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What is Bluetooth® wireless technology?
Bluetooth® wireless technology is designed to replace cables for communication between personal communication devices. It is intended for both voice and data communications.
Why is the technology called Bluetooth®?
The Bluetooth® name refers to King Harald ''Bluetooth'' Blaatand, a famous Danish king of the 10th century, who unified Denmark and Norway. Bluetooth® wireless technology is aimed at unifying communication between the telecom and computing industries.
What is the history of Bluetooth® wireless technology?
Bluetooth® wireless technology was developed by Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Nokia and Toshiba in early 1998. These companies later formed a special interest group known as the Bluetooth SIG. The Bluetooth 1.0 specifications were released on July 26, 1999. The technology has recently enjoyed widespread use for hands-free calling.
How does Bluetooth® wireless technology fit in with WiFi?
The IEEE 802.11b (WiFi) standard is commonly used for wireless networking. Bluetooth® wireless technology is not a competitor with 802.11b, but rather a complement to it. While 802.11b is generally a replacement for wired local area networking, Bluetooth® wireless technology is more commonly used as a replacement for cables between individual devices within a very short range (up to 33 feet). Bluetooth® wireless technology is part of the 802.15 standard.
What are some of the uses of Bluetooth® wireless technology?
Depending on the Bluetooth® profiles included on the device, Bluetooth® wireless technology has the capability to wirelessly synchronize and transfer data among devices. The Bluetooth audio capabilities can be used for headset and hands free applications. The exact functionality provided by a Bluetooth enabled device depends on the Bluetooth profiles included.
Is my BMW compatible with Bluetooth® wireless technology?
All BMW Assist-equipped vehicles produced 10/04 or later except 7 Series, which received this service effective with 3/05 production are compatible with Bluetooth® wireless technology. Refer to the
section for more information.
Additional information on the BMW Assist and Bluetooth system is available at
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What are Bluetooth® profiles?
A profile is a description of how to use a specification to implement a particular function. The International Standards Organization (ISO) first came up with the idea of profiles. In Bluetooth® wireless technology, there are several profiles available and they are arranged in a hierarchical fashion. For example, in order to use the headset profile, a device must also include the lower level profiles such as the serial port and general access profiles.
What is the Bluetooth pairing (sometimes referred to as bonding) process?
Devices with Bluetooth® wireless technology must go through a pairing process with the handset before they can be used. Pairing is a special process used when two devices connect for the first time. The pairing process is used to generate a link key that is used for authentication purposes during subsequent Bluetooth connections between the two devices.
Will my handset battery usage time be reduced with Bluetooth® wireless technology enabled?
When Bluetooth® wireless technology is turned on, you may notice that the battery in your mobile phone discharges faster. Please consult your mobile phone Owner's manual for more information. BMW offers recharging cradles for many popular handsets
How do I connect my Bluetooth® wireless technology enabled phone to my BMW Pairing Details
To use your Bluetooth® wireless technology enabled phone in your vehicle, an initial one-time-only pairing procedure is required. To pair your phone, initiate Bluetooth® search mode in the vehicle. Then depending on the handset, initiate search mode or discoverable mode.* Once the vehicle finds the handset, a Bluetooth passkey is required to complete the pairing procedure. Please see
Currently Available Phones
section for more information.
What is the Bluetooth Passkey?
Some vehicles require a random passkey to pair the handset to the vehicle. You may choose any combination of 4 to 16 digits. Enter the passkey on the phone or vehicle, as prompted, and then the other device will ask you to verify it. Some vehicles require a fixed Bluetooth passkey for verification which is included in the vehicle's Owner's Manual. Vehicles with a fixed Bluetooth® passkey include:
2005 and earlier 3 Series Sedan
2006 and earlier 3 Series Coupe and Convertible
2008 and earlier 7 Series
2010 and earlier X3 SAV
2006 and earlier X5 SAV
2008 and earlier Z4
2006 and earlier M3 Coupe and Convertible
*Please consult your handset owner's manual to learn about your handset's Bluetooth® features and functions including turning on Bluetooth®, pairing procedures and other options.
How do I place a call?
To make a call, select an entry in your phonebook using your multifunction steering wheel keys, iDrive or radio controls. Then press the telephone or “speak” button to dial the desired number. It’s that easy. In certain vehicles you can also use voice-activated controls, radio or on-board monitor keys to dial a number. See your Owner’s Manual for details.
What is a Docking Cradle?
BMW's optional handset cradle* provides power for your mobile phone and helps keep the battery charged. Your hands-free system also includes an external antenna connection for improved reception and a safe-latching mechanism to keep the mobile phone in a secure location. BMW encourages you to purchase a center-installed cradle for your handset with Bluetooth® wireless technology. Please visit your
for a list of available cradles or visit
*BMW offers cradles only for certain phones with Bluetooth® wireless technology
Can I pair multiple handsets to the vehicle?
You can pair up to 4 handsets. As of Model Year 2011 BMWs, you may have up to three devices connected at the same time. In vehicles older than Model Year 2011, only one handset can be connected to the vehicle at a time.
Which handset will operate hands-free if multiple-paired handsets with Bluetooth® wireless technology are in the vehicle?
The vehicle will search for the most recently paired handset first. In most newer BMWs, it is also possible to select the desired device to be paired from the iDrive system.
Is there a video available to show me how to pair my handset to my BMW?
Yes, there are videos available. Refer to the
section and select your vehicle and associated video. Please consult your mobile phone owner's manual for more information.
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