BMW E46 Radio Upgrade Apple Carplay

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The best BMW E46 radio upgrade with Apple carplay & Android auto. Perfect fit, easy to install, oem looking, factory-direct price.

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This BMW E46 aftermarket Android radio is integrated with Apple carplay and Android auto. It perfectly fit BMW E46 and M3 1998-2006 BMW 3 series, including BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325, BMW 325i, BMW 328i, BMW 330i, BMW 330ci, BMW M3, etc.

Why Buy BMW E46 Radio from DVDGPSNav?

  1. Best quality e46 radio upgrade in the market. We are the first manufacturer producing this BMW E46 radio since 2009. This car radio has been upgraded many times to improve its performance including the UI, software, hardware, and now it’s with latest stable Android 13 version.
  2. Compatible with BMW e46 with business CD and e46 with factory navigation screen.
  3. Excellent service for both pre-sales and after-sales. Any questions or inquiries will be answered by our professional customer representatives.
  4. Awesome OEM looking. No need to buy another fitting kit, customized for BMW e46 dashboard, replacing the factory BMW e46 stereo without a gap.
  5. Runs smoothly. Inbuilt high speed 8-Core CPU processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, you can also extend the storage by a USB.
  6. Supports steering wheel control, back up camera display, apple carplay, android auto, bluetooth music, navigation system, USB, FM/AM radio, etc.
  7. Free iGO maps, besides, free maps update lifetime.
  8. Online installation support available. If you need, we can provide installation support step by step.

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Features & Specifications

  • Latest Android 13 Operation System
  • 1024*600 7″ HD capacitive touch screen
  • Inbuilt Apple Carplay/Android auto
  • Octa Core high speed CPU processor
  • 64GB Applied high speed eMMC Flash, best performance
  • High speed DDR3 4GB RAM
  • Support 1080P 4K HD video decoder playing via TF Card or USB
  • Support Steering Wheel Controls
  • CAN-BUS decoder included
  • Back up camera video input, can connect a back up camera(optional)
  • Inbuilt Android navigation system, support 3D digital navigation map
  • External GPS antenna, better GPS signal
  • With GPS maps installed for free, available worldwide
  • Bluetooth hands free phone calling function, support both iPhone and Android phones
  • Support Bluetooth streaming music A2DP
  • Built-in car FM/AM radio tuner, RDS for Europe
  • Built-in in-dash car DVD player, can be set to watch videos while driving
  • Inbuilt WiFi module, easy to connect WiFi for Internet access
  • Many Android application program can be downloaded and installed
  • Two USB2.0 ports, one supports OTG-USB
  • Two TF card slots

BMW E46 Radio Installation Tips

The installation is different for BMW e46 with different OEM head units.


    Installation for BMW e46 with a business CD without a factory screen is simple.
    You don’t need to use a long cable to connect the harness in the trunk. Just use our regular short wiring harness with 17pins or 40 pins connectors. Generally speaking, for 1998-2001 year e46, the factory harness is with 17 pins, for 2002-2006 year e46, it’s with 40 pins. Don’t worry, we will send you both 17 round pins and 40 flat pins plugs.

    You can relocate the climate control panel below the new e46 radio where the storage compartment is.


    For BMW e46 with an OEM navigation screen, your 17 pins or 40 pins plugs are located in the trunk, not from the back of your e46 radio unit.

    Firstly you can find the correct plug in the trunk, and use our 6m long cable to connect your 17 pins or 40 pins plug in the trunk.

    You can run the 6m long cable under the carpet along the door frames, removed the back seat to get access to the trunk, and hid the wires behind the cover panel in the trunk. If your car has a harman kardon amplifier as well, according to our experiences before this BMW e46 android head unit can support your harman kardon amplifier with 98% possibilities.

    By the way, the 6m long cable is optional, it’s just a necessary cable for e46 with a factory screen.

    Learn more about installation on this post: BMW E46 Android Radio Upgrade – How to Install?


Question: Is this e46 android head unit compatible with my BMW e46 2004 year and is it coming with all the cables and box to have steering control? Also I would like to know if you have a reverse camera to fit this unit and my number plate light?
Answer: Yes, this BMW e46 android head unit fits and works for your car. You can check a BMW e46 backup camera here.

Question: I am interested in this head unit. Does this system support Europe FM radio frequencies?
Answer: Yes. The built-in BMW e46 radio works worldwide.

Question: I just bought this bmw 325ci and love your system, its great! But i don’t see how to get access to use or have the nav system load. Am i missing it? or maybe it was deleted with anything that was on there? if so how do i now download or whatever so to have it on there? thanks!
Answer: There should be igo or sygic maps installed, you can check all apps, if you can not find it, you may have deleted it, then you can contact us to get map files installed.

