2022 Model S Plaid

Range: 396 mi (EPA est.)
1/4 Mile: 9.23@155 mph trap speed
Peak Power: 1,020 hp
Wheels” 19″ or 21″
Cargo: 28 cu ft
Weight: 4,766 lbs
Acceleration: 1.99 s 0-60 mph (with rollout subtracted)
Top Speed: 200 mph (when equipped with paid hardware upgrades)
Drag Coefficient: 0.208 Cd
Powertrain: Tri Motor
Supercharging Max: 250 kW

Seating up to 5
22-speaker, 960-watt audio system with Active Road Noise Reduction
17” Cinematic Display With 2200×1300 resolution

Price: $129,990

With the longest range and quickest acceleration of any electric vehicle in production, Model S Plaid is the highest performing sedan ever built. All Model S powertrains, with updated battery architecture, are capable of back-to-back, consistent 1/4 mile runs.

Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive platform with torque vectoring features three independent motors, each with a carbon-sleeved rotor that maintains peak power output all the way to top speed.

How to Add and Remove Keys on Model Y

Three Types of Keys

Model Y supports three types of keys:

Phone key – You can set up your personal phone as a “phone key” that communicates with Model Y using Bluetooth. A phone key supports automatic locking and unlocking.

Key card – Tesla provides a key card that communicates with Model Y using short range radio-frequency identification (RFID) signals. The key card is used to “authenticate” phone keys to work with Model Y and to add or remove other key cards, phone keys, or key fobs. Unlike the phone key and key fob, the key card does not support automatic locking and unlocking. In situations where your phone key has a dead battery, or is lost or stolen, use your key card to unlock, drive, and lock Model Y.

Key fob – The key fob allows you to press buttons to open the front and rear trunks, and unlock, lock, and drive Model Y. The key fob also supports automatic locking and unlocking, if available in your region and can be used as a backup to your phone key. The key fob is an accessory sold separately.

CAUTION: Remember to bring a key with you when you drive. Although you can drive Model Y away from its key, you will be unable to power it back on after it powers off.

Managing Keys

To display a list of all keys (phone keys, key cards, and key fobs) that can access your Model Y, touch Controls > Locks. An icon displays next to each key to indicate whether the key is a phone key, key card, or key fob. Use this list to manage keys that have access to your Model Y.

Model Y supports up to 19 keys. When you reach this limit, you must delete a key before adding a new one.

NOTE: You can use the same key for more than one Model Y. This prevents you from having to deal with multiple keys when you switch vehicles. If you customize the name of an authenticated key card or key fob on one Model Y (by touching the pencil icon), any other Model Y to which the key card or key fob is authenticated also displays the changed name.

Adding and Removing Keys

To add a new key card or key fob:

NOTE: When adding a key fob, ensure it is at room temperature. Pairing a key fob that is very cold can be unsuccessful.

  1. On the touchscreen, touch Controls > Locks then touch + in the Keys section.
  2. Scan your new key card or key fob on the card reader located behind the cup holders on the top of the center console. After the new key card or key fob is recognized, remove it from the card reader.
  3. Scan a key card or key fob that has already been paired to the vehicle to confirm new key pairing.
  4. When complete, the key list includes the new key. Touch the associated pencil icon to customize the name of the key.

To add a new phone key:

NOTE: You must enable Bluetooth on the phone and have the Tesla mobile app installed and connected to your Tesla account.

  1. While sitting in Model Y, open the Tesla mobile app (if you have multiple Tesla vehicles, select the appropriate vehicle), then touch Set Up Phone Key on the main screen, or navigate to Security > Set Up Phone Key.
  2. Scan an authenticated key card or key fob on the card reader located behind the cup holders on the top of the center console.
  3. When the mobile app notifies you that pairing was successful, touch Done. The key list on the touchscreen (touch Controls > Locks) includes the newly authenticated phone key. The name of the phone key is determined by the name used in the phone’s settings.

Removing a key:

When you no longer want a key to access Model Y (for example, you lost your phone or key card, etc.), follow these steps to remove it.

