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Using Android Phone for Entry to Car

Using Android Phone for Entry to Car

I keep bluetooth on all the time on my phone, but if I go out of range of my car and come back, the phone has always disconnected. Isn't it supposed to reconnect automatically? Given this behavior, I always have to toggle airplane mode on and off on my phone to force it to reconnect. This hardly qualifies as hands-free entry. Consequently, I usually us the key card to access my Model 3.

I realize this might be an issue with my phone and not the car, but does anyone have any advice?

rogergloss | December 15, 2018

Need help with phone key access

drrock75k | December 15, 2018

Had same problem with Android for several months. Then software update on phone was offered and it has worked 100% since then. Came just in time to save me the cost of a fob. Check with your phone service to see if update is available.

Frank99 | December 15, 2018

This problem occurs most often with older Android phones. They have an older version of Bluetooth (4.0 or 4.1) that doesn't work as well as Bluetooth 4.2 or 5.0. My Samsung Galaxy S6 works *Most* of the time, but on occasion it leaves me hanging; my wife's S7 works all the time. Yeah, yeah, I know - $50K car and I won't spend the $200 to get a new phone like a Moto G that'll work all the time.

I've found that if I just wait, it'll reconnect. I don't even have to touch my phone; I try the door handle, and if it doesn't open I stand there for up to 30 seconds or so before the car wakes up and I can open the door.

wiboater4 | December 16, 2018

It's the phone. I had the same problem and bought a newer better phone and it's a world of difference.

sheldon.mike1010 | December 16, 2018

For sure a phone issue. I have a newer Google Pixel and car is unlocked as soon as I'm 10 feet away from it.

jfaubl | December 16, 2018

I had a Pixel and it never opened the door just walking up to the car. I always had to hit the power button or wake it up with my finger. I got a pixel 3 and it works flawlessly. Maybe having the latest and greatest cell phone makes a difference.

Tesla2018 | December 16, 2018

I found an app that always reconnects Bluetooth if it gets disconnected. However it sucks since if I am in my house and get a phonecall or try to make one, it switches to bluetooth and plays into the car speakers and the car is 30 ft awat in the garage. Also my other car has bluetooth for the radio and phone app so it connects to both if I start up the other car and turn the radio on,and then I haveto disconnect the Tesla to get the other cars radio to play the Pandora app that is on the phone.