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Keep your BMW up to date at all times: Remote Software Upgrade 21-03 delivers many new functional extensions, quality improvements and new functions. You will find all the details on content and information in the following release notes.
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You can now look forward to the following functions and functional improvements:

  • Amazon Alexa Car Integration: “Alexa, add toothpaste to my shopping list!”
  • BMW Maps: The traditional input text box to enter addresses is back!
  • Lane Departure Warning: Now remembers your settings

Quality improvements:

  • Quality improvement: Issues when changing music tracks in Android 11 eliminated
  • Quality improvement: Surround View illustration
  • Quality improvement: Program iX3 (G08 BEV) control units (CCU)
  • Recall: Program iX3 (G08 BEV) control units (BMU)
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General information:

  • Function updates and quality enhancements
  • Validity of the Remote Software Upgrade and Release Notes
  • Information about previous versions
  • Updating the on-board operating instructions in the vehicle
  • Special information about this upgrade
  • Specific notes for hybrid vehicles
  • Use of the My BMW App for data transfer



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“Alexa, add toothpaste to my shopping list!”

The Amazon voice service in your BMW, just as you are used to with your Alexa-compatible devices at home. Add items to your shopping list, check the status of your Amazon order or view the latest football results while in your vehicle. All on the move and without your hands needing to leave the steering wheel. Simply say "Alexa" followed by your voice command: "Alexa, who's the President of the USA?" or "Alexa, add toothpaste to my shopping list!" You can now also operate your smart home from your BMW by voice command. Just say "Alexa, open the garage!" to get into your house with dry feet.


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The traditional input text box to enter addresses is back!

We listened to what you had to say! We also use our customers' feedback as a basis to continuously improve our products and offer you the best customer experience in your BMW. For this reason, the familiar input text box to enter addresses has now been reintroduced to the navigation system in the BMW Operating System 7. You decide which input variant you would like to use. For this purpose, the upgrade gives you the choice between the simplified one-box search or the traditional input mask featuring country, town/area, street and house number.


Now remembers your settings.

If you prefer to not benefit from regular Lane Departure Warning interventions in your driving situations, you can now permanently switch off this function in the Settings. Following this, the Lane Departure Warning will remain deactivated even after your vehicle is restarted, up until the point that you reactivate the function.
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Issues when changing music tracks in Android 11 eliminated.

This upgrade eliminates known processing issues for cover art files by the head unit in conjunction with Android 11 and AVRCP1.6 as the active Bluetooth protocol.
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Surround View illustration.

It may be the case that the vehicle's Surround View illustration is not positioned correctly on the Central Information Display (CID). Vehicles affected by the technical campaign, with special defect code 0066490100, will be fixed with this Remote Software Upgrade.
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Program iX3 (G08 BEV) control units (CCU).

In affected vehicles and in exceptional cases the automatic switch to the parking function may not occur, causing a Check-Control Message to be displayed. If the Check-Control message is ignored, the vehicle is at risk of rolling away. This problem is eliminated with this software upgrade.

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Program iX3 (G08 BEV) control units (BMU).

In the event of a very serious accident, there may be damage to the vehicle high-voltage electrical system. Potential overvoltage from the high-voltage vehicle electrical system could damage control units and components. Post-crash features (e.g. hazard warning lights, vehicle lighting, or automatic emergency call) may only be available to a limited extent.

Affected customers were correspondingly informed of this via special defect code 0061030600.

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Validity of the Remote Software Upgrade and Release Notes.

The new features and functional enhancements in this upgrade are effective only if your vehicle features the specific equipment features. Please refer to your vehicle’s Integrated Operating Instructions, contact your Service Partner or the BMW ConnectedDrive hotline for information about your vehicle’s equipment specifications.
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Function updates and quality enhancements.

This remote software upgrade updates existing functions to meet the latest state-of-the-art technological standards, and includes quality enhancements.
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Information about previous versions.

You can find information about all the previous versions of the remote software upgrade in the ConnectedDrive customer portal and on your country's BMW website.
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Updating the on-board operating instructions in the vehicle.

Thanks to this Remote Software Upgrade the Integrated Operating Instructions in the vehicle will feature the most up-to-date version.
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Special information about this upgrade.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please remove all OBD diagnostic devices (trip books, GPS trackers) you use when starting and during the upgrade.

  • Automatic reloading the ConnectedDrive apps after the upgrade can take a certain length of time.

  • Only leave and lock your car once the countdown for the upgrade has expired

  • Some settings may be reset to default after the upgrade (for example, Connected Music or notification settings), and need to be re-activated.

  • Restarting some vehicle systems may cause control messages to appear on the display during or after an upgrade. Please pay attention to these control messages and observe whether they are still shown after the restart (e.g. parking brake, drivetrain malfunction)

  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION for iOS users: when transferring the upgrade using your smartphone, please connect via the Bluetooth & WiFi connection in the vehicle in the “Mobile devices” menu. If the Bluetooth and/or WiFi icon appears greyed out, please first activate Apps & Bluetooth Audio in the settings in the submenu of “Mobile devices”.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE for M vehicles: The installation prompt for the Remote Software Upgrade can only be displayed approx. 30-60 minutes after engine switch-off because the engine needs to cool down. The prompt is displayed before engine start. The next time you enter your vehicle, please do the installation before starting the engine and wait until the installation prompt is displayed

  • IMPORTANT NOTE for users of BMW Drive Recorder: The initial settings will be reset and recorded videos deleted after the upgrade.  
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    Specific notes for hybrid vehicles.

    • If you perform the Remote Software Upgrade during charging, the charging process will be interrupted and not automatically continued.

    • Charging and climate control settings can be reset after the Remote Software Upgrade (e.g. charging settings to 6A instead of 16A). Once you have completed the upgrade, re-set your preferences in the relevant menus under Settings.

    • By upgrading, the electrically driven kilometers displayed may be set to zero. Your vehicle will not however lose the electrically driven kilometers because they are stored elsewhere in the vehicle. In this case, please contact a BMW authorised workshop if you would like to be able to document the status of electrically driven kilometers.
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    Use of the My BMW App for data transfer.

    NOTE: You can find out how to use the My BMW App for data transfer on YouTube or using the QR code displayed below left.
    We look forward to receiving your feedback on the BMW ConnectedDrive hotline, to help us continually optimize our remote software upgrade.
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