2010 2011 BMW 5 Series Forum F10
BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
 

2010 2011 BMW 5 Series Forum F10 BIMMERPOST Universal Forums General BMW News and Cars Discussion BMW Digital Key now available for Android smartphones
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      12-01-2021, 12:04 PM   #1
Jason
Administrator
Jason's Avatar
United_States
31199
Rep
20,794
Posts

Drives: F80 M3
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA

iTrader: (0)

BMW Digital Key now available for Android smartphones

BMW Digital Key now available for Android smartphones

Name:  google-digital-car-key-android-12-bmw.jpg
Views: 4448
Size:  36.9 KB

December 1, 2021

Munich. Together with its partners BMW in the context of the Car Connectivity Consortium is continuing to press ahead with the development and distribution of the BMW Digital Key. Now the BMW digital key will be available for Android operating system-based smartphones. With this update, the number of compatible smartphone models is increasing and thus also the pool of BMW drivers who will be able to use the BMW Digital Key in the future. The BMW Digital Key is now available for Android smartphones, starting with Samsung Galaxy S21 Series and Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.

With the BMW Digital Key, customers can easily unlock and lock their BMW simply by holding their smartphone next to the handle of the driver's door. The engine can also be started when the mobile phone is placed in the BMW wireless charging compartment. To ensure maximum ease of use and security, the BMW Digital Key is stored on the secure element of the smartphone. It can be easily configured via My BMW app and is then available as an option for almost all BMW models. In the next release, it will be possible to pass the key on to five friends. The functionalities of the BMW Digital Key Plus based on ultra-wide band will also be introduced for Android smartphones in a future release.

BMW has been committed to establishing global standards in the field of keyless entry systems since 2018 and is considered one of the pioneers in the use of the smartphone as a digital car key. The latest stage of development is the result of a close collaboration between BMW, Google and Samsung for further improving the ease of use and availability of the digital key. BMW is also the first manufacturer to offer a system according to the global CCC standard (Car Connectivity Consortium) that is available for both iOS and Android.

Availability of BMW Digital Key for Android smartphones:

Google Pixel 6/Pixel 6 Pro: U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Australia, Taiwan and Singapore

Samsung Galaxy S21/S21+/S21 Ultra: France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Spain, United Kingdom, United States.
__________________
Check on the Latest BMW News
Become a fan of Bimmerpost Facebook
Follow us on Bimmerpost Twitter
Subscribe to Bimmerpost Youtube Channel
Appreciate 0
      12-01-2021, 12:26 PM   #2
Bimmerg621
Private First Class
Bimmerg621's Avatar
United_States
62
Rep
115
Posts

Drives: '22 G20 M340ix
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: SoCal

iTrader: (0)

Too bad many of us who got our cars in 2021 won't be having the digital key feature due to it being deleted from builds. Anyways, not a big deal to me.
__________________
22 G20 M340ix AW/TR
19 Mercedes E300
19 F22 M240i in BSM/Coral Red (Sold)
Appreciate 2
F32 N55705.50
nyalpine906772.00
      12-01-2021, 01:04 PM   #3
cbertels
Captain
cbertels's Avatar
851
Rep
630
Posts

Drives: M3 YMB-SS
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Orlando

iTrader: (0)

I'm surprised more vehicles generally don't have this capability. I'm not a tech guru so maybe it's limited by the phone and not the cars so much but it's marginally annoying to carry a fob I never have to use.
Appreciate 0
      12-01-2021, 01:09 PM   #4
SintAFM
Registered User
United_States
196
Rep
193
Posts

Drives: 2022 BMW M4
Join Date: Jun 2021
Location: Hawaiian Islands

iTrader: (0)

Doesn't seem to be available for base/6MTs according to the manual
Appreciate 0
      12-01-2021, 01:12 PM   #5
Limegrntaln
Lieutenant Colonel
Limegrntaln's Avatar
United_States
1640
Rep
1,845
Posts