  1. On the touchscreen, touch Controls > Locks.
  2. In the key list, find the key that you would like to delete and touch its associated trash icon.
  3. When prompted, scan an authenticated key card or key fob on the card reader to confirm the deletion. When complete, the key list no longer includes the deleted key.

    NOTE: Model Y requires at least one authenticated key card or key fob at all times. If only one key card remains on the key list, you cannot delete it.

How to use Key Card and Key Fob with Model Y

Key Card

Tesla provides you with two Model Y key cards, designed to fit in your wallet.

To use a key card to unlock or lock Model Y, position the card as shown and tap it against the card reader located approximately one third the way up of the driver’s side door pillar. When Model Y detects the key card, the exterior lights flash, the mirrors unfold or fold (if Fold Mirrors is on), the horn sounds (if Lock Confirmation Sound is on), and the doors unlock or lock.

NOTE: You may need to physically touch the wireless phone charger or driver’s side door pillar with the key card, and you may need to hold it against the transmitter for one or two seconds.

Once inside, power up Model Y by pressing the brake pedal within two minutes of scanning the key card. If you wait longer than two minutes, you must re-authenticate by placing the key card near the card reader located behind the cup holders on the center console. When your key card is detected, your two minute authentication period restarts.

NOTE: If enabled, Walk-Away Door Lock operates only when you walk away using a phone key or passive key fob. When you walk away carrying your key card, Model Y does not automatically unlock/lock.

CAUTION: Always carry your key card with you in your purse or wallet to use as a backup in case your authenticated phone has a dead battery, or is lost or stolen.

Key Fob

If you have purchased the key fob accessory (available for purchase from Tesla), you can quickly familiarize yourself with this key by thinking of it as a miniature version of Model Y, with the Tesla badge representing the front. The key has three buttons that feel like softer areas on the surface.

  1. Front trunk – Double-click to unlatch the front trunk.
  2. Lock/Unlock All – Single-click to lock doors and trunks (all doors and trunks must be closed). Double-click to unlock doors and trunks.
  3. Rear trunk – Double-click to unlatch the rear trunk. Hold down for one to two seconds to open the charge port door.

Once inside, power up Model Y by pressing the brake pedal within two minutes of pressing the unlock button on the key fob (see Starting and Powering Off on page 50). If you wait longer than two minutes, you must press the unlock button again, or place the key fob near the card reader located behind the cup holders on the center console. When your key fob is detected, the two minute authentication period restarts.

When approaching or leaving Model Y carrying the key fob, you do not need to point the key fob at Model Y as you press a button, but you must be within operating range.

Radio equipment on a similar frequency can affect the key. If this happens, move the key at least one foot (30 cm) away from other electronic devices (phones, laptops, etc.).

In the event that the key fob’s battery is dead, you can still use it to drive the vehicle by scanning the key fob on the card reader located on the driver’s side door pillar (like the key card) .

NOTE: You can use the same key fob with multiple Model Y vehicles provided you authenticate it. However, key fob works with only one Model Y at a time. Therefore, to use a key fob for a different Model Y, touch its flat side against the card reader on the driver’s side door pillar.

NOTE: Model Y supports up to four different key fobs.

CAUTION: Protect the key from impact, high temperatures, and damage from liquids. Avoid contact with solvents, waxes, and abrasive cleaners.

Passive Locking and Unlocking

NOTE: Only key fobs with the TESLA logo printed on the flat side support the passive locking and unlocking feature.

Locking and unlocking Model Y with your key fob is conveniently hands-free. Although you must be carrying a paired key fob, there is no need to use it. Model Y has sensors around the vehicle that can recognize the presence of a key fob within a range of approximately six feet (two meters). Therefore, you can keep your key fob in your pocket or purse and simply pull on the door handle to unlock. When carrying your key fob with you, you can also open the trunk without having to use the key by pressing the powered liftgate’s exterior door handle. If Walk-Away Door Lock is enabled, Model Y automatically locks when you exit and the key fob is no longer in range. Passive locking and unlocking is automatically enabled when you pair your key fob to Model Y.

Although you can use the same key fob with multiple vehicles, it can only be paired to one vehicle at a time. To activate a paired key fob to a different vehicle, touch the flat side onto the driver’s side door pillar and click any button on the key fob to confirm.

