Tesla Model S Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model S: Touchscreen Overview

In addition to the instrument panel, Model S is equipped with a front and rear touchscreen.

NOTE: Throughout this Owner's Manual, the front touchscreen is referred to as the "touchscreen" whereas the rear touchscreen is referred to as the "rear touchscreen".

WARNING: Always pay attention to road and traffic traffic conditions when driving. To minimize driver distraction and ensure the safety of vehicle occupants as well as other road users, avoid using the touchscreen to adjust settings while the vehicle is in motion.

Use the touchscreen to control many features that, in traditional cars, are controlled using physical buttons (for example, adjusting the cabin heating and air conditioning, headlights, etc.). You also use the touchscreen to control media, navigate, use entertainment features, and customize Model S to suit your preferences. For hands-free access to common touchscreen controls, use voice commands.

NOTE: Illustrations are provided to improve conceptual understanding only. Depending on vehicle options, software version, market region and regional and language settings, the details displayed on the screen will differ.

Touchscreen Overview

  1. Navigation: Change the orientation of the map, find or navigate to a destination, and change navigation settings.
  2. Drive mode strip: Use to shift into Park, Reverse, Neutral, or Drive. The drive mode strip always displays on the touchscreen when you touch Controls.
  3. Controls: Control various features and adjust settings to customize your Model S.
  4. Climate controls (driver): Use the left and right arrows to decrease/increase cabin temperature. Touch Split on the popup to display separate controls for the driver and passenger. Touch the temperature icon to customize climate control settings. The passenger climate controls display when temperature controls have been Split to provide separate controls for the driver and passenger.
  5. My Apps: For one-touch access to frequently used apps and controls, you can choose what displays here.
  6. App Launcher: Touch the app launcher to open the app tray. Then touch any app to open it. The app you choose displays on top of the map. To close an app, drag it downward.

NOTE: You cannot completely close Media Player. When you drag Media Player down, it displays Mini-Player which allows you see what's playing, pause/play, and skip reverse/forward.

  1. Recent App(s): Displays the most recently used app(s). The number of recent apps displayed here depends on how many apps have been added to My Apps. If you add the maximum number of apps to My Apps, only the most recent app displays.
  2. Volume Control: Controls the volume of media player and phone calls. The volume of navigation instructions is controlled separately.
  3. Media Player.

Popup messages appear at the bottom of the touchscreen. For example, a seat belt reminder appears if a seat belt is unfastened in an occupied seat, an alert appears to notify you of an incoming phone call, a text message appears (when applicable), and voice commands appear when in use. If applicable, touch options from these popup messages (for example, accept/decline a phone call, choose an option from the headlight menu, etc.). To dismiss a popup message, swipe it downward.

The bottom of the touchscreen may also display the following:

Displays Displays the status of the front passenger airbag.

Customizing My Apps

For one-touch access to commonly used apps and controls, you can customize what displays in the My Apps area on the touchscreen's bottom bar:

1. Enter customization mode by touching and holding any app or control in the My Apps area. If this area is empty, touch the App Launcher.

2. Simply drag any app or control from the app tray onto the My Apps area in the bottom bar.

NOTE: Seat heaters selected from the app tray appear next to the temperature, instead of in the My Apps area.

NOTE: Controls (for example, defrosters and seat heaters) appear in the app tray only when you enter customization mode by touching and holding an app.

NOTE: When you've added the maximum number of apps or controls to My Apps, adding an additional app removes the rightmost app.

NOTE: Remove an app or control from the My Apps area by touching and holding, then touching its associated "X".

Tilt the Touchscreen (if equipped)

To tilt the touchscreen, navigate to Controls, then touch the display icon to choose the desired position.

WARNING: When the center display is tilting, ensure that there are no objects (such as your fingers or jewelry) between the screen and instrument panel to reduce the risk of injury or damage.

Restarting the Touchscreen

You can restart your touchscreen if it is unresponsive or demonstrates unusual behavior.

NOTE: To ensure the safety of occupants as well as other road users, restart the touchscreen only when the vehicle is in Park.

1. Shift into Park.

2. Hold down both scroll buttons on the steering yoke until the touchscreen turns black.

Restarting the Touchscreen

3. After a few seconds, the Tesla logo appears. Wait approximately 30 seconds for the touchscreen to restart. If the touchscreen is still unresponsive or demonstrating unusual behavior after a few minutes, try power cycling the vehicle (if possible).

NOTE: Restarting the touchscreen also activates the drive mode selector on the center console.

NOTE: Restarting the touchscreen using the scroll buttons does not power Model S off and on.

Rear Touchscreen

Rear Touchscreen

The rear touchscreen provides rear passengers with access to:

  1. Temperature: Touch the arrows to decrease/increase cabin temperature.

NOTE: You can also use the front touchscreen to adjust climate settings in the rear cabin.

  1. Power: Touch to turn the rear climate control system on or off.
  2. Rear fan: Touch to turn the rear fan on or off, to adjust fan speed and control the direction of air flow from the rear vents.
  3. Seat heaters: Control rear seat heaters.
  4. Media: Play, pause, skip or rewind through the currently playing song.
  5. Video: Access video streaming services.
  6. Auto: If Auto is enabled and a passenger is detected, the set temperature is maintained for the rear cabin.

NOTE: Enable Sync on the rear tab of the front touchscreen's climate controls to set both the front and back cabin temperatures.

  1. Volume: Touch to adjust the volume.

NOTE: Adjusting the media and volume controls also adjusts the front cabin settings.

You can lock the rear touchscreen by touching Controls > Display > Lock Rear Display. Locking the rear display stops any media and video apps from playing, and all touches are ignored until you use this setting to unlock it.

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