I have been using wireless Apple CarPlay in my 2010 BMW 535 Wagon for more than a year now, as well as wireless Android Auto. Before this vehicle I installed just the backup camera in a 2009 328 E91 wagon. The hardest part with both installs is running the backup camera wiring through the tailgate latch and up behind the dashboard. I’m told it’s a much easier process on sedans, coupes and convertibles. This same installation info should also apply to BMW X5, 6 series bmw, f series bmw, etc. This is written for someone inclined to DIY and can handle a few quirks.
Installation Parts List (excluding tools)
- iDrive replacement screen. It’s essentially an Android touchscreen interface. Get the newest unit on the market with the latest OS and the most RAM / storage. Be sure to get the CIC version if your vehicle is CIC or CCC version if your vehicle is pre LCI.
- Backup camera handle. I think it’s the same handle for all E9x and E6x BMW’s
- MOST 16pin Quadlock wiring connector, so that you don’t hack up your OEM wiring
- GPS Antenna splitter to use BMW’s antenna (if you run native android apps on the screen)
- Wireless Apple Carplay adapter dongle. Optional, but this plugs into the Android screen’s USB cable, and lets the iOS device display wirelessly for both audio and video.
Once everything is installed you will have to tweak the resolution a little bit. The password for changing this setting is 1314 on my unit. I would also recommend using a different launcher for the Android screen if you’re buying all of this primarily for wireless Apple CarPlay. FCC Launcher is a great app to use as the default launcher.
If you’re only looking to do wireless Android Auto, grab Headunit Reloaded app. You don’t need the carplay adapter.