing Your iPhone with BMW iDrive
Steps:
  1. Enable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi: On your iPhone, ensure that both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned on.
  2. Access iDrive Settings: In your BMW, navigate to the iDrive system and select “Communication” or “Mobile Devices.”
  3. Add a New Device: Select “New Device” and then choose “Phone calls and audio.”
  4. Select Your iPhone: Your iPhone should appear on the list of available devices. Select it.
  5. Bluetooth Pairing Request: A Bluetooth pairing request will appear on both your iPhone and your BMW’s iDrive screen.
  6. Handling the Password Request
Default Password:
  • Often, the password for pairing is a four-digit code that will appear on both your iPhone and the iDrive screen. It is usually a randomly generated number that should match on both devices.
  • Example: If the iDrive screen shows “1234” and your iPhone also shows “1234,” enter this code to confirm the pairing.
Manual Entry:
  • If prompted to enter a password manually, you can use common default codes such as “0000” or “1234.”
  • Note: These codes are standard for many Bluetooth devices, but always verify if a specific code is provided by the iDrive system.
  1. Troubleshooting Common Issues
No Password Displayed:
  • Ensure both devices are within range and Bluetooth is enabled.
  • Restart both your iPhone and the iDrive system.
  • Re-initiate the pairing process by deleting any previous Bluetooth connections and starting fresh.
Pairing Fails:
  • Ensure that your BMW’s iDrive system and iPhone software are up to date.
  • Reset network settings on your iPhone: Go to “Settings” > “General” > “Reset” > “Reset Network Settings.”
  • Clear all paired devices from the iDrive system and try pairing again.
  1. Post-Pairing Setup
Enable CarPlay:
  • Once Bluetooth pairing is successful, a prompt on your iPhone will ask if you want to use Apple CarPlay.
  • Accept the prompt to enable CarPlay.
  • Follow any additional on-screen instructions to complete the setup.
  1. Professional Assistance
Consult Your Dealer:
  • If issues persist, contact your BMW dealer or customer support for further assistance. They can provide specific troubleshooting steps or perform necessary software updates.

Does your BMW have Apple CarPlay?

To find out if your BMW supports Apple CarPlay, you can follow these steps:
  1. Check the Vehicle’s Specifications

Option 1: BMW Owner’s Manual

Step: Refer to the owner’s manual that came with your BMW. Look for information about the infotainment system and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
Details: The manual typically provides detailed information about the features available in your specific BMW model and year.

Option 2: BMW ConnectedDrive Website

Step: Visit the BMW ConnectedDrive website.
Details: Enter your vehicle’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) to check the available features and services, including Apple CarPlay compatibility.
  1. Check the iDrive System
Step-by-Step Instructions:
Start Your BMW: Turn on the ignition and let the iDrive system boot up.
Access iDrive Menu: Navigate to the main menu of the iDrive system.
Go to “Communication” or “ConnectedDrive”: Depending on your iDrive version, select either “Communication” or “ConnectedDrive.”
Select “Mobile Devices”:
For iDrive 6.0 and newer: Go to “Mobile Devices” > “Settings” > “Apple CarPlay.”
For older versions: Look for options related to “ConnectedDrive” or “Mobile Devices.”
Check for Apple CarPlay Option: If you see an option for Apple CarPlay, your BMW supports it. If not, your vehicle may not have CarPlay enabled or installed.
  1. Use the BMW VIN Decoder
Online Tools:
Step: Use an online BMW VIN decoder tool such as BMW VIN Decoder or Mdecoder.
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Enter your BMW’s VIN into the decoder tool.
Details: The decoder will provide a detailed list of features and options that were included when your BMW was manufactured. Look for Apple CarPlay or smartphone integration under the infotainment features.
  1. Contact BMW Customer Support
Step: Reach out to BMW customer support or your local BMW dealer.
Details: Provide them with your vehicle’s VIN, and they can confirm whether Apple CarPlay is supported and if any updates or activations are required.
  1. Check BMW ConnectedDrive App
Step: Download and log in to the BMW ConnectedDrive app on your smartphone.
Details: After logging in with your BMW account, the app will provide information about your vehicle’s connected services, including whether Apple CarPlay is available.

