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BMW 3 Series 2020-2023 Connection to vehicle User Manual

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BMW 3 Series 2020-2023 Connection to the vehicle User Manual

Connection to the Vehicle

The communication between the vehicle and the Key Card uses near field communication, NFC.

Activating/deactivating Key Card in the vehicle

General information
The Key Card must be located in the smart‐phone tray and a vehicle key must be located in the vehicle to activate the Key Card.
A vehicle key must be located in the vehicle to deactivate the Key Card.
When BMW Digital Key is activated for the vehicle, a digital key can be used instead of the vehicle key.
A deactivated Key Card remains in the list of paired digital keys.

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  1. Open the cover of the smartphone tray.
  2. Place Key Card centered into the smart‐phone tray.
  3. Follow the instructions on the Control Display to activate the Key Card.

Deactivate Key Card

  1. “CAR”
  2. “Settings”
  3. “Doors/ vehicle access”
  4. “Digital Key”
  5. Select Key Card.
  6. “Key active”

A deactivated Key Card remains in the list of paired digital keys.

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Hold activated Key Card directly and centered on the external door handle of the driver’s door.
If the Key Card is not detected, slightly change the position of the Key Card and repeat the procedure.

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  1. Open the cover of the smartphone tray.
  2. Place the activated Key Card centered into the smartphone tray.
  3. Press the Start/Stop button to start the engine.
    With wireless charging tray: After starting the engine, take the Key Card out of the tray to make tray available for charging compatible smartphones.

Malfunction
The detection of the Key Card by the vehicle may be disrupted by objects between the sensors and the Key Card, for instance, a wallet.

BMW Digital Key

Principle
BMW Digital Key allows the vehicle to be unlocked and locked, as well as started, with a compatible smartphone.

General information
The availability of the BMW Digital Key depends on the equipment and national market version.

BMW Digital Key can be used with a compatible smartphone or another compatible mobile terminal, such as a Smartwatch.
To unlock and start a vehicle with a compatible smartphone, this function must be offered by the smartphone manufacturer. The BMW app provides a check to determine if the smartphone and the vehicle are compatible. A driver profile with individual settings can be assigned to a digital key.

Additional information:
Driver profiles, refer to page 69.
When using a smartphone as a digital key, always carry a vehicle key or the activated Key Card with you. This ensures access to the vehi‐cle, even in the event of a smartphone failure. It is also useful to carry the vehicle key or the Key Card with you if the vehicle has to be handed over to another person. You can then hand over the vehicle key or the Key Card, instead of your smartphone. Always take the vehicle key with you to a service appointment.

Safety information

Warning
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.

Warning
For some country versions, unlocking from the inside is only possible with special knowledge.
Persons who spend a long 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.

Warning
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.

Connection to the vehicle
The communication between the vehicle and the smartphone uses near-field communication, NFC.

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Reference Links

View Full User Guide: BMW 3 Series 2020-2023 User Manual

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