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Tesla updates your vehicle's software wirelessly, constantly providing new features. Tesla recommends you install software updates at the earliest opportunity on your vehicle. To ensure the fastest and most reliable delivery of software updates, leave Wi-Fi turned on and connected whenever possible. In most cases, your vehicle must be connected to Wi-Fi to download the software update (see Wi-Fi).
Downloading vs. Installing New Software
There are two steps to receiving a new update: downloading the software (which requires Wi-Fi), and installing it. For your convenience, you can start downloads and installations using the Tesla mobile app.
You CANNOT drive while software is being installed. If plugged in, your vehicle will stop charging until the installation is complete. To start the installation, touch the yellow clock icon at the top of the touchscreen. Touch Install Now to begin the installation immediately or touch Set For This Time to choose a different start time. At any time before the update installs, you can touch this clock icon to reschedule. If you are driving Model S at the scheduled update time, the update is canceled and must be rescheduled. You can also view, download, and install software updates by navigating to . If available, connect to Wi-FI to download the update.
Software updates are not performed when the following features are active:
- Smart Preconditioning
- Keep Climate On, Dog Mode, or Camp Mode
- Sentry Mode
Software Update Preferences
Tesla determines how, when, and where to send updates to vehicles based on various factors unique to each release. In Advanced (which will have additional releases), or wait until others have installed (which will result in fewer releases) by selecting Standard. Choosing Advanced does not enroll your vehicle in Tesla's early access program., you can choose how quickly you want to receive updates that are ready for your vehicle. Be an early adopter by selecting
Tesla does not update you software upon request for those wanting to receive the latest features and improvements. Selecting Advanced and consistently connecting to Wi-Fi (see Wi-Fi) is the best way to quickly receive the latest software updates.
If the touchscreen displays a message indicating that a software update was not successfully completed, wait for the next software update to deploy to your vehicle.
If Model S is charging when the software update begins, charging stops. Charging resumes automatically when the software update is complete.
Viewing Release Notes
When a software update is complete, read the release notes displayed on the touchscreen to learn about changes or new features. To display release notes about the current version of your vehicle's software at any time, touch.
Tesla strongly recommends reading all release notes. They may contain important safety information or operating instructions for your Model S.