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      06-06-2019, 10:23 AM   #1
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What to do with the 8 preset buttons?

New to BMW. Anybody have any ideas what to do with the 8 pre-sets on the center console besides programming radio stations and destination? Both of these things are easier with voice command anyways.

I have had the car for three months now and am yet to touch these for anything.
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      06-06-2019, 10:51 AM   #2
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It's pretty flexible, so everyone probably has very different uses, but mine tend to be:

- Common phone contacts
- Home and work for nav
- Common apps (Spotify)

I agree with things like Carplay, voice command, and overall improved technology, presets may be more antiquated in practical use cases nowadays.
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I tried to map them to some settings I use sometime. But they can't be mapped.

I want to map one to call my garage door but have yet to install the gsm module on the garage...

Besides that, no use for them.
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It's pretty flexible, so everyone probably has very different uses, but mine tend to be:

- Common phone contacts
- Home and work for nav
- Common apps (Spotify)

I agree with things like Carplay, voice command, and overall improved technology, presets may be more antiquated in practical use cases nowadays.
There is an Spotify app?
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      06-06-2019, 12:16 PM   #5
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1. Home Address
2. Wife's Cell #
3. Weather
4. Park Now
5. Spotify
6. Podcasts
7. Patriot XM Channel
8. Chill XM Channel
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      06-06-2019, 01:09 PM   #6
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Thanks guys!

I tried setting up my home address as a preset but am having trouble. I have reset the presets by holding 1 and 8, now at what step of inputting a destination do i press the preset to save it?
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1. Home Address
2. Wife's Cell #
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5. Spotify
6. Podcasts
7. Patriot XM Channel
8. Chill XM Channel
How did you get the weather has a preset? Whenever I go to weather and try to save it, it says it canít be saved.
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      07-22-2019, 06:10 AM   #8
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Went to "Installed Apps", highlight "Weather" icon (do not open weather window). Then store as preset.
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Went to "Installed Apps", highlight "Weather" icon (do not open weather window). Then store as preset.
Got it. That worked. Thanks!
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1. Home Address
2. Wife's Cell #
3. Weather
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5. Spotify
6. Podcasts
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8. Chill XM Channel
How did you store podcasts as one of the presets. The best I can do is to set Apple CarPlay Audio, which goes straight to playlists on my phone.
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See that thread:
What are you iDrive shortcuts set to?
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I only have two. CarPlay and Engine Sound
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1. presets for radio/sat
2. android auto
3. spotify app
4. text messages
5. phone via android
6. weather
7. connected places
8. assisted driving - turn on or off lane departure steering
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