The Top 10 Most Useful Tesla Voice Commands for All Teslas

By Kevin Armstrong
Top voice commands for your Tesla
Top voice commands for your Tesla

Tesla has supported voice commands for a number of years now. With over 100 voice commands available, Tesla drivers can control various vehicle features without taking their hands off the steering wheel. Here's a list of the 10 most useful voice commands to make your Tesla experience more enjoyable and efficient.

1. Navigate to X

Simplify your navigation experience by using the "Navigate to X" command, where X is the address or the name of the location you want to visit. Tesla's advanced navigation system will calculate the best route based on real-time traffic updates and consider your vehicle's charging needs and available Supercharger stations along the way.

Tesla's navigation system is smart enough to know the town and state it's in so you only need to specify what's changing. For example, if you're traveling somewhere in the same town, you can simply say the street name or the name of the destination, like 'Navigate to Target.' Likewise, if you'll remain in the same state, you can just say the name of the destination and the town.

2. Unmute Voice Guidance

If you find the GPS voice guidance distracting or annoying, you can easily mute or unmute it by saying "mute voice guidance" or "unmute voice guidance." This allows you to control when you receive audible instructions, making your driving experience more comfortable and personalized.

3. Open Glove Box

Access your glove box with minimal effort using the "Open Glove box" voice command. This eliminates the need to navigate through car controls on the touchscreen, making it easier to retrieve items from the glove box while staying focused on the road.

4. Set Temperature to X

Effortlessly adjust the cabin temperature by saying, "Set the temperature to X," where X is the desired temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius. This voice command allows you to create the perfect climate within your Tesla without manually navigating through climate controls on the touchscreen.

5. Search Google for X

Access information quickly and easily by saying, "Search Google for X," where X represents the keywords or query you want to search for. The search results will be displayed on your vehicle's touchscreen, providing you with valuable information without having to reach for your smartphone or other devices.

6. Play X on [Music Service]

Enjoy your favorite tunes while driving by using the command "Play X on [Music Service]," where X is the name of the song, artist, album, or genre, and [Music Service] is your preferred music streaming service, such as Spotify or Apple Music. This command lets you access your favorite music and playlists with minimal distraction, enhancing your overall driving experience.

7. Show Calendar

Stay organized and on top of your schedule by saying "Show calendar" to display your synced calendar events on the touchscreen. This feature lets you quickly glance at your agenda for the day or week, helping you manage your time and appointments more efficiently while on the go.

8. Drive Home

Effortlessly navigate back to your pre-saved home address by saying "Drive home," and your Tesla will provide turn-by-turn navigation. This command is especially useful when you're in an unfamiliar area or need a quick reminder of the best route home, ensuring you arrive safely and efficiently.

9. Search for X Song

Discover new music or locate a specific song using the "Search for X song" command, where X is the song title or artist. This voice command will bring up a music search filled with the specific title or artist you mentioned, allowing you to browse and select the song you want to play, enriching your music experience while driving.

10. Open Butthole

Add some humor to your driving experience while performing a necessary task with the playful command "Open butthole" to open the charging port. This command makes connecting your vehicle to a charger easy and serves as a fun way to engage with your Tesla's voice command system.

By mastering these voice commands, you can make your Tesla driving experience more convenient, efficient, and enjoyable. Check out the Voice Commands section for all the voice commands Tesla supports.

If you enjoyed this list, you may also appreciate our guide to all of Tesla's shortcuts you may not know.

Embrace the power of Tesla's voice recognition system and enhance your journey with the unparalleled driving experience that Tesla vehicles provide.

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Tesla Targets Sentry Mode Vampire Drain: Upcoming Update to Slash Power Use by 40%

By Kevin Armstrong
Sentry Mode Update is Coming
Sentry Mode Update is Coming

In an exchange on X, Drew Baglino, Tesla’s Senior Vice President of Powertrain and Energy Engineering, addressed the concerns regarding the power consumption of Tesla’s Sentry Mode. Responding to a user inquiry, Baglino confirmed the company’s commitment to reducing the feature's energy use by approximately 40% through a software update expected in Q2, which begins on April 1.

This announcement follows feedback from Tesla owners regarding the 'vampire drain' experienced when using Sentry Mode, highlighting Tesla's responsive approach to customer feedback and its dedication to continuous improvement. Another X user stated that there should be a breakdown or battery usage. This information already exists, but Baglino politely responded: The energy app provides a wealth of information about where your energy goes. He also linked to our Not a Tesla App article explaining that system.

