How to control lights on Model Y

Touch Controls > Lights on the touchscreen to control the lights. In addition to the lights that you can control from the touchscreen, Tesla Model Y has convenience lights that operate automatically based on what you are doing. For example, in low ambient lighting conditions, the interior lights, marker lights, tail lights, and puddle lights turn on when you unlock Model Y, when you open a door, and when you shift into Park. They turn off after a minute or two or when you shift into a driving gear or lock Model Y.

1. Exterior lights (headlights, tail lights, side marker lights, parking lights, and license plate lights) are set to AUTO each time you start Model Y. When set to AUTO, exterior lights automatically turn on when driving in low lighting conditions. If you change to a different setting, lights always revert to AUTO on your next drive.

Touch one of these options to temporarily change the exterior light setting:
◦ OFF: Exterior lights turn off until you manually turn them back on or until the next time you drive.
◦ PARKING: Only the exterior side marker lights, parking lights, tail lights and license plate lights turn on.
◦ ON: Exterior lights turn on.

NOTE: Any exterior lights (for example, daytime running lights) that are required to remain on in your market region will turn on as appropriate when driving, when parked on specific types of roads, etc.
NOTE: If equipped with the premium package, Model Y has a series of LED lights along the rim of the headlights, also referred to as “signature” lights. These lights automatically turn on whenever Model Y is powered on and a driving gear (Drive or Reverse) is engaged.

CAUTION: The rear tail lights are off while daytime running lights are on. Be sure the rear lights are on during low rear visibility conditions (for example, when it is dark, foggy, snowy, or the road is wet, etc.). Failure to do so can cause damage or serious injury.
WARNING: Always ensure that your headlights are on during low visibility conditions. Failure to do so may result in a collision.

2. A separate control is available to turn on fog lights (if equipped). When on, fog lights operate whenever low beam headlights are on. When headlights are turned off, fog lights also turn off.

3. Turn the interior dome (map) lights on or off. If set to AUTO, all interior dome lights turn on when you unlock Model Y, open a door upon exiting, or shift into Park.
You can also manually turn an individual dome light on or off by pressing its lens. If you manually turn a dome light on, it turns off when Model Y powers off. If Model Y was already powered off when you manually turned the light on, it turns off after 60 minutes.

4. If you turn on AMBIENT LIGHTS, interior ambient lights turn on whenever the headlights are on (if equipped with the premium package).

NOTE: To control the backlighting on the steering wheel buttons, touch Controls > Lights > Steering Wheel Lights. If off, they do not turn on when headlights are on.

5. If you turn on Auto High Beam, your vehicle automatically switches from high beam headlights to low beam headlights when light is detected in front of Model Y.

6. If you turn on Headlights after Exit, the exterior lights remain on for a short period of time after you stop driving and park Model Y in low lighting conditions.

7. If you turn on Steering Wheel Lights, the arrows associated with the scroll buttons are backlit in low ambient lighting conditions.

Reading Lights

There are two reading lights in the second row seating area, both above the door and next to the coat hangers. Turn an individual reading light on or off by pressing its lens. The reading light will automatically turn off when Model Y powers off.

High Beam Headlights

Push the turn signal stalk away from you and release to turn the high beam headlights on continuously. To cancel, push the stalk away from you again.

To briefly flash the high beam headlights, pull the stalk towards you and release. The high beam headlights can automatically switch to low beam when there is light detected in front of Model Y (for example, from an oncoming vehicle). To turn this feature on or off, go to Quick Controls or touch Controls > Lights > Auto High Beam.

NOTE: Your chosen setting is retained until you manually change it.

In situations where Auto High Beam is turned on but the high beams are turned off because light is detected in front of Model Y, you can temporarily turn on the high beams by pulling the turn signal stalk toward you. The following indicator lights are visible on the touchscreen to show the status of the headlights:

◦ Low beam headlights are on.

◦ High beam headlights are on and Auto High Beam is disabled or currently unavailable.

◦ Auto High Beam is enabled and high beams are on. Model Y is ready to turn off the high beams if light is detected.

◦ Auto High Beam is enabled but high beams are not on because light is detected in front of Model Y. When light is no longer detected, high beams automatically turn back on.

WARNING: Auto High Beam is an aid only and is subject to limitations. It is the driver’s responsibility to make sure that the headlights are appropriately adjusted for weather conditions and driving circumstances.

Headlights After Exit

When Headlights after Exit is on, the exterior headlights remain on when you stop driving and park Model Y in low lighting conditions. They automatically turn off after one minute or when Model Y locks. When off, headlights turn off when you engage the Park gear and open a door.

To turn this feature on or off, touch Controls > Lights > Headlights after Exit.

