Model S iPhone App available now

Model S iPhone App available now

I know the Android app was available a few days ago. I just searched again on the iPhone app store and found the Tesla Model S App. You sign in with the same email and password as this website and it automatically links to your car. The menu includes Home, Controls, Charge, Climate, and Location across the bottom of the screen.

Home - shows current status, can sign in and out there.

Controls - vent roof, lock, unlock, honk horn, flash lights

Charge - switch from standard to max range, start and stop charging

Climate - shows current interior temp, turn climate on and off

Location - map view of the car location, direction to get to the car (goes to Maps app)

Thumbs up so far!

CPM | 04. Februar 2013

I just told my wife that in the future instead of wondering where I am you can just log on and see where I am per the App. Who will be the first to be busted for not being where they state? Tiger would have hated this car.

Brian H | 04. Februar 2013

Alternative to it self-driving home, a joystick or touchpad linkup so you could remotely drive it. And audio link so when pulled over you could inform the ossifer you are actually the Invisible Man.

Tran2Tran | 04. Februar 2013

Just downloaded it. Work great. Use the unlocking feature already. This came in handy when you got lockot.

znino | 04. Februar 2013

The app works great for me but for some reason, I cannot get the down arrow in the Climate section of the app to work? I can press the up arrow and watch the target temp go up but the down arrow does nothing to change the numbers. The little animation on the down arrow works (I can tell it is being pressed) but the target temp does nothing. Only when I press the up arrow, then the numbers go up.

I know it is not device dependent because the app on my ipad does the same thing and I know it is not car related because i can go up and down when using the Android app.


Brad Holt | 04. Februar 2013

This is amazing!! Just downloaded the app and I'm taking delivery tomorrow morning. WOOHOO!

teslabruin | 04. Februar 2013

so psyched to try this out. I love how I find out about this stuff from the forum, One would think Tesla would contact us.

appljd | 04. Februar 2013

How do I delay a charge if I plug in the car when I get home but want to trigger to start at 11PM ?

mkh1437 | 04. Februar 2013

@abweiss I was been thinking the same thing. I've been a bit disappointed with Tesla's (lack of) communication. You would think that the mobile app release would warrant a press release, or at least a blog post, or a mention in the Bulletin Board, or maybe an email to the owners to let them know. I get that Tesla is probably running very lean, and they seem to be struggling with the sudden growth of delivering so many cars. But I definitely think they need to ramp up proactive communication to owners. Plus, tooting their own horn every now and then wouldn't hurt either!

I am sure there are some owners who are unaware of the forums and not plugged into the tech news world, who have no idea that there is now a mobile app for their car. That's a shame. You shouldn't have to be a geek or a forum junkie to get this kind of news.

mkh1437 | 04. Februar 2013

@appljd Unfortunately, you can't. As someone else suggested on the Android app thread, I suspect that this would require a firmware change on the car. I guess the best you can do is just stop the charging via the app, and then start it when you want. But I agree, that is far from ideal.

DouglasR | 04. Februar 2013


For now, plug the car in, go into the house, use the app to stop charging, and then at 11:00 pm, use the app to start charging again.

kevjo | 04. Februar 2013

Worked great when I first tried it, now I get a "Contacting car...May take a few minutes" and the spinning wheel. It's been 5 minutes and it is still not connecting with the car.

Using my iPhone with wi-fi enabled.

kevjo | 04. Februar 2013

Just re-booted the phone, now it works.

appljd | 04. Februar 2013

Thanks DouglasR.

nickjhowe | 04. Februar 2013

Anyone noticed a big battery drain on their iPhones after launching the app, when it is in the background? Haven't confirmed it yet but I suspect it might be a little badly behaved...

jat | 04. Februar 2013

The app runs GPS (at least if you have that enabled on Android, don't know about iPhone), so while it is running it will draw a lot more current. If I turn off GPS, I don't see any unusual drain, so I don't think it is anything beyond that, though it does get updates on the car every few seconds so it will keep your phone from sleeping.

jat | 04. Februar 2013

@mkh1437 - it is still beta, I am sure they will make an announcement when it is out of beta.

Getting Amped Again | 04. Februar 2013

I'm just trying to think outside of the box, but couldn't you use Bluestacks and a macro recorder to do the timed charging? This one let's you schedule when your macro runs, but I've never used it.

lightly | 04. Februar 2013

Dear Tesla,

Could someone please turn on the remote access from the car so I can keep tabs on it's location as it travels across country?


trydesky | 04. Februar 2013

Love the App. Thanks for posting about it, or I wouldn't have known.

rwang | 04. Februar 2013

loving it.

