iDrive BMW 650i

iDrive combines the functions of a multitude of switches. This allows these functions to be operated from a central position. The following section provides an introduction to basic menu navigation. The control of individual functions is described in connection with the relevant equipment.


iDrive Controls

1 Control Display
2 Menu button Opening the start menu
3 Controller
You can use the controller to select menu
items and change settings by :
– moving in four directions, arrows
– turning, arrow 5
– pressing, arrow 6

To avoid becoming distracted and unnecessarily endangering both your own vehicle’s occupants and other road users, never attempt to use the controls or make entries unless traffic and road conditions allow.

Menu overview

Communication :
> Telephone*
> BMW Assist* or TeleService*
Navigation or onboard information :
> Navigation system*
> Onboard info, e.g. for displaying of the average fuel consumption
Entertainment :
> Radio
> CD player and CD changer*
Climate :
> Vent > settings
> Automatic programs
> Parked car operation
i menu :
> Switching off the Control Display
> Tone and display settings
> Settings for your vehicle, e.g. for the central
locking system
> Display of maintenance intervals and deadlines for legally mandated inspections
> Settings for the telephone

Basic operation

From radio readiness, the following message is shown on the Control Display :

Basic operation

To hide the message:
Press the controller. This displays the start menu. The message is automatically hidden after approx. 10 seconds.

Star Menu

Start menu

You can call up all the functions of iDrive using five menu items.

Opening start menu

Press the “Menu” button. To open the start i-menu from the menu: Press the “Menu” button twice.

Opening menu items of start menu

Opening menu items of start menu

From the start menu, you can call up the four menu items Communication, Navigation, Entertainment, and Climate by moving the controller left, right, forward, or back.

You can open the menu by pressing the controller.

Comfort opening of menu items

> Opening a menu item of the start menu in the view last selected
> Direct changing between Communication, Navigation, Entertainment and Climate without pressing the MENU button

To do so, move the controller in the corresponding direction and hold it for longer than approx. 2 seconds.

Displays in menu

Displays in menu BMW1 Each menu is divided into fields. The currently selected field appears brighter.
2 A symbol indicates the last selected menu item of the start menu: 
Navigation or onboard info
i menu

BMW Displays in menu1 Menu items are usually grouped in horizontal or vertical lists.
2 Arrows indicate the possibility of accessing other menu items that are not currently visible.
3 Settings are displayed graphically or numerically.

Operating principle at a glance

Basic operation via iDrive is described in this view.

Operating principle at a glance
1 Selecting menu item:
> Turn controller; marking moves
> Menu items shown in white can be selected by marking
4 Changing between fields:
> Briefly move controller left, right, forward or back
> Release controller
> Active field appears lighter
2 Activating a menu item:
> Press controller
> New menu items are displayed or function is carried out
5 Adjusting settings:
> Turn controller
> Graphic display, numerical value or text displays can be changed
> Confirmation by changing field
3 Selecting a menu item: refer to 1

Status information

Status Information 1
1 Display for:
> Entertainment: Radio, CD
> Telephone* in “Communication”: Name of linked mobile phone, network search or no network
> “BMW Assist”*: Existing voice connection with a service from BMW Assist
2 Entertainment sound output off3 Station that transmits traffic information is received*:
Traffic information for the navigation system can be received and transmission is
switched on
4 Display for:
Display for
5 i Telephoning* is possible if the mobile phone is paired in the vehicle
Mobile phone network reception strength, dependent on mobile phone
6 Time
Other displays:
When Check Control information appears or entries are made via the voice command system*, the status information is temporarily hidden.

Assistance window*

Assistance windowAdditional information appears in the assistance window:

> the computer or the trip computer
> the arrow or map view with navigation system*
> the current position

Selecting Display

Selecting display

1 Move the controller to the right to change to the assistance window and press the controller

2 Select a menu item

3 Press the controller.

Switching assistance window on/off

Switching assistance window on off

1 Move the controller to the right to change to the assistance window and press the controller.

2 Select “Assist. window off” and press the controller.

To switch on, change to the assistance window
and press the controller.

Switching Control Display on/off

Switching Control Display on

1 Press the button.
This opens the start menu.

2 Press the controller to open the i menu.

3 Select “Display off” and press the controller

To switch on, press the controller

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