Question: I have a BMW 330ci 2002, will the dvd player play music cds? Will it work with cd changer in trunk?
Answer: This BMW E46 Android head unit has dvd player built-in, it can play music with cds as well. I’m afraid the cd changer in the trunk will not work anymore, but you have many other sources to play music like DVD, USB, SD, Bluetooth music, music apps, etc.

Question: I see that there is the option to support Apple CarPlay. Is there also the ability to use Android Auto?
Answer: Yes, the Apple Carplay option also supports Android Auto for Android phone.

Question: Have a 2003 330ci convertible with nav screen and harman kardon with factory sub what unit is right for me and due I need adapters?
Answer: This BMW e46 stereo upgrade is right for your car, we can send you a 6m long cable for free to connect your 40 pins plugs in the trunk.

Question: Will your e46 head unit come with USA maps? Or do I need to buy those separately?
Answer: Yes, we have USA maps available and will install it while testing for you. You don’t need to buy maps separately. Besides, when maps update is available in the future, you can also contact us for newer version to get a free update.

Question: I want to replace the stock head unit and retain steering wheel controls. Can you pair an Iphone with it?
Answer: Yes, our BMW E46 Android head unit can pair with iPhone for Bluetooth handsfree phone and Bluetooth music and support steering wheel controls with CAN-BUS decoder included.

Question: Looking to replace the head unit in our 2003 BMW 330xi. It has Navigation and the Harman Kardon system with steering wheel controls. Which unit do i need to order?
Answer: This BMW e46 head unit replacement fits your car and supports steering wheel control.

Question: I have a March 2005 built BMW 330Ci with TV (analogue) and Telephone options on the BMW dash screen. This model did not come with the BMW Professional Navigation. Can you suggest a system that I can either replace the entire original BMW dash monitor with so I have all options, such as; TV, Telephone, Navigation, FM / AM Radio, CD & DVD playing options all operating from the monitor and or steering wheel? Or a system to retrofit just Navigation to the existing system. Both the above are for Australian conditions. Thank you in advance.
Answer: This new Android BMW E46 navigation system replaces the entire original BMW dash monitor and CD/radio system, it also fits Australian models. The new BMW E46 Android head unit comes with Bluetooth phone, FM/AM car radio, DVD player, GPS navigation system, digital TV of DVB-T optional. You can control it by touch screen or front panel buttons or steering wheel control buttons. If you have any other questions, just feel free to contact us.

Question: I’m looking to upgrade my OEM BMW Business CD & had a very specific question. Does your BMW E46 Android radio have a microphone on the front of the unit?
Answer: Yes, it has a built-in mic on the front of the head unit.

Question: I have a 2006 BMW 330ci convertible with Harman Kardon. I need to replace the GPS-stereo unit, i visited local audio specialist shops they say I need a custom built dash kit as the air conditioning controls will need to be moved, need some additional wiring, and need a specific trim piece. I don’t care if the steering wheel controls are connected. They also suggested that I check with someone like you to find if you have a simpler replacement, that would not require about 5-7 hours of manual labor. Please let me know if your item #8788A E46 radio unit would install easier and if I would need additional parts.
Answer: Hi, this BMW E46 stereo upgrade unit fits your 2006 MW 330ci directly, it’s a simple replacement. You can move the air conditioning control panel lower where the storage compartment is, a relocation kit is not necessary though some of our customers purchased such a relocation kit to relocate the A/C controls, most of our customers just moved it and did not use such a kit. This BMW E46 radio comes with a CAN-BUS decoder which supports steering wheel controls, with cables match factory wiring harness, you don’t need additional parts, so installation is easy, you can also check our installation instructions.

13 reviews for BMW E46 Radio Upgrade Apple Carplay

  1. Salim

    I just bought my M3 and desperately needed to upgrade from the Business CD radio and this one does not disappoint. This is a pretty amazing double din unit that fits perfectly, easy to install, and truly has a balanced OEM look. I was worried because I have the Harmon Kardon system and have seen people get other units that do not work with. Fortunately, Sarah checked to make sure that the radio would be compatible with my car before shipping. I had absolutely no wires cut, spliced or anything. Purely plug and play to get the radio working along with all the steering wheel controls. I did have trouble installing a backup camera but was due to install issues (Sarah helped troubleshoot and fix the problem).