Headlight Adjustments

To adjust the angle of the headlights, touch Controls > Service > Adjust Headlights, then follow the onscreen instructions. You can choose which headlight you would like to adjust by selecting it on the touchscreen.

NOTE: Headlights do not require adjustments when temporarily driving into a region where the traffic direction is different (for example, driving in right-hand traffic region, and then driving into a region with left-hand traffic).

WARNING: Proceed with caution when adjusting headlights. Tesla has carefully calibrated the position of the headlights to be in an optimum position for most driving scenarios. Tesla recommends that you do not adjust headlights unless you are familiar with how headlights should be adjusted. Once adjusted, you will be unable to automatically restore them to their originally calibrated position. Contact Tesla for assistance when adjusting headlights.

Turn Signals

The turn signals flash three times or continuously, depending on how far up or down you move the stalk. Lightly push the turn signal stalk up or down for a three-flash sequence. For a continuous signal, push the stalk fully up or down.

The turn signals stop operating when canceled by the steering wheel, by moving the stalk in the opposite direction, or lightly pushing the stalk in the same direction once more.

The corresponding turn signal indicator lights up on the touchscreen when a turn signal is operating. Model Y also emits a clicking sound.

WARNING: If you have purchased an optional Autopilot package and Traffic-Aware Cruise Control is active, engaging a turn signal can cause Model Y to accelerate when using Traffic-Aware Cruise Control in specific situations. If Autosteer is active on a vehicle with Auto Lane Change, engaging a turn signal may cause Model Y to change lanes.

Hazard Warning Flashers

To turn on the hazard warning flashers, press the button located above the rear view mirror. All turn signals flash. Press the button again to turn off the hazard warning flashers.

NOTE: Hazard warning flashers operate even when Model Y cannot detect a key.
NOTE: The hazard warning light button is illuminated whenever Model Y is powered on.

How to shift gears on Model Y

Shifting Gears

When Tesla Model Y is in Park, you must press the brake to shift to another gear. Move the drive stalk up or down to change gears.

If you try to shift into a gear that the current driving speed prohibits, a chime sounds and the gear does not change.


Push the drive stalk all the way up and release. You can only shift into Reverse when Model Y is stopped or moving less than 5 mph (8 km/h).


Push the drive stalk up or down to the first position and hold it there for more than 1 second to shift into Neutral. Neutral allows Model Y to roll freely when you are not pressing the brake pedal.

NOTE: You must press the brake pedal to shift out of Neutral if driving slower than approximately 5 mph (8 km/h).

Model Y automatically shifts into Park when you leave the driver’s seat. To stay in Neutral, use the touchscreen to engage Transport Mode.


Push the drive stalk all the way down and release. You can shift into Drive when Model Y is stopped or moving less than 5 mph (8 km/h) in Reverse.

NOTE: When in Drive, push the drive stalk all the way down and release to enable Traffic-Aware Cruise Control. Push the drive stalk all the way down twice in quick succession to enable Autosteer.


Press the end of the drive stalk while Model Y is stopped.
Model Y automatically shifts into Park whenever you connect a charge cable or if two or more of the following conditions are met simultaneously while traveling slower than approximately 1.5 mph (2 km/h):
• The driver’s seat belt is unbuckled.
• The occupancy sensor in the driver’s seat does not detect an occupant.
• The driver’s door is opened.

NOTE: You must press the brake pedal to shift out of Park.

NOTE: The above conditions do not reflect a comprehensive list of reasons why Model Y may or may not automatically shift into Park and, in certain scenarios, it is possible for your vehicle to shift into Park when only one of the above conditions is true.

CAUTION: Model Y will not shift out of Park if the front trunk is not securely shut or if the charge port is unable to determine whether a charging cable is plugged in. Ensure the front trunk is closed and any charging cables are unplugged, and follow the directions on the touchscreen to proceed.

WARNING: In emergency situations, if the brakes are not functioning properly, press and hold the Park button on the drive stalk to bring the vehicle to a stop. Do not use this method to stop the vehicle unless absolutely necessary.

WARNING: It is the driver’s responsibility to always ensure the vehicle is in Park before exiting. Never rely on Model Y to automatically shift into Park for you; it might not work in all circumstances (for example, if Creep or a slope causes the vehicle to travel greater than approximately 1.5 mph (2 km/h)).

To make it convenient to pick up passengers, you can also unlock all doors at any time by shifting into Park then pressing the Park button a second time.

How to Start and Power Off Model Y


When you open a door, Tesla Model Y powers on the touchscreen and you can operate all controls. To drive Model Y:

1. PRESS THE BRAKE PEDAL – Model Y powers on and is ready to drive.
2. SELECT A GEAR – Move the drive stalk all the way down for Drive and all the way up for Reverse.

