Unlocking and Starting Your Vehicle Using the Tesla Mobile App Tesla Model S

The Tesla mobile app can be used to lock/unlock and start the Model S vehicle. This is very useful when the key fob is not on hand or you are not close by to the car. 

Note: To allow the mobile app to communicate with your vehicle, both the phone and vehicle must be actively linked to cellular service, and mobile access must be enabled on the touchscreen (Controls > Safety & Security > Allow Mobile Access). If you're parking in an area with limited or no cellular service, such as an inside parking garage, Tesla suggests having a functional physical key on hand.

To unlock the car with the mobile app:

  • Launch the mobile app.
  • Press 'Controls' > 'Unlock.'
  • Press 'Yes' to confirm on the popup window.

To start the car with the mobile app:

  • Launch the mobile app.
  • Press 'Controls' > 'Start.'
  • Input the Tesla Account password on the confirmation popup window.

Note: After enabling keyless driving, you will have two minutes to begin driving. You must re-enable keyless driving if the two-minute limit has expired before driving.


Disclaimer: Tesla, Inc. was not involved in the development of this document and did not provide any input or otherwise edit, review or authorize it.