Librem 5 phone and Tesla app

Librem 5 phone and Tesla app

Has anyone every considered the Librem 5 phone by Purism ( It will use Linux based PureOS ( when it is released in Q3 2019. It focuses on privacy and has hardware kill switches for the camera, microphone, WiFi/Bluetooth, and baseband. Basically it's not a "spybrick" like Android and Apple phones and the primary reason I want to use it. I would order one today but it won't run Android apps on day 1 ( and thus it won't run the Tesla app. Since my phone is used as my key on my M3 I really need the app. I have contacted Tesla customer support in early May about them supporting PureOS but have not heard back from them. If others are interested, there is more of a chance that Tesla would support PureOS. Thanks!

ulrichard | June 2, 2019

Yes, I pre-ordered it the day they opened orders. I have little hope of an official Tesla app on it. But there is also none for my current ubuntu phone. I used to control my car on the command line through the python binding to the Tesla json API. But after I found out how insecure the Tesla account login is, I disabled app access in the car.

okcazure | June 2, 2019


Thanks for the reply. Do you have a keyfob or just use the credit card key? It's been great not having a keyfob and using the walk away lock feature so I really didn't want to do without the app. With that said the Model 3 key fob does look pretty cool and the Bluetooth on my Android is unreliable (5-10% of the time I need to turn Airplane mode on and off to open my door).

ulrichard | June 2, 2019

I have key fobs for my S. It always worked reliable so far. I still have the old ones with the weak encryption. Tried to upgrade for half a year. Now they finally seem to be available.

ezrondavid95 | June 2, 2019

Good article

okcazure | June 4, 2019


Did you mean to post a link other than gmail?

SamBull | January 19, 2020

If anyone's interested, I've started to build a GNOME app (specifically targeting a release for the Librem 5). Available at:

I've only completed the login screen at the moment, will start making more progress when I get my car in a week or 2. I'll also publish a version to the PureOS store once I've received my phone to test it on.

Let me know if anyone wants to help, things that would help include:
- Programming (in Python, especially helpful if you are familiar with GTK).
- Artwork (in particular, a logo, and icons for various buttons etc.)
- Translations (once I've finished setting them up).
- Thinking of a good name for the app.
- Perhaps some design ideas as well.

owenleehargreav... | April 18, 2020

Please tell me, does such a smartphone support applications from Tesla? I plan to order myself a new phone and would not want to make a mistake.