Drives: 2022 DG/BLk xDrive M4C Wk 34
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Sacramento Area

iTrader: (2)

Garage List
I have an iPhone, but it's a cool feature for Android users. At least they're keeping up with the times.
__________________
2022 Dravit Gray/Black Full Merino M4 Competition xDrive / Production Week 34/ Delivered 10/19/21

Appreciate 0
      12-01-2021, 01:23 PM   #6
KevinC
your average JAMF
KevinC's Avatar
United_States
2202
Rep
3,010
Posts

Drives: '08 Z4MC, '19 Golf R
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Cochise County, AZ

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Useless feature IMHO, given that with the "old" technology I can still walk up to the car, unlock it by merely grabbing the door handle, then start the car with the key in my pocket. The digital key requires the phone be placed in the wireless charger before allowing it to start? That's a step backwards.
__________________
'21 M2 Comp
'19 Golf R
Appreciate 8
BMWZ41311.00
H_T43.50
Swappy439.00
F32 N55705.50
ASAP4650.50
EPTXM527.00
      12-01-2021, 01:30 PM   #7
XsltAnalyst
Lieutenant
XsltAnalyst's Avatar
555
Rep
568
Posts

Drives: 2016 F80, 957 Cayenne
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Maryland

iTrader: (0)

So I hope they tested it thoroughly has better security than typical keyfob.

Couple of questions:
will this work when the phone has no cell reception?
What if you lose your phone? How can you disable your digital key stored in that phone
Appreciate 0
      12-01-2021, 02:02 PM   #8
R12ax7
Major
R12ax7's Avatar
109
Rep
1,048
Posts

Drives: 2021 340xi
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Philly

iTrader: (3)

Garage List
2011 328i  [0.00]
Good question on wiping it from a lost phone XsltAnalyst !

FWIW, this press release has one error (at least for the US market). Here, the regular Galaxy S21 lacks the ultra-wideband radio that the S21+/S21 Ultra have, so it will not work. I know other markets use different chips, but I'm not sure if the base S21 has ultra-wideband in those markets.
__________________
Current: 2021 340xi

Retired:
2018 330xi | 2016 340i 6MT | 2013 335i 6MT |
2011 328i 6MT (N52) | 2008 335xi (N54)
Appreciate 0
      12-01-2021, 04:25 PM   #9
Flying Ace
Lieutenant General
Flying Ace's Avatar
United_States
4445
Rep
11,246
Posts

Drives: G05 45e, 997.1 GT3,
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: SF, CA

iTrader: (5)

finally a reason to upgrade to Pixel 6. Now waiting for a decent Pixel 6 sale....
__________________
22 Phytonic/Coffee X5 45e (CoVID-free)
08 Speed Yellow 911 GT3 Poverty Spec

12 AW/Cinnamon X5d Sports Pkg (retired)
14 AW/Beige M6GC ZCP, MPE, V2 steering wheel, vorsteiner (retired)
08 SSII/Black E90 M3 (retired)
Appreciate 0
      12-01-2021, 04:30 PM   #10
shameson
Private
135
Rep
75
Posts

Drives: '00 M Coupe EB, '19 440i
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: PNW

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by R12ax7 View Post

FWIW, this press release has one error (at least for the US market). Here, the regular Galaxy S21 lacks the ultra-wideband radio that the S21+/S21 Ultra have, so it will not work. I know other markets use different chips, but I'm not sure if the base S21 has ultra-wideband in those markets.
I could be wrong, but I think it was implying the Digital Key Plus function that will be rolling out later requires UWB, where standard Digital Key works without it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jason View Post

The functionalities of the BMW Digital Key Plus based on ultra-wide band will also be introduced for Android smartphones in a future release.
Appreciate 1
      12-01-2021, 04:36 PM   #11
PABrian
Private First Class
PABrian's Avatar
United_States
93
Rep
198
Posts

Drives: BMW
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Berks County, PA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by XsltAnalyst View Post
So I hope they tested it thoroughly has better security than typical keyfob.

