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How to Keep Tesla App Running in the Background on Your iPhone

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Tesla’s mobile app is an essential tool for Tesla owners, offering features like unlocking and starting the car, monitoring charging status, and controlling various functions remotely.

For the app to work seamlessly, especially as a phone key, it needs to run in the background.

This blog post will guide you on how to keep the Tesla app running in the background on your iPhone, so you don’t face issues unlocking your car or using other functions.

Understanding the Importance of Keeping the Tesla App Running

The Tesla app needs to run in the background to function as a phone key and to communicate with your car effectively.

Some users have reported issues with their Tesla app not working correctly when it is not running in the background, causing problems with unlocking their car or accessing other features [2].

Ensuring the app is running in the background is crucial for a seamless Tesla experience.

Step-by-Step Guide to Keep the Tesla App Running in the Background on iPhone

1. Allow the Tesla App to Use Your Location

To function correctly, the Tesla app requires location access. Follow these steps to allow location access for the Tesla app on your iPhone:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and tap Tesla.
  3. Tap Location.
  4. Select Always.

This will ensure that the Tesla app has access to your location, even when running in the background [4].

2. Enable Background App Refresh

Background App Refresh allows the Tesla app to update its content in the background when it’s not in use. To enable Background App Refresh for the Tesla app, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and tap General.
  3. Tap Background App Refresh.
  4. Make sure that the toggle for Background App Refresh is enabled (green).
  5. Scroll down the list of apps and ensure that the toggle for Tesla is also enabled (green).

Turning on Background App Refresh for the Tesla app will help prevent issues when using your iPhone as a phone key, especially when in Low Power Mode [8].

3. Prevent the Tesla App from Being Force Closed

Force closing the Tesla app can cause issues with its functionality as a phone key. It’s essential to keep the app running in the background, so it can communicate with your car effectively [1]. To avoid force closing the app:

  1. When you want to exit the Tesla app, press the Home button or swipe up from the bottom of the screen (depending on your iPhone model) to return to the Home screen. This will keep the app running in the background.
  2. Avoid swiping the Tesla app away in the App Switcher, as this will force close it.

4. Keep Your iPhone’s Battery Charged

The Tesla app relies on Bluetooth to communicate with your car, and Bluetooth can consume battery power. Keeping your iPhone’s battery charged will ensure that Bluetooth remains active and that the Tesla app can communicate with your car when needed [3] 

5. Check for App Updates Regularly

Tesla frequently releases updates for its mobile app to improve features and fix issues. Make sure your Tesla app is up to date by checking for updates in the App Store:

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone.
  2. Tap your profile icon in the top right corner.
  3. Scroll down to the Available Updates section.
  4. If an update is available for the Tesla app, tap the Update button.

By keeping the Tesla app updated, you can ensure it runs efficiently in the background and communicates effectively with your car.

Additional Troubleshooting Tips

If you’re still experiencing issues with the Tesla app running in the background on your iPhone, try the following troubleshooting steps:

  1. Restart the Tesla app by force closing it and reopening it.
  2. Restart your iPhone by turning it off and then back on.
  3. Unpair and re-pair your iPhone with your car using the app.
  4. Contact Tesla customer support for further assistance if the issue persists.

Final Thoughts 

Ensuring that the Tesla app runs in the background on your iPhone is crucial for the seamless functioning of the phone key feature and other app functionalities. 

By following the steps outlined above and troubleshooting any issues, you can enjoy a smooth Tesla experience with your iPhone. Don’t forget to keep your Tesla app updated and your iPhone charged for optimal performance.