Samsung Galaxy S7 is not recognized by BMW hands free

Anyone who owns a vehicle of the BMW brand and want to connect the new Samsung Galaxy S7 to the Bluetooth hands-free system may have the problem that the Samsung Galaxy S7 is not recognized by the car.

The reason is that the BMW system does not know your new Samsung Galaxy S7. But fortunately this can be easily solved with an update of the BMW software.

This update is free and can be performed with a USB stick, which is connected in the glove compartment. Here is the procedure:

Download for your BMW the latest “Connected Drive” firmware for the navigation system or media display. This includes the support of the latest Smartphone models such for the Samsung Galaxy S7.

The Connected Drive firmware update can be imported as follows on your BMW:

1. You need the last seven digits of your VIN. You may find the VIN, for example, on your vehicle registration.

2. This number must be entered on the official BMW website at the Connected Drive update section.

3. You can then download the latest firmware for your vehicle.

4. After you have downloaded the nearly 10 MB file, move it to a compatible USB flash drive (FAT32). 5. Then you must now connect this USB stick into the USB port in the glove compartment of your BMW.

6. Now navigate using the operator console in your car to

Settings --> Start update and select here "USB" -> Software Update.

Then the BMW wizard starts, which guides you through the installation of the update. Then please run again the search for the Bluetooth hands-free system on your Samsung Galaxy S7. This should be now detected without problems and then connected.


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Bought an 05 530i Tourer and I can tell you a Galaxy S8 does not connect either, yet my phone connects to a standard $30000 Holden Commodore

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my 2007 525xi has no way to update its software via USB no port in glove box.
my galaxy s5 works great my friends galaxy A5 new 2017 works fine.
piece of shit s7 get seen by BT then never connects. I'm sure the new s8 I want to get will not work...

my 2007 525xi has no way to update its software via USB no port in glove box.
my galaxy s5 works great my friends galaxy A5 new 2017 works fine.
piece of shit s7 get seen by BT then never connects. I'm sure the new s8 I want to get will not work either.

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I have a Samsung galaxy s7 edge and bmw 1 series 2011. it connects to Bluetooth device and I can make calls in car but I cant play my music from the phone? any ideas how to solve????

 
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Did you updated the BMW software? This is possible via USB Stick. check the latest version on the BMW homepage and compare it with your version. If there is a newer version available, then install it.

 
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Please can anyone confirm that the update works? I have a 2007 BMW 530i sport. I would like to avoid going and buy a new phone, I enjoy my Galaxy S7. But it looks like the issue is heading down that road ?

 
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Just tried it now on my new m3 coupe and no joy. The software update only works up to Samsung galaxy 2. Frustrated is not the word!

 
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I have Samsung galaxy s7edge same issue with 2007 650i coupe wont connect has anyone worked it out yet ?

 
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Did the software update on my 2010 335i still cannot pick up the bmw bluetooth connection, frustrated now.

 
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Wondering the same thing. I have a 2007 335i and my Galaxy S7 edge does not connect. I have not tried the software update yet.

 
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How about a 2006 BMW 5 series ?

 
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Are you sure about this? Because s7 edge is not in the list of compatible phones.

 
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