Touchscreen Overview

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Always pay attention to road and traffic conditions when driving. To minimize driver distraction and ensure the safety of vehicle occupants as well as other road users, avoid using the touchscreen to adjust settings while the vehicle is in motion.

Use the touchscreen to control many features that, in traditional cars, are controlled using physical buttons (for example, adjusting the cabin heating and air conditioning, headlights, etc.). You also use the touchscreen to control media, navigate, use entertainment features, and customize Model X to suit your preferences. For hands-free access to common touchscreen controls, use voice commands (see Voice Commands). The main component of the touchscreen is the map area. Other main components are shown here:

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Illustrations are provided to improve conceptual understanding only. Depending on vehicle options, software version, market region and regional and language settings, the details displayed on the screen will differ.
  1. Status bar: This area on the top of the touchscreen displays the time of day, the outside temperature, and the following icons:
    an unlocked lock
    Touch to lock/unlock all doors and trunks.
    a yellow person and air bag with the text "PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF"
    Status of the front passenger airbag (see Airbags).
    a yellow clock
    Displays when a software update is available (see Software Updates).
    a half circle with a smaller circle on top of it
    Add, configure, or quickly switch driver profiles (including Valet Mode and Easy Entry). See Driver Profiles.
    a house with an arrow inside
    Control or program HomeLink devices (if equipped) (see HomeLink Universal Transceiver).
    a red circle with an exclamation point inside
    Displays when a notification is in effect. Touch to display information about the notification. To display a list of the most recent notifications, with the most recent listed first, you can also touch Service > Notifications.
    a circle with upward radiating beams
    Connected to a Wi-Fi network.
    lines increasing in height from left to right
    Connected to cellular network. Touch to connect to Wi-Fi (see Connecting to Wi-Fi).
    Bluetooth symbol
    Connect to a Bluetooth device (see Pairing a Bluetooth Phone).
  2. Navigation: Change the orientation of the map, find or navigate to a destination, and change navigation settings (see Maps and Navigation).
  3. Controls: Control various features and adjust settings to customize your Model X (see Controls).
  4. Climate controls (driver): Use the left and right arrows to decrease/increase cabin temperature. Touch Split on the popup to display separate controls for the driver and passenger. Touch the temperature icon to customize climate control settings (see Climate Controls).
  5. My Apps: For one-touch access to frequently used apps and controls, you can choose what displays here. See Customizing My Apps.
  6. App Launcher: Touch the app launcher to open the app tray. Then touch any app to open it. The app you choose displays on top of the map. To close an app, drag it downward.
  7. Recent App(s): Displays the most recently used app(s). The number of recent apps displayed here depends on how many apps have been added to My Apps. If you add the maximum number of apps to My Apps, only the most recent app displays.
  8. Climate controls (passenger): Displays when temperature controls have been Split to provide separate controls for the driver and passenger.
  9. Volume Control: Controls the volume of media player and phone calls (see Volume Controls). The volume of navigation instructions is controlled separately (see Maps and Navigation).

Popup messages appear at the bottom of the touchscreen. For example, a seat belt reminder appears if a seat belt is unfastened in an occupied seat, an alert appears to notify you of an incoming phone call, a text message appears (when applicable), and voice commands appear when in use. If applicable, touch options from these popup messages (for example, accept/decline a phone call, choose an option from the headlight menu, etc.). To dismiss a popup message, swipe it downward.

Customizing My Apps

For one-touch access to commonly used apps and controls, you can customize what displays in the My Apps area on the touchscreen's bottom bar:

  1. Enter customization mode by touching and holding any app or control in the My Apps area. If this area is empty, touch the App Launcher.
  2. Simply drag any app or control from the app tray onto the My Apps area in the bottom bar.
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    Seat heaters selected from the app tray appear next to the temperature, instead of in the My Apps area.
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Controls (for example, defrosters and seat heaters) appear in the app tray only when you enter customization mode by touching and holding an app.
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When you've added the maximum number of apps or controls to My Apps, adding an additional app removes the rightmost app.
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Remove an app or control from the My Apps area by touching and holding, then touching its associated "X".