Brian H | 04. Februar 2013

DR +1
Smart. I was thinking something along those lines, but that's it in a nutshell. You can even do it from bed if you like to retire early! And of course set a suitable low charging rate so it's rarin' to go in the a.m. when you hit the road.

I think, btw, that's also the key to changing the charging rate mid-stream. Stop the charging, and then restart with a new rate.

Mark Z | 04. Februar 2013

The surprise was accessing the app while driving. The gearing, speed, compass direction, written location and of course the range is displayed in real time. The map changes in real time as well. Couldn't help think about a guest account that would allow location viewing without accessing the locks, horns, etc. This would allow someone at home to monitor the drivers location without interfering with the driving experience.

vouteb | 04. Februar 2013

Can t find the App in the UK, nor the car!


sergiyz | 05. Februar 2013


Same here, I can only dial the temperature up but not down.
The down arrow for climate control is not working.

kevjo | 05. Februar 2013

I'm still getting the message "Contacting car...this may take a few minutes" with a spinning circle but it never connects. I've tried from both my iPhone and iPad. I can connect only about 20 percent of the time.

Theresa | 05. Februar 2013

kevjo, How is AT&T service in your location? That is what my trouble is. Since I know the weak spots for cell coverage I have noticed that is exactly where I cannot contact the car is when it is in those areas.

akikiki | 05. Februar 2013

I am working on getting the 240V outlet installed in my garage. I am considering adding a 240v separate timer between the garage and outlet to allow me to select start and stop times for the charging. So, might as well look at taking this to the next geek level by making sure the 240v/40 amp time is iOS enabled. Anyone know were we can find a iPhone capable 240v timer?

Yes, the Tesla app is one way, but since we are considering separate timers anyway, might as well look at it being enabled on the 240v timer too, huh?

nickjhowe | 05. Februar 2013

@akikiki - 240V, 40A, iPhone enabled timer? Maybe, if you want to build one yourself. Drop $1000+ there might be one out there. Timers that will handle 40A are "industrial grade". Near impossible to find a residential timer that will handle that current.

Plazman | 05. Februar 2013

It doesn't allow you to start the car, right? With the vulnerability of websites, I'd hate to have my car hacked/stolen because someone hacks this site. It sounds like the worse they can do is unlock your doors (and steal everything inside). There should be a more secure way of pairing the app with the car than just a username and password.

Getting Amped Again | 05. Februar 2013

There must be a database on TM's servers that associate the VINs to the corresponding fob RFID codes, so if they get hacked we're all SOL anyway. The VINs are visible through the windshield and RFID emulator devices surely exist.

Brian H | 05. Februar 2013

DNA latching via blood sample?

Brian H | 05. Februar 2013

No, that's tech for encoding files in tiny amounts of DNA -- very stable as long as it's kept "cold, dry, and dark". (If it gets warm, wet, and illuminated it grows into ravening monsters! Or rots.)

Plazman | 05. Februar 2013

I guess what I'm saying is that the password some people use for discussion forums isn't super strong, not like ones they use for bank accounts. When I signed up here, I didn't expect the username password combination could be used to steal me car. I guess we'll see how it goes.

Epley | 05. Februar 2013

@theresa and @jaq1:
Both the interior temperature and the climate control setting show up on the iphone app.

This is so cool. People are going to get annoyed with me for honking the horn remotely...

eadolphe | 05. Februar 2013

List of add ons to the app (from previous post), plus a new one or two:
1) Notification in the app if the car alarm is triggered, and the ability to silence the alarm from the app.
2) Ability to manage the charge rate (change the amps).
3) Ability to turn on seat warmers in addition to the HVAC.
4) Notification in the app of pending firmware updates and the ability to schedule them via the app
5) Ability to view the rear camera via the app (might come in handy if the alarm is triggered, or if your car is being towed).
6) Ability to open/close the trunk.
7) Ability to access Homelink and open or close the garage door remotely
8) Ability to "read" any error messages like tire pressure.
9) Automated message when charging is complete.
10) Ability to reserve charging time at a Tesla charging station.

djp | 05. Februar 2013

Does honking the horn and flashing the lights work while the car is in motion, or just while its parked?

Mike_ModelS_P457 | 05. Februar 2013

One note - this sucker eats battery life on an iPhone 5. Other than that and the wrong wheels showing up, it is amazing!!