Couple of questions:
will this work when the phone has no cell reception?
What if you lose your phone? How can you disable your digital key stored in that phone
BMW's keyfob security has been top notch for a number of years now, especially since the G20 3 Series and G05 X5 were launched where the keys can sense motion and if left stationary for a couple minutes will shut off comfort access communication.

Digital key works without cell reception because the "key" is stored on the phone. It has nothing to do with app connectivity.

If you lose your phone, but still have access to a regular key, you can go into the car and wipe out the Digital Key stored in the car. That way if someone finds your phone and knows what car you drive (odds are minuscule of BOTH of those things happening), the car will no longer recognize the phone as a key. Then, when you get a new phone and set up the key on that one, it'll knock out the first key off the old phone.
Appreciate 0
      12-01-2021, 04:42 PM   #12
wrickem
Big grille
wrickem's Avatar
1704
Rep
3,585
Posts

Drives: what he wants to
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: lambertville nj

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by KevinC View Post
Useless feature IMHO, given that with the "old" technology I can still walk up to the car, unlock it by merely grabbing the door handle, then start the car with the key in my pocket. The digital key requires the phone be placed in the wireless charger before allowing it to start? That's a step backwards.
I thought this way too until the day I was able to save a 3 hour round train trip to get my keys that I left in my jacket pocket hanging on my office door.

My phone made it so simple, didn't have to call anybody or catch 2 Ubers.

I'll never say old useless technology again.
__________________
______________________________________________
Current- '21 430 , '19 911, 07 M6 ,'17 Jeep Wrangler
Appreciate 0
      12-01-2021, 05:37 PM   #13
silvercar
New Member
0
Rep
10
Posts

Drives: 15 BRZ, 21 M3C
Join Date: Apr 2021
Location: Texas

iTrader: (0)

I'm seeing the option today
Attached Images
 
Appreciate 0
      12-01-2021, 06:10 PM   #14
atlas
Lieutenant
Australia
239
Rep
473
Posts

Drives: F10 535i, M2 LCI, G05 X5 40i
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Melbourne, Australia

iTrader: (0)

Will this apply to all vehicles that previously had Digital Key? Ie. Pre July 2020 builds?
Appreciate 0
      12-01-2021, 06:12 PM   #15
TheKandyman
Enlisted Member
United_States
25
Rep
45
Posts

Drives: 2012 E350, 2018 XC90
Join Date: Aug 2020
Location: Florida, USA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by R12ax7 View Post
Good question on wiping it from a lost phone XsltAnalyst !

FWIW, this press release has one error (at least for the US market). Here, the regular Galaxy S21 lacks the ultra-wideband radio that the S21+/S21 Ultra have, so it will not work. I know other markets use different chips, but I'm not sure if the base S21 has ultra-wideband in those markets.
Based on the usage description for Digital Key (phone has to be next to the handle of drivers door to open, and placed in the wireless charging compartment to start), this appears to be some form of near-field communications (NFC) rather than ultra-wideband. UWB can work at several feet/meters.
Appreciate 0
      12-01-2021, 06:29 PM   #16
Chick Webb
Private
United_States
203
Rep
69
Posts

Drives: 10 M3 Con, 17 540i, 21 X6 M50i
Join Date: Sep 2021
Location: CA

iTrader: (0)

Saw that in the App, too. Unfortunately also saw this.

Hopefully they will soon open this up to more than the newest Google/Samsung phones.
Attached Images
 
Appreciate 0
      12-01-2021, 08:06 PM   #17
claykin
Brigadier General
United_States
776
Rep
3,829
Posts

Drives: various BMW
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Florida

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by R12ax7 View Post
Good question on wiping it from a lost phone XsltAnalyst !