NOTE: If the PIN to Drive feature is enabled, you must also enter a valid PIN on the touchscreen before you can drive Model Y. Everything you need to know when driving Model Y displays on the touchscreen.

Drive Disabled – Requires Authentication

If Model Y does not detect a key when you press the brake (an authenticated phone is not detected, or 30 seconds has passed since you used the key card), the touchscreen displays a message telling you that driving requires authentication. If you see this message, place the key card behind the cup holders on the top of the center console where the RFID transmitter can read it. The 30 second authentication window restarts and you can start Model Y by pressing the brake pedal.

A number of factors can affect whether Model Y can detect an authenticated phone (for example, the phone’s battery is low or dead and is no longer able to communicate using Bluetooth). Always keep your authenticated phone and a key card with you. After driving, your authenticated phone or key card is needed to restart Model Y after it powers off. And when you leave Model Y, you must bring your authenticated phone or key card with you to lock Model Y, either manually or automatically.

Powering Off

When you finish driving, shift into Park by pressing the button on the end of the drive stalk. When you leave Model Y with your authenticated phone and key card, it powers off automatically, turning off the touchscreen. Model Y also powers off automatically after being in Park for 15 minutes, even if you are sitting in the driver’s seat.
Although usually not needed, you can power off Model Y while sitting in the driver’s seat, provided the vehicle is not moving. Touch Controls > Safety & Security > Power Off. Model Y automatically powers back on again if you press the brake pedal or touch the touchscreen.

NOTE: Model Y automatically shifts into Park whenever it is determined that you are exiting the vehicle, even when you shift into Neutral before exiting. To keep Model Y in Neutral, you will need to activate Transport Mode.

Restarting the Touchscreen

If your touchscreen is unresponsive or demonstrates unusual behavior, you can restart it to potentially resolve the issue.

WARNING: Only restart the touchscreen while the vehicle is stopped and in Park. The car status display, safety warnings, backup camera, etc. will not be visible during the restart.

1. Shift into Park.
2. Hold down both scroll buttons on the steering wheel until the touchscreen turns black.

After a few seconds, the Tesla logo appears. Wait approximately 30 seconds for the touchscreen to restart. If the touchscreen is still unresponsive or demonstrating unusual behavior after a few minutes, try power cycling the vehicle.

NOTE: Restarting the touchscreen using the scroll buttons does not power Model Y off and on.

Power Cycling the Vehicle

If your vehicle demonstrates unusual behavior or a nondescript alert is present, you can try power cycling the vehicle to potentially resolve the issue.

1. Shift into Park.
2. On the touchscreen, touch Controls > Safety & Security > Power Off.
3. Wait for at least two minutes without interacting with the vehicle. Do not open the doors, touch the brake pedal, touch the touchscreen, etc.
4. After two minutes have passed, press the brake pedal or open the door to wake the vehicle.

How to use Driver Profiles on Model Y

Creating a Driver Profile

When you first adjust the driver’s seat, steering wheel, or driver’s side mirror, the touchscreen prompts you to create a driver profile to save these adjustments. Your profile also saves some of the preferences you make using the touchscreen’s Controls window.

To add a new driver profile, touch the driver profile icon at the top of the touchscreen. Then touch Add New Driver, type the driver’s name and touch Create Profile. Follow the on-screen instructions to save the seating position to the driver profile. You can also check the Use Easy Entry checkbox if you want to save (or use existing) Easy Entry settings (described below) in which the driver’s seat and the steering wheel are automatically adjusted to make it easy to enter and exit Model Y.

If you change the position of the steering wheel, driver’s seat, or driver’s side mirror after you have saved or chosen a driver profile, the touchscreen prompts you to save the new position or restore the previously saved position (other settings are automatically saved). To change a setting without saving or restoring, just ignore the prompt. To adjust Tesla Model Y based on a driver’s profile, touch the driver profile icon and choose the driver name. The saved adjustments are automatically made.

NOTE: Valet mode is a built-in driver profile used to limit speed and restrict access to some Model Y features.

NOTE: To stop automatic adjustments that are in process based on a driver’s profile, touch Stop on the Driver Profile dropdown menu. Automatic adjustments also stop if you manually adjust a seat, mirror or the steering wheel.

Easy Entry

You can define an Easy Entry setting that moves the steering wheel and driver’s seat to make it easy to enter and exit Model Y. Any driver can use the Easy Entry setting by associating it with their driver’s profile. When the Easy Entry setting is associated with a driver’s profile, the steering wheel and driver’s seat automatically adjust when the park gear is engaged and the driver’s seat belt is unbuckled, allowing an easy exit from the vehicle. When returning to the vehicle and stepping on the brake pedal, settings automatically adjust back to the settings used by the most recent driver profile (or based on the key if it’s linked to a driver profile).

To use Easy Entry with a driver profile, ensure the Use Easy Entry box is checked.