What If Your BMW Doesn’t Have CarPlay?

If your BMW does not come with Apple CarPlay, you have options to retrofit or activate it:
**1. OEM Activation:
Description: If your BMW has the necessary hardware, you may only need an activation code to enable Apple CarPlay.
How to Get It: Contact your BMW dealer or purchase the activation code from the BMW ConnectedDrive store.
  1. Aftermarket Solutions:
Description: Products like those from Carlinkit Factory can help retrofit Apple CarPlay in your BMW.
Products: Options include wireless CarPlay adapters and AI boxes for adding CarPlay functionality.

When did BMW get Apple CarPlay?

BMW began offering Apple CarPlay as an option starting with the 2017 model year. Here’s a brief overview of how BMW integrated Apple CarPlay over the years:

2016

  • Introduction: BMW announced the integration of Apple CarPlay for its vehicles but the feature was available in limited models.
  • Models: Early adopters included select 2016 models with the iDrive 5.0 system, but widespread availability began in 2017.

2017

  • Availability: BMW officially introduced Apple CarPlay as an optional feature in many of its models.
  • Models: The feature was available in popular models such as the BMW 3 Series, 5 Series, X3, X5, and others equipped with the iDrive 5.0 or newer systems.
  • Note: Initially, Apple CarPlay was offered as a subscription service.

2018

  • Expansion: BMW expanded CarPlay availability across more models and began to offer it as a one-time purchase option instead of a subscription.

2019

  • Wireless CarPlay: BMW became one of the first automakers to offer wireless Apple CarPlay in addition to the wired version. Models with iDrive 7.0 started to include wireless CarPlay capability.

2020 and Beyond

  • Standard Feature: Apple CarPlay started to become a standard or more widely available option across most new BMW models.
  • Improved Integration: Enhanced integration with the iDrive system, including better support for third-party apps and features like split-screen functionality.

How to get Apple CarPlay on BMW?

f you want to add Apple CarPlay to your BMW, here are the steps you can follow depending on your vehicle’s current setup and capabilities:
  1. Check Your BMW’s Compatibility
Before proceeding, ensure your BMW is compatible with Apple CarPlay. BMW models from 2017 onwards with iDrive 5.0 or later typically support CarPlay. You can check compatibility by:
  • Consulting the Owner’s Manual: Look for information about Apple CarPlay in the infotainment section.
  • Using BMW ConnectedDrive: Visit the BMW ConnectedDrive website and enter your VIN to check for CarPlay compatibility.
  • Checking iDrive Settings: Navigate to “Communication” > “Mobile Devices” > “Settings” > “Apple CarPlay” in your iDrive menu.
  1. Enable CarPlay in Your Existing iDrive System
If your BMW is compatible but CarPlay is not yet activated, you may need an activation code or subscription.
Steps:
  1. Visit BMW ConnectedDrive Store:
    1. Log in to the BMW ConnectedDrive Store with your account.
    2. Search for Apple CarPlay Activation.
    3. Purchase the activation code or subscription if required.
  2. Activate CarPlay:
    1. After purchasing, you will receive an activation code.
    2. Go to your BMW’s iDrive menu, navigate to “Communication” > “Mobile Devices” > “Settings” > “Apple CarPlay.”
    3. Enter the activation code to enable CarPlay.
  3. Retrofit CarPlay Using Aftermarket Solutions
If your BMW is not factory-equipped with Apple CarPlay, you can retrofit it using aftermarket solutions such as Carlinkit products.
Steps:
  1. Purchase a Carlinkit Adapter:
    1. Visit the Our website and choose a suitable CarPlay adapter for your BMW model.
  2. Install the Adapter:
    1. Follow the instructions provided with the adapter.
    2. Typically, you will connect the adapter to the USB port in your BMW.
    3. Pair the adapter with your iPhone via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
  3. Set Up CarPlay:
    1. On your iPhone, go to “Settings” > “General” > “CarPlay” and select your BMW.
    2. Follow the prompts to complete the setup.
  4. Professional Installation
For a seamless experience, consider having Apple CarPlay professionally installed.
Steps:
  1. Contact Your BMW Dealer:
    1. Schedule an appointment with your local BMW dealer or a certified BMW service center.
    2. They can provide OEM retrofit solutions and ensure proper installation.
  2. Discuss Options:
    1. Ask about available CarPlay retrofit kits and installation costs.
    2. They will install and activate CarPlay, ensuring it works perfectly with your vehicle’s system.
  3. Pairing Your iPhone with CarPlay
Once Apple CarPlay is installed or activated, you need to pair your iPhone with the iDrive system.
Steps:
  1. Enable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi: On your iPhone, ensure both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned on.
  2. Access iDrive Menu: In your BMW, navigate to “Communication” > “Mobile Devices” > “New Device” > “Phone calls and audio.”
  3. Select Your iPhone: Your iPhone should appear on the list of available devices. Select it.
  4. Follow Prompts: A Bluetooth pairing request will appear. Confirm the pairing on both your iPhone and the iDrive screen.
  5. Enable CarPlay: Once paired, you’ll be prompted to enable Apple CarPlay on your iPhone. Follow the instructions to complete the setup.

