Ewest
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Joined: Sun Jul 17, 2022 8:25 pm

2018 i3s iDrive Questions?

Just bought a used 2018 i3s Rex and its my first BMW so im totally new to BMW and iDrive. I have an android phone and have it paired with the Bluetooth and Bluetooth media works fine but cannot for the life of me get it to import my contacts or call anyone via voice command. I even manually entered in my mothers contact and put her name as "mother" and when I ask it to call mother it just says the contact doesn't exist even though I manually created it and can see it in the contacts menu.

Any advice here on how to import contacts or get voice commands to work for calling people without having to mess about with my phone.
frictioncircle
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Location: USA West Coast

Re: 2018 i3s iDrive Questions?

Any advice here on how to import contacts or get voice commands to work for calling people without having to mess about with my phone.
Hello Ewest and welcome to the forum!

Your profile doesn't say where you're located. Knowing your general location and language would be helpful to troubleshoot issues with your i3's voice recognition.

As a native American English speaker I've found the i3's voice recognition to be decent in my first one (a 2014) and much improved in my second one (a 2021).

My experience with multiple non-smartphones connected to the i3 over Bluetooth has worked very well and I have never bothered with importing contacts to the i3.

Once my phone is connected to the i3 over Bluetooth I give the system a minute or two before using voice commands. Then, if I want to voice dial, I press the voice-command icon on the steering wheel and say "phone book". The car will say something like "Please say a name" and (especially in the 2021) it selects the correct contact from my phone.

(note: I've disabled online voice processing so – in theory – all voice processing is being done by the car).

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