NOTE: For increased security, passive locking and unlocking disables after being stationary for five minutes while within vehicle range when the vehicle is not in use (for example, you are standing outside your vehicle). In this situation, you must shake or press a button on the key fob to re-enable passive locking and unlocking.

Replacing the Key Fob Battery

Under normal use, the key fob has a battery that lasts for up to one year, depending on key fob version and selected vehicle settings. When the battery is low, a message displays on the touchscreen.

To replace the key fob battery:

  1. With the key fob placed button side down on a soft surface, release the bottom cover, using a small flat-bladed tool.
  2. Remove the battery by lifting it away from the retaining clips.
  3. While avoiding touching the battery’s flat surfaces, insert the new battery (type CR2032 ) with the ‘+’ side facing up.
  4. Holding the bottom cover at an angle, align the tabs on the cover with the corresponding slots on the key fob, then press the cover firmly onto the key fob until it snaps into place.
  5. Test that the key fob works by unlocking and locking Model Y.

    WARNING: Key fob batteries contain a chemical burn hazard and should not be ingested. The key fob contains a coin cell battery. If the coin cell battery is swallowed, it can cause severe internal burns within two hours and can lead to death. Keep new and used batteries away from children. If the battery compartment does not close securely, stop using the product and keep it away from children. If you think batteries might have been swallowed or placed inside any part of the body, seek immediate medical attention.

How to use phone as a key with Model Y

Phone key

You can set up your personal phone as a “phone key” that communicates with Model Y using Bluetooth. A phone key supports automatic locking and unlocking.

Using your phone as a key is a convenient way to access your Model Y. As you approach, your phone’s Bluetooth signal is detected and doors unlock when you press a door handle. Likewise, when you exit and walk away with the phone key, doors automatically lock (provided the Walk-Away Door Lock feature is turned on).

Before you can use a phone to access Model Y, follow these steps to authenticate it:

  1. Download the Tesla mobile app to your phone.
  2. Log into the Tesla mobile app using your Tesla Account user name and password.
    NOTE: You must remain logged in to your Tesla Account to use your phone to access Model Y.
  3. Ensure that your phone’s Bluetooth settings are turned on.

You must have your phone’s Bluetooth setting turned on AND you must also ensure that Bluetooth is turned on within your phone’s global settings for the Tesla mobile app. For example, on your phone, navigate to Settings, choose the Tesla mobile app, and ensure the Bluetooth setting is enabled.

NOTE: Model Y communicates with your phone using Bluetooth. To authenticate your phone to use it as a key, the phone must be powered on and Bluetooth must be enabled. Keep in mind that your phone must have enough battery power to run Bluetooth and that many phones disable Bluetooth when the battery is low.

  1. Ensure location access is enabled by viewing the mobile app in your phone’s settings and selecting Location > Always. For the best experience, keep the mobile app running in the background.
  2. Ensure that Allow Mobile Access is enabled (Controls > Safety & Security > Allow Mobile Access).
  3. In the Tesla mobile app, touch PHONE KEY then touch START to search for your Model Y.
    When your Model Y is detected, the mobile app asks you to tap your key card.
  4. Tap the key card against the Model Y card reader on the door pillar or center console.

When Model Y detects your key card, the mobile app confirms that your phone key has been successfully authenticated. Touch DONE.

If the key card is not successfully scanned within approximately thirty seconds, the mobile app displays an error message. To retry, touch PHONE KEY again in the Tesla mobile app.

To view a list of keys that can currently access Model Y, or to remove a phone key, touch Controls > Locks

Authenticating your phone allows you to use it as a key to access Model Y.

Model Y can connect to three phone keys simultaneously. Therefore, if more than one phone key is detected and you want to use, or authenticate, a different phone, move the other connected phone key(s) out of range or turn off its Bluetooth setting.

Unlike the mobile app, once a phone has been authenticated, it no longer requires an internet connection to be used as a phone key for Model Y. Authenticated phone keys communicate with Model Y using Bluetooth. However, to use the phone hands-free, access your phone’s contacts, play media from it, etc., you must also pair it and connect it as a Bluetooth device.