WARNING: Never use Easy Entry to move the driver’s seat to the full rearward position when a child safety seat is installed on a rear seat located behind the driver’s seat. With reduced clearance, the movement of the seat may impact a child’s legs, cause injury, or dislodge the seat.

Restoring a Driver’s Profile

To adjust Model Y based on a driver’s profile, touch the driver profile icon on the touchscreen’s status bar. Then choose the driver and Model Y is adjusted based on the settings that have been saved to the chosen driver profile.

Saved Settings

A subset of the settings that you choose from the Controls window to customize your Model Y is also saved to your driver’s profile. The settings that are associated with driver profiles may vary depending on the version of software currently installed on your Model Y.

Linking a Driver Profile to a Key

You can link a driver profile to a key (or keys) to allow Model Y to automatically select the correct driver profile when the linked key is detected as you approach the vehicle and open the driver’s door. To link a driver profile to a key, first ensure you are using your desired driver profile. Navigate to Controls > Locks and touch the + icon. You can add an authenticated phone, key card, or key fob by following the on-screen instructions. When finished pairing, touch the driver icon to link the key to the desired driver profile. The name of the driver profile will appear under the key to show that it is linked.

NOTE: Model Y can support up to 19 linked keys including authenticated phones, key cards, and up to four key fobs. However, Model Y only supports up to 10 driver profiles. You can link multiple keys to a driver profile, but you cannot link multiple driver profiles to a single key.

How to use Valet Mode on Model Y

Starting Valet Mode

With Tesla Model Y in Park, touch the driver profile icon on the top of the touchscreen, then touch Valet Mode. The first time you enter Valet mode, you will be prompted to create a 4-digit PIN that you will use to cancel Valet mode. When Valet mode is active, the touchscreen displays the word Valet above the driving speed and the Valet mode driver profile displays on the touchscreen. You can also use the mobile app to start and cancel Valet mode (provided Model Y is in Park). When using the mobile app, you do not need to enter a PIN because you are already required to log into the app using your Tesla Account credentials.

NOTE: If the PIN to Drive setting is enabled, you must enter the driving PIN before you can define or enter a Valet PIN. Once in Valet mode, Model Y can be driven without the valet needing to enter the driving PIN.

NOTE: The PIN to Drive setting is not available when Valet mode is active. If you forget your valet PIN, reset it from inside Model Y by entering your Tesla Account credentials (which also cancels Valet mode). You can also reset your PIN using the mobile app.

WARNING: Do not use Valet mode when towing a trailer. The torque limitations of Valet mode can make it difficult for Model Y to pull a trailer up a hill.

Canceling Valet Mode

With Model Y in Park, touch the Valet Mode driver icon on the touchscreen’s status bar, then enter your 4-digit PIN. When you cancel Valet mode, all settings associated with the most recently used driver profile and climate control settings are restored, and all features are available.

NOTE: You do not need to enter a PIN to cancel Valet mode from the mobile app.

Valet Mode Limitations

When Model Y is in Valet mode, the following restrictions apply:
• Speed is limited to 70 mph (113 km/h).
• Maximum acceleration and power are limited.
• Front trunk and glovebox are locked.
• Home and Work locations are not available in the navigation system.
• Voice commands are disabled.
• Autopilot convenience features are disabled.
• The Allow Mobile Access setting is disabled.
• HomeLink (if applicable in your market region) is not accessible.
• Driver Profiles are not accessible.
• The touchscreen does not display the list of keys that can access Model Y.
• Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are disabled. When Model Y is in Valet mode, you cannot pair new Bluetooth devices or view or delete existing paired devices.

NOTE: If a Bluetooth paired device or a known Wi-Fi network is within operating range (approximately 30 feet or 9 meters) of Model Y in Valet mode, Model Y will connect to it.

2020 Tesla Model Y

Battery: Long Range
Acceleration 3.5s 0-60 mph
Range 303 miles (EPA est.)
Drive: Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive
Seating: Up to 7 Adults
Wheels 21″
Weight: 4,416 lbs
Max Cargo Volume: 68 cu ft
Top Speed: 155 mph
Display: 15″ Center Touchscreen
Supercharging: Pay Per Use
Basic Vehicle – 4 years or 50,000 mi, whichever comes first
Battery & Drive Unit – 8 years or 120,000 mi, whichever comes first

Premium Interior12-way power adjustable front and rear heated seats. 2nd row seats that fold flat.
Premium audio – 14 speakers, 1 subwoofer, 2 amps, and immersive sound.
LED fog lamps.
Tinted glass roof with ultraviolet and infrared protection.
Power folding, heated side mirrors.
Music and media over Bluetooth®.
Custom driver profiles.
Center console with storage, 4 USB ports and docking for 2 smartphones.