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      08-27-2011, 03:20 PM   #1
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Downloading contacts into car's bluetooth?

I successfully paired my phone with my car's bluetooth today; however, I am unable to download my contacts or get the car to sync properly with my phone. In order to get the car to dial a number I have to input the number into the car manually, which is obviously more work than simply using my phone.

Does anyone know how to get the car to download my contact list? From the brief amount of research I've done so far it appears that there are different versions of bluetooth and android that have to be compatible with one another. Given that my car is a 2007, I'm wondering if perhaps it needs an update of its bluetooth software?

Any help or knowledge would be greatly appreciated.
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      08-27-2011, 03:45 PM   #2
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Are you using the voice dial feature or trying to access the contact list through your head unit or iDrive?

If you're trying to use voice dial, you have to manually program contacts.
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      08-27-2011, 03:54 PM   #3
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I've tried using both the head unit (car doesn't have idrive) and voice command functions. When I push any button on the head unit, it acts like it is searching for something but then just goes back to the homepage. If I try using voice command is says phonebook empty.

I've seen other people download their contact list into their car's bluetooth system automatically and I don't understand why I cannot do so with mine. I'm thinking there must be some kind of incompatibility issue between the car and the phone.
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what kind of phone do you have? I've got an LG "basic" phone and my wife has an iphone 3, and neither one will download contacts. We finally just gave up, and either dial from the phone or else use one of a few numbers we programmed into the voice dialing.

No phone I know of works with the built-in voice dialing, but many WILL download contacts to the car. You have to scroll through them or select on screen, if you have idrive, to use them. Can't voice dial -- to use that, you have to go through the dialog drill in the car.
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My car has I drive but when i paired my HTC droid eris it asked me for a password, i drive screen said to try 0000 or 1234. Once it was paired it automatically added my contacts to the car. Good luck!
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CD, I have an LG Ally. I'm really surprised your wife's iPhone doesn't work with it since that's supposed to be the phone to use w/ BMW Bluetooth.

I'm pretty convinced that there's a software incompatibility problem. I was checking around BMW.com and they show you how you can download a software update onto a flash drive and plug it into the car but your car has to come equipped with a USB plug-in--which mine doesn't have.

I tried calling BMWUSA and they referred me to the dealership where I bought the car. I'm thinking my only recourse at this point is to contact them and see if they can help me.
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I have an iPhone. The contact list is downloaded and accessed through the headunit. I had to program voice contacts myself.

If you can't access your wife's contact list on the head unit, than something is wrong.
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CD, I have an LG Ally. I'm really surprised your wife's iPhone doesn't work with it since that's supposed to be the phone to use w/ BMW Bluetooth.

I'm pretty convinced that there's a software incompatibility problem. I was checking around BMW.com and they show you how you can download a software update onto a flash drive and plug it into the car but your car has to come equipped with a USB plug-in--which mine doesn't have.

I tried calling BMWUSA and they referred me to the dealership where I bought the car. I'm thinking my only recourse at this point is to contact them and see if they can help me.
Link to said update please.

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I have an iPhone. The contact list is downloaded and accessed through the headunit. I had to program voice contacts myself.

If you can't access your wife's contact list on the head unit, than something is wrong.
They tried twice to set it up at the dealer -- no go. I tried it at least twice on my own.

Both phones pair fine, just no contact download. It **may** have something to do with having multiple contact lists under the "main" one -- she keeps the contacts file in Outlook on her laptop and just syncs the phone. However, she is not willing to give up that feature just to get the phone to work in the car.
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Link to said update please.

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Here you go, Nate

http://www.bmw.com/com/en/owners/nav...re_update.html
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Is this just for iDrive equipped vehicles?

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I'm not sure, I do think you need a UBS port in your car though, that's why I didn't go ahead and do the download. All I have in my car is that Aux In jack. I was thinking maybe I could find an adapter or something, but first I'm going to try the dealer and see if they can help.
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I have USB in mine. The AUX 3.5mm jack won't do you any good, can't move files through that type of port.

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In order for the contacts to sync you gotta have 2 things:

1) Your phone has to have bluetooth 2.0 or later. Before my iPhones I had a Samsung flip phone. My family all had the same phone and mine was replaced under warranty with a newer version that had BT 2.0 and would sync the contacts. The rest of my family with pre BT 2.0 phones would only be able to sync the phone, not the contacts.

2) Your car has to have a production date after 3/2007 (I'm not 100% sure on the date). BMW updated the BT module for the 2008 model and I believe some of the 2007 ones. According to Real OEM there are what looks like 4 different BT modules that a 2007 could have had (http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?...13&hg=84&fg=95). I also found an article on the Apple support site where someone mentioned that BMW was changing BT modules around the 2007 time frame (https://discussions.apple.com/message/6559582#6559582)

So my guess is even if you have a BT 2.0 phone, you probably have an older BT module that can't support the syncing of contacts since your car is a 2007MY.

Oh, one more thing.... GO NOLES!
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Oh, one more thing.... GO TO HELL NOLES!
My sentiments exactly!
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My sentiments exactly!
Hey now. That's not nice considering all the looking into it that I did for you But then I think of 31-7 and I get all happy again

Are you going to try to pick up a new module so you can get the contacts to pair?
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i have a 330 e90 build date 7/05. and no idrive. Lg vu would sync but not contacts. nokia e72 did sync contacts both new phone is a nokia e73 and it also sync contacts as well. i believe has more to do with phone than with module, as i have never gotten any type of software update. try a newer smart phone to test this theory. the voice command phonebook has to be programmed separately.
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Hey now. That's not nice considering all the looking into it that I did for you But then I think of 31-7 and I get all happy again

Are you going to try to pick up a new module so you can get the contacts to pair?
Yeah, just like when I think of the 6 straight years we kicked the snot out of the Noles, including opening night at Ron Zook, er, excuse me, Bobby Bowden Field!

I'm going to take it into the dealership and see what they recommend. If I have to get a new module then I will.
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I have a 2011 e92 328i no idrive and my iPhone 4 contacts don't download into the head unit.
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      11-04-2011, 02:38 PM   #20
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I have the same issue '07 build, and for some reason it works fine with my evo, but no go on my galaxy s. I tried the stock rom and tryed diffrent roms as quick tests. But have the same unsuccessful results. Just said whatever and deal with it till i get sometime to really check it out.
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Hi All

u need to make sure you HTC (mines a htc desire) is running the lastest firmware in my case andriod 2.2. if you have the same phone pm me and I'll check my software info againist yours

if you car has the new i-drive and usb in the armrest you can check compatibilty and down the latest bt firmware and updated using the usb port.

http://www.bmw.com/com/en/owners/nav...eck_intro.html

or your going to need a software update for the car? had my mine done under warranty or pay to have your maps updated and they have to update the cars software before the load the maps.

all my contact show on the screen and the work with voice control.
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this same issue drives me crazy.

my wife has htc incredible running android 2.2 on my car syncs bluetooth and address book
my htc inc running 2.3 syncs bluetooth but no address book.
my phone in buddy's 07 335 syncs bluetooth and address book

ticks me off.
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