How to Connect Tesla to WiFi

Tesla WiFi is available as a data connection method and is often faster than cellular data networks. Connecting to WiFi is especially useful in areas with limited or no cellular connectivity. To ensure fast, reliable delivery of software and map updates, Tesla recommends leaving your vehicle connected to a WiFi network whenever possible (for example, if parked in your garage overnight).

To connect to a WiFi network:

  • Touch the cellular icon (usually LTE or 3G) on the top corner of your touchscreen. Model S will start scanning and display the detected Wi-Fi networks that are within range.
  • Select the WiFi network you want to use, enter the password (if necessary), then touch 'Confirm.'
  • Your vehicle connects to the WiFi network and will automatically connect to it whenever the network is within range.

You can also connect to a hidden network that isn't shown on the list of scanned networks. Just touch 'WiFi Settings,' enter the name of the network in the resulting dialog box, select the security setting, then touch 'Add Network.'

If Tesla won't connect to WiFi, repeat these steps or refer to the owner's manual for troubleshooting.

Note: If more than one previously connected network is within range, Model S connects to the one most recently used.

Note: You can also use a mobile hotspot or your phone's Internet connection via WiFi tethering (subject to fees and restrictions of your mobile carrier).

Note: At Tesla Service Centers, Model S automatically connects to the Tesla Service WiFi network.


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