In this guide, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to register and code a BMW battery using various tools such as Foxwell scanner, Carly, and INPA.
BMW Battery Scan Tools
To complete the BMW battery registration process yourself, you will first need an OBD2 scanner that can perform BMW battery registration. Here is a list of popular scanners that you can use to register a new BMW battery.
- Foxwell for BMW NT510
- One of the most popular BMW scanners. The tool can be used to register a new BMW battery with similar specs compared to the previous battery. Installing a new battery with significantly different specs requires coding which is not currently available on Foxwell NT510 at the time of testing.
- AutoPhix 7910 BMW Scan Tool
- Similar to Foxwell NT510, and one of the cheapest scan tools able to register a BMW battery.
- Autel MaxiSys
- Professional Level Diagnostic Scanner. It can be used to program and code any type of battery including AGM and lead-acid, even if the replacement battery is significantly different than the original.
- BMW INPA Software (INPA K+CAN)
- Require a laptop and familiarity with INAP software.
The procedure to register a BMW battery is very similar to most of the scanners out on the market.
How to Register a BMW Battery
These instructions will help you register your new battery on a 2002 or newer BMW vehicle, including 1, 3, 5, 6, X1, X3, X5 series, etc.
Replace the battery in your BMW. If you need help with this step see our guide on how to replace a BMW battery. We recommend installing a new battery with specs as close as possible to the old battery.
Locate the onboard diagnostic port under the dashboard near your brake pedal. The OBD-2 port on BMW cars has a small door that you will need to open. You may also find a cover on the port that you need to pull out. Plug your BMW scan tool of choice into this port. Remember generic OBD2 scanners cannot perform the necessary BMW battery registration.
Turn Ignition On. Turn the key to option II. If you have a Push Start button press it a couple of times. Don't press the brake pedal when pressing the start button. All the dashboard lights should turn on. The engine shouldn't be running. You won't be able to perform the BMW battery registration procedure if the engine is running.
The last step is to register the new BMW battery. The instructions in this step will vary depending on the scanner that you select. See the instructions in the next section on how to register a battery using various scanners.
How to Register BMW Battery with Foxwell
Foxwell NT510 for BMW is a scanner capable of registering a new BMW battery. This great scan tool is, in fact, capable of reading and clearing fault codes from multiple BMW systems.
For example, you can use this scanner to read and clear codes from modules such as engine, airbag(s), transmission, ABS, and more.
- Plug your BMW scan tool into the OBD2 port under the dashboard. ...
- Turn ignition on, the key to position II. ...
- Select BMW. ...
- Scroll down to the Body menu 4.
- Scroll down to Power Supply (Battery) and press Enter.
- Select option 2 for Battery registration.
- It can only register a new battery with the same specs as the original.
- Make sure to update your Foxwell scanner to the latest software via the Foxwell website.
How to register BMW battery with INPA
BMW INPA K+CAN setup requires a laptop. INAP is more complex to set up and can be difficult for many owners. Not recommended if you do not have experience with the INPA software.
- Connect OBD-II Cable to your OBD-II port. Turn on your laptop, then run the INPA software.
- Select Body>Power Module
- Press F6 to Activate
- Press F2 to select Control
- Press F7 to select Register battery replacement
- If registration is successful, you will get the message, 'Register Battery Replacement Activated Properly'.
These steps will enable users to successfully register a new battery with the same desired specs. These steps will not code a new battery with different specs.
What is the difference between BMW Battery Registration and Coding?
Our members often ask what the difference is between BMW battery registration vs. coding. The registration procedure clears the charging history of the old battery and tells your BMW that a new battery with the same specs as the old battery is installed. The Engine Control Unit (DME) can charge the battery properly.
- Battery Registration
- Registration must be performed every time you change the battery on a 2002 and newer BMW. It lets the car know the battery installed is brand new.
- If the new battery has the same specs or very close to the old battery (CCA, CA, Ah, battery type) no coding will be required.
- Battery Coding
- In addition to the registration procedure, you will need to carry out coding if you change the battery capacity or type. Coding is required if the new battery has different specifications compared to the old battery installed in the car.
- For example, if you install a battery with a higher or lower cranking Ampere rating, or switch between Lead Acid and an AGM battery, you will need to code (program) the DME. Otherwise, the DME may overcharge or undercharge the new battery, and therefore shorten the life of the battery.
Why register a BMW battery?
What is stored in the ECU when you register a BMW battery?
Battery capacity is set to 80%
The current Odometer reading is stored
Delete stored battery statistics such as:
Battery Charge Level.
Stored temperature statistics are deleted
When do I need to register a BMW battery?
Can I replace the battery myself and drive it to the mechanic for the registration?
What is BMW Battery Coding?
Do I have to perform BMW battery registration?
Which BMW models need battery registration?
Should I reset error codes?
How do I know if my BMW requires registration?
- Here is a list of BMW models that require Battery Registration:
- 2006 and up 3-series E90 E91 E92 E93
- 2004 and up 5-series E60 E61
- 2003 and up 6-series E63 E54
- 2002 and up 7-series E65 E66
- 2007 and up X5 series
- 2008 and up E70 chassis
- X6 series E71 chassis
- Check with your BMW dealer to confirm.