i tried all this. it worked for some time and stopped working. even while it was working i couldn't access my playlist so not sure whats the point of using spotify through connected drive. much easier doing it the Bluetooth way. but thanks.
All sorted now, don't know why it wouldn't work before, seems to take a while to get tamed. Now every time I get in the car, it carries on where it left off without having to even touch the phone!
Functionality is very limited though, as others have found who've manged to get it to work. Just next track/last track (see pic). A stupid ugly graphic in place of the album cover (which disappears with split screen fortunately). My conclusion is that BMW did a deal with Apple years ago signing over full integration so Android users just get the bare minimum.
That was exactly what I saw on my screen and the functionality was the same. You do not need the BMW Connected App for this level of functionality since it is simply via the Bluetooth connection. Frankly it’s next to useless if you want to change albums or playlists.
In other words the BMW Connected / Android combination simply does not work as BMW claim ( depends who you speak to though ! ).
I am only able to get spotify to play in my bmw 4 series with pro nav by using the basic bluetooth streaming. I would like to use connecteddrive to enable all the functionality such as browsing and playlists etc. I plug in my phone and open the bmw connected app and it says that is is connected in connected drive but spotify doesnt appear as an app in the car. Any ideas?
I'm afraid you have experienced the same issue as most of us on this forum, simply; BMW does not support the Android / Connected combination despite their claims to the contrary. Spotify informed me that the poblem rests with BMW and I believe them. BMW also supports Apple Car Play and not Android Auto. Until BMW decides to address the problem then the only soultions are to carry on via Bluetooth, which drastically limits functionality as you have already discovered, or to subscribe to BMW Online Entertainment where you can use a Spotify alternative ( De...er ) with full functionality. I have opted for the latter.
I will look into this alternative. The danger for spotify is that they may lose some subscribers if the alternative works in BMWs. Surely spotify have the power and contacts to put pressure on BMW to make this work. More accessibility = more subscribers.