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Tesla posts 11 console and smartphone app howto videos to Youtube


Tesla last night posted 11 “howto” videos showing how to use the giant capacitive touch display in the middle of the center console as well as the smartphone app. Veteran Model S owners will find them mostly repetitive but there might be some nuggets of wisdom inside. However, new and prospective owners need to see all of them to understand how the car works.  See all embedded below:

Get started with the Touchscreen overview:

The touchscreen is your control panel for accessing functions, features and apps in your Tesla. These videos will will provide a walkthrough of all functions, controls and apps. For enhanced interactivity, these videos will play vertically on your phone or tablet to help you follow along in your Tesla.




Probably the most important aspect Settings:

Also the Control Panel:

The Web Browser (yes every car needs a web browser). We’ve heard tell that Tesla was considering replacing the relatively slow standard browser with Chrome but as of today it is still the one that came originally. Note, you cannot watch videos and obviously shouldn’t browse the web while driving. Even

The Calendar App that syncs with your smartphone:

The Energy App will help you determine your range. Especially useful is the usage predictions when planning trips.

The Music App (which will differ by geo). This appears to be the US version (can we haz Spotify too?)

The Navigation App (you’ll have needed to purchase the tech package to use navigation but the map screen works for all Model S drivers):

Phone App is surprisingly simple:

The Camera App isn’t supposed to be used as a rear view mirror but sometimes it performs better, especially when your cargo obstructs the rear window:

Finally, a demo of the smartphone app (here demonstrated on a iPhone but works very similarly on Android)



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Publisher and Editorial Director of the 9to5/Electrek sites. Tesla Model 3, X and Chevy Bolt owner…5 ebikes and counting