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BMW 3 Series 2018-2023 Owners Manual: Input and display

Main menu

General information

The main menu is divided into two areas. The left area contains menu items that can be used to call up all the iDrive functions. The right area contains widgets that provide quick access to certain functions.



All functions of the entertainment system, e.g., radio and TV stations, connection with external devices and music collection.


Phone and message functions, e-mail and calendar, and also the connection and management of mobile devices, such as smartphones.


Access to the navigation system, destination input and traffic bulletins. Configurable map views and other functions, such as Points of Interest and areas to be avoided.

My Car

Information about vehicle status and trips.

Access to the Integrated Owner's Manual and also administration of driver profiles and range of adjustments for vehicle and iDrive.


Management and access to apps and vehicle functions. Additional apps can be purchased from the BMW Store.


Widgets provide quick access to frequently used functions. The configured widgets display dynamic contents such as the navigation map, and serve as interfaces at the same time.

Letters and numbers

Letters and numbers can be selected when the destination is entered, for example.

Letters and numbers can be entered using the Controller and, depending on the equipment version, via touchscreen, voice activation system or gesture control. The keyboard's display changes automatically.

Change between capital and lower-case letters.

Enter a blank space.

   Use voice activation.

   Confirm entry.

  Slide the input area to the left or right.

Entry comparison

When entering names and addresses, the choice is narrowed down with every letter and number and added automatically as needed.

Entries are continuously compared with data stored in the vehicle.

Activating/deactivating the functions

Several menu items are preceded by a checkbox.

The checkbox indicates whether the function is activated or deactivated. Selecting the menu item activates or deactivates the function.

Function is activated.

Function is deactivated.

Status information

General information

The status field can be found in the upper area of the Control Display. Status information is displayed in the form of symbols.

Radio symbols

HD Radio station is being received.

Satellite radio is switched on.

Telephone symbols

Incoming or outgoing call.

Missed call.

Signal strength of cellular network.

Network search.

Cellular network is not available.

The critical charge state of the mobile phone has been reached.

Roaming is active.

Locating is active.

SMS text message received.

Message received.


Sending not possible.

Entertainment symbols

Bluetooth audio.

USB audio interface.


Other symbols

Check Control message.

The sound output has been switched off.

Request for the current vehicle position.

Checking the current vehicle position.

Driver profile.


Service requirements.



Data protection.

Operating concept
Concept iDrive includes a large number of functions. These functions can be operated via the Controller and, depending on the equipment version, via touchscreen, voice activation system or gesture co ...

Programmable memory buttons
General information The iDrive functions can be stored on the programmable memory buttons and called up directly, for instance radio stations, navigation destinations, phone numbers and menu entries o ...

Other materials:

Check for intermittent problems
1. CHECK FOR INTERMITTENT PROBLEMS HINT: For use of the intelligent tester only: Inspect the vehicle's ECM using check mode. Intermittent problems are easier to detect with an intelligent tester when the ECM is in check mode. In check mode, the ECM uses 1 trip detection logic, which is more ...

Master Error
DTC 01-DF Master Error DESCRIPTION DTC No. DTC Detection Condition Trouble Area 01-DF *1 The device with a display fails and the master is switched to the audio device.  A communication error between sub-master (radio receiver) and ...

Power back door warning buzzer
INSPECTION 1. POWER BACK DOOR WARNING BUZZER Check the resistance of the buzzer. Resistance If the result is not as specified, replace the buzzer. NOTICE: The circuit that causes the buzzer to sounds is built into the back door ECU, not around the buzzer. Directly applying ...

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