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:
- 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.
- Select the Wi-Fi network you want to use, enter the password (if required), then touch Confirm.
- 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.