Using Exterior Door Handles
A light press on a door handle extends it provided Model S is unlocked and detects a phone key or key fob nearby. You can set door handles to extend automatically when you approach the driver’s side carrying a phone key or key fob by touching . Select Exclude Home to disable door handle presentation at home (set your home address by touching ).
Insert your hand into the handle and pull to open the door.
Door handles retract if you do not use them within ten seconds after they extend. Just press a handle to extend it again. Door handles also retract ten seconds after the last door closes, when Model S begins moving, and when you lock Model S.
In these cases, extend a door handle by pressing it, or by pressing the unlock button on the key fob. There is no need to reset the setting. The next time you approach Model S, provided the above conditions do not apply, handles automatically extend.
Opening Doors from the Interior
Model S doors are electrically powered. To open a door while sitting inside, press the button located at the top of the interior door handle and push the door open.
You can also use the touchscreen popup to open and close doors when inside Model S while the vehicle is in Park.
To open a front door in the unlikely situation when Model S has no power, pull up the manual door release located in front of the window switches.
To open a rear door in the unlikely situation when Model S has no power, fold back the edge of the carpet below the rear seats to expose the mechanical release cable. Pull the mechanical release cable toward the center of the vehicle.
Interior Locking and Unlocking
Walk-Away Door Lock
Doors and trunks can automatically lock when you walk away carrying your phone key or paired key fob. To turn this feature on or off, touch .
When the doors lock, the exterior lights flash once and the mirrors fold (if Fold Mirrors is on). To also hear a confirmation sound when Model S locks, touch .
Model S does not automatically lock if:
- You check the Exclude Home checkbox and Model S is parked at the location you have designated as Home. For details on how to designate a location as Home, see Home, Work, and Favorite Destinations.
- A phone key or paired key fob is detected inside Model S.
- A door or trunk is not fully closed.
- The phone key's Bluetooth setting is turned off.
- A phone key remains within range for ten minutes or a key fob remains within range for five minutes after all doors have been closed.
- The driver does not use the driver door to get out of the vehicle.
Drive Away Locking
Model S automatically locks all doors (including the trunks) when your driving speed exceeds 5 mph (8 km/h)8 km/h.
Driver Door Unlock Mode
Enabling Model S. The driver door unlocks only if a key is present on the driver side of the vehicle and not the passenger side. To unlock the remaining doors, long press the button located at the top of the interior driver door handle, use the touchscreen, mobile app or press the key fob a second time.only unlocks the driver door when you first unlock
Car Left Open Notifications
To receive a mobile notification if a door, trunk and/or window is left open or if Model S is left unlocked unexpectedly, touch .
Model S has child locks on the rear doors to prevent them from being opened using the interior release buttons. On the touchscreen, touch . You can choose Both to engage the child lock on both rear doors, or you can choose Left or Right to engage it on just a specific door.
Unlock on Park
When you stop Model S and engage Park, you can choose to unlock all doors. To turn this feature on or off, touch .