Tesla’s official mobile app is available for iOS and Android. The Tesla mobile app allows you to remotely cool or heat your car, checking charging progress, and much more. Tesla is actively working on adding new features such as scheduling service appointments, improved experience for software updates, and even operating your car’s windows.
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New dialog while scheduling a service appointment via Tesla mobile app.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!