Tesla Advisor - The most important settings after pickup

Which settings should I make first after picking me up in the Tesla?

Tesla offers an intuitive and fast touchscreen interface that gives you full control of the car. The operation is similar to that of a modern tablet and settings can be made quickly. Since Tesla Model 3, Model Y, Model S and Model X offer so many possibilities, we have compiled the most important information and settings for you here, which you should make immediately after picking them up!

Create profile

Settings such as seat position, exterior mirrors and display are saved in a profile. Any person who drives a car can have a profile. To do this, you have to click on the character symbol in the top center via the settings, which you open with the car symbol in the lower left corner of the main display. "Driver profile settings" takes you to the menu for creating the profile.

Adjust seat

You can adjust your seat using the buttons on the left side of the seat. After changing, you can save the setting on the display directly in your profile. To do this, a small window opens automatically at the bottom left where you only have to click on save once.

Adjust mirrors and steering wheel

If you have the Tesla settings open, you will find the "Mirror" and "Steering wheel" buttons in the "Vehicle" menu. Set both here using the left selection wheel on the steering wheel and end the process with the save button so that it is immediately stored in your profile.

Set up mobile key

As soon as you see your Tesla in the Tesla App for Apple iPhone or Android, you can also set up your cell phone as a key. After pickup, you may need to restart the app or log in again if the car doesn't show up. You will then find the option to set up your mobile phone as a key on the top of your car page. You need a key card for this. Once you've started the process, the app will guide you through the simple process.

Activate automatic locking

In order to be able to use the full potential of the phone key, you must activate the automatic locking. Your Tesla will then lock itself as soon as you move away from the car. To do this, go to "Locks" in the settings and activate "Lock after removal". In addition to other settings, you can also activate a message here that will be sent to you if you have left a door or window open in your vehicle. The "Acoustic lock confirmation" option ensures that your Tesla beeps softly when it locks automatically. This is a good way to make sure the autolock worked.

Enable mobile access

In order to have access to your car at any time, you should activate mobile access to your vehicle. In the settings you will find the switch "Allow mobile access" under "Security" at the top. As soon as you put it on, you can use the app on your cell phone to access your car while you're out and about. The "Activate keyless driving" switch just below allows you to "start" the car remotely. For example, you could unlock a friend's car and use the app to let them drive off without having a key card or phone key with them.

Connect mobile phone via Bluetooth

To play music from your cell phone or to make calls using the hands-free system, you have to connect your Tesla to the cell phone via Bluetooth once.To do this, open the vehicle settings again and click on the Bluetooth symbol at the top right and then on the left once on "Add device"

Save home and work address

If you click on "Navigate" in the top left of the map window, you can save your home address using the house symbol and your work address using the file number symbol. Click on each one and enter the address. You can save additional addresses as favorites by searching for the address, then clicking the pin on the map at the address, and then clicking the star.

Activate online route planning

In the navigation settings, you should definitely activate "Online route planning". This way, traffic jams are taken into account when planning the route and a detour may be planned if there is a faster route.

Turn on the air conditioner

When you pick up your Tesla, the air conditioning is usually switched off. To turn it on, click once on the temperature gauge in the black bar at the bottom of the screen, then click "Auto" once to set the climate control. You can set the temperature using the arrows directly in the lower bar next to the temperature or by clicking on the temperature and then swiping left or right.

Activate automatic windscreen wipers

In case it rains, you should activate the automatic windscreen wipers. The easiest way to access the settings for the windshield wipers on Model 3 and Model Y is to click the button on the side of the selector lever to the left of the steering wheel once. The cart will then swipe once and open a menu on the bottom left of the display. With a click on "Auto" the windscreen wipers will be activated automatically when it rains.

Adjust lighting

In the "Lighting" submenu in Settings, you should set the automatic dome light to "Auto". As soon as you open a door of your vehicle, the light in the interior goes on. With "Headlight Afterglow" active, your Tesla glows in the dark after you leave it and the "Steering Wheel Lights" activates the light directly on the steering wheel.

Customize display and formats

By default, the screen's dark mode is enabled upon collection. This ensures that the bright display is not dazzled at night. However, you can set the display to either "Bright" or "Auto" in the settings under "Display". With "Auto", the automatic system ensures that the display is dark at night and bright during the day. If you scroll down the page further, you can make further settings. So you can set the format for the time to "24 hours" and the tire pressure to "BAR". You can also choose whether the energy meter should be displayed as a percentage or distance you can still travel.

Set steering mode

Under "Pedals & Steering" you can specify in the settings whether the steering mode is in "Comfort", "Standard" or "Sport" mode. Depending on the setting, the steering wheel can be moved more or less easily. For the city it is more relaxed to set the mode to "Comfort", on the highway you can also set it to a harder setting.

Adjust assistance systems

The assistance systems are not fully activated at the beginning. To do this you should check the options in the "Autopilot" menu in the settings below. It is advisable to activate the collision warning and also to set the lane departure correction at least to warning. With these settings, the car would warn you if a collision was imminent.With the other buttons at the bottom of the page you can also activate active intervention. Tesla would, for example, brake automatically if the driver of the vehicle does not react.
If you use the steering assistant or "autopilot" from If you want to use Tesla, you still have to activate the switch for "Steering Assistant (Beta)" at the top of the page. However, this is not available immediately after collection, but must first be calibrated during the first trips. This happens automatically and Tesla will show you the progress of this process on the left side of the display.

Turn on dashcam and security alarm

If there is an accident or it is tight, you can activate the dashcam in the car. Tesla always delivers the vehicles with a USB stick on which these video recordings can be saved. To do this, go to "Security" in the settings and set the dash cam to "Auto". If Tesla registers an accident, the vehicle automatically saves the last recordings on the USB stick. You can also activate the sentry mode by setting it to "On". The sentry mode automatically monitors the area around the vehicle when it is parked and also records a clip as soon as someone gets too close to the vehicle. You can also access the cameras from the mobile app and stream a video with the "View live cam via mobile app" button.

Get the latest software updates

Last but not least, you can make a setting that ensures that you receive software updates earlier. To do this, go to "Software" in the settings and activate "Advanced" under "Software update settings".

We have also created a video with all the tips where we show everything in detail: