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BMW 5 Series: Using the voice activation system

BMW 5 Series 2016-2023 Owners Manual / Voice activation system / Using the voice activation system

Activating the voice activation system

1. steeringPress the button on the steering wheel.

2. Wait for the signal.

3. Say the command.

indicates The symbol on the Control Display indicates that the voice activation system is active.

No other commands may be available. In this case, operate the function via iDrive.

Terminating the voice activation system

wheelPress the button on the steering wheel or ›Cancel‹.

Possible commands

General information

Most menu items on the Control Display can be spoken as commands.

Commands from other menus can also be spoken.

You can also select list entries such as phone list entries via voice activation. Read these list entries out loud exactly as they are shown in the respective list.

Displaying possible commands

The following is displayed in the top area of the Control Display:

  • Some possible commands for the current menu.
  • Some possible commands from other menus.
  • Status of the voice recognition.
  • available. Encrypted connection is not available.

Example: opening the tone settings

The commands of the menu items are spoken just as they are selected via the Controller.

1. Switch on the Entertainment sound output, if needed.

2. wheel.Press the button on the steering wheel.

3. ›Media and radio‹.

4. ›Tone‹.

Help on the voice activation system

To have the available spoken instructions read out loud: ›Voice commands‹.

  • To have information on the operating principle of the voice activation system read out loud: ›General information on voice control‹.
  • To have help for the current menu read out loud: ›Help‹.

Information for Emergency Requests

Do not use the voice activation system to initiate an Emergency Request. In stressful situations, the voice and vocal pitch can change. This can unnecessarily delay the establishment of a phone connection.

Instead, use the SOS button close to the interior mirror.



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