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Affordable alternative to Stats app?

edited January 19 in General
I bought some NFC tags and I’d like to setup one to open the frunk. But I keep seeing everyone give instructions to set it up with Stats on iPhone. But $50 for an app I have one use for seems ridiculous. Are there any other, more affordable options? Thanks!


  • edited January 17
    How does an NFC tag open your frunk???
  • Why not just use the free Tesla app that I assume you already have on your phone to open the frunk? It is front and center on the top or first screen.
  • hamfish, because that would make sense.......
  • has the same car produced data. It's a subscription.

    Neither cost much and the stats are fun.
  • Tesla recommends against any 3rd party app use.
  • Then Tesla needs to add Siri support.
  • They don't need to do anything. They have their own vision.
  • 🙄 yeah
  • > @RedDevil said:
    > Then Tesla needs to add Siri support.

    Why "add" what's already there?
  • Unfortunately, “ It’s currently not possible to set climate control, turn on valet mode, or to open the trunk or frunk through Siri.” Opening the frunk is all I’m after. I just want to be able to do it without unlocking the phone, opening the app, and then pressing it. First world problem? Sure! That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a simple solution.
  • I don't know about you but I don't trust 3rd party app or services to have access to my car functionality.
  • Are you considering Siri (or Google, Cortana or Alexa) a 3rd party app in this case?
  • Sigh. FISHEV is present. Public Service Announcement:
    FISHEV is a known troll of several years standing and several user names who pushes an anti Tesla narrative. Please take his opinions with a grain of salt, avoid any advice he may suggest, and do not let him implant any Fear, Uncertainty, or Doubt about Tesla or your car into your own opinion.
    So.. regarding Apps. Tesla, the crowd that makes the car, says Apps are Not A Good Idea. Our resident Troll who may or may not be a natural human being, says to do so. Who you going to believe?
    Note: I'm currently driving a 2018 M3 LR RWD since 9/2018. I've never really felt the need for an app, any app. The car works just fine without, and it's got 25k miles on it now. There are risks with any app, especially with regards to security. Just because some SW developer can build an app and potentially sell it doesn't mean that they'll be there when Things Go Bad; the opposite, rather.
    Now, using things like A Better Route Planner which _don't_ connect to the car, that's OK, and you can take your chances with your incremental position being sold with those guys.
  • Tronguy, I get that. Especially unknown/small developers. I don’t really want any of the functionality of a 3rd party app. I just want to be able to use Siri/my iPhone with the Tesla app to accomplish one goal. I love my 2021 M3LR so far. My only real complaints are regarding the purchase/delivery process and lack of polish to their website and app. Not deal-breakers, obviously!
  • @RedDevil: We're cool. Look: One Of These Days, I might get interested and look into some of the apps being put out there. Tesla does publish an API allowing app developers to Do Stuff; maybe, one of these days, I'll investigate all that and maybe use something.
    But FISHY's interest in pushing apps is _not_ to help people: It's to get people to think that it's _necessary_ to put apps of partial functionality, confusing UIs, inadvertent power-drain (like, say, those that don't let the car go fully to sleep), and similar on the car. People who actually take FISHY's advice and put all those apps on a car stand a high likelihood of being disappointed, or even stranded.. and that's what FISH is after. Being a disruptor and a Troll.
  • Understood. I’ve been lurking here for months waiting for my car. I’m not at all interested in what the Fish has to say. But I’m a tech guy that’s been using various forms of home automation for 30ish years. I like convenience (and cool factor.) I’m cognizant of security, but not paranoid about it.
  • works well. I used it when I had my S a lot, used Siri Shortcuts to open & start the car (phone key does that now on the 3 & Y). You can also use Siri to operate the trunk, homelink, all kinds of stuff.

    There isn’t a lot of ‘data’ that bit-heads like to delve into so that may or may not be a minus.
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