Tesla’s official mobile app is available for iOS and Android. The Tesla mobile app allows you to remotely control your car allowing you to lock and unlock it, set the right temperature, check charging progress, operate windows, track software update downloads and installations, and much more.
The Tesla app is also the place where to go to schedule service appointments and purchase hardware and software upgrades. The Tesla mobile app can be used as your car key and it can also be in multiple devices allowing multiple people to be logged in at the same time.
If what you're looking for are third party Tesla apps, there are a few ones that we like. Some of the most popular ones include: Teslafi, StatsApp, A Better Route Planner, and Teslascope.
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When I took delivery of my Model S the staff member who helped me said: Remember, a Tesla is still a car. Every time I talk to someone new to Tesla I use that piece of advice. This post is about things that are fundamentally different in a Tesla, about both the car and the experience of buying one.
Tesla's latest software update, 2020.32.2 introduces notifications (via mobile app) when the car is left open for over 10 minutes and brings follow-up improvements on the Suspension changes introduced in 2020.28 amongst other things. Read more and find out which Tesla models are getting which features.
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It looks much better and includes a couple of improvements that I think are really well received: being able to send commands to the car without having to wait for your car to wake you (e.g. turning on the AC when leaving the store), and for folks with 2+ Teslas, now the phone-as-key works without having to select the appropriate car on the app beforehand. Have you updated yet? Anything else that you like? Something that you are missing?From issue #183
Our friend Tyler from @teslascope has shared an interesting finding regarding Tesla’s 2FA. We knew it was coming (and just recently Elon tweeted about this being tested), but we now have unofficial confirmation that 2FA has been implemented on Tesla Accounts. The image shared shows a valid API call using the new authentication method. I personally hope that Tesla helps owners setting 2FA when is out since it’s a great way of protecting our Teslas.
Unsolicited advice, 2FA is highly recommended in all online accounts. If you don’t have 2FA in places like Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, etc. I suggest that you set it up, hit me if you need help!From issue #128
It seems like the release notes of the mobile app contain a spoiler of what’s coming up in release 2018.24 :-O
Read more: RedditFrom issue #13
As a way of expediting service and improving the experience, the Tesla app now lets you, in some cases, accept the loaner car that you will get (if you are lucky to get one) when you bring in your car for service under warranty.From issue #213
Wouldn’t it be great that your phone identifies you with any Tesla that you drive/ride and adjusts your preferences accordingly? That seems to be the vision that Elon shares as well, he said that in the longer term that is what will happen.From issue #171
Tesla has been working on making improvements to the service side of the house. A couple of months ago they started sending service updates via text message and push notifications, now they have started showing the estimated completion time of service directly in the app, as well as intermediate steps like ‘waiting for parts’, or ‘service scheduled on [date]’. I really like seeing improvements in this area, it’s always stressful to not have your car and not knowing when you are going to get it back.
Read more: RedditFrom issue #68
DIMO is a secure connected vehicle app specifically for Tesla owners, built by top engineers and designers. It allows you to collect, store, and visualize the data from your vehicle for free - nothing is shared without your permission and they’re working with an active community of developers to build the best apps and services on top of it. They’re building the world’s biggest connected car club - allowing users to pool their data and access better mobility apps, services, and ownership in the network as a whole through the $DIMO token. Join the revolution and connect your vehicle to DIMO!From issue #217
The last software update introduces Bluetooth improvements to detect the driver in the seat and connect to their phone. Well, this is only the beginning since Elon said it will also connect to your driver profile preferences and apply those when the driver seat is detected. This makes more and more sense as the number of households with two or more Teslas increases, assuming this means your diver settings are stored in the cloud and used in different cars. Very cool.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #103
A new version of the mobile app just introduced the ability to operate the windows from it. The app now shows the option “vent” and when you tap on it the car drops all four windows about 3 inches. When the windows aren’t completely closed the label on the button changes to “close”, and tapping it closes all four windows." It’s great to see this new functionality added to the app!#78
This week we’re partnering with Stats for Tesla App, one of the most popular and complete apps for Tesla owners out there. We’ve been fans for a long time, and if you’re not familiar with this popular app for Tesla owners, it gives you a bunch of cool stats about your car such as battery status and range estimates, driving efficiency, phantom drain, safety score, and much much more.
We’re giving away 3 free licenses. Head out to Twitter to participate in the giveaway!From issue #189
Ville Nahkuri shared these instructions on the Tesla Slack Community:
If you would like to add an additional user to your Tesla mobile app, with their own unique login details, you should first create a Tesla Account in their name. Then email us at [email protected] with the following information:
- Full VIN of the car
- First and last name of the user
- Their Tesla-registered email address
- Their phone number
- Their mailing address
The user will receive an email to validate their access. This can take up to 3-5 business days. Please keep in mind that this will grant the additional user access only to the Tesla mobile app, and allow them to monitor and control the vehicle.
You can find the intructions on the Tesla support site too.
Read more: Tesla SupportFrom issue #41
We’ve been talking about V10 for a few weeks now and we had a good idea of what was coming but, apart from the highly expected addintion of YouTube, Netflix, Caraoke, Smart Summon, etc. Tesla kept a few secrets until the final release. These are some of the things in the final GA that we hadn’t heard about before:
- Spotify: Probably one of the highests expected features for non-European Tesla owners. As a premium subscriber of Spotify for 10 years, I couldn’t be happier
- Crack all your windows 3 inches to vent or close them. Only available for Model 3 and X
- Model 3 SR+ and SR now get browser access as well as YouTube, Netflix, Spotify, TuneIn, and Slacker while connected to Wi-Fi
Read more: TeslaFrom issue #79
If you pay to charge at work and you use iOS, not Android yet, you can now configure the rate at your work location and the charge stats will count those accordingly.From issue #225
Many of us feel FOMO every time that we get the notification that there is a new software version out. However, it seems like Elon wants to finally help us with it: “We will add a feature to allow request of latest software version”.
When will we have it? Only Elon knows :P
Read more: Twitter.comFrom issue #3
I’m not sure when Tesla released this but you can now add a secondary user from the “My Tesla” page. From there you can also grant them access to one or more of the cars via the app.
Read more: TeslaFrom issue #88
Nothing very surprising here, just Tesla getting ready for the Model Y deliveries this month disovered by user matt687 on Reddit after decompiling the latest Android package and comparing it to the previous version. Everything seems to indicate that Model Y owners will have the same functionality available in the mobile app than the rest of the fleet.
Read more: TeslaratiFrom issue #102
Multi-factor authentication is now available on your Tesla account. Once configured, you can see the list of all devices you have authorized on your Tesla account page. I use Google Authenticator for 2FA but you can use any third-party authenticator out there. Log into your Tesla account, go to Account > Multi-factor authentication > Manage, and scan the QR code. Easy, right? If you haven’t done it yet don’t leave it for later and do it right away!From issue #132
With the Tesla app 4.1 and firmware 2021.36 you can adjust the charge limit as well as schedule charger and departure from the app. Take a look at the menus.From issue #185
A new version has been pushed to both the App Store and Google Play. The release notes reveal that the new app in combination with 2018.48 would show nearby charging options in the charging screen adding the option to send the location of the charger to the car. We are wondering if the nearby charger info would include realtime information about open stalls, that would be great!
Read more: RedditFrom issue #36
Tesla has been storing charge stats and in the last iOS, they added a tab called ‘charge stats’ in the main menu. The new tab contains the estimated money spent, gas savings, and a break out of home, Supercharger, and others. Now, can Android users have it? Please, please!From issue #201
If your car has HomeLink configured and the geolocation is properly set to your driveway, you can use use HomeLink form the Tesla mobile app to open and close your garage door, directly from the Summon screen. There is a catch tho, you need to be within certain distance of your car - the same distance to actually use Summon - for the icon to be active.
