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BMW 3 Series 2020-2023 Additional Vehicle keys User Manual


BMW 3 Series 2020-2023 Additional Vehicle keys User Manual

Additional vehicle keys

Additional vehicle keys are available from a service center or another qualified service center or repair shop.

Loss of vehicle keys

A lost vehicle key can be disabled and replaced by a dealer’s service center or another qualified service center or repair shop.

If the lost vehicle key has an assigned driver profile, the connection to this vehicle key must be deleted. A new vehicle key can then be assigned to the driver profile.


General information
A Check Control message is displayed.
Vehicle key detection by the vehicle may mal‐function under the following circumstances:

  1. The battery of the vehicle key is discharged.
  2. Fault of the radio link from transmission towers or other equipment with high transmitting power.
  3. Shielding of the vehicle key due to metal objects.
  4. Do not transport the vehicle key together with metal objects.
  5. Fault of the radio link from mobile phones or other electronic devices in direct proximity to the vehicle key.
  6. Do not carry the vehicle key in close proximity to other electronic devices.
  7. Fault of radio transmission by a charging process of mobile devices, for instance charging of a mobile phone.
  8. The vehicle key is located in direct proximity of the tray for wireless charging tray.
    Place the vehicle key in a different location.

In the case of interference, the vehicle can also be unlocked and locked from the outside with the integrated key.

Additional information:
Integrated key, refer to page 91.

Switching the drive-ready state on via emergency detection of the vehicle keyBMW 3 Series 2020-2023 Additional Vehicle keys User Manual 01

It is not possible to switch on the drive-ready state if the vehicle key has not been detected.

Proceed as follows in this case:

  1. Hold the rear of the vehicle key against the marked area on the steering column. Pay attention to the display in the instrument cluster.
  2. If the vehicle key is detected:
    Turn on the drive-ready state within 10 seconds.
    If the vehicle key is not recognized, slightly change the position of the vehicle key and repeat the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

What precautions can be taken to be able to open a vehicle with an accidentally locked in vehicle key?

  1. The options provided by the Remote Services of the BMW app include the ability to lock and unlock a vehicle.
  2. This requires an active BMW Connected‐Drive contract and the BMW app must be in‐stalled on a smartphone.
  3. Unlocking the vehicle can be requested via the BMW ConnectedDrive Call Center.
  4. An active BMW ConnectedDrive contract is required.

Key Card

The Key Card allows the vehicle to be unlocked and locked, as well as started.

General information
The Key Card is available with Comfort Access and Steptronic transmission. Depending on the national-market version, the Key Card may not be available.
A digital key that has already been paired with the vehicle is installed on the Key Card. The digital key must be activated via iDrive.
Before leaving the vehicle, deactivate the Key Card or take the Key Card with you because the active Key Card can be used to start the vehicle. Always take the vehicle key with you to a service appointment.

Safety information

People or animals in the vehicle can lock the doors from the inside and lock themselves in. In this case, the vehicle cannot be opened from the outside. There is a risk of injury. Take the vehicle key with you so that the vehicle can be opened from the outside.

For some country versions, unlocking from the inside is only possible with special knowledge.
Persons who spend a lengthy time in the vehicle while being exposed to extreme temperatures are at risk of injury or death. Do not lock the vehicle from the outside when there are people in it.

Unattended children or animals in the vehicle can cause the vehicle to move and endanger themselves and traffic, for instance, due to the following actions:

  1. Pressing the Start/Stop button.
  2. Releasing the parking brake.
  3. Opening and closing the doors or windows.
  4. Engaging selector lever position N.
  5. Using vehicle equipment.

There is a risk of accidents or injuries. Do not leave children or animals unattended in the vehicle. Take the vehicle key with you when exiting and lock the vehicle.

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