Everything You Need to Know About Upgrading Your BMW X3

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the BMW X3
Modern BMW models are generally compatible with different types of remote
key fobs, which come already pre-programmed by BMW factories. This is very
convenient for the owners, as they do not have to bother with any additional
programming. All you’ve got to remember when you purchase a new key fob is to
follow a few easy instructions to get it activated.

How to change X3 key battery
Do you own an F25 without Comfort Access? Remember that the battery of a
standard key fob is non-rechargeable and lasts up to three years, so you
might want to change it after that period of time. If you’ve noticed your key
fob has entirely stopped working or its remote range has gotten worse,
replace it even sooner.

Learn  how to take apart BMW X3 key
fob and replace its battery in this video.

Replacing the battery is a piece of cake ūüôā First take out the internal key
blade – underneath you’ll find a small hole behind the plastic back plate of
the fob. Then just pry off the back plate with a key blade and done! Easy
access to the CR 2450 battery.

How to get a new BMW key
In case changing your battery doesn’t help at all, it may mean that the
problem is with the key fob itself. So what should you do in that situation?
Your only option is to get a new original BMW key fob.

Check how to replace you BMW remote key fob

BMW programs all F25 key fobs for security reasons. That way the original
key fob is an exact match for your vehicle and can’t be replaced with a
second-hand one. It was vital for BMW to introduce that process for their
cars, as it largely prevents thieves from gaining unauthorised access to your
vehicle. You can find an original BMW F25 replacement key fob in our Autosvs
store – we guarantee its quality and proper functioning. Fobs are available
with or without the laser cut key blade.

How to program BMW X3 key fob
When you receive your F25 key fob the next step is to activate it before
pairing it with your BMW.

Doing so is very simple. After unlocking your vehicle with your existing
key, set the key down away from your car, hold the new fob against the key
markings on the side of the steering column and hold the start/stop button
until the ‘no key’ warning light disappears. Pressing the start/stop button
again will confirm the pairing worked.

How to close BMW windows with remote
What’s great about BMW F25 key fob? It can do much more than locking and
unlocking doors. With it you can also remotely control windows and the
sunroof; to do it just press and hold the lock and unlock buttons on your key
fob to roll the windows up and down.

The remote closing feature may not however be available in your country, so
if you can’t close your vehicle’s windows by pressing the key fob’s button
you’ll have to activate this option through Autosvs’s coding.

If your car lacks the latest technology you’d love to have in your vehicle,
we are going to show you how you can add them to your BMW. Below you’ll see
how to improve your X3 with Apple CarPlay, a Digital Cluster, an upgraded
Sound System, a Backup Camera and a Navigation retrofit.

BMW X3 coding
Autosvs’s coding is not limited to remote window control of your F25. It
also lets you upgrade certain aspects of your iDrive, making your car more suitable
to your needs. 

How to code your BMW X3
The easiest way to code your BMW X3 is through iDrive Coding. At Autosvs we
offer over 40 different coding options you can get through two coding methods,
which depend on your car; coding via cable or via USB.

For vehicles without high-end technology or navigation options coding via
cable is the most suitable option. If you want to start this procedure you’ll
have to connect your laptop to the BMW’s OBD port with an ENET cable. This
way our Autosvs technician will be able to conduct a remote coding session
for your F25. 

But, if you own a BMW F25 manufactured between 2013¬ģC2016, it’s supported
by an NBT, NBT Evo ID4 or NBT Evo ID5/ID6 head unit, and this means coding
via USB is the most convenient option for your car. The biggest benefit of
USB coding is the easy and fast programming process – all you have to do is
plug a thumb drive into your vehicle’s USB port and code your car within

Get to know¬† more about Autosvs’s
Easy iDrive Coding for BMWs

Whatever method you choose you’ll be able to update BMW X3 software from
home at the most suitable time.

