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I just purchased a 2017 RRS Autobiography with the following software version S18D_18.47.5-269316. The dealership is telling me the only way to manage text messages is to use Apple Car Play or Android Auto in my case. I have seen the bulletin on this forum that appears to show text menu options in the range rover native UI. Having to hard wire connect the phone to manage texts is crazy and would love to manage through bluetooth connection. My question is..is it the smartphone pack that enable this? or software version? and can any one validate that this is an option on a 2017 RRS Autobiography? Any help in educating my dealership would be appreciated.
 

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What they say is correct. The built-in system has the capability of reading out your text messages, but allows limited (Android) or no response (iOS) options to them.
(Wired) CarPlay or AndroidAuto allows you to interact with texts properly, via the appropriate assistant.

The version installed in your car allows you to enable the first option (get notifications via bluetooth). I can speak for iPhones, you have to specifically enable the "Show Notifications" option in your bluetooth settings by pressing the letter "i" icon next to your car's name. There were many threads about it back in '17.
 

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Bfournier, Totya is correct regarding functionality. But, for whatever is worth, I have a 2017 RRS running S18D and there is no messages button on my car's phone screen and the "show notifications" option is not on my phone either. I have brought this up to the dealer's attention several times and they are stumped. Last they did was replace the head unit and install the software from new and still nothing. Funny enough while they were doing all that I drove an Evoque loaner with InControl Touch Pro running S18D and the messages function worked perfectly ok. Go figure!

Buy your Range Rover for the delight of owning one, don't buy it for it's technology. If yo do so, you'll end up horribly disappointed.

Jose
 
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