How to Reset Your Tesla Screen

One of the features that make Tesla cars unique is the large central touchscreen display. 

This screen is not only the primary control center but also displays crucial information such as the battery level and the general performance of the car. 

However, like any other electronic device, the Tesla screen can experience performance issues that may necessitate a reset. 

Reasons for Resetting the Tesla screen

Frozen Screen

This is usually characterized by an unresponsive screen, no matter how many times you tap it. 

System errors/outdated software

Software bugs and glitches or outdated software can cause errors that may affect the screen’s performance.

Slow in executing commands

Over time, you may find your Tesla screen is responding slowly to commands. A quick reset can help improve performance.

How to Reset Your Tesla screen

Resetting the Tesla screen is relatively easy. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Put the car in park mode

Before you begin the reset process, you’ll need to put the car in park. The reset process involves turning the car off and on, which is only possible when the car is in park.

Step 2: Press and hold both scroll wheels

Next, you’ll need to press and hold both scroll wheels on the steering wheel. Keep them pressed down until the screen turns off.

Step 3: Wait for the car to turn off

Continue holding the scroll wheels until the car turns off. You’ll know the car has turned off when it makes the signature Tesla beep and all the lights go off.

Step 4: Release the scroll wheels

Thereafter, release the scroll wheels, wait for a few seconds, then press the brake pedal.

Step 5: Wait for the car to turn on

After pressing the brake pedal, wait for the car to turn on. You’ll know it’s on when the instrument cluster lights up and the touchscreen display shows the Tesla logo. Generally, the reset process for different Tesla models may vary slightly depending on the software version used. 

If you’ve tried resetting the screen but are still experiencing issues, the problem may be caused by loose connections or a malfunctioning electric component.

As such, consider taking your car to a Tesla service center. The technicians will be better placed to diagnose and fix the problem.

How to Avoid Issues With The Tesla Screen

While resetting the Tesla screen is a straightforward process, there are several other measures that can help keep your screen in good working order. These include:

Limit the number of apps

If there are too many apps running or if they use up too much memory, it can cause the screen to slow down or become unresponsive. 

To avoid this, only install apps that are necessary or useful for your driving experience. 

Moreover, ensure you only install apps from reputable sources that are compatible with your Tesla’s software and hardware specifications.

Keep the screen clean

Clean the screen regularly using a moist microfiber cloth to prevent the build-up of dirt. You should also avoid using harsh chemicals. 

Avoid extreme temperatures

When the surrounding temperatures are high, the touchscreen display may become less responsive or even unresponsive to touch inputs. This is because the heat expands the materials inside the device, which can cause pressure on the touchscreen and affect its sensitivity.

In contrast, extremely cold temperatures can cause the internal components of the screen to contract. This can create gaps between the touchscreen and other components, making it harder for the device to register touch inputs.

Take Away

Learning how to properly reset your Tesla screen can give you additional confidence on the road. In most cases, a simple reset will be enough to get your screen working again.

Some cases may necessitate a hard reset, which should ideally be done at a Tesla service center.  

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