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BMW 5 Series: Operating via the Controller

BMW 5 Series 2016-2023 Owners Manual / iDrive / Operating via the Controller

Opening the main menu

Press the button.

The main menu is displayed.

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 the main menu are displayed.

2. Select a menu item.

3. To move the menu item to the desired position, tilt the Controller to the right or left.

Selecting menu items

Highlighted menu items can be selected.

1. Turn the Controller until the desired menu item is highlighted.

2. Press the Controller.

2. Press the Controller.

Dynamic contents

You can display dynamic contents within the menu items. The contents of the menu items update automatically, e.g., the active destination guidance in the navigation. To access the dynamic content directly, tap on the lower section of the menu item.

Via iDrive:

1. "My Vehicle".

2. "Contents of main menu".

Changing between displays

After a menu item is selected, for instance "iDrive settings", a new display appears.

  • Move the Controller to the left.

    The current display closes and the previous display is shown.

  • The previous display re-opens.Press the button.

    The previous display re-opens.

  • Move the Controller to the right.

    The new display opens.

An arrow indicates that additional displays can be opened.

Opening recently used menus

Press and hold this button.

The recently used menus are displayed.

Opening the Options menu

Press the button.

The "Options" menu is displayed.

The menu consists of various areas:

  • Screen settings, for instance "Split screen".
  • Control options for the selected main menu, for instance for "Media/Radio".
  • If applicable, further operating options for the selected menu, for instance "Save station".

Changing settings

Settings, such as brightness, can be entered.

Via iDrive:

1. "My Vehicle".

2. "iDrive settings".

3. "Displays".

4. "Control display".

5. "Brightness at night".

6. Turn the Controller until the desired setting is displayed.

7. Press the Controller.

Entering letters and numbers


1. Turn the Controller: select letters or numbers.

2. Deleting: confirm entry.


letters orPress the Controller: delete letters or number.

allHold the Controller down: delete all letters or numbers.

Using alphabetical lists

For alphabetical lists with more than 30 entries, the letters for which there is an entry are displayed at the left edge.

1. Turn the Controller to the left or right quickly.

All letters for which there are entries are displayed on the left edge.

2. Select the first letter of the desired entry.

The first entry of the selected letter is displayed.


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