What things can you code on a BMW X3?
You have many options to choose from when coding your F25. The popular ones

Video in Motion: Keep your passengers entertained on a long trip and let
them watch movies while you’re driving (learn more about Video in Motion for
Legal Disclaimer Deactivation: Switch off the safety warning that appears
after starting your vehicle.
Enhanced Bluetooth: Improve the connection between your smartphone and F25
(learn more about Enhanced Bluetooth for BMW).
RDC Safety: Take a quick look at your tire pressure displayed on the iDrive
Battery Registration: Register your new car battery and maintain your BMW’s
longevity (learn more about Battery registration).
Which coding options are available to you? It largely depends on your exact
vehicle configuration and iDrive head unit version. Enter a VIN number on
Autosvs’s BMW iDrive coding page and check the full list of available

BMW X3 Apple CarPlay
If you’ve already changed your iDrive settings and you wish to do more on
the iDrive screen, you can use coding to unlock third-party services, like
SiriusXM satellite radio for BMW or BMW’s wireless Apple CarPlay.¬† Many of you probably wouldn’t even consider
purchasing a new car without CarPlay – that’s why a BMW F25 CarPlay retrofit
is such a great way to add a modern twist to your older vehicle.

How to add CarPlay to BMW X3
There are 3 ways you can add Apple CarPlay to your vehicle: through
BMW-original Apple CarPlay activation, our CarPlay Smartbox Retrofit or a
Head Unit Upgrade.

Option 1: Activating your factory BMW Wireless CarPlay in X3
When it comes to BMW Apple CarPlay in F25 you can activate it only if your
car was built after 2016 with the Navigation Professional option. At that
time F25s started to feature NBT Evo ID5/6 head units, which are from the
start prepared for CarPlay, just as any other car with the CarPlay
Preparation (S6CPA) option.

Apple CarPlay activation is in that case an effortless coding process. You
may only need to attach a WiFi antenna to your BMW in order to enable the
connection between your iPhone and your car. Without making any physical
alterations to your vehicle, all of the popular navigation maps, music and
messaging apps will be accessible to you on your iDrive screen. Plus, the
coding process will take you no more than an hour.

Option 2: Retrofitting Carplay with Autosvs’s CarPlay Smartbox Prime
If your F25 won’t let you activate the BMW-original CarPlay, the other
option is to add a compatible product from Autosvs CarPlay Smartbox Prime
retrofit. It’s a hardware upgrade developed specifically to extend the
support for CarPlay and Android Auto. In contrast to factory CarPlay, CarPlay
Smartbox Prime can connect to your iPhone through a built-in antenna or with
the use of Apple white cable, thus doesn’t require a factory-original WiFi
antenna. Additionally, CarPlay Smartbox Prime’s interface is displayed
differently from factory CarPlay. The first one is full-screen by default and
the latter displays in split-screen.

With CarPlay Smartbox Prime you can also add Android Auto to your BMW it’s
a perfect option for those who use Android phones.

Check how to retrofit CarPlay in an older BMW

Option 3: Retrofitting CarPlay with a Head Unit Upgrade
If your BMW was built before 2016 but you still want to enjoy both the full
original CarPlay experience as well as all technological bells and whistles
you will have to upgrade your iDrive head unit to NBT Evo ID5/ID6. This
highly advanced retrofit comes with a bunch of benefits, like an iDrive Touch
controller, HD screen upgrade, CarPlay & BMW Apps pre-installed, and of
course full coding provided by Autosvs.

However, if you just want to add CarPlay to your BMW, you most likely won’t
have to upgrade the entire head unit. If your F25 comes from before 2016 and
is equipped with NBT Evo ID4, you will only need two parts  the aftermarket head unit and possibly the
ATM module. F25s made between 04/2013¬ģC03/2016 feature regular NBT, which
requires a different head unit upgrade but already has the required 8.8¬į¬Ī HD
screen and touch controller. Whereas F25s from 2010¬ģC2013 with CIC head unit
need a complex upgrade in this case the whole NBT Evo ID5/ID6 set has to be

How to watch Netflix in a BMW X3
CarPlay offers a broad range of multimedia possibilities for BMW X3, but
something it lacks is integration with VOD platforms. If you want to play
films and TV series for your passengers while driving, you’ll want to
consider Autosvs’s SmartView HD Apple TVs. They’ll give you the possibility
to stream videos from the most popular movie platforms, such as Netflix, HBO,
Hulu, Amazon Prime, and screen mirror your iOS device.

Our SmartView HD Apple TV4 is particularly enriched with a host of
entertainment apps and games, as well as the Siri virtual assistant and an
improved remote control with a trackpad.

Learn all about our SmartView solutions.

BMW X3 Backup Camera retrofit
Car owners nowadays have high expectations concerning rear view cameras
helping them out in the hardest parking conditions. It is not surprising then
that they’ve become standard addons to all new vehicles in the US and Canada.
But, in case your car isn’t equipped with one, you can buy an aftermarket BMW
X3 rear view camera retrofit from Autosvs.

