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BMW ConnectedDrive not working


Re: BMW Connected Drive spotify shows up but does not play

Casual Listener

Anyone manage to use Spotify with a Google Pixel 3 or Android P? 

It doesn´t work for me at all.. 

Sometimes the Spotify app appears at iDrive but when I start the chose it, nothething happens..

Re: BMW Connected Drive spotify shows up but does not play

I have used Spotify with a Google Pixel 2XL on Android P without issue,

The issue is specifically (at least in my case) with the Android Spotify
App and BMW IDrive.

Re: Spotify not running in BMW connected drive


BMW 5 Series 2016 - Spotify stopped working, I am very **bleep**, this is the second time, the other one was when they discontinued support for the Bang &Olufsen 1 1/2 year old A9 MK1. It is just a total disrespect for premium customers. I will start to reconsider other players.


Re: BMW Connected Drive spotify shows up but does not play

Casual Listener

I am glad to confirm that Spotify is now working for me in my 2017 F20 BMW with Google Pixel 3 running Android P!! All I had to do is installing the older Spotify App in version

Many thanks for this awesome workaround!!

Re: Spotify not running in BMW connected drive

Casual Listener


I have exactly the same problem. The Spotify app shows up on iDrive menu but on click nothing happens. It used to work before Spotify app update.

Please Spotify team fix this issue and next time consider testing bmw connected drive integration before releasing any version. 


BMW iDrive broken November 2018

Casual Listener






Note 8

Operating System

Android O


I have a 2018 BMW M4 with iDrive 6.0, for the first 9 months my bluetooth Spotify integration has been perfect.  Then 5 weeks ago it just went dead, when I launch the app on iDrive I get a blank screen and no Spotify.

I uninstalled the Spotify app and rolled it back to an old APK from early November 2018, roughly version 8.4.78, and iDrive integration was still broken.

I then went back to an APK from September 2018, version 8.4.70, and it now works again as intended.  

So at some point in October/November 2018, Spotify released something that bricked the BMW iDrive 6.0 Spotify connectivity.  That's confirmed by it now working when I rolled back to an earlier APK from September, and being broken again when I install the latest version.

I'm reporting this purely so that it's logged, an extra voice if needed, but I pay for the service so I expect it to be supported and dealt with in the same way as any other fault is reported on a paid service.  There has been NO updates to the BMW iDrive software recently, definitely not to my car any way.




Re: Spotify not running in BMW connected drive

Gig Goer

Has anyone here asked BMW about the problem?


Though it's clear to me that the Spotify update broke it, and it stayed broken, I'm thinking now of raising an issue with BMW directly, or might speak with my local BMW main dealer about it.  It's simple mis-selling if they sell a car with a feature that is then taken away later without notice.

Re: Spotify not running in BMW connected drive

Gig Goer

Quick update to my last post on this subject,  I've just emailed which hopefully should get through to someone at BMW who will listen to this..

Re: Spotify not running in BMW connected drive

Music Fan

I wrote an email to BMW couple of weeks ago, but no response from them.... I m really disappointed, now I m using an older version of Spotify, but in general the experience is very bad! 

Re: Spotify not running in BMW connected drive

Casual Listener

I wonder whether there was an update to Spotify's API or similar. As far as I can work out, the car instructs the phone to launch the BMW Connected app, and then BMW Connected launches the Spotify app. I presume the car then continues to talk to the BMW Connected app, which in turn instructs Spofity to play/pause/skip/etc. It'll also be asking for track lists, playlists, etc. It'll be doing that via an API.


I own a Samsung Galaxy Watch and the Spotify app for that has also stopped connecting to Spofity installed on my phone. At the exact same time, if I had to guess.


In fact, I've just found the Github page for the Android SDK - It got an update 7 days ago and on the 17th Oct before that. Perhaps BMW need to update the Connected app to use the latest version, as do whoever makes the Spofity Galaxy Watch app (Spotify themselves?).