BMW iDrive USB Software Update, How To

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How to update your BMW iDrive / ConnectedDrive software from home.

As modern BMWs become less mechanical and more electrical, it is important to keep your vehicle updated with the latest version of iDrive / ConnectedDrive. Just like your smartphone software updates, the latest BMW iDrive / ConnectedDrive versions provide bug fixes, compatibility updates to newer Bluetooth standards and overall stability updates among other things.

Many BMW owners think this software update can only be done by a BMW dealership, however, it can be performed at home in under 15 minutes. Below we will go over the simple steps to perform this procedure. What do I need to update my BMW iDrive / ConnectedDrive software?

A computer with internet access
A USB thumb drive
Your 17 Digit VIN (Vehicle Identification Number).

What is the procedure to update my BMW iDrive / ConnectedDrive from home?

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Visit BMW websiteEnter your 17 digit VIN. The VIN can be found on the placard inside the driver’s door jamb or the corner of the windshield. Download the file to your USB drive. Make sure the USB drive is blank and only contains the software update file.

Insert the USB thumb drive into the USB slot inside your vehicle. This is found under the armrest on most models. Turn the vehicle ignition on.

Navigate your iDrive / ConnectedDrive to “Main Menu”.Under “Main Menu”, select “Settings”.

Under “Settings”, select “Software Update”.

Under “Software Update”, select “Update Software”
Select “Install Software”
The software update will begin. Be patient, the process can take up to 15 minutes. Do not move your vehicle until the update has been completed
Follow the remaining instructions on the screen.

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