There are three options for F25 you have to choose from when deciding which
model will suit your car best – MMI, OEM Integration and OEM. All of them
mount the camera discreetly in the trunk handle and use the factory dashboard
screen to display the image from the camera.

*PDC is not included as part of the kit.

There are many reasons to have a backup camera, yet in case you still don’t
know which camera is the right one for your X3 enter your VIN on our BMW Rear
View Camera retrofit page and you’ll get to see which options are compatible
with your vehicle.
Want to see how the MMI Prime looks when installed in the X3? Check out our
latest highlight video on the MMI Prime backup camera.

BMW X3 navigation retrofit
If you would like to upgrade your iDrive even more, you still can implement
a few hardware and software changes to match your F25 to the newest

How to update BMW iDrive navigation
One of the best places to start a retrofit journey in your BMW is the
iDrive head unit. Just by replacing 
your older or more basic iDrive version with up-to-date hardware you
can instantly gain novel features and a modern interface for your F25.

Learn more about upgrading your BMW iDrive
What to do before beginning your upgrade? First of all it’s good to find
out which BMW iDrive version you have, and look at the extra features of NBT
Evo ID6 – the latest head unit for BMW F25.

F25s produced between 2010¬ģC2013 tended to have CIC head units as a premium
option. The model year of 2016 however, brought a series of head unit
upgrades for X3 – NBT, NBT Evo ID4 and NBT Evo ID5 / ID6. So how can you
upgrade to NBT Evo ID6? It largely depends on which iDrive head unit you
already have in your F25.

To retrofit an NBT Evo ID5/6 head unit in your BMW or find out more about
the possible upgrade process, leave us a message.

How to update BMW X3 navigation maps
A full-on iDrive retrofit process seems a bit too much for you? No worries,
the other simple way to modernize your X3 is through updating the BMW
navigation maps. It’s a regular procedure for BMW to add many new roads and
points of interest every 6 months, so that drivers could enjoy the highest
driving comfort and choose the fastest routes.

Updating is easy; all you have to do is upload the latest map data to your
vehicle through the USB port and enter an authorization code from BMW. You
can find map data and the activation code in Autosvs’s¬† BMW Navigation Maps Update.

Retrofit 6WB Digital Cluster in X3
If you want to jump to the next level of comfort and upgrade the looks of
your F25 even more, without a doubt you can with a 6WB OEM digital cluster.
This fully digitalized instrument panel features a digital speedometer,
tachometer, navigation directions, oil temperature display and other gauges.

Despite being very showy, the panel is also great in terms of providing
important information while driving. You can customize it for your own needs,
so that it displays the data you’re most interested in. What’s more, it has
an illuminated screen, thanks to which you can easily see all of the
information at any time of the day.

So, want to know your speed in the blink of an eye? Give up the needle dial
for a numeric display and immediately see how fast you’re driving

Get to know more about BMW’s 6WB digital cluster.

With Autosvs it won’t be a complicated task to retrofit a 6WB digital
cluster in your BMW X3. Check out the tutorial and learn how fast you can
install it at home.

BMW X3 sound system upgrade
If you’re eager to invest in a retrofit project that will help you achieve
the ultimate audio experience, upgrading your BMW F25 stereo by replacing
older speakers or an aftermarket amplifier is definitely worth your
consideration. With a spot-on car audio retrofit you can get a hypnotic
sound, which is considered even better than the premium Harman Kardon sound
systems found in many BMWs. What’s more, installation of this product is a
quick and easy DIY procedure.

BMW X3 audio upgrade
Autosvs built its significant position in the field of car audio with the
superb Premium Audio System, the world’s first drop-in replacement for the
factory BMW amplifier to feature a powerful 64-bit DSP. It differs from the
factory BMW amp with its greater power and clarity.
If you are an owner of an F25 with the base or HiFi stereo options you can
quickly add the amplifier to your car using Autosvs’s harness and bracket
designed specially for BMW vehicles.

BMW X3 speaker upgrade
Even the best quality amp is nothing without its perfectly matched
speakers, which is why Autosvs decided to introduce Alpha One Speakers an
ideal complement to both the Premium Audio System and the factory amplifier.

As standard, X3s are equipped with one of these speaker options: Base, HiFi
(S676A), Top HiFi (S677A) or Harman Kardon (S688A). Yet, although the last
two are considered premium options, the Alpha One Speakers significantly
surpass them in sound quality and power handling. 

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