How to add and remove keys on Model 3

To display a list of all keys (phones, key cards, and key
fobs) that can access your Tesla Model 3, touch

Controls >Locks.

An icon displays next to each key to indicate
whether the key is a phone, key card, or key fob. Use this
list to manage keys that have access to your vehicle. To
add or delete keys, see Adding and Removing Keys
section below.

NOTE: You can use the same key for more than one
Model 3. 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 3 (by touching the pencil icon), any other Model 3
to which the key card or key fob is authenticated also
displays the same customized name.

NOTE: Model 3 supports up to 19 keys. When you reach
this limit, you must delete a key before adding a new

Adding and Removing Keys

Adding a new key card or key fob:

NOTE: If adding a key fob, ensure the key fob is at room
temperature. Pairing may be unsuccessful if the key fob
is cold.

  1. On the touchscreen, touch Controls > Locks then
    touch + in the Keys section.
  2. Scan your new key card or key fob on the key reader
    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 key reader.
  3. Scan an already-authenticated (i.e. already has access
    to the vehicle) key card or key fob on the key reader
    behind the cup holders on the top of the center
  4. When complete, the key list on the touchscreen
    displays the newly-authenticated key. You can
    customize its name by touching the associated pencil

Adding a new phone key:

NOTE: To add a new phone key, Bluetooth must be
enabled and the phone must have the Tesla mobile app
installed and connected to the vehicle’s Tesla account.

  1. While sitting in the vehicle, open the Tesla mobile app
    and select the appropriate vehicle (if there are
    multiple vehicles associated with the account), then
    touch Phone Key > Start.
  2. Scan an already-authenticated key card or key fob on
    the key reader behind the cup holders on the top of
    the center console.
  3. When the mobile app notifies you that the pairing
    was successful, touch Done. The key list on the
    touchscreen (Controls > Locks) displays the new
    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 your vehicle
(for example, you lost your phone or key card, etc.), you
can remove the key.

  1. On the touchscreen, touch Controls > Locks.
  2. Find the key that you would like to delete in the key
    list, then touch the key’s associated trash icon.
  3. When prompted, scan an already-authenticated key
    card or key fob on the key reader behind the cup
    holders on the top of the center console to confirm
    the deletion. When complete, the key list no longer
    includes the deleted key.

NOTE: Your vehicle requires at least one authenticated
key card or key fob at all times. If only one key card is
included on the key list, this key cannot be deleted.

How to use Key Fob with Model 3

If you have purchased the key fob accessory (available
for purchase from Tesla stores or online), you can quickly
familiarize yourself with this key by thinking of it as a miniature
version of Model 3, 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 open 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 open the rear trunk. Hold down
    for one to two seconds to open the charge port door.

Once inside, power up Model 3 by pressing the brake
pedal within two minutes of pressing the unlock button
on the key fob. 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 3 carrying the key
fob, you do not need to point the key fob at Model 3 as
you press a button, but you must be within operating

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 (phone,
laptop, etc.).

If the key fob does not work (for example, its battery is
dead), you can touch its flat side against the card
reader on the driver’s side door pillar (like the key card).

NOTE: You can use the same key fob with multiple
Model 3 vehicles provided you authenticate it (see
Managing Keys on page 11). However, key fob works
with only one Model 3 at a time. Therefore, to use a key
fob for a different Model 3, touch its flat side against
the card reader on the driver’s side door pillar.

NOTE: Model 3 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

Passive Key Fob

Due market region or vehicle configuration, Passive Key
Fob may not be available for your vehicle.

Locking and unlocking Model 3 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 3 has sensors around the vehicle that can
recognize the presence of a key fob within a range of
approximately three feet (one meter). 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
trunk’s exterior door handle. If Walk-Away Lock is on,
your vehicle automatically locks when you exit and
senses that the key fob is no longer in range, Passive
key fob is automatically enabled when you pair your
key fob to your vehicle.

The key fob can only be paired to one vehicle at a time.
If you want your key fob to passively lock and unlock
for a different vehicle, touch the flat side of the key fob
onto the driver’s side door pillar or center console card
reader. You only need to do this once to pair it to your
desired vehicle. You must pair your key fob every time
you use it with a different vehicle.

NOTE: Only key fobs with the TESLA logo printed on
the flat side have the passive locking and unlocking
functionality. Key fobs with the MODEL 3 logo printed
on the flat side cannot passively lock and unlock your

NOTE: For increased security, your key fob disables
itself after five minutes of being stationary while in
range but the vehicle is not in use. The vehicle will not
lock or unlock passively when this occurs. Shake or
press a button on your key fob to wake it up.

Replacing the Key Fob Battery
Under normal use, the accessory key fob has a battery
that lasts for up to five years, 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.
  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.

    NOTE: CR2032 batteries can be purchased through
    online retailers, local supermarkets, and drug stores.

  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 your vehicle.

    Attaching a Lanyard
    To attach a lanyard, release the bottom cover as described above.
    Place the lanyard over the pin located between the slots on the
    widest side of the key fob. Realign the cover and snap into place.

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 onscreen
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
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 are 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 onscreen 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

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.