Tesla vehicles are run by powerful a computer. Just like your Windows desktop that needs frequent reboots, Tesla vehicles also need system reboots at times.
Resetting or rebooting your Tesla, can solve a number of minor and major issues you may be experiencing such as:
- Frozen or unresponsive touchscreen
- A/C Keep running
- Center screen stuck off-center
- Blank screen of death
- Tesla app won't connect
- Black touchscreen
- Autopilot malfunction
- AP/Cruise not available
In most cases, leaving the car parked for a few hours will fix most of these problems as the car will go sleep which reboots when you wake it up.
- Hard Reboot: Hold down both steering wheel buttons and press on the brake until the screen goes black. Continue holding until the Tesla logo appears. Then let go.
- Power Off/On: Under Vehicle Controls -> Safety and Security > Power Off (wait 2-3 minutes before pressing the Brake).
If leaving the vehicle parked for a few hours does not fix the problem, a system reboot will. These and many issues can be fixed by a system restart. Let's take a look at various methods you can reboot a Tesla if something goes wrong.
How to Reboot / Reset a Tesla
It is recommended to unplug all USB devices prior to performing a reboot. USB devices such as phones can prevent some subsystems from shutting down.
Option 1: Soft Reset -Reset Tesla Using Steering Wheel Scroll Wheel
Soft Reboot or Reset is very simple. Hold down both steering wheel buttons until the screen goes black and continue holding until the Tesla logo appears. Then let go.
- Press and hold both scroll wheels on either side of the steering wheel.
- Keep the buttons pressed for up to 10 seconds.
- After 10 seconds the main screen will reboot.
While rebooting you should hear a clicking noise which is normal.
Option 2: Top button reboot (MS and MX only)
- Press and hold both buttons above the scroll wheels on either side of the steering wheel.
- Keep these buttons pressed for up to 10 seconds and the driver's touch screen should reboot.
Option 3: Full steering wheel hard reset using the brake pedal
For this reboot, you will need to be sitting in the driver's seat and have the doors closed. Keep the doors closed and do not open them for the duration of the reboot to successfully perform the hard reset procedure.
- Get inside the car and close the driver's door.
- Press the brake pedal and keep it pressed.
- Press and hold both buttons above the scroll wheels. You may have to press the scroll wheels on either side of the steering wheel (MS and MX) or just the scroll wheels (M3)
- Keep buttons pressed for up to 10 seconds and the driver's touchscreen will reboot.
- Continue to keep the brakes pressed as the system restarts.
Option 4: Tesla power down and restart
Sit in the car with the door closed and don't touch anything or open the door other than to follow the instructions. This is also best done where its quiet as being able to listen to the car can help, otherwise, pay attention to the time.
- Get inside the car and close the doors. Do not press any other buttons.
- On the main screen, bring up the service menu.
- Next select "Power Off".
- After a while, the screen turns off and allows a few seconds for the system to shut down.
- Allow the vehicle to stay turned off for a few minutes.
- Press the brake pedal to wake up the car.
Option 5: Tesla Factory Reset Procedure
- Controls > Settings > Service & Reset > Factory Reset > Erase & Reset