FWIW, this press release has one error (at least for the US market). Here, the regular Galaxy S21 lacks the ultra-wideband radio that the S21+/S21 Ultra have, so it will not work. I know other markets use different chips, but I'm not sure if the base S21 has ultra-wideband in those markets.
Current version of digital key uses Bluetooth and NFC. Digital Key Plus (first car is iX) incorporates UWB
__________________
2021 740i | 2019 X3 | 2019 540i
Appreciate 0
      12-01-2021, 09:03 PM   #18
SOURCE1064
Private
SOURCE1064's Avatar
United_States
64
Rep
60
Posts

Drives: 2018 G12 750 M Sport
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Paramus, NJ

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2015 BMW M3  [4.00]
Send a message via ICQ to SOURCE1064 Send a message via AIM to SOURCE1064 Send a message via MSN to SOURCE1064 Send a message via Yahoo to SOURCE1064
Too bad most of those phone won't fit into the wireless charging pad for the car to recognize the digital key.
__________________
Charlie

2021 ///MSPORT Donington Grey M5 Competition
Appreciate 0
      12-02-2021, 12:43 AM   #19
wtwo3
Colonel
wtwo3's Avatar
4532
Rep
2,116
Posts

Drives: 2020 X5 40i; 2020 M340i
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: IL

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by KevinC View Post
Useless feature IMHO, given that with the "old" technology I can still walk up to the car, unlock it by merely grabbing the door handle, then start the car with the key in my pocket. The digital key requires the phone be placed in the wireless charger before allowing it to start? That's a step backwards.
Think the point here is you won't need to carry your key with you.
__________________
2020 BMW X5 xdrive40i
2020 BMW M340i xdrive

2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400... 2010 Lexus RX 350... 2008 Lexus IS 350...
2000 Nissan Maxima GLE... 1993 Nissan Maxima GXE
Appreciate 0
      12-02-2021, 08:53 AM   #20
botan22
New Member
12
Rep
26
Posts

Drives: 2022 BMW X3 xDrive30i
Join Date: Nov 2021
Location: Atlanta, GA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by wtwo3 View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by KevinC View Post
Useless feature IMHO, given that with the "old" technology I can still walk up to the car, unlock it by merely grabbing the door handle, then start the car with the key in my pocket. The digital key requires the phone be placed in the wireless charger before allowing it to start? That's a step backwards.
Think the point here is you won't need to carry your key with you.
Ultimately this also should work with wearables so you don't have to carry anything in your pocket at all.

Has anyone here had any first hand experience?
The functionality seem to have been available for a while according to these documents:

https://www.bmwusa.com/content/dam/b...DigitalKey.pdf

https://www.bmwusa.com/content/dam/b...lityMatrix.pdf
Appreciate 0
      12-02-2021, 11:02 AM   #21
wrickem
Big grille
wrickem's Avatar
1704
Rep
3,585
Posts

Drives: what he wants to
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: lambertville nj

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by botan22 View Post
Ultimately this also should work with wearables so you don't have to carry anything in your pocket at all.

Has anyone here had any first hand experience?
Yes, I can also unlock and start my car with my Apple watch. It's a little awkward to get my wrist to the charging tray to start it, but it also works in a pinch. I figure the more options to get in and drive, the better
__________________
______________________________________________
Current- '21 430 , '19 911, 07 M6 ,'17 Jeep Wrangler
Appreciate 1
botan2212.00
      12-02-2021, 12:04 PM   #22
TupperBMW
Private First Class
85
Rep
153
Posts

Drives: 2021 M340i Xdrive
Join Date: Nov 2021
Location: Chicago area

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by KevinC View Post
Useless feature IMHO, given that with the "old" technology I can still walk up to the car, unlock it by merely grabbing the door handle, then start the car with the key in my pocket. The digital key requires the phone be placed in the wireless charger before allowing it to start? That's a step backwards.
Plus, as far as I've seen the digital key doesn't work very well
__________________
2021 BMW M340i X drive (DD)
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet (fun car)
2015 Toyota Sienna (family car)
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:30 AM.




5post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST