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TitleModel 3 keycard manual
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Two Types of Keys
Instead of a traditional key or key fob, Model 3
supports two types of keys:

• Key card - communicates with Model 3
using short range radio-frequency
identification (RFID) signals. Allows you to
unlock, drive, and lock Model 3 by tapping
the key card against a Model 3 RFID

Note: The key card is necessary to allow,
or "authenticate", a smart phone to work
with Model 3. It is also considered a
backup key in case your authenticated
smart phone runs out of battery power, or
is lost or stolen.

• Authenticated smart phone -
communicates with Model 3 using
Bluetooth. Supports automatic locking
and unlocking, driving, as well as multiple
other functions using the Model 3 mobile
app. An authenticated smart phone is the
preferred key because you never need to
remove it from your pocket or purse.

Each type of key is detailed below.

Caution: Remember to bring both your
key card and authenticated smart phone
with you whenever you drive Model 3.

Key Card
Tesla provides you with two Model 3 key
cards, designed to fit in your wallet. The key
card identifies you as a vehicle owner and
communicates with Model 3 using RFID
transmitters located under the driver
assistance camera on the driver's side door
pillar and behind the cup holders on the
center console. The key card communicates
with the transmitters within a short range of
approximately one or two inches. Keep this in
mind when expecting Model 3 to recognize it.

You will also need your key card to
authenticate a smart phone (see
Authenticating your Smart Phone on page

To use the key card to unlock Model 3, briefly
tap it against the hidden RFID transmitter
located below the driver assistance camera on
the driver's side door pillar. When Model 3
detects the key card, exterior lights flash
twice, mirrors unfold (if Mirror Auto Fold is
on), and doors unlock.

Once inside Model 3, you can drive away if you
power up within 15 seconds by pressing the
brake pedal (see Starting and Powering Off on
page 37). If you wait more than 15 seconds
before powering up, your authentication
period expires. To re-authenticate yourself,
place the key card near the hidden RFID
transmitter behind the cup holders on the
center console so that Model 3 can detect it.
Once your key card is detected, your 15-
second authentication period restarts.

Note: It is important that you position the key
card within an inch or two of an RFID
transmitter to allow Model 3 to read it. You
may need to physically touch the center
console or driver's side door pillar with the key
card for the RFID transmitter to detect it and
you may need to hold it against the
transmitter for one or two seconds.

Note: The Walk Away Lock and Walk Up
Unlock features operate only when using an
authenticated smart phone. When you walk up
to/away from Model 3 carrying only your key
card, Model 3 does not automatically unlock/
lock even if these features are turned on (see

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Walk Away Lock on page 10 and Walk Up
Unlock on page 10).

Caution: It is a good idea to always carry
your key card with you in your purse or
wallet to use as a backup in case your
authenticated smart phone runs out of
battery power, or is lost or stolen.

Authenticating your Smart Phone
Once authenticated, your smart phone is the
most convenient way to access your Model 3
because you never need to remove it from
your pocket or purse. With Walk Up Unlock
and Walk Away Lock enabled (see Walk Up
Unlock on page 10 and Walk Away Lock on
page 10). Model 3 detects the Bluetooth
signal as you approach and doors
automatically unlock. When you exit the
vehicle and walk away, Model 3 no longer
detects the Bluetooth signal and the doors
automatically lock.

Follow these steps to authenticate your smart

1. Ensure that your smart phone's Bluetooth
setting is turned on.

Note: Model 3 communicates with your
smart phone using Bluetooth. To
authenticate your phone or use it as a key,
the phone must be powered on and
Bluetooth must be enabled. Keep in mind
that your phone must have sufficient
battery power to run Bluetooth—on many
phones, Bluetooth is disabled as battery
power approaches very low levels).

2. Download the Model 3 mobile app to your
smart phone.

3. Log into the mobile app using your MY
TESLA user name and password.

Note: You must remain logged in to your
MY TESLA account on the Model 3 mobile
app to use your smart phone to access
Model 3. The mobile app can be running in
the background.

4. Touch the <TBD> button on the Model 3
mobile app.

When the mobile app detects your Model
3, it displays a message asking you to scan
the key card.

5. Scan your key card on the door pillar (see
Key Card on page 6).

When you have successfully scanned a valid
key card, the mobile app displays a message
indicating that your smart phone has been
successfully authenticated.

If the key card is not successfully scanned
within approximately 15 seconds, the mobile
app displays an error message. Touch the
mobile app's <TBD> button again to retry.

Note: You can authenticate up to three smart
phones. Model 3 always automatically
connects to the first authenticated phone it
detects; no authenticated phone takes
precedence over another.

Note: Although Bluetooth typically supports
communication over distances of up to
approximately 30 feet (9 meters),
performance can vary based on the smart
phone you are using, environmental
interference, etc.

Note: In addition to smart phones, you can
also pair Bluetooth-enabled devices (such as
an iPod Touch, iPad, Android tablet, etc.) to
stream music (see Pairing a Bluetooth Phone
on page 94).

Forgetting an Authenticated Smart
In situations where you no longer want your
smart phone to access Model 3 (for example,
your smart phone is lost or stolen), contact
Tesla support to disable the Model 3 mobile
app. If you have access to your smart phone
and you no longer want the smart phone to be
used as a key to your Model 3, simply delete
the Model 3 mobile app from the phone using
the same method you use to delete any other
app. Once the mobile app is removed, the
phone can no longer be used to lock, unlock,
or drive Model 3.

Model 3 Mobile App
In addition to allowing you to use your smart
phone as your Model 3 key, the mobile app
allows you to:

• Lock or unlock Model 3 from afar.
• Check charging progress and receive

notifications when charging has started,
has been interrupted, or is complete.

• Heat or cool Model 3 before driving (even
if it's in a garage).

• Locate Model 3 with directions, or track its
movement across a map.

• Flash the exterior lights or honk the horn
to find Model 3 when parked.

• Start Model 3 remotely.
• Park or unpark Model 3 using Summon

(see Using Summon on page 73).

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• Receive noti®cations when the car alarm
has been triggered.

• Receive noti®cations when a vehicle
software update is available or scheduled
(see Software Updates on page 106).

Note: To take advantage of new and improved
features, download updated versions of the
mobile app as they become available.

Note: Tesla does not support the use of third
party applications to contact Model 3.

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Federal Communication Commission Interference Statement

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,

pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable

protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates,

uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with

the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is

no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does

cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning

the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or

more of the following measures:

 Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

 Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.

 Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver

is connected.

 Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

FCC Caution: Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible

for compliance could void the user's authority to operate this equipment.

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two

conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must

accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

This device and its antenna(s) must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any

other antenna or transmitter.


FCC Radiation Exposure Statement:

This equipment complies with FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled


This device complies with Industry Canada’s licence-exempt RSSs. Operation is subject to the

following two conditions:

(1) This device may not cause interference; and

(2) This device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired

operation of the device.

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