Audi MMI Reset: 1 Simple Step to Unfreeze

 I had to be somewhere at a very specific time and place, but my Audi Q7 2021 had other plans for me.  Once in the car, the MMI System read out the following: “NOTE, Loading the system please wait or “Welcome, checking remote access rights.” 

Audi Q7 Audi MMI Reboot

Or when you can SEE the MMI screen but it looks like it’s gray coated, such as when your lights go from day tonight. Therefore, while you can see ALL the MMI options, you really can’t USE them!

You will need this Audi MMI Forced Reboot to reset your AUDI Drive World at some point! 

2021 Audi Q7 Audi MMI Forced Reboot



In case you bought your AUDI and never knew what it is called (pretty impossible though considering it says MMI On the screen when you start your car daily), it’s your ‘infotainment’ system specific to AUDI. 

Really quick overview of the Audi MMI   system that I am referring to.

Simply stated it is a ‘multi-media interface.’

To be honest, I call it my dual screens, even if that’s not the right name. 

What it is really is a replacement for all those knobs/buttons and displays that used to exist to control the heating, cooling, radio, etc, but now are inside these dual screens, a.k.a. MMI. 

However, I wonder how I ever had a car before without the dual MMI screens? Unfortunately, it’s what lies below the main screen that I rely on daily from music to cameras, garage door, and radio interfaces that I could not use. 

Models and Years this simple trick will cover for an Audi MMI┬«  forced reboot?

Use the Audi MMI  Forced Reboot  on the following Models and years:

  • Audi A6 2019, 2020, 2021 
  •  A7 2019, 2020, 2021 
  •  Audi A8 2019, 2020, 2021 
  •  Q7 2019, 2020, 2021 
  • Audi Q8 2019, 2020, 2021 

Why Did I Need To Use the Audi MMI Forced Reboot 

Sorry for all the smudges, but I didn’t expect to be photoing issues or I would have cleaned my screen! 

Copy of 2021 Audi Q7 Audi MMI Forced Reboot Welcome Checking Remote Access RightsWhat exactly was happening? I could not get beyond the front MMI screens, nor could I close the garage door, access my camera system. Since I’ve only had the car for 3 weeks, I didn’t know exactly what I needed to do. 

My neighbor having pretty much the same Audi Q7, just a different year, jumped in to help. The only problem was, their screens were a bit different and they never had this happen on their MMI. 

We Googled and couldn’t come up with anything.  

Could I Have Driven my Audi Q7 Without The MMI? 

Yes, I could have, but did I want to no?  

Why? I am still adjusting to the car, and the cameras are very helpful. In addition, my comfort (from the temperature in the car, to the radio) was gone and I could not think fast enough what else was in the MMI system that I might need. 

The My Audi App ~ Malfunctioning Too 

At the exact same time that I needed to perform the Audi MMI Forced Reboot the MyAudi app logged me out and wanted a new password. 

You know, it’s one of that love-hate relationships because I will be in the middle of something as I am getting into my car and the MyAudi app comes up and knocks me out, so I hate it. But that night I would have given 1 million bucks for it to do that because it always means I am on my way, but that didn’t happen! 

I am sure that anyone else using the MyAudi app has experienced that love-hate for the app!  

At this point, I kind of reasoned out in my own mind, that it pointed to a system upgrade and both were annoying and affecting me at the wrong time and place. Stuck on my driveway! 

I reset the MyAudi App, however, it did nothing to help me reboot/reset the MMI. 

What The Tech Said At My Audi Dealer in Pittsburgh 

I am not the only one who called in to find out how to do an Audi MMI Forced Reboot. Audi has gone from using AT&T to Verizon and that might be the reason that so many this week have needed the AUDI MMI forced Reboot. 

Or, could it be that the most advantageous thing about the AUDI MMI is that it functions as a tablet/smartphone and is continuously upgraded could also be the worst? In fact, this particular version is now going through its 3rd upgrade and it is on version 3? 

Is that the Glitch that had so many  Audi owners of the aforementioned models and years calling in?  

Updates will happen so…

Whether the MMI system gets map upgrades, quarterly, or if Alexa receives upgrades, so will your MMI. So keep this article SAVED, so you can do the AUDI MMI Forced Reboot, kind of sounds like a dance move, but it is a simple finger move! 

Car Manual: Audi MMI Forced Reboot. 

Nope, no help. I looked and could find nothing. But, I will say it’s a great read if you want to really learn your car and not just rely on videos. 

The FIX: AUDI MMI Forced Reboot (reset) 

You saw the video. Turn the car on by pushing the start button, then, move your hand to the right, for the volume control and push DOWN On it. Hold it for about 15 seconds (seems like eons) and then the screen message that you see will disappear, then reappear. 

Now you have completed the AUDI MMI Forced Reboot. That’s it. Hopefully what is on your screen are your readouts for all of your apps, and directives for drive modes, and radio, garage, etc. 

Audi MMIForced Reboot ~ None of this worked. 

A few things I tried when all of this was going on and not sure if all or nothing helped except the true reboot. 

First, if you are in your home garage and this happens, “NOTE, Loading the system please wait!” pull out of the garage and down the driveway a bit. 

  1. Take your phone off WiFi and Turn Off Bluetooth, I just did both to cover myself. But, I also did this so that my phone didn’t connect (which it didn’t anyway) to the car.  I could use my phone to text etc.,  Because once I got everything all working, I didn’t feel like dealing with the MyAudi app which popped up and needed a reset and I didn’t have immediate time, I needed to go. 
  2. Next, start the car and then turn it off.  Open the doors and walk away with the key. 
  3. Call it insanity or whatever you want, but I was thinking that if there were issues, maybe it was as minor as an on/off, so I started out with all the easy options! 

We’ve Cracked The Issue So Drive AUDI~ 

So, getting the message on your MMI of, “NOTE, Loading the system please Wait,” or “Welcome, checking remote access rights” on your AUDI models listed above, it’s a simple press of the button and off you go! 

Stay tuned for Audi 2021 Q7 things you will want to know about! ~ Dana XO