BMW 5 Series Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 5 Series: Input and display

Letters and numbers

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

lower-case letters.Change between capital and lower-case letters.

Use voice activation. Insert blank space.

Confirm entry. Use voice activation.

Entry comparison Confirm entry.

Entry comparison

When entering names and addresses, the choice is narrowed down with every letter entered and letters may be added automatically.

Entries are continuously compared with data stored in the vehicle.

  • Only those letters are offered during entry for which data is available.
  • Destination search: place names can be entered in all languages that are available in iDrive.

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.

Status information 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.

Status field symbols


received.HD Radio station is being received.

Telephone Satellite radio is switched on.


Missed call. Incoming or outgoing call.

Signal strength of cellular Missed call.

network. Signal strength of cellular network.

Cellular network is not Network search.

available. Cellular network is not available.

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

  SMS text message received. Roaming is active.

Message received.  SMS text message received.

Reminder. Message received.

Sending not possible. Reminder.

Contacts are being loaded. Sending not possible.

Entertainment Contacts are being loaded.


USB audio interface. Bluetooth audio.

WiFi. USB audio interface.

Other symbols WiFi.

Other symbols

The sound output has been Check Control message.

switched off. The sound output has been switched off.

position. Request for the current vehicle position.

position. Checking the current vehicle position.

Split screen, split screen display

General information

Additional information, for instance information from the Onboard Computer can be displayed in several menus on the right side of the split screen display, referred to as the split screen.

The additional information remains visible even when switching to another menu on the split screen.

Switching on/off

1. Press the button.

2. "Split screen"

Selecting the display

The display can be selected in menus which support the split screen function.

1. Move the Controller to the right until the split screen is selected.

2. Press the Controller.

3. Select the desired setting.

Specifying the number of displays

It is possible to specify the number of displays.

1. Move the Controller to the right until the split screen is selected.

2. Press the Controller.

3. "Personalize menu".

4. Select the desired setting.

5. Move the Controller to the left.


     Control elements

    Overview Control Display, with touchscreen depending on the equipment version Controller with buttons and, depending on the equipment version, with touchpad Control Display General information

     Operating via the Controller

    Opening the main menu Press the button. The main menu is displayed. All iDrive functions can be called up via the main menu. Adjusting the main menu 1. Press the button twice. All menu items of th

     Operation via touchscreen

    General information Depending on the equipment version, the Control Display is equipped with a touchscreen. Touch the screen with your fingers. Do not use any objects. Opening the main menu Tap on th


     Fatigue and Focus Alert

    The Fatigue and Focus Alert helps to avoid accidents caused by tiredness on long, monotonous journeys. It is part of the Active Protection equipment (OE 5AL) included in the basic equipment. A change in the driver's driving behavior is perceived by the Fatigue and Focus Alert. In the event of in

     Cross traffic warning

    Concept At blind driveways or when driving out of diagonal parking spaces, approaching cross traffic is detected sooner by the system than is possible from the driver's seat. General information Two radar sensors in the rear bumper monitor the area behind the vehicle. The system indicates approach

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