How to add a second user to my Tesla Model 3

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Tesla model 3 inside

Driver profiles are a great addition to the Model 3. They allow you to customize your driving experience and optimize comfort.
Most of the time, the car’s primary driver is behind the wheel. On occasion, though, you might lend your Model 3 to a friend (or spouse) or take turns on a long road trip.
In that case, having other profiles set up makes things much more manageable. This means you don’t have to manually adjust the settings whenever you switch places.
This article discusses how to add a second user to a Tesla Model 3.

What settings are stored for a second Model 3 user?

Tesla profiles store specific settings. These include:

  • Seat position
  • Mirror positions
  • Steering wheel position
  • Climate control settings, including air vent positions
    Media settings
  • Navigation prompts
  • and more.

You can also choose to set up Easy Entry. By adjusting the seat and steering wheel positions, getting in and out of your Model 3 is much easier. Check the Use Easy Entry box.

How to add a second user to the Model 3

You can add another user to your Model 3 using your Tesla account. Saving someone’s preferences in the cloud makes it much easier if you regularly use multiple Tesla vehicles.

  1. Using a computer, log in to your Tesla account.
  2. Select the Model 3 you want to add another user to by choosing Manage.
  3. Click the arrow next to Car Access.
    • This displays a list of people who have access to your car.
  4. Select Add Driver.
  5. Enter the new driver’s information. You’ll get a “Driver Added” notification and the new user will be added to the Car Access list.
  6. Your new user will need to either sign in or create a Tesla account. They’ll then have access to your Model 3 and be able to save their settings.

How to use the Tesla app to add a second user to the Model 3

To connect using the app, you’ll need version 4.3.1 or newer.

  1. Download the app (if applicable).
  2. Create an account or log in to a pre-existing user.
    • If you’re creating a new account, add the required settings.
  3. Ensure the app is already connected to the car.
  4. On your smartphone, from the Tesla app’s home screen, go to Security.
  5. Choose Add Driver.
  6. Follow the in-app instructions to set up a second user for your Tesla Model 3.
  7. You’ll see their information in the center console’s Driver Profile settings menu as soon as they accept.

How to select another user on a Tesla Model 3

After you’ve set up a second user – whether you used the car’s system or your app – you have to select the necessary profile.
Here’s how to switch between saved users.

  1. Look at the Model 3’s central touchscreen.
  2. Go to Controls.
  3. Tap the driver profile icon at the top of the screen.
  4. Select the relevant driver.

The Model 3 will then automatically adjust the relevant settings.

How to remove a Model 3 second user using the Tesla app

You might need to remove your additional driver(s) for whatever reason. It’s easy to do this using the Tesla app.

  1. Open your Tesla app.
  2. Navigate to Security from the home screen.
  3. Choose Manage Drivers.
  4. Remove the applicable profile by following the on-screen instructions.

Which Tesla profile does the Model 3 automatically use?

When you get in your Model 3 using an unlinked key, it’ll revert to the most recent driver profile.
If that doesn’t suit you – for example, if you often switch between cars – it’s best to connect your driver profile to your key or phone.
The Model 3 will set the car up according to the first driver profile it registers accessing the vehicle.
Connecting your driver profile to your access device is highly recommended. It saves needing to manually switch between users every time you get in your car.

Here’s an official PDF from the Tesla Model 3’s owner’s manual.

owners manual

By Ben Kitchen Ben is a qualified car mechanic with experience working in the industry. He now works as an automotive author, writing about all things vehicle-related. He’s excited about the potential held by electric cars of all shapes, sizes, and types.

Ben Kitchen Ben is a qualified car mechanic with experience working in the industry. He now works as an automotive author, writing about all things vehicle-related. He’s excited about the potential held by electric cars of all shapes, sizes, and types.

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