Model S Android App

Just downloaded the Tesla mobile app for Android. All I need now is my S.

That is, assuming they have submitted it to Apple for approval and release. Apple traditionally doesn't allow "beta" apps in the store, so if Tesla considers it still in beta phase, they may not be ready to release it to the iOS app store.

In addition to knowing your My Tesla credentials, you have to grant remote access in the car itself (Controls / Settings / Vehicle).

I am expecting my VIN any day now. If I have my VIN along with my tesla account credentials, would I be able to track my cars location as it is being delivered to me? Or would I have to receive the car first and enable that remote operation setting in the car console? Anyone else try to track their car when it is being delivered?

@write.mikeadams It probably depends on whether the setting in the car for Allow Remote Access is enabled by default. I don't recall what mine was set to when I took delivery. I guess I would assume that if it is enabled prior to delivery, then you should be able to track it assuming you have the VIN attached to your account.

Regarding why Android is first?

Previous posters on other threads stated they were to be released at the same time. Maybe Apple said they would release today so Tesla released Android today too, but for some reason, Apple didn't follow through, or maybe when they said today, they meant sometime today before midnight.

IOS users, keep your fingers crossed!

Can someone please describe the car preconditioning feature in detail? Is there a Ready Time? Is there a Timeout if you forget or get held up in a meeting, etc.? Can you pre-warm the battery and cabin both?


Yes!!! It works!

@G.A.S - currently limited to just setting the cabin temperature. No timing. Check out the TMC thread - there are screen hots.

Don't have Android so installed BlueStacks on my Mac and then the android app. Works like a charm (except the map function, as reported on TMC).

Waiting for the iOS version...

Nickjhowe - that's a great idea for those iPhone users for now, just download bluestack to run it on your desktop.

Since I am not a huge user of apps I am wondering if there is a manual or help file for the app. I am not a big fan of icons as if you don't know what one does the image doesn't always help. And even then sometimes you think it does one thing and it really does something else. If anyone knows what the icon on the location page that is on the far left next to the car icon does I would like to know.

Just downloaded mine (android) works perfect!!!

If you mean the icon at the top which looks like a circle with tick marks in it, that is the icon to center the display on your current location. It is the same icon you see on the Nav in the car.

@Theresa - check out Cinergi's video over at TMC that walks you through the app...!?p=265713&viewfull=1#post265713

Darn. My car isn't here yet, but I was hoping I could set up the app ahead of time. It just tells me that no cars are linked to my account.

Of course, it would be funny to honk the horn while it's still at the factory. :-)

@Jat: You burst my bubble. I've got my VIN but not my car yet, was wondering if I could track it on it's way to Florida.

Tried installing the Tesla app using Bluestacks on Windows. The app launches, but appears to only run in portrait mode on the device, so it appears sideways on the monitor screen. Also, I can't seem to click the fields/buttons to enter my Tesla account information.

Talk about an unconventional way to find out that your car has been assigned a VIN. Downloaded the app just to have it for when I get the car and was surprised to see the last four digits of the VIN. Delivery window is 2/19 to 3/5.

@mkh1437 - posted this on TMC for the Mac app, but might apply to Windows too...

To summarize the BlueStack situation:

First thing to do in BlueStack is to log in to your Google Account through settings.
That should update the AppMarketplace to Google Play
Then search for Tesla Model S and it should install OK.
You won't be able to log into the app!!!
Go back into BlueStack settings, select manage apps and change the Tesla App to tablet instead of default.
Now you can log in, but after logging in the display is messed up
Go back to settings and switch back to default from tablet.
Now you should be good to go.

Do NOT press on the location icon unless you want to crash the app.

Ah! I spoke too soon. I killed Bluestacks and re-launched the Tesla app (via the Apps icon that Bluestacks installed on the Windows desktop). Now it launched and I was able to enter my Tesla credentials. (Although, it is still in landscape mode and sideways on the screen.) After a couple tries, and toggling the Allow Remote Connection setting in the car, I was able to connect.

The app appears to have the following functions:

Home: shows the current battery level and rated range

Controls: Has several options: Vent Roof, Lock/Unlock, Honk Horn, Flash Lights.

Charge: shows the current battery level and rated range. Allows you to start/stop charging. Also lets you change between Standard and Max Range charge. I don't see any options for setting a charge schedule.

Climate: Shows the interior temperature and lets you set the desired temperature and toggle the climate control.

Location: Displays a nav map with the car's current location and your current location. I could not figure out how to zoom the map using bluestacks, so it just displays a world map with an arrow where your car is located. There are options to switch to Map/Satellite view or get Directions to your car from your current location. Bluestacks doesn't appear to be able to determine my location, and shows my current location as 0,0 (somewhere off the coast of Africa).

this is SO COOL! Our delivery specialist called this morning (Jamee Hawn at the DC location) to say they can deliver our car tommorrow instead of next Wednesday. Of course we said YES!

Then I saw this thread and downloaded the app and logged in.

Wow - There was MY CAR (Standard 85, pano roof, pearl white, 19's) driving down New York Ave, turning the corner, parking, etc. We could even see car go into Park, the drivers' door open, the plug go into the charging port, etc. I have never been so amped up about ANYTHING except our kids birth! And this is more fun!

What a car and what an experience and company. I am more than blown away, can't wait 'til tomorrow!


Well who was driving your car down NY Ave. before you got it??
I downloaded the app but got the "not so long" dreaded "no vin" etc. associated with this account. lol!! Indeed!! From what I've heard here and a few screen shots / video on the TMC Suddenly my nearly new Lincoln ICE seems like the Fred's Flintmobile!


For those who wanted a way to remotely open the charge port, you can also do that from the mobile app.

@Schlermie where is that option? I didn't see it on the charge screen. Maybe it only appears if you are not charging, though.

I was told the app would precondition both the cabin and the battery, and there seems to be nothing about the battery currently. Could someone please try preheating their cabin on a cold day and see if regen is immediately available?

Also, are the menus any different for a non-charging vehicle?

Thanks much!

It's on the Charge screen. There's a button in the top-right corner that says "OPEN CHARGE PORT". I'm not charging right now, and my charge port is closed.

When I open the charge port, the button changes to "UNLOCK CHARGE PORT" and there's a message that says something to the effect of "Plug in charge cable to begin charging".

F'in great. I don't even have my car yet but I loaded it anyways. :-)

It has a good 10-15s response time. I guess that's to be expected though. It's not like a TV remote. Even if you're standing right next to the car, the signal is traveling for miles and miles, through several exchanges and protocols before it ever hits the car.

For the location - the blinking blue dot is where the phone thinks it is located. At first it was several blocks off, until I realized the phone's own GPS was off.

The Red arrow, like the car, shows the cars location and was dead on.

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