How do I set up a Tesla phone key?

I just bought a Tesla Model 3, and the dealer said it comes with a phone key if I don’t want to carry the original. It sounds cool, but I don’t know how to get started. What should I do to set up a Tesla phone key?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Congratulations on your new Tesla! The Model 3 phone key accessory is a great feature for people who often lose their keys. Luckily, it’s also easy to set up! Follow these steps to set up your Tesla phone key:
  • Download the Tesla app.
  • Use your Tesla Key card to get into your car and access the touch screen.
  • Turn on your phone’s Bluetooth.
  • Press the car icon located on the bottom left of the Tesla screen.
  • Press the lock icon.
  • Press the plus (+) button.
  • Press the phone key button in the Tesla app.
  • Wait for the Tesla to connect to your phone.
  • Select start when your app asks you if you want to set up a phone key.
  • Hold your key card on the center console as instructed.
When your phone key is successfully set up, it’ll say success and let you know the process is finished.
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