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Carplay installation tutorial on BMW F21 with NBT system

Carplay installation tutorial on BMW F21 with NBT system

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We will see here in pictures how to install Apple Carplay on a BMW 1 Series Coupe F21 with NBT system.

Required equipment: a T20 torx screwdriver.

Installation time: 30-40 minutes

Inventory: Carplay module and wiring.
So we count the module, a wifi antenna, 2 LVDS (video) cables, the power cable, the auxiliary cable, and a USB cable (no need to connect it if you use the device wirelessly).


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Simply remove the ventilation grid on the sides, no screws.

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Then, it is necessary to unscrew the air conditioning control which "hides" the car radio: 2 Torx screws.

module climatisation bmw f20

Now remove the fan control (easily).

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Once the facade of air conditioning removed, we can finally see the car radio BMW maintained by 2 screws torx T20.

démonter autoradio bmw f20

You can now remove the car radio from its housing.


démontage écran bmw f20

The screen is maintained by 2 Torx screws (red arrows).

démonter écran bmw f20

To remove the screen, it is very simple, pull it up.

câble vidéo écran bmw f20

Finally, pull the LVDS cable (video cable) out of the purple connector.


débrancher câble vidéo bmw f20

Then connect the LVDS cable to the display and to the module as follows.

module carplay bmw f20

Connect the purple plug of the display here (LVDS 2 connector).

débrancher autoradio gps bmw f20

Remove the power plug from the car radio, also called QUADLOCK.

fibre optique bmw f20

Take the fiber optic cable (if you have it) out of your original socket, and put it back into the power socket (the bypass) of Carplay.

branchement carplay bmw f20

and finally connect the power bypass of the car radio to finally close the circuit.


Press the BACK button for 3 seconds on your iDRIVE wheel.

The menu will appear, select what you want to use: Apple Carplay, Android Auto or Mirror Link.

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Here, we have chosen Apple Carplay on the BMW 1 series F21.

Our module: Apple Carplay for BMW HERE

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