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Disabling the BMW specific features

  • 6 February 2019
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When Deezer is used on an iPhone connected via bluetooth to a BMW, the app on the iPhone is locked and all the controls are performed using the car's screen. The useability is so poor that I _really_ want to disable that terrible feature and use the iPhone to control what Deezer plays.
How can I do that?
Thanks.

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Hi there, this is something on your car that is disabling the app... Have you logged out from your bmw app?
I want to disable that terrible feature, not enable it, and I can't do that from the car.
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Hi there, I am afraid we are not able to test this and I will check with developers on this, but it sounds like a feature that is there for security reasons.
Hi there, I am afraid we are not able to test this and I will check with developers on this, but it sounds like a feature that is there for security reasons.
What are you not able to test? To make it clear: I want to use the Deezer App on the smartphone to send music to the car via Bluetooth, and not having the "BMW mode" lock down the app. WTF is that security reason?
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Hi there @vmavma

We've checked this further on our side and there could be a way around it.
Have you tried CarPlay? You can go to your iPhone settings>general>carplay and activate it and link it to the car. Once that's done, try opening the Deezer app.
If it doesn't work the first time, try to get a usb/cable connection so that the car can recognise the phone for the first time.

Let me know what you can do and come back if you need any more help 😉
Hi! I don't want to activate CarPlay as you have to pay BMW for that feature and I don't otherwise need it.

IMO here is what you need to do: modify the iPhone Deezer App to allow the owner of the phone to disable that specific BMW feature and that's it. It's only a single option to add to your code, and developer can do that in a very short time.
Thanks.
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@vmavma

CarPlay is an iPhone feature for cars which are compatible, I think you may be confusing that with what BMW offers - we have a partnership with them in some countries where you can get Deezer through them.
The CarPlay connection should help the link via bluetooth and give you more control.
I don't want to use carplay.

I don't want to get Deezer through the car's "Deezer extension" (the thing you created as part of your partnership with BMW).

I simply want to use Deezer as I use any other music player and podcast listener on my phone (via the Bluetooth connection to the car).

Tell me how I have to proceed.
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@vmavma

Yes, I know you don't want to use the BMW's standalone Deezer.

But you need to try and set up the bluetooth via CarPlay to see if it resolves the problem - to see if it helps with the connection and use of the app.
Check this video for instructions 🤓

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