Getting Amped Again | 05. Februar 2013

Plazman | February 5, 2013 new

I guess what I'm saying is that the password some people use for discussion forums isn't super strong, not like ones they use for bank accounts. When I signed up here, I didn't expect the username password combination could be used to steal me car. I guess we'll see how it goes.

I see what you mean, especially since the usernames are plastered all over this forum. This also relates to the general "Why didn't TM make a formal announcement about the mobile app?" comments. If they had, then they could have included some verbiage about increasing our login password strength, general security tips, etc.

I think we should be required to enter the last 6 digits our our phone serial or IMEI number into the My Tesla page so the app is locked to only work on the phone we designate (I assume an app can read this stuff from your phone). If our phone is stolen we should be allowed to change this so the old app becomes nonfunctional.

We'd need this type of security especially if all of the fob's features were eventually included in the mobile app, which is what I'd prefer.

July10Models | 05. Februar 2013

The car was purposely left in the driveway last night. This morning when i was leaving for work, the heater to run from the app before entering the shower. my car was clean of the white stuff by the time i was ready to set out. The big Tesla grin almost destroyed my mouth as i slid the tail sideways a few degrees exiting the driveway in about an inch of the white stuff. It is almost the end of this work day and I am still grinning. Yeah! GO TESLA!

mkh1437 | 05. Februar 2013

Can anyone else confirm...? It looks to me like turning on the heater via the app to warm the car does NOT warm the battery. I did not notice any shortening of the reduced regen period after leaving my car warming for about 20 minutes before driving, than I usually experience in the Chicago teen temperatures. It still seems that the battery needs to warm up before the full regen is available. I would have expected/wished that heating the car would also heat the battery.

GLO | 05. Februar 2013

Gut was watching my car yesterday out in the parking lot at work. I honked the horn and he just about jumped out of his skin. I love this thing!

GLO | 05. Februar 2013

Guy was watching...

DouglasR | 05. Februar 2013

Here's a trick for warming the battery in the morning. Assuming your charging is complete when you awake, just move the slider from "Standard" to "Max" range, and start charging again. Don't do this for too long, because you don't want to stress the battery by charging to 100%, but 15 minutes or so would probably get the battery warm before you leave for work. Also, I have started dialing back the amperage because I don't put on that many miles in a day. So a few minutes of range charging will not put my SoC that close to the top.

RZitrin1 | 05. Februar 2013

I can't believe this app didn't have my Sig. wake me up and make breakfast for me!


Tomas | 05. Februar 2013

Pretty damn cool.
Hey Tesla Boys (and Girls), how about:
Turn seat heaters on (not that I ever use them in Southern Cali).

Also, how about some email alerts. Automatic email when:
1. Charge gets below 10% (or some other per-determined level. This could avoid a battery disaster).
2. The charger is not plugged in, in say 10 minutes, after being parked at home next to the charger. For those of us that forget to plug the car in, a reminder would be helpful. This entirely possible because the car knows when it is "home" because it is doing it now with the new Homelink" feature that brings that menu up when the GPS identifies the location close to home (very cool feature, BTW!). I invasion getting an email that says, "Hi Tom, this is your Model S. I've been sitting in your garage for 10 minutes now, and I'm not feeling the power, baby. Did you forget about me?. You know a love a good 40 amp jolt after a hard day on the road." (Anybody have a good email for this?)
3. When charging is complete. (The five Leaf drivers at my office share two chargers. The emails that the Leaf sends out have been helpful in coordinating the five owners share the chargers. When one is charged, the owner gets an email and can move the charger to the next car. Hopefully, soon,there will a lot of Tesla's sharing chargers too! (OK, extending the email in #2 above, for this, I suggest, "ah, that was great. I'm fully charged and ready for a good hard drive home. You know I love it when you step on it. I'm ready for you, baby."

Alex K | 05. Februar 2013

@Tomas | FEBRUARY 5, 2013: Also, how about some email alerts

I think in addition to email alerts, that phone notifications would be better.

Brian H | 05. Februar 2013

"you know I love" vs "a love".

Check the BB -- Android update out.

Peter Spirgel | 06. Februar 2013

Love the IPhone app so far. Many great suggestions for improvement posted. One flaw that I think should be corrected involves the app's ability to turn on the climate control. If you turn the climate controls on with the app, they stay on until you turn it off with the app - even after you have driven the car. I've turned on the climate controls, driven the car and noticed the climate controls stay on after I get out when I've reached my destination.

bfranks273 | 06. Februar 2013

Mine does not do that, it locks and shuts down correctly. Wouldnt be a door ajar? i am now seeing the inside temp anomalies others have talked about.