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BMW 3 Series 2020-2023 Vehicle Features and Options User Manual


BMW 3 Series 2020-2023 Vehicle Features and Options User Manual

Vehicle Features and Options

This chapter describes all standard, country-specific and optional features offered with the series. It also describes features and functions that are not necessarily available in your vehicle, e.g., due to the selected options or country versions. This also applies to safety-related functions and systems. When using these functions and systems, the applicable laws and regulations must be observed.

BMW Remote Software Upgrade

Remote Software Upgrades can be used to update the entire software of the vehicle. This makes new functions, functional enhancements or quality improvements available.

General information
BMW recommends performing the Remote Software Upgrade as soon as it becomes available.

Safety information

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.

Functional requirement

  1. Active ConnectedDrive contract.
  2. The integrated SIM card in the vehicle has been activated.
  3. Cellular network reception.
  4. A consent for the transmission of the corresponding data was given in the Data Protection menu.

Search for an upgrade

Standby must be turned on to search for a software upgrade.

Automatic search
The vehicle regularly searches for updates in the background.

Manual Search

  1.  “CAR”
  2. “Settings”
  3. “General settings”
  4. “Remote Software Upgrade”
  5. “Search for upgrades”
  6. Follow the instructions on the Control Display.

The download of an upgrade

Automatic download
The available data for Remote Software Upgrade is automatically loaded into the vehicle. The download does not require an approval.

Via BMW app

  1. If an upgrade is available, information about the new software version is displayed in the BMW app.
  2. The data for the upgrade can then be down‐loaded to a mobile device, for instance via an existing WLAN connection.
  3. The data can then be transmitted from the mobile device to the vehicle.
  4. This transmission method accelerates the down‐load of the data, for instance in areas with limited mobile network availability.
  5. Download the upgrade in the BMW app to the smartphone.
  6. Follow the instructions in the BMW app.
  7. Establish connection to the vehicle.
    • iOS: connect Bluetooth audio and WLAN.
    • Android: connect WLAN.
      The data transfer of the upgrade from the mobile device to the vehicle occurs in the background only while driving.
  8. Follow the instructions on the Control Display.

Additional information:
Connecting mobile devices to the vehicle, refer to page 73.

Information about the version

General information
The information about the version contains a description of the updates that are included in the Remote Software Upgrade. During the download and after the installation has been completed

  1. If applicable, follow the notes for further prerequisites on the controlled display.
  2. If the prerequisites are not met, such as a sufficient vehicle battery charge state, the upgrade will not be offered for installation.
  3. Pay attention to an offer for installation, for instance after extended driving.

Preparing the vehicle

  1. Park the vehicle safely away from the public road.
  2. Cellular network reception must be ensured so that a fault message can be sent, for instance, if the installation is terminated.
  3. Close the windows.
  4. Close the glass sunroof.
  5. Close the trunk lid.
  6. Remove energy-consuming devices, such as a mobile phones.
  7. The vehicle key must be located in the vehicle for the consent for installation.
  8. Switch off the exterior lighting.
  9. Remove connected devices from the OBD socket.

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