You can use your Bluetooth-capable phone hands-free in Model 3 provided your phone is within operating range. Although Bluetooth typically supports wireless communication over distances of up to approximately 30 feet (9 meters), performance can vary based on the phone you are using.
Before using your phone with Model 3, you must pair it. Pairing sets up Model 3 to work with your Bluetooth-capable phone.
NOTE: Authenticating your phone to use as a Model 3 key does not also allow you to use the phone hands-free, play media from it, etc. You must also pair it as described below.
You can pair up to ten Bluetooth phones. Model 3 always automatically connects to the last phone that was used (provided it is within range). If you want to connect to a different phone, see “Connecting to a Paired Phone” section below.
NOTE: On many phones, Bluetooth turns off if the phone’s battery is low.
NOTE: In addition to phones, you can also pair Bluetooth-enabled devices with Model 3. For example, you can pair an iPod Touch or an iPad or Android tablet to stream music.
Pairing a Bluetooth Phone
Pairing allows you to use your Bluetooth-capable phone hands-free to make and receive phone calls, access your contact list, recent calls, etc. It also allows you to play media files from your phone. Once a phone is paired, Model 3 can connect to it whenever the phone is within range.
To pair a phone, follow these steps while sitting inside Model 3:
- Ensure both the touchscreen and the phone are powered on.
- On your phone, enable Bluetooth and ensure it is discoverable.
NOTE: On some phones, this may require you to go to Bluetooth Settings for the remainder of the procedure.
- Touch the Bluetooth icon on the top of the touchscreen.
- On the touchscreen, touch Add New Device > Start Search. The touchscreen displays a list of all available Bluetooth devices within operating distance.
- On the touchscreen, touch the phone with which you want to pair. Within a few seconds, the touchscreen displays a randomly generated number, and your phone should display the same number.
- Check that the number displayed on your phone matches the number displayed on the touchscreen. Then, on your phone, confirm that you want to pair.
- If prompted on your phone, specify whether you want to allow Model 3 to access your contacts and media files.
When paired, Model 3 automatically connects to the phone, and the touchscreen displays the Bluetooth symbol next to the phone’s name to indicate that the connection is active.
At any time, you can display the Bluetooth settings screen to change settings associated with a connected device. For example, you can designate a connected phone as the Priority Device. This is useful in situations where you have connected more than one phone, and both phones are frequently used in Model 3 at the same time. Model 3 automatically attempts to connect to the priority device before others.
Importing Contacts and Recent Calls
Once paired, you can use the Bluetooth settings screen (touch the Bluetooth icon on the touchscreen’s top status bar) to specify whether you want to allow access to your phone’s contacts and recent calls. If access is turned on, you can use the phone app to display and make calls to people in your list of contacts and on your recent calls lists.
NOTE: Before contacts can be imported, you may need to either set your phone to allow syncing or respond to a popup on your phone to confirm that you want to sync contacts. This varies depending on the type of phone you are using. For details, refer to the documentation provided with your phone.
NOTE: You can turn access to your contacts and recent calls on or off at any time by displaying the Bluetooth settings screen, choosing the phone, and then changing the setting associated with contacts and recent calls.
Unpairing a Bluetooth Phone
If you want to disconnect your phone and use it again later, simply touch Disconnect on the Bluetooth settings screen. If you do not want to use your phone with Model 3 again, touch Forget This Device. Once you forget a device, you need to pair it again if you want to use it with Model 3.
NOTE: Your phone automatically disconnects whenever you leave Model 3.
NOTE: Unpairing the phone has no effect on using the phone as a key.
Connecting to a Paired Phone
Model 3 automatically connects to a phone that you designated as Priority Device on the Bluetooth settings screen. If you have not set a phone as a priority, Model 3 connects to the last phone to which is was connected, provided it is within operating range and has Bluetooth turned on. If the last phone is not within range, it attempts to connect with the next phone that it has been paired with.
To connect to a different phone, touch the Bluetooth icon on the top of the touchscreen. The Bluetooth window displays a list of paired phones. Choose the phone you want to connect to, then touch Connect. If the phone you want to connect to is not listed, you must pair the phone.
When connected, the Model 3 touchscreen displays the Bluetooth symbol next to the phone name to show that the connection is active.
Using the Phone App
When your phone is connected to Model 3 using Bluetooth, and you have allowed access to your phone’s contacts, you can use the phone app to display and make a hands-free call to anyone listed on your phone:
• Recent Calls list. The list displays calls in chronological order with the most recent call listed first. You can display all calls or just those that are missed, incoming, or outgoing.
• Contacts: Contacts are listed in alphabetical order and can be sorted by first name or last name. You can also choose a letter on the right side of the list to quickly scroll to the names that begin with the selected character. When you touch a name on your contacts list, the contact’s available number(s) displays on the right pane, along with other available information (such as address). Touch the contact’s number to make a call.
You can also view, send, and receive text messages on the touchscreen. Instead of typing a text message, touch the microphone to enter text using your voice.
WARNING: To minimize distraction and ensure the safety of vehicle occupants as well as other road users, do not view or send text messages when the vehicle is in motion. Pay attention to road and traffic conditions at all times when driving.
Making a Phone Call
You can make a phone call by:
• Speaking a voice command.
• Choosing a number from your contact or recent calls list in the phone app.
• Using the Model 3 on-screen dialer in the phone app.
NOTE: If it is safe and legal to do so, you can also initiate a call by dialing the number or selecting the contact directly from your phone.
NOTE: You can also make a phone call by touching a pin on the map and choosing the phone number (if available) on the popup window.
Receiving a Phone Call
When your phone receives an incoming call, the touchscreen displays the caller’s number or name (if the caller is in your phone’s contact list and Model 3 has access to your contacts).
Touch one of the options on the touchscreen to Answer or Ignore the call.
NOTE: Depending on the phone you are using and what speakers you used for your most recent call, your phone may prompt you to choose which speakers you want to use for the incoming call.
WARNING: Stay focused on the road at all times while driving. Using or programming a phone while driving, even with Bluetooth enabled, can result in serious injury or death.
WARNING: Follow all applicable laws regarding the use of phones while driving, including, but not limited to, laws that prohibit texting and require hands-free operation at all times.