NOTE: Although Bluetooth typically communicates over distances of up to approximately 30 feet (9 meters), performance can vary based on the phone you are using, environmental interference, etc.

NOTE: If multiple vehicles are linked to your Tesla account, you must ensure that the vehicle you want the mobile app to access is currently selected on the mobile app.

How to Check Fluids on Tesla cars

Removing the Maintenance Panel

To check fluid levels, remove the maintenance panel:

  1. Open the front hood.
  2. Pull the maintenance panel upward to release the clips that hold it in place.
  3. If checking the Battery coolant, remove the cabin intake trim panel by pulling it upwards to release the clips that hold it in place.

CAUTION: The maintenance panel protects the front trunk from water. When re-attaching, make sure it is fully seated.

Checking Battery Coolant

Your Battery coolant should not need to be replaced for the life of your vehicle under most circumstances. However, if the quantity of fluid in the cooling system drops below the recommended level, the touchscreen displays a warning message. Stop driving Model 3 as soon as safety permits and contact Tesla.

Fluid Level Check

DO NOT REMOVE THE FILLER CAP AND DO NOT ADD FLUID. Doing so can result in damage not covered by the warranty.

Do Not Top Up Battery Coolant

WARNING: Battery coolant can be hazardous and can irritate eyes and skin. Under no circumstances should you remove the filler cap and/or add coolant. If the touchscreen warns you that the fluid level is low, contact Tesla immediately.

To maximize the performance and life of the Battery, the cooling system uses a specific mixture of G-48 ethyleneglycol coolant (HOAT). Contact Tesla for more specific information about the coolant.

Checking Brake Fluid

WARNING: Contact Tesla immediately if you notice increased movement of the brake pedal or a significant loss of brake fluid. Driving under these conditions can result in extended stopping distances or complete brake failure.

A red brake indicator ((!)) on the touchscreen alerts you if the quantity of fluid in the brake reservoir drops below the recommended level. If it displays while driving, stop as soon as safety permits by gently applying the brakes. Do not continue driving. Contact Tesla immediately.

Topping Up the Brake Fluid

Do not top up your brake fluid. The following instructions are provided for information purposes and future reference only:

  1. Clean the filler cap before removing it to prevent dirt from entering the reservoir.
  2. Unscrew the cap and remove it.
  3. Top up the reservoir to the MAX mark using the appropriate brake fluid.
  4. Replace the filler cap, ensuring it is fully secured.

    WARNING: Only use new fluid from a sealed airtight container. Never use previously used fluid or fluid from a previously opened container—fluid absorbs moisture which decreases braking performance.

    WARNING: Brake fluid is highly toxic. Keep containers sealed and out of the reach of children. In the event of accidental consumption, seek medical attention immediately.

    CAUTION: Brake fluid damages painted surfaces. Immediately soak up any spills with an absorbent cloth and wash the area with a mixture of car shampoo and water.

Topping Up Windshield Washer Fluid

The only reservoir into which you can add fluid is the windshield washer fluid reservoir, which is located behind the front trunk. When the level is low, a message displays on the touchscreen.

To top up the washer fluid:

  1. Open the hood.
  2. Clean around the filler cap before opening it to prevent dirt from entering the reservoir.
  3. Open the filler cap.
  4. While avoiding spilling, fill the reservoir until the fluid level is visible just below the filler neck. The reservoir has a capacity of 3.2 liters.
  5. Wipe up any spills immediately and wash the affected area with water.
  6. Replace the filler cap.

NOTE: Some national or local regulations restrict the use of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs are commonly used as antifreeze in washer fluid. Use a washer fluid with limited VOC content only if it provides adequate freeze resistance for all climates in which you drive Model 3.

CAUTION: Do not add formulated washer fluids that contain water repellent or bug wash. These fluids can cause streaking, smearing, and squeaking or other noises.

WARNING: In temperatures below 40° F (4° C), use a washer fluid with antifreeze. In cold weather, using a washer fluid without antifreeze can impair visibility through the windshield.

