How Do I Set Up a Hands-Free Phone System in a 2005 BMW X3?

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How Do I Set Up a Hands-Free Phone System in a 2005 BMW X3?
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The BMW X3 is a compact SUV from the German car manufacturer. Starting in 2005, the vehicle was available with an optional Bluetooth hands-free phone system as part of the Premium Package or as a standalone add on. When connected to a compatible Bluetooth phone, the system allows you to access your phone book and send and receive calls using your car's stereo via steering wheel mounted buttons or the iDrive control.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Select the “Bluetooth” option from the “Settings” menu in the iDrive control display.

  2. 2

    Check the box to enable “Bluetooth communication.”

  3. 3

    Select “Phone,” “Pair New Phone” and “Start Pairing” to begin the pairing process.

  4. 4

    Go to the Bluetooth menu on your cell phone and search for available devices. This process will differ depending on the make and model of your phone. Refer to your phone's user manual for specific instructions for your device.

  5. 5

    Select your BMW as the Bluetooth device you want to pair with. The device will be listed as “BMW” followed by the last five digits of your VIN number.

  6. 6

    Enter any passkey you wish from 1 to 16 digits on your phone.

  7. 7

    Confirm the passkey on your BMW. For some cell phones, you may have to enter the passkey on your BMW first, then enter it in your phone. Your phone book will then be uploaded to your BMW’s iDrive and you will be able to use it hands free while in your vehicle.

Tips and warnings

  • Your phone must be inside your BMW in order to make the Bluetooth connection.
  • You can store up to four separate phones on your BMW, but only one phone can be active at a time.

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