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Tesla Phone Key Not Working? (Here’s What To Do) 

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Troubleshooting Tesla Phone Key Issues

Tesla has made it convenient for owners to unlock and start their vehicles using their smartphones as a key. However, there may be times when the Tesla Phone Key does not work as expected.

In this blog post, we will go through some common issues and their solutions to help you get your Tesla Phone Key up and running again.

Ensure Bluetooth is Enabled and Tesla Software is Updated

The first step in troubleshooting your Tesla Phone Key is to ensure that Bluetooth is enabled on your smartphone and that your vehicle is running the latest Tesla software updates.

If Bluetooth is disabled or your software is outdated, it could cause connectivity issues between your phone and your vehicle.

Check Tesla App Status and Background Activity

The Tesla app must be connected and running in the background for the Phone Key to function properly. To check if the app is active, go to your phone’s Settings > Battery > Usage by App (scroll down), and ensure that “Tesla” is listed under “Apps Using Significant Battery.”

Additionally, make sure that the app is allowed to run in the background and is not restricted by battery optimization settings.

Verify Phone Pairing and Login Status

Another common issue with the Tesla Phone Key is an incorrect pairing between your phone and your vehicle. Ensure that you have paired your phone with your vehicle correctly. Also, check that you are logged into the Tesla app, as logging out could prevent the Phone Key from functioning properly.

Reboot and Reinstall the Tesla App

If the Phone Key still does not work after checking the above settings, you can try rebooting your Tesla and reinstalling the Tesla mobile app. This can help reset the connection between your phone and your vehicle and resolve any lingering issues.

Remove and Re-add Phone as a Key

In some cases, you may need to remove your phone as a key from your Tesla and add it back again. This can be done through your car’s touchscreen by pressing the Car icon in the lower left corner, selecting Lock, and choosing the + control beside the key text. Click “Add phone key” to re-add your phone as a key.

Restart Your Smartphone

Sometimes, simply restarting your smartphone can resolve connectivity issues with the Tesla Phone Key. Restart your phone and check if the Phone Key starts working again.

Contact Tesla Support

If you have tried all of the above troubleshooting steps and your Tesla Phone Key still does not work, it may be best to contact Tesla Support for further assistance. They can help diagnose any underlying issues and provide solutions to resolve the problem.

Final Thoughts

The Tesla Phone Key is a convenient way to unlock and start your vehicle using your smartphone. However, there may be times when it does not work as expected. 

By following the troubleshooting steps outlined in this blog post, you can resolve most common issues and get your Tesla Phone Key working again. Always remember to keep your Tesla app updated, ensure Bluetooth is enabled, and check your phone’s background activity settings to maintain a reliable