How to connect Apple CarPlay to BMW

Connecting Apple CarPlay to your BMW allows you to seamlessly integrate your iPhone with your car’s infotainment system, providing access to navigation, communication, entertainment, and more. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you connect Apple CarPlay to your BMW.
  1. Ensure Compatibility
  • Check your BMW model: Apple CarPlay is available on BMW models from 2017 onwards with iDrive 5.0 or later.
  • Software updates: Make sure both your BMW’s iDrive system and your iPhone have the latest software updates.
  1. Enable CarPlay on Your iPhone
  • Enable Siri: CarPlay requires Siri to be enabled. Go to Settings > Siri & Search, and make sure “Listen for ‘Hey Siri’,” “Press Side Button for Siri,” and “Allow Siri When Locked” are all turned on.
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi: Ensure both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned on.
  1. Connect Apple CarPlay via Wireless (if supported)
Steps for Wireless Connection:
  1. Start Your BMW: Turn on the ignition and let the iDrive system boot up.
  2. Enable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on iPhone: Ensure both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are enabled on your iPhone.
  3. Access iDrive Menu:
    1. Go to “Communication” or “Mobile Devices” in the iDrive menu.
    2. Select “New Device” > “Phone calls and audio.”
  4. Pair Your iPhone:
    1. Your iPhone should appear in the list of available devices on the iDrive screen.
    2. Select your iPhone and confirm the pairing request on both your iPhone and the iDrive screen.
  5. Enable Apple CarPlay:
    1. After pairing, a prompt will appear on your iPhone asking if you want to use Apple CarPlay.
    2. Select “Use CarPlay” to enable it.
  6. Connect Apple CarPlay via USB (if wireless is not supported)
Steps for Wired Connection:
  1. Start Your BMW: Turn on the ignition and let the iDrive system boot up.
  2. Connect via USB:
    1. Use a certified Lightning cable to connect your iPhone to the USB port in your BMW.
  3. Enable Apple CarPlay:
    1. A prompt will appear on your iPhone asking if you want to use Apple CarPlay.
    2. Select “Use CarPlay” to enable it.
  4. Customize CarPlay Settings
Customize CarPlay Interface:
  1. Go to Settings on iPhone:
    1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
    2. Go to “General” > “CarPlay.”
  2. Select Your BMW:
    1. Tap on your BMW in the list of available cars.
  3. Customize Layout:
    1. Rearrange the order of apps and remove or add apps according to your preference.
  4. Troubleshooting Common Issues
Connection Problems:
  • Restart Devices: Restart both your BMW and your iPhone if they do not connect initially.
  • Check Compatibility: Ensure your BMW model and iDrive system are compatible with Apple CarPlay.
  • Update Software: Make sure your iPhone and iDrive system have the latest software updates.
Audio Issues:
  • Volume Levels: Ensure the volume on both your iPhone and BMW audio system is turned up.
  • Audio Source: Confirm that CarPlay is selected as the audio source on the iDrive system.
Display Problems:
  • Restart iDrive System: Restart the iDrive system and your iPhone if the display is not functioning correctly.
  • Check Connections: Ensure all cables are securely connected if using a wired connection.
  1. Professional Assistance
Consult Your Dealer:
  • If issues persist, contact your BMW dealer or customer support for further assistance. They can provide specific troubleshooting steps or perform necessary software updates.

