How to Update BMW Software

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The latest BMW models offer convenient over-the-air updates, but even in older models, updating your BMW software is a simple and painless process. If you’re getting ready to learn how to update BMW software, you’ll need to determine which kind of updates your BMW requires; for that, just check your owner’s manual! When you’re ready, start here to determine your next steps.

Remote Software Upgrades

BMW began to offer Remote Software Upgrades in the Spring of 2020, and they’ve expanded the service to more vehicles since then. Many vehicles on the roads of Visalia and Madera now offer the feature. Not sure if you need an upgrade? Don’t worry. It’s easy to use your central touchscreen to search for and install any available updates. Just follow these steps:

  1. On your touchscreen display, select “CAR”.
  2. Select “Preferences”.
  3. Select “General Preferences”.
  4. Select “Remote Software Upgrade”.
  5. Select “Search for Upgrades”.
  6. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen!

How to Perform a Partial Software Update

In older models, upgrades may be distinguished from one another based on whether they are ‘partial’ or ‘full’. Partial updates are much more common; full updates are only required if there are system-wide issues that need to be addressed.

If you’d like to perform a partial upgrade of your BMW software at home, just follow these steps:

  • Find your vehicle’s VIN and write it down.
  • Enter the VIN on BMW’s website.
  • If updates are available, download them to a USB drive.
  • Insert the USB drive into your vehicle’s USB port.
  • Navigate to “Settings” on your iDrive menu.
  • Click on “Software Update” and follow the steps that appear on the screen.

BMW iDrive Update Tips

System-wide issues in your BMW may occasionally be fixed with over-the-air updates, but in most cases, you’ll want to bring your vehicle into our service center. While it’s in our shop, we can use our computers to assess any issues and make the necessary adjustments to your control modules. Contact us today to learn more, or schedule service now.

Our Team is Here to Help!

These BMW iDrive hacks should be able to help you solve any issues that you encounter with your BMW interfaces and computers, but our service experts are always ready to help! If you’re having trouble performing an update at home in Fresno or Merced, take advantage of our current service offers or give us a call at (559) 447-6700 to learn more.

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