Read more: RedditFrom issue #67
Interesting redesign done by Matthew Farmer. I really like the idea of using animated icons (like the fan spinning) to indicate when things are on as well as the use of the bottom row to give quick access to some of the most common functionalities. What do you think?#51
It looks much better and includes a couple of improvements that I think are really well received: being able to send commands to the car without having to wait for your car to wake you (e.g. turning on the AC when leaving the store), and for folks with 2+ Teslas, now the phone-as-key works without having to select the appropriate car on the app beforehand. Have you updated yet? Anything else that you like? Something that you are missing?From issue #179
The latest version of Tesla’s mobile app allows you to attach images per category when opening a ticket. Will video attachments be next?
Read more: RedditFrom issue #102
We’ve heard rumors about being able to take your settings with you to another Tesla, probably through your profile and mobile app. But now, for the first time, Elon said yes to a tweet asking to also activate upgrades like FSD Subscription or Premium Connectivity when you sign into a Tesla. When will this happen? Only Elon knows 😁From issue #175
As spoiled by the last mobile app release notes :P, version 2018.24 -launched today- introduces the ability of limiting vehicle speed limit both from the car and the mobile app.
Doctor_McKay says the code is heavily obfuscated but he was able to obtain some useful information. Check it out!
Read more: TMC ForumFrom issue #11
It isn’t that I frequently want to change the cabin overheat protection, but it is convenient to have that available to change via the app, and that, is what’s coming up soon in future versions.From issue #194
By analyzing the source it seems that Tesla is preparing to add functionality to share your vehicle with others from the app. According to the strings found, we will be able to share access to our car with others and set an expiration date, perfect for those of you renting their car or just allowing someone to drive it for a bit.From issue #193
The new 4.2.1 update contains three new colors: Deep Crimson Multicoat, Abyss Blue Multicoat, and Mercury Silver Metallic.From issue #188
Elon just announced on Twitter that Tesla is adding the capability of requesting top service issues via the mobile app. According to Elon, the goal is to allow Tesla Rangers to get to you quickly with a top-of-the-line service loaner. We’re not sure if this is going to happen or when but we surely are excited about it!
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #34
We are big fans of the mobile service, we have used it once, and it was a terrific experience. Anything that includes extending it, we support it.
Read more: RedditFrom issue #51
Elon Musk said that Tesla owners would soon be able to request service through their smartphones. He also added that the use of the mobile-based service would require no paperwork on the part of the electric cars’ owners.
Learn more: TeslaratiFrom issue #9
In what one would assume means the refresh Model S deliveries will start soon, Tesla just released a new version of its mobile app that contains the assets to display the new version of a car. Have you ordered one? Do you have a delivery date? Let us know!From issue #155
Also mentioned in the release notes for the Tesla App 4.6, here we can see it in action. Now, if you get a notification saying that your cabin is at the right temperature, you can turn off the climate right from there. I assume this will also work for things like trunk left open or climate running for a long time without you being in the car.From issue #204
While 2020.28.6 is rolling out with bug fixes, 2020.32 will be coming soon introducing some interesting new things (I’m guessing Model X owners will particularly like the first one):
- Get notifications on your phone when your car is left open (yay!)
- Suspension settings improvements
- Notifications history improvements
A recent tweetstorm from Elon talked about the following being included on the v9 of the firmware:
- Atari games Including Tempest, Missile Command and Pole Position, this last one linked to the actual car steering wheel
- Dashcam and improved AP
- Ability to install software updates from your phone
- And (maybe) the ability to manually check for updates
- It would introduce a new level of autonomy. It is unclear if he means L3 or if just a better L2 but one can only dream!
Tesla is trying to make service easier and easier, this time they’ve added the abiliity to attach up to five pictures when you schedule a service appointment. This makes it easier to report any incidents accurately. Hooray for Tesla improving and already pretty seamless process to schedule service appointments!
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #75