4 Ways to Reboot Your Tesla

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April 22, 2021

We may all be familiar with the need to restart our PC's or smart phones. As Tesla is heavily software based, the same need may arise. The manual lists 3 ways/types of restarting, but YouTube videos claim Tesla Service has mentioned a 4th. The manual uses the term RESTART while on YouTube you'll likely hear the term RESET. I will use the term RESTART. I have done all 4 ways on my 2020 Model X. YouTube also uses the term SOFT and HARD reset, but not the manual. They will be used here as well.

CAUTION: Do not do this while driving. Please be in Park.

  • SOFT RESTART - Restarts your display(s).
    • Be in Park
    • Hold down on both scroll knobs on steering wheel until display goes black.
    • Sit back and wait for the Tesla T logo to appear followed by the screens coming back on.
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  • HARD RESTART - Restarts your display(s) and maybe a little more per Tesla service.
    • Be in Park
    • Step on the brake and hold down both scroll wheels until the screen goes blank and continue until the Tesla T logo comes back.
    • Release scroll wheels and brake and wait for the screen to be fully back on.
  • POWER CYCLE VEHICLE - Per manual, it does more than just display restart.
    • Be in Park
    • Use touchscreen and go to Controls> Safety & Security> Power Off.
    • Wait for at least 2 minutes without interacting with the vehicle. Do not open door, touch the brake pedal, touch the screen, etc.
    • After 2 minutes, press the brake or open the door to wake the vehicle.
  • HARD RESET - This additional method has been shown to work for specific issues on YouTube and Reddit when other methods have not helped.
    • Be in Park
    • Go to main menu and select Service > Wheel Configuration>
    • Take note of your current Wheels Size and Wheel Type.
    • Change your Wheel Size or Wheel Type.
    • Select CONFIRM. Your vehicle will now REBOOT.
    • CAUTION: When display is back to normal, repeat above and return you Wheel Size and Wheel Type back to what you originally had. Select CONFIRM.

I suggest you print this and keep in your vehicle so you have it when you need it.

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