How To Restart BMW Idrive?


Read an interesting post about this. I want to know what happens if you disconnect the battery because I’m new to iDrive. or disable the iDrive’s control fuse?

I’m not sure, but you might not want to completely disconnect the batteries in a BMW without taking some precautions because I’ve heard that if the car loses all power, it might enter an anti-theft mode. I’m not sure because I don’t work on my autos.

Anyhow, that wasn’t the type of reset the OP was referring about.

When you lock the car and turn it off, iDrive completely shuts off for roughly 12 minutes. In most BMWs, you can restart the computer for the idrive system, navigation, etc. by holding down the volume button for 20 to 25 seconds constantly. The volume is only momentarily turned off when the volume button is pressed; the system is not restarted.

Resetting BMW iDrive 8 hard

Over the months of December and January, I test-driven the electric BMW iX. Although I was given the xDrive 40 model, I traveled to Germany in October 2021 to see the xDrive 50’s European introduction. My article on that is available here.

I tried every piece of technology I could throughout my time with the iX. Using Digital Key Plus, I registered my iPhone 13 Pro and Apple Watch Series 6 as automobile keys. Additionally, I connected the My BMW app to the vehicle so I could use several features from a distance. This includes using the hooter, the climate control, the lights, or locking/unlocking the automobile.

Additionally, it gave me access to real-time data on the battery’s condition, range, and other details like when I charge the car. I often receive push alerts when the charge has started, an update if an error occurs, and a final update when the charge is finished.

The car ceased warning me about the charge info, range, and battery health somewhere between December and January. I’m not sure if it was caused by entering the year 2022 or if there was a bug, but I too didn’t receive a record of my charge history despite charging the car frequently up until January 13 when I was able to resolve the problem.

I tried everything, including logging out of the app, removing the car from the phone’s Bluetooth settings, deleting the app, etc., but nothing worked. Since the iX is also the first vehicle to use iDrive 8, BMW’s most recent operating system, a repair was obviously challenging to locate. Another reason is that cars with operating system 7 no longer have a physical power button.

Giving iDrive 8 a hard reset is the solution. Remember that doing this is equivalent to performing a hard reset on your iPhone; it only clears the cache and repairs issues, not any data.

You may already be aware that the infotainment system is still accessible when the car is started without the brake being applied. I used the volume key to try to hard reset it in this manner, but nothing happened.

A short thank you to Stefan at BMW Midrand who assisted me. He was in the product division before, but is now in sales. He informed BMW that the lack of a power button for a hard reset is a problem. He advised me to start the car correctly, with my foot on the brake, and then to perform a hard reset. It succeeded.

Can BMW iDrive be reset?

Connected Drive by BMW. Select “CAR menu” > Settings > General settings > “Reset vehicle data” on your BMW with Operating System 7 to reset your personal data and settings. Select “Menu” in your BMW with Operating System 8. Reset vehicle data under “System settings”

How is a BMW manually reset?

The mechanic will reset the computer in your BMW after the service is complete so it can record your mileage and let you know when the car will need maintenance again in the future. However, the techniques listed below can help you if you maintain your own car but are unclear of how to reset the computer system.

  • With the engine off, turn the key to the ON position.
  • For TEN seconds, press and HOLD the ODOMETER button. It can be found at the Instrument Cluster’s extreme bottom LEFT corner.
  • The dash screen will display FGSTNR along with a number. Your chassis number is this.
  • The LAST FOUR numerals are added. Ex: 3+4+5+6= 18 Your UNLOCK CODE is going to be 18.
  • Press and hold the ODOMETER button one more until the FGSTNR clearing area appears.
  • Press the odometer button until the upper Menu area (entering code menu) reaches 19 after the bottom area has cleared; When you do, the text will appear at the bottom: Press the odometer button to enter your unlock code after turning the lock on. This is seen in the bottom portion.
  • The screen will appear as in the image above after a little period, at which point the menu will once again appear at the top. To access the number 21 menu, press the odometer button.
  • On the screen’s bottom, it will say: RESET? To complete the reset, press the odometer button.

Your BMW’s computer has been restarted! The existing settings must now be added again, or new ones must be added.

**NOTE: Slowly repeat the procedures if you are unable to reset the BMW computer on your first attempt. If you’re still having trouble, ask the dealership for help or refer to your car’s owner’s manual.

Updates to BMW iDrive are possible?

