Apple CarPlay Activation
Apple CarPlay lets you connect your iPhone to your BMW and use iOS apps on the built-in dashboard display. You can listen to music, make calls, get directions, send texts, use your favourite navigation apps and more — all while staying focused on the road. With the help of Siri, you can do all these things without taking your hands off the wheel. It’s a very useful feature that enhances your driving experience. Note - this cannot be enabled with simply upgrading the iDrive screen to an 8.8" you need the full Professional Navigation option or retrofit for this which includes the head unit.
This also includes an OBD ENET II Cable required for our solution to be activated.
BMW Apple CarPlay compatibility is limited because it requires the NBT Evo head unit with ID5 or ID6 software (Proffesional Navigation Option 8.8"). In other words, your BMW needs the latest on-board computer and operating system. Even if you have a vehicle from 2016, 2015 or 2014 with recent technology, your vehicle may only have the ID4 software, or the older head unit hardware, regular NBT.
If your BMW is equipped with a compatible head unit, we can enable Apple CarPlay with our bespoke software solution. In some cases, you might need to add a WiFi antenna if your car does not already have one, to allow establishing a wireless connection between your iPhone and BMW head unit. You can check here if your BMW needs one and if so — order it with us. With the appropriate hardware fitted in your vehicle, Defined Coding, unlike BMW, can do the BMW CarPlay activation even if you live in a country which is not on the Apple CarPlay availability list.
Contact us to find out more information prior to purchasing if there is any confusion and ensure you provide us with the Last 7 Characters & Digits of your VIN Number
If your vehicle is equipped with either the Wireless Charging option or Wi-Fi Hotspot then you will not require the Wi-Fi Antenna to be installed.
Please note if your vehicle does not have either of the above options, then you will require the Wi-Fi antenna to be fitted as a requirement for Apple CarPlay to function correctly. It is the buyers responsibility to ensure the above is checked, but if there is any doubts please feel free to reach out to us directly.
Please ensure you have access to a Laptop, which is either Windows 10 or Macbook (Running Windows 10 via Virtual Machine).
When purchasing this product you will receive an email containing your Apple CarPlay activation details, including simple step by step instructions on how to activate it. Please note we also include the required OBD ENET Cable with this package and this will be shipped also (If your device does not have an Ethernet port you will require an Ethernet (RJ45) to USB C or A Adapters)
Access to an external stable Wi-Fi connection is required
Alternatively if you would like the above install by us, please contact us prior to purchasing to arrange an appointment.
Work devices may not compatible due to company restrictions and policies installed, its advised to use a personal device and any additional troubleshooting/support will be provided at an additional cost
Note - Returns/Refunds are not applicable with this product due to Files/Activation Codes being bound to the vehicles VIN once ordered.