Over-the-air software updates are great… but you never know when you’re going to get them. We’ve all been there waiting for the latest software update while others are already talking and sharing pictures about it on Twitter. Tesla has certainly made some improvements in this area since you can now trigger and keep track of software updates from the Tesla mobile app, but you can’t still just go and download it whenever you want. Instead, to download a new software update, you need to wait until it’s available. However, there are a few things you can do to make sure your car is ready for new updates:
Recently, the Twitter user Zack, discovered and shared this trick which will basically accelerate the process of checking if an update is available:
Just found a new TESLATIP for an update! If you press advanced 5 times in the software menu it checks for updates then it works. Had 3 friends and me test it, all worked first try. pic.twitter.com/Oczb7FRo4P— Zack (@BLKMDL3) November 12, 2019
In order to receive a software update, you must be connected to the WiFi. If you have no WiFi available but you have smartphone with Internet connection, one alternative is to do tethering to your car.
Make sure Sentry Mode is off, that can cause software updates to get stuck. For example, I set Sentry Mode on everywhere but at home. I download most software updates at home, but when I’m traveling, I need to remember to turn it off in order to be able to get the software updates.
As a last resource, if you’re a few versions behind and can’t get newer updates, you can always put in a service request via Tesla’s mobile app, or ask for updates whenever you schedule a mobile service appointment.
I hope this helped, please reach out if you have questions or I missed something important (contact at tesletter dot com).
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