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How to Reboot your Tesla

Updated: Apr 5


3 simple ways to reboot your Tesla that fixes the majority of bugs


Every now and then you may experience a glitch with your Tesla, perhaps there are issues with the Bluetooth connectivity or some screens don't load as quickly as usual. The good news is that there is no need to stress; the majority of bugs can be solved with a simple reboot of the system, which is similar to what you do with your computer or smartphone when it’s not working properly. Below are three options to reboot your Tesla with each option going a bit deeper into the system. Start with the soft reboot, and only move on if the problem persists.


Option 1. Soft Reboot

This process will reboot the touchscreen.

  1. Put the car in park and close the car doors.

  2. Remove everything from the USB ports.

  3. Hold down both steering-wheel scroll buttons until the screen turns off.

  4. Wait about 20 seconds. The Tesla ’T' will appear followed by a refreshed touchscreen.




Option 2. Hard Reboot

This process will reboot the touchscreen and the car’s Central Processing Unit (CPU).

  1. Put the car in park and close the car doors.

  2. Remove everything from the USB ports.

  3. Hold your foot down on the brake pedal while holding down both steering-wheel scroll buttons.

  4. After the touchscreen turns off, continue to hold down the scrolling buttons and the brake until the Tesla ’T' appears.

Option 3. Power On/Off

This process will power down both your touchscreen and the CPU and then power them up again.

  1. Put the car in park and close the car doors.

  2. Remove everything from the USB ports.

  3. On the touchscreen go to Controls > Settings > Safety and Security > Power Off. After a while the screens and interior lights will turn off.

  4. Wait 5 minutes, then tap the brake pedal to turn the vehicle on.