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Carplay installation tutorial on BMW X4 F26

Carplay installation tutorial on BMW X4 F26

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We will see here in pictures how to install Apple Carplay on a BMW X4 F26 NBT system.

Required hardware: a T20 torx screwdriver.

Installation time: 40-50 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 plug it if you use the device wirelessly).

STEP 1: DISASSEMBLE THE CAR RADIO

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Pull towards you the ventilation, it is solid so no risk of breakage!

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démonter autoradio bmw x3

Extract ventilation

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

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Remove the cover to see the 2 remaining screws. Easily removed.

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

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Remove the 2 terminals from the control panel

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Once the front of the air conditioning removed, we can finally see the car radio maintained by 4 screws torx T20.

STEP 2: CONNECTION

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Pull the LVDS (video) cable out of the purple connector.

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Connect the purple plug coming from the screen here (LVDS 2 connector) and the plug going into LVDS1 goes directly to the screen instead of the original video cable.

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Remove the power plug from the car radio (Quadlock).

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Don't forget to put the fiber optic cable back into the Carplay's power socket (the bypass), because without this, there will be no sound!

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and finally connect the power bypass of the car radio.

STEP 3: TEST

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

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

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We chose Apple Carplay which will launch by default (without the previous menu), to choose Android Auto for example or even Airplay.

Our module: Apple Carplay for BMW HERE