    – Touch screen is very responsive (resolution was much better than I expected)
    – Sound quality is great paired with the Harmon Kardon
    – Car play works extremely well with my iPhone
    – Built-in maps works well
    – Android interface feels modern and familiar
    – Super easy to install the radio and virtually plug-n-play
    – Great support

  2. Marwan

    Superb overall! The unit itself cannot be distinguished from OEM, the function is excellent. I have original navigation system and Harman Kardon and it fits perfectly. I needed the extension cable. What sets this company apart is the absolutely marvelous customer service! I communicated with Sarah before and after purchasing the unit and she was extremely helpful. Overall this is a company you cannot go wrong with, they are there to help you during the purchasing but also support you during and after installation. Very highly recommended.

  3. Tim

    My wife loves this new Android radio. It’s a straight swap fit in BMW 330ci 2000 model.

  4. Scott

    My BMW 325xi just came with business cd and radio system, so i don’t need to run the long cable to the trunk, that’s easier for me to install this aftermarket navigation for BMW e46. This Android head unit also works well with my iphone, carplay also works. Overall it’s worth to buy and upgrade my oem radio.

  5. Gary

    Excellent aftermarket navigation for my 2002 BMW E46 M3. Android system, friendly interface, hd responsive touch screen head unit, sygic maps, bluetooth music, these are my favorites, i’m not keen on cd music anymore because i can play high quality music with my phone and usb more conveniently now.

  6. Vladimír

    This Android unit works seamlessly and the touch screen is clear and responsive, oem looking, looks better than I thought. The installation was fairly easy and straight forward, installed a back up camera as well and it works as expected, without user manual but you can see it by instructions app. I’m satisfied, if you also want to upgrade the factory radio, I highly recommend this Android BMW E46 radio.

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  8. Christopher

    Impressive equipment, impressive service. I would say that the level of customer care is higher than I’ve seen any other electronics manufacturer.

    After I ordered, there were several email exchanges to make sure that I was ordering the correct device, that the correct cables were included, and that I knew the details of insulation. I’ve not had that experience with anyone else.

    Shipment came faster than promised. The installation was straightforward, although my installer complained that he was a little confused about the lack of labeling on some wires. Had an initial problem with it not accepting CDs / DVDs. Wrote the company, and explained that they were restraining screws that the installer had not unscrewed before installation. Problem solved; I’ll be bringing it back in for that extra step to be done.

    The device itself works very well, sound quality is excellent, and I just like it. I have not yet found how to make the voice of the primary navigation system loud enough for my needs, but Google Maps is also installed, is easily designated as the primary navigation system, and it’s voice is plenty loud.

    All in all, I highly recommend.

  9. Jackson

    This is the best Android unit for E46! i have installed another similar one for my E53 from another seller but it did not work so well, obviously the quality of this unit is much better. It took me a long time to run the long cable as my 40 pins plug is in the trunk, a long cable was included in the package though, if you are familiar with basic electronic components and installation then you can install it by yourself, if not, I suggest you hiring a professional car audio installer to do that for you.

  10. Joe B.

    This system is fantastic! It has only been in use a month so I cannot yet vouch for durability but will try to update if anything changes.

    The manufacturer was a bit difficult to determine so I was skeptical of this unit but liked the features so I gave it a try and bought it for my daughters car along with a backup camera specific for her car.

    The Android unit is packed with features and a pretty responsive touch screen. It sounds great and fits in the car very well. The shape of the housing looks factory. The included wiring harness plugged into the unit and vehicle harness so installation was pretty straightforward.

    The backup camera did not fit as well and took some modification to make it fit. However, once complete, it looks fantastic and the backup picture quality is great.

    I did have quite a few questions along the way as the unit shipped without instructions. However, there are instructions on the website but they are pretty basic. My quest via email were answered quickly (thanks Sarah!!) And resolved my problems.

  11. Brent

    This nav unit fits well in my bmw 318i and looks like factory made, quality is very good, the best aftermarket head unit i have met, and the screen is very clear, sensitive for touch screen. Thanks to sarah who helped me a lot for all my questions.

  12. Brewer

    I had it installed by a professional, tested GPS, radio, BT, wifi, DVD, USB, all work fine and I am very satisfied with this purchase so far. The screen is so clear, touch screen works great, being that it’s an android based radio, you can install many apps, for me it’s worth the money for this purchase.

  13. Randy F.

    I learned of you guys from the BMW web site forum. They sing your praises. So i finally purchased your unit and got it installed in my 2004 BMW E46, to my surprise, this Android navigation unit works well, installation is simple, i used the long cable. I don’t like the factory UI as it’s old and not modern looking, that’s why i chose the Android model with pretty cool and unique UI. Thanks a lot for all your help.

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