Tesla Guide - The 25 best tips & tricks for the Tesla Model 3
Tips and tricks to simplify your life with the Tesla
Everyone knows it, the car is new and who reads through the manual.
Especially with Tesla, there are many little tips and tricks that are not even in the manual. We reveal the 25 best tips and tricks here.
- Locking properly: Always turn off the Bluetooth in your phone when you leave it in the car. Otherwise, your Model 3 will be open all the time, thinking that the key is in the car. Even if you lock the car with the key card, the doors can still be opened.
- Open the last app on the display: If you have opened an app, e.g. the call menu, then close it via the "X" and then simply swipe up again from the bottom of the screen, the last app you had on the display opens automatically.
- Open music app quickly: The music playback is actually always shown in the lower third of the display. To see the whole menu (CD cover, podcast), you have to swipe up. This is also a bit faster if you simply swipe up on the left half of the display (below the car view).
- Switch off the air conditioner completely: Hold down the fan icon a little longer and everything is off. When you click on it again, everything is set as before.
- Fast navigation: If you know exactly where you want to navigate in the vicinity, simply zoom out of the map, find the point on the map, zoom in again, hold your finger on the point for a long time and click the navigation arrow.
- Quickly navigate to home or work: If you have saved your home or work address, you can also quickly navigate there. Simply swipe the Navigate button to the right or down and the Tesla will navigate to the address that makes the most sense at that time. Alternatively, you can also click on the navigate button and select the destination via the icons. However, swiping is much faster.
- Delete addresses from the navigation history: If you want to delete a navigation destination, just swipe the navigation destination to the right and it will be deleted from the history.
- Switch between "Drive" and "Reverse": Up to a speed of approx. 8 km/h you can simply push the gearshift up or down and it will automatically switch from "Drive" to "Reverse" or vice versa.
- Set to "N" for the car wash: To do this, you don't have to press the gearshift lever down completely, but instead place your foot on the brake and simply hold the gearshift lever down and it will automatically jump to "N". Then you can be pulled through the car wash as long as you can stay in the car. If this is not the case, go to the menu -> Service -> Towing -> Towing mode. Then you can move the car without sitting in it. Also good to push the last few meters to the charging station in an emergency.
- Relaxed Driving/One Pedal Driving: You can set this in the "Driving" menu. If you are in parking mode, you can set the "Stop Mode" to "Hold". If you activate "Hold" and then release the accelerator, the car will continue to decelerate, i.e. it will use recuperation, and will eventually stop.
- Quickly set to "P" (Park): Normally you press the button on the gearshift to get into "P". But you can also just open the door after you've reached your destination and then the car will beep three times but it will go into "P".
- Customize your Model 3: You can customize your Model 3 even further. We have lots of accessories for the center console, dashboard, rubber mats for the interior as well as for the trunks and lots of other accessories in our Shop4Tesla. Just have a look at www.shop4tesla.com
- Set the charging current: If you tap on the battery symbol, the charging menu opens. There you can change the amperage under "Charge current" in the lower left corner. The automatic setting is usually 16A. To charge at a household socket, you should rather reduce the charging current to about 10A, so that the socket does not burn out, especially if you charge longer or overnight.
- Correct charging limit: In the charging display, there are two charging ranges that indicate "Daily" and "Trip". Tesla recommends always charging in the range of "Daily" in normal use, only if you go on a longer highway trip you can also go into the range of "Trip". The common tip for proper charging is always to charge in the range between 20-80%.
- Battery level (kilometers/percent): The battery level is usually displayed in kilometers. However, this can also be changed very quickly. To do so, go to the menu under Display -> Energy display and then switch to Energy. Distance then shows the number of kilometers again. Over time, you have a feeling how far you can still get with, for example, 20%.
- Display realistic range: You can display this in the small menu under "Energy". There, the Tesla shows you the consumption from the average of the last 10 km, 25 km or 50 km and then indicates the realistic range. In most cases, this differs greatly from the battery display.
- Power display: This is displayed as a bar above the speed. When you step on the gas pedal, a small bar moves to the right. As soon as you step off the gas, it also shows the recuperation.
- Apply speed: If you have set a speed as a limit, then you can change it by tapping on the current traffic sign. Previously, this was also possible by quickly swiping up on the right scroll wheel on the steering wheel.
- Recognition of traffic signs: Here's a little hint. The display of the traffic sign "Speed" does not always match the applicable speed limit. The Tesla draws the data from the values stored in Google Maps. Especially on highways where it is also sometimes digitally controlled, there may be deviations. In the meantime, however, the reading of traffic signs is getting better and better.
- Activate rear seat heating: Unfortunately, this can only be done via the display. To do so, tap the fan icon once, then the three waves on the left, and then you can turn the heating on and off for the respective rear seat.
- Joe Mode: This mode is responsible for controlling the volume of the signal and warning sounds. This can be important if you have children on board who may be sleeping. You can activate this mode in the menu under Safety, scroll down until you find Joe Mode and activate it by tapping on it. This will turn down all signal and warning sounds.
- Dog Mode: This mode ensures that the interior is still air-conditioned when the vehicle is closed so that your dog can remain relaxed in the car. However, it is not a permanent solution in the summer, as the car heats up slightly, which can be dangerous for the dog. You can also activate this mode via the fan icon. There it shows "Dog" in the upper right corner. As soon as you lock the car, the dog mode is activated and the following message appears on the display: "My owner will be back soon. Don't worry the A/C is on and it's 21 degrees." We also recommend turning on the mode when you leave the dog in the car and it's not that warm. This will turn off the interior monitoring and will not cause an unwanted alarm.
- Send feedback to Tesla: You can also send error messages to Tesla via voice recognition. To do this, simply say "Bug Report" or "Report Error" and then directly your request and the message will be sent directly to Tesla. This is then also shown in the display.
- Soft reset / hard reset: If the display "freezes" and no longer shows anything, you can also reset the display while driving. The driving functions continue to work, but unfortunately you cannot see how fast you are. In the best case than briefly drive to the side. To reset the display you have to hold down both scroll wheels on the steering wheel at the same time. The display then briefly turns black, then the Tesla "T" appears and then the display restarts. Hard-Reset: The hard reset virtually resets the car. This is only possible when the car is stationary. You have to hold down both scroll wheels and the brake pedal. The display then briefly turns black, the Tesla "T" appears and then the display restarts. Then everything is reset once and you can start driving again.
- Dashcam: The dashcam is automatically installed in the Tesla and uses all available exterior cameras for the recordings. To do this, you need to insert a USB stick in the glove compartment of the Tesla. You can then configure it via the "Security" menu. Your Tesla Model 3 then uses this USB stick to record the dashcam footage, e.g. when you honk or brake hard or when the guard mode is switched on.
- Bonus tip: Have you ever wondered how to get to the wiper blades? The wipers are so far down that you bump into the hood when you lift it. To get to the wipers, go to the menu under "Service" and set the "Wiper Service Mode". Then the wipers are automatically "raised" and you can easily reach the wiper blades.