How to Update BMW Software

Friends Driving in BMW 3Series playing music


BMW is always ahead of the curve when it comes to in-vehicle technologies, and if you own a BMW in Hamden or Cheshire you’ll want to make sure you update your BMW iDrive software periodically to keep up. This process isn’t as hard as it sounds–follow our guide below and find out how to update BMW software so you can stay connected and informed on the roads ahead.

BMW iDrive Update Tips

Depending on your specific BMW model, you will need to perform either a full BMW iDrive update or a partial BMW iDrive update. Follow our BMW iDrive hack for updates to will help you determine which update is necessary:

  • FULL SOFTWARE UPDATE: Only recommended if you have system-wide issues:
    • You may need to update your car’s electronic control modules.
    • This will need to be done by a skilled technician at a BMW-certified service center.
    • A technician will need to use BMW computers to determine the root cause of the problem.
    • This step is only recommended when absolutely necessary.
  • PARTIAL SOFTWARE UPDATE: The more commonly required BMW iDrive update.
    • This involves components like Bluetooth®, multimedia systems, and mobile device compatibility.
    • This simple BMW iDrive update can be performed right at home.
BMW Technology Features

How to Perform a Partial Software Update

Follow the steps below to update the technology features in your BMW:

  1. Find your vehicle’s VIN. You will need it to check and see whether there are any updates available for your particular model.
  2. Enter the VIN here to find any updates.
  3. Download any available updates to a USB drive.
  4. Use the USB drive to transfer the updates to your BMW.

Once the updates have been transferred, you will be able to take advantage of the most up-to-date software available for your vehicle.

Learn More About BMW Technology with BMW of North Haven

If you have any issues performing these updates our BMW Service Center can help–contact us at BMW of North Haven near Madison to learn more about your BMW technology, or how to program your BMW key fob.

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