Newer BMWs are equipped with a feature called Personal Profile or Driver Profile. This feature allows the car to recognize which driver is using the vehicle by detecting the key that is being used.

bmw driver profile

Vehicle settings and memory features are modified for that particular driver depending on the key used to start the vehicle.

This is helpful if two or more drivers use the same car but prefer different settings for steering wheel position, seat position, lights, climate control, etc.

BMW Key Dependent Settings

Here is a list of various items that are stored for each key fob and get automatically changed when a specific key is used.

  • Unlocking and locking.
  • Lights.
  • Climate control.
  • Radio.
  • Instrument cluster.
  • Programmable memory buttons.
  • Volumes, tone.
  • Control Display.
  • Navigation.
  • Park Distance Control PDC.
  • Rearview camera
  • Side View.
  • Head-up Display.
  • Driving Dynamics Control.
  • Driver's seat position
  • Exterior mirror posi
  • Tion
  • Steering wheel position.
  • Cruise control.
  • Intelligent Safety.
  • Active Blind Spot Detection

All these settings can be exported via BMW Online. To export them go to Setting > Profiles > Import Profiles > BMW Online.

There is also a guest profile that can be used if a friend is using your vehicle temporarily.

How to active Guest Profile

To activate the Guest profile go to:

  • Settings > Profiles > Guest.

How to show current profile at startup

If you would rather select the desired profile at startup regardless of the key used, change the following setting.

  • Settings > Profiles > Options > Display user list at startup

This will show a list of key profiles each time you start the car and allow you to select desired profile.

Watch the following video to learn more about BMW Profiles.


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Member since 2020-07

I have a 2012 e70 35d, with two keys, and keyless entry. I wanted to delete the previous user profiles, but there is no "profiles" option present in the settings menu in i drive... I know keys work because the seat changes upon unlock. Any ideas?

Member since 2020-07

Hello, Is there a way to always start with the Engine Auto Start disabled??