Locking and unlocking Model 3 is easy and convenient.
Just carry your authenticated phone or paired key fob
with you. Model 3 recognizes the presence of an
authenticated phone or paired key fob and
automatically unlocks when you press a door handle,
and locks when you leave (see Walk-Away Door section below).
NOTE: If you don’t have your authenticated phone or
paired key fob with you (or if the phone’s battery is
dead or its Bluetooth setting is turned off), place the
key card against the driver’s side door pillar to manually
unlock or lock Model 3 (see How to use Key Card with Model 3).
NOTE: Due to market region or vehicle configuration, an
authenticated phone or Passive Key Fob may not be
available for your vehicle.
NOTE: Optional key fob also allows
you to press buttons to lock and unlock Model 3
(see How to use Key Fob with Model 3).
NOTE: Walk-Away Door Lock operates only when using
an authenticated phone or paired key fob. When you
walk away from Model 3 carrying a key card or unpaired
key fob accessory, Model 3 does not automatically
unlock/lock, even if this feature is turned on
(see WalkAway Door Lock section below).
NOTE: Accessory key fobs manufactured before
approximately October, 2019 are not equipped with
Using Exterior Door Handles
Use your thumb to push the wide part of the door
handle. The handle pivots toward you, and you can
open the door by pulling the handle or pulling the edge
of the door. The handle retracts automatically.
When a door or trunk is open, the
touchscreen displays the Door Open
Opening Doors from the Interior
Model 3 doors are electrically powered. To open a door
while sitting inside, press the button located at the top
of the interior door handle and push the door open.
NOTE: To prevent children from opening the rear doors,
turn on child-protection locks (see Child-Protection
Lock section below).
In the unlikely situation that Model 3 has no power,
these electrically powered buttons at the top of the
door handles no longer work. Instead, pull up the
manual door release located in front of the window
switches on the front doors.
To open a front door when Model 3 has no power, pull
up the manual door release located in front of the
NOTE: Only the front doors are equipped with a manual
CAUTION: Manual door releases are designed to
be used only in situations when Model 3 has no
power. Whenever Model 3 has power, use the
button located at the top of the interior door
Interior Locking and Unlocking
While sitting inside Model 3, you can lock and unlock all
doors and trunks by touching the lock icon on the
The icon changes to indicate whether
doors are locked or unlocked.
You can also unlock the doors by pressing the Park
button on the end of the drive stalk a second time.
Pressing this button once engages the Park gear and
pressing it again unlocks the doors.
Walk-Away Door Lock
Doors and trunks can automatically lock whenever you
walk away carrying your authenticated phone or paired
key fob (if ordered after approximately October 1,
2019). To turn this feature on or off, touch
Controls >Locks > Walk-Away Door Lock.
When the doors lock, the exterior lights flash once and
the mirrors fold (if Fold Mirrors is on). To also hear a
confirmation sound whenever Model 3 locks, touch
Controls > Locks > Lock Confirmation Sound > ON.
Model 3 does not automatically lock if:
• You check the Exclude Home checkbox and Model 3
is parked at the location you have designated as
• An authenticated phone or paired key fob is
detected inside Model 3.
• You are not using an authenticated phone or paired
key fob as the key, and walk away carrying the key
card or unpaired key fob. When using the key card you
must manually lock Model 3 by tapping the key card
against the door pillar. When using an unpaired key
fob (sold as an accessory), you must manually lock
Model 3 by pressing the lock button.
• A door or trunk is not fully closed.
• The phone’s Bluetooth setting is turned off.
NOTE: If all doors are closed and Model 3 was
automatically unlocked by your authenticated phone or
paired key fob, walk-away locking is temporarily
suspended for one minute. If you open a door within
this minute, it will not re-lock until all the doors are
closed and you have walked away with the
authenticated phone or paired key fob.
NOTE: If Model 3 detects an authenticated key for five
minutes after you exit the vehicle and close all doors,
Walk-Away Lock disables and doors do not lock when
you walk away. In this case, you must manually lock
your vehicle until after your next drive.
Drive Away Locking
Model 3 automatically locks all doors (including the
trunks) whenever your driving speed exceeds 5 mph
Model 3 has child-protection locks on the rear doors to
prevent them from being opened using the interior
release buttons. On the touchscreen, touch
Controls > Locks > Child Lock.
NOTE: It is recommended that you turn child-protection
locks on whenever children are seated in the rear seats.
Unlock on Park
When you stop Model 3 and engage the Park gear, you
can choose to unlock all doors. To turn this feature on
or off, touch
Controls > Locks > Unlock on Park.
NOTE: If set to OFF, you can unlock all doors by
pressing the Park button a second time after engaging
the Park gear.