Understanding the Drain of Sentry Mode

Sentry Mode is an advanced security feature for Tesla vehicles, leveraging the car’s cameras and sensors to monitor and record surroundings for potential threats when parked. Sentry Mode has proven invaluable for vehicle security by activating various deterrents, including pulsing headlights and alarm sounds.

Despite its benefits, the feature’s energy consumption, referred to as “vampire drain,” has been a concern, with estimates suggesting a small yet consistent drain on the vehicle's battery life. By optimizing Sentry Mode's power usage, Tesla enhances the feature's efficiency and extends the usability for owners, particularly when parking for extended periods without access to charging facilities.

Battery Management: Recognizing the importance of battery preservation, Sentry Mode automatically deactivates when the battery level falls to 20%, ensuring that the vehicle remains operational for essential travel.

Activation and Customization: Owners can activate Sentry Mode via the vehicle's touchscreen or mobile app, with options to customize settings, such as disabling sounds or excluding specific locations, tailoring the security feature to individual preferences and requirements.

Tesla's forthcoming software update aims to significantly reduce Sentry Mode's power usage, making it more adaptable for various situations without impacting the car's range or battery longevity. This enhancement aligns with Tesla's commitment to continuous improvement via over-the-air updates, directly responding to customer feedback with practical solutions. Owners looking forward to this change appreciate the balance between maintaining Sentry Mode's security benefits and preserving battery life for everyday needs.

Tesla Adds 'Rose Gold' Cybertruck Wrap and Two Other New Colors

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla now offers Cybertruck wraps in five colors
Tesla now offers Cybertruck wraps in five colors

Remember when there was concern that the appeal of a Cybertruck would die down because there would be too many stainless steel beasts on the road? True story. If there was a concern, it appears to have been handled with wraps; not only Tesla’s wraps but more customized wraps are showing up on social media daily.

More Tesla Wraps

Firstly, Tesla has expanded its palette of Cybertruck wrap options, introducing three vibrant new colors. The chic Satin Rose Gold, the deep Satin Abyss Blue, and the sleek Slip Grey are joined in the lineup alongside the classic Satin Stealth Black and Satin Ceramic White. However, several Cybertruck owners are not waiting for Tesla wraps as more unique Cybertruck wraps are showing up on social media.

Priced at $6,000, while the newly introduced Satin Rose Gold and Satin Abyss Blue wraps are slightly pricier at $6,500. This differentiation in pricing reflects the unique appeal and quality of the new wrap colors.

Tesla outlines several key features and advantages of their Cybertruck color paint film, including:

  • A self-healing, urethane-based film that is significantly more durable and twice as thick as the average vinyl wrap, ensuring superior protection against scratches.

  • An environmentally friendly alternative to traditional vinyl wraps, covering all exterior stainless-steel surfaces of the Cybertruck, enhancing its aesthetic appeal and resilience.

Customized Wraps are Taking Off

Since Tesla wraps were introduced, the company has been criticized for the price point being far too high, while consumers can go to other wrap companies and get their own customized look. Even the unique wraps spotted on the Cybertruck before the delivery event are unavailable. But that is not stopping consumers.

It was after Investor Day in 2023 that Morgan Stanley's managing director, Adam Jonas, a well-known figure within the investment community and someone who has been dubbed a Tesla Bull. Jonas outlined several reasons why he believed the Cybertruck might not fulfill the grand visions held by Elon Musk and the Tesla team, describing it as potentially becoming a "financial side-show," a marker of cultural zeitgeist, and a niche product for enthusiasts.

Jonas argued that the Cybertruck, with its avant-garde design, might not align with this broader affordability mission. He believed that the unique aspects of Cybertruck would be lost and that "indescribable something," when several were on the street,

Yet, the landscape around the Cybertruck and Tesla's position within it has continued to evolve. Contrary to concerns, the burgeoning market for custom and aftermarket wraps for the Cybertruck tells a different story. This vibrant ecosystem of personalization options highlights the vehicle's position as a mode of transportation and a canvas for individual expression.

The concern that the uniqueness of the Cybertruck could diminish with its popularity overlooks the creative solutions that owners and enthusiasts have embraced. From bespoke wraps that offer myriad designs outside of Tesla's offerings to the DIY spirit that has taken hold among the Cybertruck community, it's clear that individuality remains a cornerstone of the Cybertruck experience.

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