WARNING: Windshield washer fluid can irritate eyes and skin. Read and observe the instructions provided by the washer fluid manufacturer

How to Replace and Maintain Wiper Blades

Replacing Wiper Blades

For optimum performance, replace the wiper blades at least once a year.

NOTE: Only install replacement blades that are identical to the original blades. Using inappropriate blades can damage the wiper system and windshield.

To replace the wiper blades:

  1. Shift into Park and turn off the wipers.
  2. Touch Controls > Service > Wiper Service Mode > ON to move the wipers to the service position.
  3. Lift the wiper arm a short distance away from the windshield, just far enough to access the wiper blade.
    CAUTION: Wiper blades do not lock into a lifted position. Do not lift a wiper arm beyond its intended position.
  4. Place a towel between the wiper arm and windshield to avoid scratching or cracking the windshield.
  5. Hold the wiper arm and press the locking tab while sliding the blade down the arm.
  6. Align the new wiper blade on the wiper arm and slide it toward the end of the wiper arm until it locks into place.
  7. Turn Wiper Service Mode off to return the wipers to their normal position.

Checking and Cleaning Wiper Blades

Periodically clean the edge of the wiper blades and check the rubber for cracks, splits, and roughness. If damaged, replace the blade immediately to prevent damage to the glass and improve visibility.

Contaminants on the windshield, or on the wiper blades, can reduce the effectiveness of the wipers. Contaminants include ice, wax spray from car washes, washer fluid with bug and/or water repellent, bird droppings, tree sap, and other organic substances.

Follow these guidelines for cleaning:

• Clean the windshield and wiper blades using washer fluid, isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, or non-abrasive glass cleaner approved for use on automotive glass and rubber. Inappropriate products can cause damage or smears, and create glare on the windshield.

• Lift the wiper arm a short distance away from the windshield, just far enough to access the wiper blade. Do not lift a wiper arm beyond its intended position.

If the wipers remain ineffective after cleaning, replace the wiper blades.

Cleaning Washer Jets

If a windshield washer becomes blocked, use a thin strand of wire to clear any blockages from the nozzles.

WARNING: Do not operate the washers while cleaning Model 3. Windshield washer fluid can irritate eyes and skin. Read and observe the washer fluid manufacturer’s instructions.

How to use Tesla Mobile App with Model 3

The Tesla mobile app allows you to communicate with Model 3 remotely using your iPhone® or Android™ phone.

To use the mobile app

To set up the Tesla mobile app to communicate with your Model 3:

  1. Download the Tesla mobile app to your phone.
  2. Log in to the Tesla mobile app by entering your Tesla account credentials.
  3. Enable mobile access to your Model 3 by touching Controls > Safety & Security > Mobile Access.
  4. Turn your phone’s Bluetooth setting ON and ensure that Bluetooth is turned on within your phone’s global settings for the Tesla mobile app. For example, on your phone, navigate to Settings, choose the Tesla mobile app, and ensure the Bluetooth setting is enabled.

Your phone and vehicle must both be actively connected to cellular service to allow the mobile app to communicate with your vehicle. Tesla recommends that you always have a functional physical key readily available if parking in an area with limited or absent cellular service, such as an indoor parking garage.

If multiple vehicles are linked to the Tesla Account, you must switch to the Model 3 you want to access in the mobile app before the phone can be used as a key. Swipe left or right to change vehicles.

NOTE: In the event that you require lockout assistance from Tesla due to a non-warranty issue, such as having limited cellular connectivity and having no secondary key available, your expenses are not covered under the Roadside Assistance policy.

NOTE: Tesla does not support the use of third party applications to contact Model 3.


The Tesla mobile app’s home screen allows you to:

• See the name of your vehicle (if you set one).
• View your vehicle’s estimated range.
• See which gear the vehicle is in (driving, park, etc.).
• Enable maximum defrost to warm your vehicle in cold conditions.
• Enable keyless driving.
• Open the front trunk.
• Lock or unlock your vehicle.
• View your vehicle’s odometer, VIN, and current firmware version.

For supported video sources, send videos to Tesla Theater by sharing the link through the mobile app. Navigate to the movie, show, or video you want to play on your phone and touch the share button. Share the video with the Tesla app and it appears on the touchscreen if Model 3 is in Park.

