BMW X5 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW X5: BMW Digital Key


BMW Digital Key allows the vehicle to be unlocked and locked, as well as started, with a compatible smartphone.

General information

The availability of the BMW Digital Key depends on the equipment and national-market version.

BMW Digital Key can be used with a compatible smartphone or other compatible mobile terminals, such as a Smartwatch.

To unlock and start a vehicle with a compatible smartphone, this function must be offered by the smartphone manufacturer. The BMW app provides a check to determine if the smartphone and the vehicle are compatible.

A driver profile with individual settings can be assigned to a digital key.

Additional information: Driver profiles.

When using a smartphone as a digital key, always carry a vehicle key or the activated Key Card with you. This ensures access to the vehicle, even in the event of a smartphone failure. It is also useful to carry the vehicle key or the Key Card with you if the vehicle has to be handed over to another person. You can then hand over the vehicle key or the Key Card, instead of your smartphone. Always take the vehicle key with you to a service appointment.

Safety information


People or animals in the vehicle can lock the doors from the inside and lock themselves in. In this case, the vehicle cannot be opened from the outside. There is a risk of injury. Take the vehicle key with you so that the vehicle can be opened from the outside.


For some country versions, unlocking from the inside is only possible with special knowledge.

Persons who spend a lengthy time in the vehicle while being exposed to extreme temperatures are at risk of injury or death. Do not lock the vehicle from the outside when there are people in it.


Unattended children or animals in the vehicle can cause the vehicle to move and endanger themselves and traffic, for instance due to the following actions:

There is a risk of accidents or injuries. Do not leave children or animals unattended in the vehicle.

Take the vehicle key with you when exiting and lock the vehicle.

Connection to the vehicle

The communication between the vehicle and the smartphone uses near field communication, NFC.

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