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      11-29-2021, 09:36 PM   #1
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Digital key doesnít work

I set up my digital key (my phone). Verified that itís active on the app

But it doesnít really work. I hold the front of my IPhone up to the door handle many times, doesnít do anything.

Anyone else finding that the digital key doesnít really work the way itís supposed to?
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      11-30-2021, 12:43 PM   #2
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I set up my digital key (my phone). Verified that itís active on the app

But it doesnít really work. I hold the front of my IPhone up to the door handle many times, doesnít do anything.

Anyone else finding that the digital key doesnít really work the way itís supposed to?
Mine's pretty finicky as to where exactly you have to position it. Try holding it right above the 3 little groves on the handle where you tap to lock the door and see of that works.
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      11-30-2021, 12:58 PM   #3
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I set up my digital key (my phone). Verified that it's active on the app

But it doesn't really work. I hold the front of my IPhone up to the door handle many times, doesn't do anything.

Anyone else finding that the digital key doesn't really work the way it's supposed to?
After multiple unsuccessful attempts with my iPhone (especially when I'm trying to show it off) I've now had consistent success with this approach:
- enable Express Mode in your iPhone > Settings > Wallet & Apple Pay > BMW <model>
- without waking or turning your phone on or unlocking it or pressing any buttons, slowly bring it towards your drivers door handle 'touch to unlock' area with the front of the iPhone facing you as usual and gently touch/tap/rest the central backside area to the handle and let it be there for a few seconds.

This seems to work almost always.
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^ Thanks, I already have it on "express" mode but I will give your system a try
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After multiple unsuccessful attempts with my iPhone (especially when I'm trying to show it off) I've now had consistent success with this approach:
- enable Express Mode in your iPhone > Settings > Wallet & Apple Pay > BMW <model>
- without waking or turning your phone on or unlocking it or pressing any buttons, slowly bring it towards your drivers door handle 'touch to unlock' area with the front of the iPhone facing you as usual and gently touch/tap/rest the central backside area to the handle and let it be there for a few seconds.

This seems to work almost always.
So I finally did this and it worked, although it still took a while to get it to work.

Verdict: digital key is just not very practical or reliable, and FOR SURE based on my experiences I would never think about leaving my real keys at home, lest I be stranded somewhere
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      12-02-2021, 11:37 PM   #6
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After multiple unsuccessful attempts with my iPhone (especially when I'm trying to show it off) I've now had consistent success with this approach:
- enable Express Mode in your iPhone > Settings > Wallet & Apple Pay > BMW <model>
- without waking or turning your phone on or unlocking it or pressing any buttons, slowly bring it towards your drivers door handle 'touch to unlock' area with the front of the iPhone facing you as usual and gently touch/tap/rest the central backside area to the handle and let it be there for a few seconds.

This seems to work almost always.
thanks for this info
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      12-03-2021, 01:14 PM   #7
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After multiple unsuccessful attempts with my iPhone (especially when I'm trying to show it off) I've now had consistent success with this approach:
- enable Express Mode in your iPhone > Settings > Wallet & Apple Pay > BMW <model>
- without waking or turning your phone on or unlocking it or pressing any buttons, slowly bring it towards your drivers door handle 'touch to unlock' area with the front of the iPhone facing you as usual and gently touch/tap/rest the central backside area to the handle and let it be there for a few seconds.

This seems to work almost always.
thanks for this info
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      12-05-2021, 06:49 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by MetalM00xi View Post
After multiple unsuccessful attempts with my iPhone (especially when I'm trying to show it off) I've now had consistent success with this approach:
- enable Express Mode in your iPhone > Settings > Wallet & Apple Pay > BMW <model>
- without waking or turning your phone on or unlocking it or pressing any buttons, slowly bring it towards your drivers door handle 'touch to unlock' area with the front of the iPhone facing you as usual and gently touch/tap/rest the central backside area to the handle and let it be there for a few seconds.

This seems to work almost always.
So I finally did this and it worked, although it still took a while to get it to work.

Verdict: digital key is just not very practical or reliable, and FOR SURE based on my experiences I would never think about leaving my real keys at home, lest I be stranded somewhere
I leave my keys at home all the time. If it starts acting up like it sometimes has I just open up the app and unlock it that way
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