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Carplay installation tutorial for BMW X3 F25

Carplay installation tutorial for BMW X3 F25

bmw x3 f25 carplay

We will see here in pictures how Apple Carplay is installed on a BMW X3 F25 CIC system.

Required hardware: a T20 torx screwdriver.

Installation time: 40-50 minutes

Inventory: Carplay module and wiring.
This includes the module, a wifi antenna, 2 LVDS (video) cables, the power cable, the auxiliary cable, and a USB cable (no need to plug it in if using the wireless device).


STEP 1: REMOVING THE CAR RADIO

démontage autoradio bmw x3

Pull the ventilation towards you, it's solid so there's no risk of breakage!

démonter autoradio bmw x3

démonter autoradio bmw x3

 Extract ventilation

démonter autoradio bmw x3

Now you have to unscrew the air-conditioning control that "hides" the radio.

démonter autoradio bmw x3

Remove the cover to see the 2 remaining screws. Removes easily.

démonter autoradio bmw x3

The control panel is held by 4 screws, 2 at the top (previously seen) and 2 at the bottom.

démonter autoradio bmw x3

Remove the 2 lugs from the control panel.

démonter autoradio bmw x3

Once the air-conditioning front panel has been removed, you can finally see the car radio held in place by 4 T20 torx screws.


STEP 2: REMOVAL OF THE IDRIVE CACHE

démonter idrive bmw

We need access under the idrive joystick.

démonter idrive bmw

Pull the cover upwards (no screws).

démonter idrive bmw


STEP 3: CONNECTION

branchement cable video carplay

Start by connecting the 2 video sockets as follows

branchement cable video bmw

The pink socket is your video socket, get it out of its housing.

branchement cable video bmw

Then plug it into the grey socket which is connected to the module.

branchement cable video bmw

And finish by plugging the module's pink cable into the original pink socket.

branchement idrive bmw

 On the Idrive, disconnect the connector

branchement idrive bmw

And bridge the gap between the plug and your socket.


STEP 4: TEST

Press and hold the MENU button for 3 seconds on your iDRIVE joystick.

test carplay bmw

The menu appears, select what you want to use : Apple Carplay, Android Auto or Mirror Screen.

carplay bmw x3 x4

We chose Apple Carplay which will launch by default (without the previous menu), to choose Android Auto for example, go to the BMW application.

Our module: Apple Carplay for BMW HERE