Phone Key

Set up your phone as the key. Once authenticated, your phone’s Bluetooth signal is detected as you approach your vehicle and the doors unlock when you press a door handle. Likewise, when you exit and walk away with the phone, doors automatically lock (provided the Walk-Away Door Lock feature is turned on). You must be near your vehicle and have a key card ready to set up your phone as a phone key.

NOTE: You should always carry a key card or key fob with you in case you park Model 3 in a location with inadequate cell service.


Check the interior temperature and heat or cool the cabin before driving (even if it’s in a garage). You can also control the seat heaters and defrost the windshield.

Turn Climate On: This allows you to precondition the cabin by moving the direction of air flow from the vents, and turn the seat heaters on or off.

Defrost helps to melt snow, ice, and frost on the windshield, driver and passenger windows, mirrors.

Using the mobile app to precondition Model 3 also warms the Battery as needed.

NOTE: In some vehicles, depending on vehicle specifications and date of manufacture, using the mobile app to defrost Model 3 also thaws ice on the charge port latch. This is useful in extremely cold weather or icy conditions in which the charge port latch can freeze in place, preventing you from removing or inserting the charge cable.


The Controls tab allows you do the following:

• Vent or close the windows.
• Lock or unlock Model 3 from afar.
• Flash the lights or honk the horn to find where Model 3 is parked.
• Enable Keyless Driving.

NOTE: Keyless Driving can be used when you do not have your key or to bypass PIN to Drive in cases where you forgot your PIN or your touchscreen is unresponsive.

Open the front or rear trunk.
• Open and close your garage door if your vehicle has a programmed HomeLink connection, if available.
• Enable or disable valet mode.
• Enable/disable Sentry Mode.
• Enable/disable Speed Limit Mode and receive notifications when the vehicle’s driving speed is within approximately 3 mph (5 km/h) of your selected maximum speed.


Check charging progress, stop charging, and receive notifications when charging is started, interrupted, almost complete, or complete. You can also view nearby chargers and send the directions to your vehicle’s touchscreen.

NOTE: When Supercharging, additional notifications alert you of idle fees that may be charged when staying parking at a supercharger after charging is complete. Idle fees are waived if you move Model 3 within five minutes of when the charging is complete.


Locate Model 3 with directions, or track its movement across a map.


You can park or retrieve Model 3 using Summon or Smart Summon.


View and purchase the latest upgrades available for your vehicle, such as full self-driving.

Schedule Service

Scheduling a service visit through the mobile app is easy. After touching Schedule Service, select the type of service needed and follow the directions in the mobile app. Provide as much detail as possible, such as:
• Photos, sound recordings, or videos.
• Date(s), time(s), and time zone when the issue occurred.
• Country of use and location.
• Approximate speed the vehicle was traveling (if applicable).
• Environmental conditions (rain, snow, cold, etc.).
• Road name and type of road (if applicable).
• Quality of lane markings (if applicable).
• Applicable vehicle settings.
• Identifiable symptoms.


In this settings tab located at the top corner of your phone’s screen (shown as a gear icon), you can:

• Switch to a different vehicle associated with your Tesla account, if you have access to more than one.
• Access the Tesla inbox.
• View Notifications and customize the notifications you receive, such as when your security alarm has been triggered, charging updates, and new software updates. You can start them from afar and check its progress.
• Enable or disable Touch ID.
• Support the Model 3 Calendar app on the touchscreen by allowing the mobile app to send your phone’s calendar data to your vehicle.

NOTE: Some of these features require installation of the latest version of the mobile app.

NOTE: The above list may not represent an exhaustive list of the functions available on the Tesla mobile app. To ensure access to new and improved features, download updated versions of the mobile app as they become available.

Granting Mobile App Access to a Second Driver

It’s easy to grant mobile app access to a second person that uses Model 3 (such as a family member or friend). Log into your Tesla account, navigate to the associated vehicle, click Manage > Car Access > Add Driver and follow the onscreen instructions. If the person you are adding does not have a Tesla account, a welcome email is sent to their registered email address. Once the account is created, they can access your Model 3 from the mobile app, viewing information and controlling the vehicle remotely.

