BMW X5 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW X5: Operating concept


iDrive is the operating concept of the infotainment system and includes a large number of functions.

General information

These functions can be operated as follows:

Safety information


Operating the integrated information systems and communication devices while driving can distract from traffic. It is possible to lose control of the vehicle. There is a risk of accident. Only use the systems or devices when the traffic situation allows. As warranted, stop and use the systems and devices while the vehicle is stationary.

Input and display

Main menu

General information

The main menu is divided into two areas. The left area contains menu items that can be used to call up all the iDrive functions. The right area contains widgets that provide quick access to certain functions.



All functions of the entertainment system, e.g., radio stations or connection with external devices.


Phone and message functions, e-mail and calendar, and also the connection and management of mobile devices, such as smartphones.


Access to the navigation system, destination input and traffic bulletins. Configurable map views and other functions, such as points of interest and areas to be avoided.

My Car

Information about vehicle status and trips.

Access to the Integrated Owner's Manual and also administration of driver profiles and range of adjustments for vehicle and iDrive.


Management of apps, access to apps and vehicle functions. Additional apps and vehicle functions can be purchased from the BMW Store.


Widgets provide quick access to frequently used functions. The configured widgets display dynamic contents such as the navigation map, and serve as interfaces at the same time.

Letters and numbers

Letters and numbers can be selected when making the destination input, for example.

Letters and numbers can be entered using the Controller, the touchpad, touchscreen or voice control. The keyboard's display changes automatically.

Change between capital and lower-case letters.

Enter a blank space.

Switching between languages.

Use voice control.

Confirm entry.

Slide the input area to the left or right.

Entry comparison

When entering names and addresses, the choice is narrowed down with every letter and number and added automatically as needed.

Entries are continuously compared with data stored in the vehicle.

Activating/deactivating the functions

Several menu items are preceded by a checkbox.

The checkbox indicates whether the function is activated or deactivated. Selecting the menu item activates or deactivates the function.

Function is activated.

Function is deactivated.

Status information

General information

The status field can be found in the upper area of the Control Display. Status information is displayed in the form of symbols.

Radio symbols

HD Radio station is being received.

Satellite radio is switched on.

Telephone symbols

Incoming or outgoing call.

Missed call.

Signal strength of mobile phone network.

  Network search.

Mobile phone network is not available.

The critical charge state of the mobile phone has been reached.

Roaming is active.

Locating is active.

SMS text message received.

Message received.


Sending not possible.

Entertainment symbols

Bluetooth audio.

  USB device.

Connected Music.


  Apple CarPlay.

Android Auto.

Other symbols

Check Control message.

Sound output active.

Sound output deactivated.

  Voice activation system active.

Request for the current vehicle position.

Checking the current vehicle position.

Driver profile.


Service notifications.



Data protection.

Destination guidance active.

Passengers on board.

Do not disturb.

Programmable memory buttons

General information

The iDrive functions can be stored on the programmable memory buttons and called up directly, for instance radio stations, navigation destinations, phone numbers and menu entries.



Programmable memory buttons

Storing a function

A function can be stored on a programmable memory button. A button with a stored function can be overwritten with another function.

1. Select function via iDrive, for instance radio station.

2. Press and hold the desired button until the displayed bar on the Control Display has loaded completely.

Executing a function

Press the button.

The function will work immediately. This means, for instance that the number is dialed when a phone number is selected.

Displaying the key assignment

Touch buttons with finger. Do not wear gloves or use objects.

The assignment of the buttons is displayed in the upper area of the Control Display.

Deleting all button assignments

All button assignments can be deleted.

1. Press and hold buttons 1 and 8 at the same time.

2. "OK".


 Control Display and Controller

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