How to Connect a Phone in an E46

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How to Connect a Phone in an E46
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The E46 is a 3 Series BMW vehicle that was produced until 2005. Late models of the E46 feature BMW's onboard computer control system with Bluetooth. Using the Bluetooth feature, you can connect a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone to the onboard computer control system in your E46. You will need to complete an initial pairing process to establish this connection.


Step 1

Power on your BMW E46. The vehicle will automatically enter pairing mode for approximately two minutes.

Step 2

Select the "Bluetooth" option on your phone and set the Bluetooth to the "On" position.

Step 3

Select the option on your phone to search for new Bluetooth devices.

Step 4

Select the BMW vehicle from the list of Bluetooth devices displayed on your phone.


Step 5

Enter the four-digit Bluetooth passkey for your BMW. You can find the passkey listed in your vehicle's documentation.

Step 6

Wait while your phone completes the Bluetooth pairing process. The phone will prompt once a successful connection has been established with your BMW E46.


After completing the pairing process, the BMW E46 will connect to the paired cell phone automatically.