BMW Connected App: Next-level connectivity

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The BMW Group has a proud tradition of innovation, whether in the field of engineering, alternative propulsion or in-car technologies.

A new addition to the expansive BMW ConnectedDrive portfolio, the BMW Connected App takes personal mobility to the next level, and is available as a free download from the Apple App store.

Seamless and secure

BMW Connected is a personal mobility assistant designed to ensure customers arrive at their destination comfortably and in good time, thanks to a seamless integration between vehicle and smartphone or other connected device. This level of connectivity is made possible by a secure system known as the ‘Open Mobility Cloud’.

BMW Connected App Next level connectivity (1)Any data used must first pass through highly secure servers based in BMW’s Munich headquarters. As a result, no data is shared directly to the smart device from the vehicle, or vice versa.

BMW Connected links purely to the vehicle’s infotainment system and therefore has no connection to the vehicle’s engine and safety systems.

Flexible and adaptable

Available to vehicles equipped with iDrive 4 onwards, BMW Connected adapts to daily routines. Users need never be late again, with integrated ‘time to leave’ notifications that adapt to current traffic and road conditions.

BMW Connected can also sync with your calendar and transfer appointment information from approved third-party suppliers, such as Google Maps, Apple Maps and Yelp, adding further peace of mind before any trip.

Once a destination has been set, the App offers a simple ‘Start Trip’ function that transfers the information to the vehicle’s navigation system, adding further convenience.

The App can also support you on either side of your journey. ‘First Mile Navigation’ is perfect for use when BMW Connected App Next level connectivity (3)returning to the vehicle in a large car park, such as an airport or shopping centre, while ‘Last Mile Navigation’ can provide walking directions to a final point when the car is parked a distance away from the destination.

BMW Connected App – key highlights

The BMW Connected App provides owners with a one-stop app shop, replacing the previous BMW Connected Classic app as well as BMW Remote and BMW i Remote Apps.

As a result, BMW Connected offers the following integrated services directly to your Apple iOS smartphone or device, including the Apple Watch:

Journey Management

  • Store and manage destinations
  • Learn and predict trips
  • Search and send destinations to in-car navigation
  • Time to leave notifications based on live traffic data
  • Destination management, including expected trip duration
  • Ability to share arrival time and destination via SMS
  • Fuel station and car park locator

Remote Services

  • Remotely lock and unlock car doors from the smart device
  • Flash headlights
  • Find vehicle
  • Engage the vehicle’s ventilation systems to pre-condition the cabin
  • Display current fuel level, and remaining range (iDrive 5 with Professional Navigation)

For BMW i and iPerformance customers, the BMW Connected App allows remote setting of the vehicle’s charging profile. Charging can also be scheduled based on departure time, and the preferred charging time can be set to reflect off-peak electricity timing, for example. A search function allows for easy discovery of nearby charging stations.

Access popular third-party apps

BMW Connected offers access to a wide range of third-party apps to further enhance the Connected experience.

  • Spotify
  • Pandora
  • TuneIn Radio
  • Audiobooks
  • Deezer Music
  • Glympse
  • Stitcher Radio for Podcasts
  • Life360

Personalised servicing checks delivered to your smartphone

For vehicles equipped with Navigation System Professional and iDrive 5 as a minimum, BMW Connected can advise and recommend when servicing or maintenance is required.

The BMW Connected App monitors the vehicle’s current mileage and can also offer information on tyre pressures, engine oil levels, brake fluid levels and brake wear.

Data details

Please note that any data used by BMW Connected is drawn from the user’s smartphone SIM card.


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