To remove access, delete the contact information of the second person in the mobile app.

NOTE: If the Add Driver settings do not display in your Tesla account, contact Tesla.

NOTE: Granting mobile app access to a secondary person allows them to view and control everything your mobile app can control.

NOTE: Tesla does not currently allow you to add more than one additional person.

How to Update Software on Model 3

Loading New Software

Tesla updates your vehicle’s software wirelessly, constantly providing new features. Tesla recommends you install software updates as soon as they are available on your vehicle. To ensure the fastest and most reliable delivery of software updates, leave Wi-Fi turned on and connected whenever possible. In most cases, your vehicle must be connected to Wi-Fi to start an update.

NOTE: On an as-needed basis, Tesla also sends software updates using a cellular connection.

NOTE: Software updates are not performed when Keep Climate On, Dog Mode, or Camp Mode is active.

WARNING: Do not attempt to use the vehicle while the software is being updated. Vehicle functions, including some safety systems, may be limited or disabled when a software update is in progress and you could damage the vehicle.

When a software update is available, a yellow clock icon appears at the top of the touchscreen. There are three ways you can install software updates:

Touch the yellow clock icon to display the scheduling window, which prompts you to select a time to install the update (Set For This Time) or install it now (Install Now). Once scheduled, the yellow clock icon changes to a white clock icon until the update begins. At any time before the update begins, you can touch this clock icon to reschedule the update.

Touch Controls > Software to determine if an update is available for your vehicle. If available, touch Software Update Available to navigate to the scheduling window, as mentioned above.

• Start updates using the Tesla mobile app.

NOTE: Some software updates can take up to three hours to complete. Model 3 must be in Park while the software is being updated. To ensure the fastest and most reliable delivery of software updates, leave the Wi-Fi turned on and connected whenever possible.

The yellow clock icon becomes a green download icon when a software update is downloading. If a yellow download icon displays, a software update is available but your vehicle is not connected to Wi-Fi. Connect your vehicle to Wi-Fi to start the download.

Software Update Preferences

You can choose how quickly and often you receive software updates. To change your preference, touch Controls > Software > Software Update Preferences and choose either of these options:

Standard: Receive software updates using the normal rollout timeframe for your region and vehicle configuration. When a software release is made available it has generally been running on other customer vehicles for a period of time.

Advanced: Receive the latest software updates for your region and vehicle configuration as soon as they are available. Tesla determines how, when, and where to send updates to vehicles based on various factors unique to each release. Keep in mind that although you receive updates as soon as they are available for your specific vehicle, you may not be in the first Tesla group of Tesla owners to receive the update. Choosing Advanced does not enroll your vehicle in Tesla’s early access program.

NOTE: Tesla does not update software upon request for those wanting to receive the latest features and improvements. Selecting Advanced and consistently connecting to Wi-Fi is the best way to receive the latest software updates.

NOTE: The software update window persists until you install the update. You must install a software update as soon it becomes available. Any harm resulting from failure to install a software update is not covered by the vehicle’s warranty. Failure or refusal to install updates can cause some vehicle features to become inaccessible, digital media devices to become incompatible, and can limit Tesla’s ability to diagnose and service your vehicle.

NOTE: Reverting to a previous software version is not possible.
If the touchscreen displays a message indicating that a software update was not successfully completed, contact Tesla.


If Model 3 is charging when the software update begins, charging stops. Charging resumes automatically when the software update is complete. If you are driving Model 3 at the scheduled update time, the update is canceled and must be rescheduled.

Viewing Release Notes

When a software update is complete, read the release notes displayed on the touchscreen to learn about changes or new features. To display release notes about the current version of your vehicle’s software at any time, touch Controls > Software > Release Notes. Tesla strongly recommends reading all release notes. They may contain important safety information or operating instructions for your Model 3.

How to Connect Model 3 to Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is available as a data connection method and is often faster than cellular data networks. Connecting to Wi-Fi is especially useful in areas with limited or no cellular connectivity. To ensure fast, reliable delivery of software and map updates, Tesla recommends leaving your vehicle connected to a Wi-Fi network whenever possible (for example, if parked in your garage overnight).

