How to Use the BMW iDrive

Written by nick miles
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The iDrive system from BMW is a central control knob that provides integrated controls for all of the vehicles functions. You can access the radio and CD player, program the navigation and set the climate control from a single set of inputs. The iDrive may take some time to get used to, but once familiar with the system you will be able to master all of the functions of your BMW.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Press the iDrive button that corresponds with the menu that you want to open. Buttons include "CD", "Radio", "Tel" for telephone and "Navi" for navigation.

  2. 2

    Use the control knob to scroll through your options. Rotating the knob left and right will allow you to scroll up and down through available options. You can also push the knob up, down, left and right to navigation through menus.

  3. 3

    Depress the centre knob to make a selection. This is the main button that allows you to select and open a highlighted option.

  4. 4

    Press the "Back" button to move back to the previous menu if you have selected the wrong option.

Tips and warnings

  • Pressing the centre knob will bring up the iDrive's main menu, allowing you to select from a list of eight options that include CD/Multimedia, Radio, Telephone, Navigation, Contacts, BMW Assist, Vehicle Info and Settings.

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