Installing the software update is no more difficult than updating your navigation’s map, whether you acquire it straight from BMW or us. Simply load the file onto a USB memory stick or other thumb drive, insert it into the armrest USB port, and access iDrive’s Settings menu. Find the Software Update option in the menu, then adhere to the on-screen directions.

Simple to understand. One more concern remains, though: what if you use a BimmerTech upgrade kit to install a Combox or NBT Navigation and BMW later releases a crucial main software update? Not to worry. Simply take out the Combox/NBT before bringing your BMW in for an upgrade. When you receive it back, install it again. Contact our IT staff if it has to be recoded, as it occasionally does, and we’ll have it working again in no time.

If they choose to retrofit NBT EVO with ID5/ID6 into their BMW, Apple aficionados will also be thrilled by the ability to install Retrofit Carplay in an older BMW.

On a BMW, where is the reset button?

Details regarding your unique BMW model can be found in your owner’s manual. Till the service notice shows, press and hold the tiny odometer button in the instrument panel’s lower left corner. When the message asks “Reset?” release the button, then press and hold it once again. Press and hold the button while releasing it once more.

How can I reset the dashboard on my BMW?

Find the tiny odometer button in the instrument panel’s lower left corner. until the service message shows, press and hold. When the message says “Reset,” let go of the button and press and hold it once more.

How can I check the service on my BMW iDrive?

If your car has iDrive, you may retrieve the service history by going to Vehicle Information -> Vehicle Status -> Service Requirements -> Service History. You may see illustrations that outline each step on the left side of the page. You will also be able to see the dates of the most recent maintenance and the work that was done if your automobile was built after March 2009.

Additional methods for gaining access to your car’s history are as follows:

  • You should check the warranty details, as a good reminder. This will inform you of any remaining coverage or associated benefits. as well as looking over the vehicle health report. This will give you a general idea of the situation and any problems that can arise.

How do I update the BMW app?

In the car, perform the following steps to update apps and services: – In the idrive menu, go to the “installed apps” menu item, press the idrive option button. – Go to installed services in the linked drive services and update those.

What does BMW’s iDRIVE mean?

The BMW vehicle control system is the subject of this article. IDrive Inc. is the name of the internet storage company. To learn more, go to iDrive.

Most auxiliary vehicle systems are managed by the in-car communications and entertainment system known as iDrive in late-model BMW vehicles. It debuted with the 2001 launch of the E65 7 Series. A control knob situated on the center console and an LCD panel mounted in the dashboard make up the system’s single control architecture, which unifies a variety of functions.

The climate (heating and air conditioner), music system (radio and CD player), navigation system, and communication system can all be managed by the driver (and, in some versions, front-seat passengers).

Due to Rolls-Royce’s ownership by BMW and the fact that Toyota and BMW collaborate on the Toyota Supra, which will be available starting in 2019, iDrive is also employed in contemporary Rolls-Royce vehicles. A condensed version of iDrive, known as Connected, is offered on certain vehicles because Mini is owned by BMW.

How much does a new BMW iDrive cost?

I’ve been wondering how much it would cost to upgrade to the newest IDRIVE, so I’ve been giving it a lot of thought. I want to upgrade to a new 2012 or 2013 IDRIVE with all the bells and whistles, but I’m not sure if it will be worthwhile.

Basic CIC idrives with maps, voice control, and video in motion cost between $2200 and $2500; occasionally, a backup camera can be included in that price.

On my 2008, I’ve been meaning to upgrade as well. a full cic with combos, a front pdc, and a rear camera was desired. Like the OP said, it has all the bells and whistles.

Please also PM me. I have a 2008 M3 and would really like the new CIC with the new controller, buttons, etc., Bluetooth playback for an iPod or Droid phone, new maps with a high-resolution screen, and a backup camera would be a good addition.

Any information you can give me regarding this refit would be greatly welcomed and useful. Alekshop said I would only need to drive to the dealership to have the software updated. TECH, if I installed the entire system myself, what tuning is required afterward.

You would need to get in touch with me outside of the forum since I’m no longer a merchant here.

I have a 2010 CIC system, but I don’t have internet access, sound streaming Bluetooth, or any BMW apps. I believe all I would need to upgrade to this level is a combox.

Do you market and code the combox? I’m attempting to put up one for the wife’s 2010 E70 2010 X5 with coding. Can you send me any information via private message? thanks!