Phone and Calendar

Bluetooth® Compatibility

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You can use your Bluetooth-capable phone hands-free in Model Y provided your phone is within operating range. Although Bluetooth typically supports wireless communication over distances of up to approximately nine meters, performance can vary based on the phone you are using.

Before using your phone with Model Y, you must pair it. Pairing sets up Model Y to work with your Bluetooth-capable phone (see Pairing a Bluetooth Phone).

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Authenticating your phone to use as a key (see Keys) does not also allow you to use the phone hands-free, play media from it, etc. You must also pair it as described below.

You can pair up to ten Bluetooth phones. Unless you've specified a specific phone as a Priority Device or if the phone specified as Priority Device is not within range, Model Y always connects to the last phone that was used (provided it is within range). To connect to a different phone, see Bluetooth® Compatibility.

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On many phones, Bluetooth turns off if the phone’s battery is low.
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In addition to phones, you can pair other Bluetooth-enabled devices with Model Y. For example, you can pair an iPod Touch, an iPad, an Android tablet, etc. from which you can play music.

Pairing a Bluetooth Phone

Pairing allows you to use your Bluetooth-capable phone hands-free to make and receive phone calls, access your contact list, recent calls, etc. It also allows you to play media files from your phone. Once a phone is paired, Model Y can connect to it whenever the phone is within range.

To pair a phone, follow these steps while sitting inside Model Y:

  1. Ensure both the touchscreen and the phone are powered on.
  2. On your phone, enable Bluetooth and ensure it is discoverable.
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    On some phones, this may require you to go to Bluetooth Settings for the remainder of the procedure.
  3. Touch the Bluetooth icon located at the top of the Controls screen.
  4. On the touchscreen, touch Add New Device > Start Search. A list of all available Bluetooth devices within operating distance displays on the Bluetooth settings screen.
  5. Choose the phone with which you want to pair. Within a few seconds, the Bluetooth settings screen displays a randomly generated number. Your phone also display a number.
  6. Check that the number displayed on your phone matches the number on the Bluetooths settings screen. Then, on your phone, confirm that you want to pair.
  7. If prompted on your phone, specify whether you want to allow Model Y to access your personal information, such as calendar, contacts and media files.

When paired, Model Y automatically connects to the phone, and the Bluetooth settings screen displays the Bluetooth symbol next to the phone’s name to indicate that the connection is active.

You can display the Bluetooth settings screen at any time and change the settings associated with a connected device. For example, you can designate a connected phone as the Priority Device. This is useful in situations where you have connected more than one phone, and both phones are frequently used in Model Y at the same time. Model Y automatically attempts to connect to the priority device before others. If a priority device is not specified, or is not within range, Model Y connects to the most recently used phone (if applicable).

Importing Contacts and Recent Calls

Once paired, use the Bluetooth settings screen to specify whether you want to allow access to your phone’s calendar, contacts and recent calls. If you allow access, you can use the phone app to make calls and send messages to people in your list of contacts and on your recent calls list (see Bluetooth® Compatibility). Before contacts can be imported, you may need to either set your phone to allow syncing, or respond to a popup on your phone to confirm that you want to sync contacts. This varies depending on the type of phone you are using. For details, refer to the documentation provided with your phone.

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You can turn access to your contacts and recent calls on or off at any time by displaying the Bluetooth settings screen, choosing the phone, and then changing the associated access settings.

Unpairing a Bluetooth Phone

If you want to disconnect your phone and use it again later, simply touch Disconnect on the Bluetooth settings screen. If you no longer want to use your phone with Model Y, touch Forget This Device. Once you forget a device, you must pair it again if you want to use it with Model Y (see Pairing a Bluetooth Phone).

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Your phone automatically disconnects when you leave Model Y.
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Unpairing the phone has no effect on using the phone as a key. To forget an authenticated phone, see Managing Keys.

Connecting to a Paired Phone

Model Y automatically connects to a phone that you designated as Priority Device on the Bluetooth settings screen. If you have not set a phone as a priority, Model Y connects to the last phone to which is was connected, provided it is within operating range and has Bluetooth turned on. If the last phone is not within range, it attempts to connect with the next phone that it has been paired with.

