Top Tesla tips you may not know
August 13, 2021
By Nuno C.
Redictate your text message
If you're replying to a text message and it wasn't transcribed correctly, you can redo it. In a Model 3 or Model Y, just push in the right scroll wheel twice. The previous transcription will be thrown out and you can dictate your message again.
Delete previous destinations
You can remove a recent destination from your navigation by swiping right on the address. You can remove favorite destinations the same way.
Quickly set GPS to home
You can quickly navigate to your home or work destination by swiping on the Navigate button. If you're near work it will navigate home, and if you're near home it will navigate to work.
Hide some calendars
If you have multiple calendars synced to your car you can choose once ones show up by tapping the icon at the top right corner of the calendar app.
Some settings are global
Some driver settings are global, meaning they affect every profile in the vehicle, while other settings are considered a personal preference and will only affect your profile. This lets you and your spouse have different stopping modes, favorite radio stations, etc.
A single USB drive for Sentry/Dashcam, Music and Boombox
You don't need to have separate USB drives for each feature. You can format your USB drive to have different partitions which makes the drive act as separate drives. You'll want to create one partition for each feature.
Use voice commands while driving
There are close to 200 voice commands, there's likely one to do what you'd like so that you can keep your focus on the road. For example, you can say, "set temperate to 70 degrees", instead of having to fiddle with the temperature slider on screen. Take a look at our full list of Tesla commands, and our Top 5 most useful voice commands.
If you have an automatic trunk, you can set the maximum height it will open to. This is useful if you're on the shorter side or if you have a lower garage. Read more about how to set your trunk to a desired height.
Charging at 240 volts is cheaper than 120
Charging at a higher rate is actually cheaper than charging at a slower rate. Your Tesla needs to power an inverter that translates your home's AC energy into DC energy that is stored in your batteries. Powering that inverter uses quite a bit of energy, so the longer it's running the more electricity you're using so the faster you can charge, the less time you need to run the inverter. Charging at 240 volts is about 12% more efficient than charging at 120.
Send address from your phone
If the app you use on your phone supports sharing an address to an app, then you can look up an address on your phone and share it directly to your car. For example if you're using Google Maps, you can share a destination directly to your Tesla and avoid typing it again later.
Easily reopen the last app
If you use the phone or energy app often (or any other app in the app menu) you can easily bring up the last app opened in that menu by swiping up from the bottom of the ^ icon.
Turn off HVAC
You can hold down the fan icon to turn off the HVAC completely.
Adjust seat heaters, check charge level and others while watching full screen video
While watching full screen video, there are some to adjust climate temperature and screen brightness if you tap near the top of the screen. You can control even more settings without leaving your video by using your Tesla app.
Easily adjust wiper speed
The easiest way to change your wiper speed on a Model 3 or Y is to push the button on the left stalk for a single wipe, which will also bring up the wiper speed adjustment on the screen. You can then easily adjust it.
Screen Clean Mode
You may find that while wiping down your screen you touch buttons accidentally. There's actually a 'screen clean' mode that requires you to hold your finger on the display in order to exit it, which means you can now clear your screen of smudges without tapping various buttons. You can find it under the Car > Service menu.
Charger handle opens charge port
This one may be obvious to most, but a surprise to some. If you use the charger that came with your Tesla, there's a button on the handle that will open your charge port door. It does require your car to be unlocked and awake, so sometimes it's useful to open one of the doors to wake up your car then push the button on the handle.
Easy way to stop the Autopilot nag screen
If you're on Autopilot and the car asks you to place your hands on the wheel, you can either torque the wheel a little bit, or just use one of the scroll wheels on the screen to let the car know you're paying attention.
The range displayed in a Model 3 and Model Y are EPA values and they will not adjust based on your driving habit or weather conditions. It's roughly locked in to about 4 miles per kilowatt, depending on your exact model.
However, if you're trying to plan when to charge or how much charge you'll have left at the end of your destination then you'll want to use the Energy app (under the ^ Apps menu). This will display a graph of your charge level and the distance to your destination that considers your driving style, weather elevation and much more.
If you enjoyed these quick tips, take a look at our list of more in-depth Tesla Tips and https://www.notateslaapp.com/how-to/how-tos.