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Audi MMI 2G hidden red menu description

Audi MMI 2G hidden red menu was created mostly for easy software updates of your Multimedia Interface system. In this hidden menu you can also find information about cars equipment (CD changer, navigation, TV tuner, Audi Music Interface…).
This description was created based on software version 5570. If your car is using older software, you might find some differences.


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  • Make sure that you have in you car Audi Multi Media Interface 2G (MMI 2G). Check details in article Audi navigation systems – MMI RNS BNS RMC differences.
  • Make sure that your Audi Multi Media Interface 2G software version is up to date. In some older versions you might find differences or it will have less options then described. Read article MMI 2G software update to version 5570.
  • Audi MMI 2G hidden red menu enter procedure

    1. Turn the ignition on.
    2. Wait few seconds for the system to start.
    3. Press and hold button SETUP and RETURN.
    4. After few seconds Audi MMI 2G hidden red menu will appear on the screen. You can release buttons now.
    5. Use control knob to navigate.

    Audi MMI 2G hidden red menu description

    When you enter hidden menu you will see all modules in (depending on optional equipment in your car):

    • Interfacebox – MMI head unit
    • MP3-Changer – 6CD MP3 disc changer
    • Handyvorb2 – bluetooth handsfree kit and car phone
    • BO_Q7 – Bang & Olufsen audio system
    • Navibox D3 – GPS navigation
    • TVHybridDVB – Hybrid TV tuner
    • SDS 3500 DE – Speech dialogue system
    • Tuner EU/US/RDW – AM/FM radio tuner

    In this view you can choose only strong>SWUpdate special function button. After pressing it system will ask you for update source.

    After choosing on of the modules (e.g. Interfacebox) you can see some of its properties:

    • SW-Number – software catalogue number
    • SW-Index – software version
    • SW-Date – release date
    • HW-Number – hardware catalogue number
    • HW-Index – hardware version
    • TextTool

    In this view you can see four additional special function buttons: IRC, MOST, Parameter and On/Off.


    Here you can see MOST ring logs by category:

    • Available current Logfiles
    • Available save Logfiles
    • Dump Logfiles on MOST
    • Save Logfiles
    • Deleting IRC log list
    • Show OLD Exception-List


    Additionaly logs are divided by subcategory:

    • Session ID list
    • Misc log list
    • Speicher Log-Liste
    • OnOff log list
    • Audio log list
    • Exception log list
    • Watchdog log list
    • Keyboard log list
    • Panel log list
    • LVDS Log-Liste
    • MapView log list


    Sample log contains only basic information like message title (short and long), date and time of the event.

    Przykładowy log


    Here you can see details about MOST ring for each connected module.

    Szczegóły pętli MOST


    This view lets you check couple parameters of currently selected module. For Interfacebox you can check:

    • FOT-Temp – module temperature
    • Display-Temp – display temperature
    • Brightness
    • Power
    • MemFree – free memory
    • MemAlloc – allocated memory
    • MemMax
    • MemLow
    • OperTime – total operating time counter
    • UBC enabled

    Parametry pracy MMI


    In this view you can check few details about module power cycles.

    Zasilanie MMI

    5 thoughts on “Audi MMI 2G hidden red menu description

    • Hi I did a full update of 2g on my A6 C6 following your excellent post. I then installed an original AMI head unit in place of the CD player in the glove box. The unit connected and boots up fine but will only work as an “external input” and play my iPod as a aux input. There does not seem to be any power to the AMI connector. Was advise it should be plug and play once software was upgraded to 5570. Any ideas? Thanks in advance
      2007 4.2 FSI Quattro as BT and all the toys but only a CD changer.

      • Are you sure that your AMI firmware is up to date to work correctly with the 5570 software of your MMI 2G?

    • Further to the above as i have been told its not possible, can an AMI be installed in the place of the 6 CD changer (which is on the dash) of an MMI 2g High system?
      2007 3.0 A5 (Launch model)

    • I’ve got a 2014 audi q7 TDI sline in canada. I’ve enabled the green menu via Carista (https://caristaapp.com/) but i can’t get into the engineering menu. I don’t have a setup button. Any advice on what i’m doing wrong?

    • Hello!
      Unfortunately I was not able to access the hidden red menu on my A6 C6, SW 5570.
      Do you have any idea why?

      Thank you!

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