CarPlay software activation

Even if your BMW doesn’t have Apple CarPlay, it’s possible that your vehicle is already fitted with all the necessary hardware. Any vehicles with the CarPlay Preparation option (S6CPA) are capable of running the native Apple CarPlay interface, after having it activated by a BMW dealership or third party using special coding software for BMWs. If you aren’t sure whether your vehicle has the S6CPA option, just send us your VIN (Emaill: Vehicles with an NBT Evo ID5/6 head unit with up-to-date iDrive software can even have CarPlay activated without needing the CarPlay Preparation option.

CarPlay activation is available for most recent BMW models, including:

2017–2019 BMW 2 Series
2017–2020 BMW 3 Series
2017–2019 BMW 4 Series
2017–2019 BMW 5 Series
2017–2019 BMW 6 Series
2017–2019 BMW 7 Series
2018–2019 BMW X1
2018–2019 BMW X2
2017–2019 BMW X3
2017–2019 BMW X4
2017–2019 BMW X5
2017–2019 BMW X6
2018–2019 BMW i3
2019 BMW i8
2019 BMW Z4

Adding a WiFi antenna for CarPlay

As BMW’s implementation of CarPlay is wireless, it is also required that your car have a WiFi antenna to allow connection between your iPhone and BMW. This is included with the CarPlay Preparation option, but can also be found in packages such as Wireless Charging (S6NVA or S6NWA) or Comfort Telephony (S6NSA or S6NPA). If your car isn’t already fitted with a WiFi antenna, you’ll need to add one before activating CarPlay.

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