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iPhone Contacts Not Syncing With Tesla? (Here’s why)

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How to Fix iPhone Contacts Not Syncing with Tesla

Owners of Tesla vehicles often enjoy the convenience of pairing their iPhones to their cars for hands-free calling, accessing the contact list, and other benefits. 

However, some users have reported issues with syncing their iPhone contacts with their Tesla, preventing voice commands like “Call (name)” from working properly. This blog post will provide an overview of common iPhone and Tesla syncing issues and offer potential solutions to help you resolve them.

Basic Troubleshooting

Before diving into more complex solutions, it’s important to ensure that your iPhone and Tesla are properly connected via Bluetooth. Make sure your iPhone’s Bluetooth is enabled and that your Tesla is in pairing mode. 

If you are unsure how to do this, refer to your Tesla’s owner’s manual for guidance. Additionally, make sure that both your iPhone and Tesla have the latest software updates installed, as this can sometimes resolve compatibility issues.

Remove and Re-pair the Connection

If you are still experiencing issues, a common suggestion from the Tesla Motors Club forum [1] is to delete the connection between your iPhone and Tesla, and then re-pair the devices. To do this, remove the connection to the Tesla from your iPhone’s Bluetooth settings and remove your iPhone from your Tesla’s list of paired devices. 

Afterward, set up the connection again and ensure that the “sync contacts” option is enabled on both your iPhone and Tesla.

Syncing Google Contacts

If your contacts are stored in Google, it is possible that syncing issues are related to the connection between your iPhone and Google. To resolve this, sync all Google contacts back to your iPhone, and then try to sync your contacts with your Tesla again [1].

Reset Bluetooth Connection in Tesla

For Tesla owners using iOS 15, there have been reports of contact names not displaying correctly in text messages on the Tesla touchscreen [4]. 

To resolve this issue, try resetting the Bluetooth connection within your Tesla. Navigate to the control panel on your Tesla’s touchscreen, select “Service,” and then choose “Reset Bluetooth.” After resetting Bluetooth, you will need to pair your iPhone with your Tesla again, which may take a bit longer than usual.

Additional Suggestions from Tesla Owners

Owners of a Model S 100D have reported issues with syncing contact lists from their iPhones, even though voice commands and Bluetooth still work.

Some users suggest deleting and re-pairing the devices or turning off and on the calendar sync as potential solutions [3]. If these steps don’t work, it may be necessary to contact Apple and Tesla customer support for further assistance.

Final Thoughts

Syncing iPhone contacts with your Tesla can significantly enhance your driving experience by enabling hands-free calling and other convenient features.

If you encounter issues with syncing your contacts, try the solutions outlined above, such as re-pairing your devices, syncing Google contacts, or resetting the Bluetooth connection in your Tesla. If none of these methods work, don’t hesitate to reach out to Tesla and Apple customer support for additional guidance.