Key fob

Past Tesletter articles

All Model X and Model S will soon work with no key if your phone pairs with Bluetooth

It seems like the actual key fob also uses Bluetooth since September 2016 (see Electrek’s post about this), so I assume both the S and the X have the appropriate antennas to power using the phone as the key.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #7

Apple announces support for EV routing in Maps & new Car Key NFC unlock feature in iOS 14

Apple just announced a couple of interesting features for EV cars at the WWDC20, good to see Apple moving in this direction. The first one is support for EV routing in Apple Maps. The second one is Car Key, which will allow to wirelessly unlock your car with your iPhone and iWatch. The feature is part of the newly revealed iOS 14 and it will work over NFC. The advantage is that it would allow NFC car unlock up to 5 hours after your phone battery dies. Great backup to using Bluetooth as a primary key. No news about if Tesla is going to integrate with it or not, since they have their own system to use as your Tesla Key.

Read more: The Verge

From issue #117

Dissolved a spare M3 key card in acetone and put its RFID chip and antenna in a small, generic key fob

Have you ever wanted to have a key fob instead of the key card for your Model 3? This Tesla owner transformed his key for about $10 (excluding the key cards).

Read more: Reddit

From issue #64

Model 3 Key fob has been confirmed

Not sure if this is a popular decision or not (check out Electrek’s survey)… but it seems like key fob is finally coming for Model 3, as confirmed by Elon Musk on Twitter.

Read more: Electrek

From issue #26

Tesla Model 3 key fob available on Tesla Shop

You can purchase a key fob for your Model 3 for $150. Accoding to a few early reports the key fob doesn’t support summon or passive entry, it is unclear if it is because the car lacks the necessary components or if this will be something that they’ll activate via software later on. If these features are important to you, you probably are better off waiting.

Here is a video of the unboxing, paring, and demo of the Tesla Model 3 key fob.

See more: Tesla Shop

From issue #33

Tesla ring key DIY

We’ve seen folks doing keychains and even implanting the RFID chip from their Model 3 keycard in their skin. This time this tutorial shows you how to make a ring that will lock and unlock your car.

From issue #80

Tesla starts rolling out Model 3 key fob to a few owners

A few weeks ago we talked about Electrek confirming the key fob for the M3. Well, now they’re reporting that a small number of users are getting them. Some people have reported problems using their phone as a key with several Android devices, and although Tesla has been taking care of these problems, the key fobs may be the so much needed solution.

Read more: Electrek

From issue #30