How to reset BMW Apple CarPlay?

If you’re experiencing issues with Apple CarPlay in your BMW, resetting the system can often resolve these problems. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to reset Apple CarPlay in your BMW:
  1. Restart Your iPhone and BMW iDrive System
Restarting Your iPhone:
  1. iPhone X and Later:
    1. Press and hold the side button and either volume button until the power off slider appears.
    2. Drag the slider, then wait 30 seconds for your device to turn off.
    3. To turn your device back on, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo.
  2. iPhone 8 and Earlier:
    1. Press and hold the top (or side) button until the power off slider appears.
    2. Drag the slider, then wait 30 seconds for your device to turn off.
    3. To turn your device back on, press and hold the top (or side) button until you see the Apple logo.
Restarting the BMW iDrive System:
  • Turn off your BMW, wait a few minutes, and then restart the vehicle. This can help reset the iDrive system.
  1. Forget and Re-Pair Your iPhone
On Your iPhone:
  1. Go to Settings:
    1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Navigate to Bluetooth:
    1. Go to Bluetooth settings.
  3. Forget Device:
    1. Find your BMW in the list of connected devices and tap the “i” icon next to it.
    2. Select “Forget This Device” and confirm.
On Your BMW iDrive System:
  1. Access Mobile Devices:
    1. Go to “Communication” or “Mobile Devices” in the iDrive menu.
  2. Manage Devices:
    1. Select your iPhone from the list of paired devices.
    2. Choose “Remove Device” or “Delete.”
  3. Reset Apple CarPlay Settings on iPhone
  4. Go to Settings:
    1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  5. Navigate to General:
    1. Go to “General” > “CarPlay.”
  6. Select Your BMW:
    1. Tap on your BMW in the list of cars.
  7. Forget This Car:
    1. Select “Forget This Car” and confirm.
  8. Re-Pair and Reconnect Apple CarPlay
Steps for Wireless Connection:
  1. Enable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi:
    1. Ensure both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned on your iPhone.
  2. Access iDrive Menu:
    1. In your BMW, navigate to “Communication” or “Mobile Devices.”
  3. Add a New Device:
    1. Select “New Device” > “Phone calls and audio.”
  4. Pair Your iPhone:
    1. Select your iPhone from the list of available devices.
    2. Follow the on-screen prompts to pair.
  5. Enable CarPlay:
    1. Once paired, a prompt will appear on your iPhone asking if you want to use Apple CarPlay.
    2. Select “Use CarPlay” to enable it.
Steps for Wired Connection:
  1. Connect via USB:
    1. Use a certified Lightning cable to connect your iPhone to the USB port in your BMW.
  2. Enable CarPlay:
    1. A prompt will appear on your iPhone asking if you want to use Apple CarPlay.
    2. Select “Use CarPlay” to enable it.
  3. Update Software
Update iPhone Software:
  1. Go to Settings:
    1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Navigate to General:
    1. Go to “General” > “Software Update.”
  3. Install Updates:
    1. If an update is available, download and install it.
Update BMW iDrive Software:
  • Visit BMW’s Website: Check the BMW ConnectedDrive website for available updates or contact your BMW dealer.
  1. Reset Network Settings (Optional)
On Your iPhone:
  1. Go to Settings:
    1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Navigate to General:
    1. Go to “General” > “Reset.”
  3. Reset Network Settings:
    1. Select “Reset Network Settings” and confirm.
  4. Professional Assistance
Contact Your Dealer:
  • If issues persist, consult your BMW dealer or customer support for further assistance. They can provide specific troubleshooting steps or perform necessary software updates.