In 2022, you will need to update your BMW iDrive software. When and How to Do It

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Let’s give you a quick rundown on how it works. There are basically two
kinds of BMW iDrive software updates.

Autosvs iDrive software update is an update that upgrades the software
version (i-Level) of your iDrive system. It is needed when installing some
new software or hardware which is only supposed to work with the latest
software versions. The update is performed by Autosvs technician via a remote
coding session and takes up to 1h. We strongly advise not to do it without a
justifiable reason.

BMW ConnectedDrive software update, or media software update. This may
cover things like multimedia, Bluetooth, Internet connectivity, or mobile
compatibility with the latest version of Apple iOS or Samsung/Android system.
Any owner can install this kind of update themselves as long as their car
features a Combox, which works with iDrive and enhances many technology
features in your BMW. Newer NBT and later iDrive systems have Combox
functionality built-in, making things even easier. But even older models can
be retrofitted with iDrive (at and Combox (check out the
Autosvs Combox Retrofit Kit), adding greater multimedia capabilities.

When it comes to updating your car’s software, most people are looking at
getting more from the iDrive infotainment system. At Autosvs, we offer iDrive
software updates for a range of situations. What’s more, our innovative
remote process means you won’t even need to leave home. Just connect with our
expert technician over the internet, and all the hard work will be done for
you. Our MINI/BMW iDrive software update lets you individually update the
software of your iDrive, letting you solve compatibility or other

Please note that iDrive software updates of this kind are not advised
unless necessary to solve specific problems, and are not required as part of
routine maintenance of your vehicle. With that in mind, be sure to get in
touch with us before ordering to discuss whether an iDrive software update is
suitable for your needs.
BMW software version

How do I know if my BMW needs an iDrive software update?
Updating your iDrive software is only required in a limited range of
situations. For example, if you want to activate a specific feature (like
full-screen mode for Apple CarPlay), but it isn’t supported by your vehicle’s
current software version, updating your software could be the answer. It may
also be the solution when running into compatibility issues with third-party
hardware that isn’t designed to work with older iDrive software versions.

Without a clear goal in mind or a specific problem that needs fixing, your
BMW will almost never need a software update.

How long does a BMW iDrive software update take?
Updating your BMW iDrive software only takes around an hour.

During that time, however, your vehicle will need to be connected to a 15A
(minimum) battery charger, with the ignition on. Without a charger, you run
the risk of having your car cut out during the session, particularly if your
battery isn’t already fully charged. If your BMW switches off before the
update is complete, it could cause critical errors to your vehicle’s

Download Software update via BMW website
If your vehicle came with a newer iDrive system from the factory, or is an
older vehicle with a factory-installed Combox, you can search for the latest
ConnectedDrive software version for your vehicle on BMW’s software update

After entering your VIN, BMW will check its records to see which software
is already installed in your car. If there is a newer version, you’ll be able
to download the file (e.g. upd07044 or UPD11024) straight from BMW’s website,
ready to transfer to a formatted USB flash drive. Inserting the flash drive
into the USB port will let you install the software update. You’ll then
immediately be able to connect a wider variety of devices to your BMW and
start enjoying more multimedia features in your car, without having to take a
trip to the dealer.

If there isn’t a more recent version of the software available for your
car, BMW’s software update website will tell you so. In that case, a simple
software update isn’t going to be enough to add any features you’re

Download Software update via My BMW App
The remote software upgrade is also available via My BMW App. Included in
the BMW Connected Drive package, My BMW App is application integrating your
Apple or Android smartphone with your car. You can use it for multiple
functions, like programming destinations before you get into your car,
setting the climate control, unlocking your doors, but also downloading a
Remote Software upgrade via Wi-Fi.

Here’s how to do the software upgrade via My BMW App:
Enter the app and find the Remote Software Upgrade menu.
Go to Remote Software Upgrade settings and choose the Wi-Fi only’
Click on Start download’.
When the download is completed connect your phone to your vehicle via
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
In your iDrive settings, check your connections in the Mobile devices’
To establish a Wi-Fi connection click on new device’.
Select Internet, apps’.
Scan the QR code with your phone.
You’ll receive a Wi-Fi token, which you’ll have to accept to establish the
With the Wi-Fi connection established, the software upgrade will be
uploaded during your journey.
If your BMW still lacks important features the third option is

Autosvs offers BMW remote coding to improve connectivity with your
smartphone and third-party apps, with coding options including Enhanced
Bluetooth, BMW Apps and Apple CarPlay. Like updating your software, BMW
coding can be as simple as plugging a flash drive into the USB port in your

BMW iDrive coding
Autosvs’s range of multimedia products for BMW also includes a hardware
Apple CarPlay retrofit as well as our SmartView HD ATV4 and SmartView HD
Flex, offering Apple TV and smartphone mirroring support respectively.

Want to know how to code your BMW at home? Learn all about BMW

You will only be able to download and install a software update file from
BMW if your Combox or compatible iDrive is factory installed. If you
installed the Autosvs Combox Retrofit Kit or Autosvs NBT Navigation Retrofit
Kit, BMW’s records will still reflect that your car doesn’t have the new
hardware, and therefore, won’t show that you qualify for the software update.
In that case, all you do is get in touch with us and we’ll get you the
official BMW update.

Whether you get the update directly from BMW or us, installing the software
update is no more complicated than updating your navigation’s map. Simply put
the file on a thumb drive or other USB memory stick, plug it into the armrest
USB port and go to the Settings menu in iDrive. Locate the Software Update
option in the menu and follow the instructions on the screen.

Pretty straight-forward. But there’s one final question: what if you add a
Combox or NBT Navigation using a Autosvs upgrade kit and BMW introduces an
essential main software update sometime down the road? No worries. Just
remove the Combox/NBT before taking your BMW to your dealer for the update.
Then reinstall it when you get it back. If it needs recoding as sometimes
happens, just contact our tech team and we’ll get it going again in no

Apple fans will also be excited about being able to Retrofit Carplay into
an older BMW if they decide on retrofitting NBT EVO with ID5/ID6 into their

The bottom line is, iDrive and Combox Media functionality can really make
driving and using your BMW infinitely more enjoyable. So if you have the
chance to upgrade, we say go for it. And, of course, we’re here to help if
you want to do those upgrades yourself. Have questions or still need some
guidance? Just get in touch!

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