To connect to a Wi-Fi network:

  1. Touch the cellular icon (usually LTE or 3G) on the top corner of your touchscreen. Model 3 begins to scan and display detected Wi-Fi networks that are within range.
    NOTE: If a known Wi-Fi network does not appear in the list, move your vehicle closer to the access point or consider using a range extender to reach your vehicle.
  2. Select the Wi-Fi network you want to use, enter the password (if required), then touch Confirm.
  3. Your vehicle connects to the Wi-Fi network. Whenever the network is within range, Model 3 automatically connects to it. You can also connect to a hidden network that isn’t shown on the list of scanned networks. Just touch Wi-Fi Settings, enter the name of the network in the resulting dialog box, select the security setting, then touch Add Network.

    NOTE: If more than one previously connected network is within range, Model 3 connects to the one most recently used.

    NOTE: You can also use a mobile hotspot or your phone’s Internet connection via Wi-Fi tethering (subject to fees and restrictions of your mobile carrier).

    NOTE: At Tesla Service Centers, Model 3 automatically connects to the Tesla Service Wi-Fi network.

How to use Voice Commands on Model 3

Voice commands are designed to understand natural requests. You can use voice commands to:

• Call a contact.
• Navigate to a location.
• Listen to music.
• Control various aspects of Model 3.

To initiate a voice command, press the right scroll button on the steering wheel or tap the microphone button on the touchscreen. When you hear the tone, speak your command. As you speak, the touchscreen displays an interpretation of your command. It also displays tips to remind you of the type of commands you can speak. When you finish speaking the command, press the voice button again or simply wait.

• To call a contact on your Bluetooth-connected phone, say “Call” or “Dial”, followed by the contact’s first and/or last name(s). For example, “Call Joe” or “Call Joe Smith”.

• To search for, or navigate to, a location, say “Where is”, “Drive to”, or “Navigate to”, followed by an address, business name, business category, or landmark. For example, “Where is Stanford University?”, “Drive to Tesla in Palo Alto”, or “Navigate to Starbucks on Homestead in Cupertino”. If you have defined a navigation address for your home or work locations, you can use a voice command to navigate there by saying “Navigate home” or “Navigate to work”.

• To listen to an Internet music service, say “Listen to” or “Play”, followed by the name of the song, album, artist, or combination. To improve voice recognition accuracy, provide multiple cues in your command, such as artist plus song (for example, “Listen to Yellow Brick Road” or “Play Yellow Brick Road by Elton John”).

• Control various aspects of Model 3 by speaking statements or commands. For example, “Speed up the wipers”, “The screen is too bright”, “Turn on the driver’s seat heater”, “I’m cold”.

NOTE: To choose the language you want to use for voice commands, touch Controls > Display > Voice Recognition Language.

NOTE: Tesla is continuously improving the ability of Model 3 to recognize voice commands. To support these ongoing quality improvements, Tesla captures short voice recordings anonymously. To protect your privacy, these short recordings are not associated with your personal information or with your vehicle’s identification number. Tesla assures that it is not possible to search any system for a recording associated with a specific customer or vehicle.

Apps and Settings“Open browser/phone/camera/lock settings…”
“Search Google for the weather…”
“Go to tesla.com…”
Car Controls“Activate sentry mode”
“Increase screen brightness”
“Turn on windshield wipers/increase wiper speed”
“Fold/unfold side mirrors”
“Open charge port”
“Lock doors”
Climate Controls“Set the temperature/fan…”
“Turn on the air conditioning/dog mode/camp mode…”
“Make it warmer”
“Set the driver’s seat warmer to…”
“Decrease fan speed…”
“I’m cold”
“Turn on recirculate”
Navigation“Go home/to work/to the airport…”
“Navigate to 45500 Fremont Blvd…”
“Take me to the school/the park…”
“Zoom in”
“Turn on satellite mode/traffic…”
“Display Superchargers/Destination Chargers…”
“Stop navigation”
“Mute voice guidance”
Phone“Call home/Franz/Syd…”
“Text message David”
Media“Open music, Netflix/YouTube…”
“Search for…”
“Mute media”