To connect to a different phone, touch the Bluetooth icon at the top of the Controls screen. The Bluetooth settings screen displays a list of paired phones. Choose the phone you want to connect to, then touch Connect. If the phone you want to connect to is not listed, you must pair the phone. See Pairing a Bluetooth Phone.

When connected, the Bluetooth settings screen displays the Bluetooth symbol next to the phone's name to show that Model Y is connected to the phone.

Using the Phone App

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When your phone is connected to Model Y using Bluetooth, and you have allowed access to information on your phone (see Importing Contacts and Recent Calls), you can use the phone app to display and make a hands-free call to anyone listed on your phone.
  • Calls- Displays recent calls in chronological order with the most recent call listed first.
  • Messages- Displays message in chronological order with the most recent message listed first. You can view, send, and receive text messages. Instead of typing a text message, touch the microphone button on the right side of the steering wheel to enter text using your voice.
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    To minimize distraction and ensure the safety of vehicle occupants as well as other road users, do not view or send text messages when the vehicle is in motion. Pay attention to road and traffic conditions at all times when driving.
  • Contacts- Contacts are listed in alphabetical order and can be sorted by first name or last name. You can also choose a letter on the right side of the list to quickly scroll to the names that begin with the selected character. When you touch a name on your contacts list, the contact's available number(s) displays on the right pane, along with other available information (such as address). Touch the contact's number to make a call.
  • Favorites- Displays the contacts from your phone that you have identified as Favorites.
  • Calendar- Displays calendar entries from your phone (see Calendar). If an entry includes a phone number or an address, you can make a phone call, or navigate to a destination, by touching the corresponding information in the calendar entry.

Making a Phone Call

You can make a phone call by:

  • Speaking a voice command (see Voice Commands). Voice commands are a convenient, hands-free way to call or text your contacts.
  • Touching a phone number shown in a list in the phone app - Contacts, Calls, or Calendar.
  • Using the Model Y on-screen dialer in the Phone app's Calls list.
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If it is safe and legal to do so, you can also initiate a call by dialing the number or selecting the contact directly from your phone.
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You can also make a phone call by touching a pin on the map and choosing the phone number (if available) on the popup screen.

Receiving a Phone Call

When your phone receives an incoming call, the touchscreen displays the caller’s number or name (if the caller is in your phone’s contact list and Model Y has access to your contacts).

Touch one of the options on the touchscreen to Answer or Ignore the call. Depending on the phone you are using and what speakers you used for your most recent call, your phone may prompt you to choose which speakers you want to use for the incoming call.

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Stay focused on the road at all times while driving. Using or programming a phone while driving, even with Bluetooth enabled, can result in serious injury or death.
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Follow all applicable laws regarding the use of phones while driving, including, but not limited to, laws that prohibit texting and require hands-free operation at all times.

In Call Options

When a call is in progress, the call menu displays on the touchscreen. Then roll the right scroll button to choose an option. To adjust the call volume, roll the steering wheel's left scroll button during a call.

Calendar

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The calendar displays scheduled events from your phone’s (iPhone® or Android™) calendar for the current and next day. The calendar is conveniently integrated with the phone app so you can navigate to, or dial into, your next meeting.

Using the calendar requires that:

  • The Tesla mobile app is running, you are logged in, and the mobile app's Calendar Sync setting is turned on. The mobile app can then periodically (and automatically) send calendar data from your phone to Model Y.
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    To ensure you have access to all of the calendar's features, it is recommended that you use the most recent version of the mobile app.
  • Your phone is connected to Model Y via Bluetooth (for privacy reasons, Model Y displays calendar data only from a connected phone). In situations when your vehicle is not connected to a phone, touch Connect Phone on the calendar list.
  • Mobile access is turned on (Controls > Safety > Allow Mobile Access).
  • Both your phone and your vehicle have good connectivity.

If a calendar event includes an address, a navigation arrow displays to indicate that you can touch the address to navigate to the event's location.

If an event has a uniquely specified address and takes place within two hours of you entering your vehicle and preparing to drive, Model Y automatically routes you to the event's address (see Automatic Navigation).

Touch an event's information icon to display all notes associated with the event. If the notes include one or more phone numbers, the information icon shows a phone icon and the calendar displays the first phone number found. Touch to initiate a phone call. You can also initiate a phone call by touching any number in an event's notes popup screen (this is especially useful for conference calls). If notes include a web link, you can touch the link to open it in the Web browser.