BMW recently published a series of videos on its YouTube channel explaining some of the overlooked features of new cars and how they can make your life easier. Out of the bunch, we found the one about personal profiles the most intriguing.
That’s because you can actually use the two key fobs you get when buying a new BMW to set up different profiles for them. If the car has two drivers, each of them can adjust their seats, mirrors and other settings according to their needs and memorize this as a profile on board.
Then, all you have to do is use your own key fob when driving the car and its software will adjust everything as you prefer it, leaving you only to enjoy the driving experience.
All of this can be done rather easily by making sure each driver always uses a different key fob and by setting up two profiles inside the iDrive menu, in the Settings -> Profiles sub-menu.
And then again, if both drivers are in the car at the same time, you can make sure the right profile is used by manually entering the Profiles section of the iDrive menu and choosing the right one. Furthermore, if this is a situation that happens daily, you can set up the system to prompt for the right person every day.
To do that, you need to go to Settings -> Profiles, and while the Profiles submenu is highlighted, just press the Options button next to the iDrive controller. Then tick the box next to the “Display user list at startup” option. As a nice extra feature, you can also use a Guest profile for a person that doesn’t usually drive the car. Choosing it will reset everything in the car to the default position.