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How to reset Tesla screen?

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It’s no news that Teslas are as good as electric cars get in their current generation. They’re fast, they have good range and most importantly they’re backed up by Tesla’s massive supercharging infrastructure meaning range anxiety is a thing of the past. On top of this are all the driver assists and self-driving capabilities that come with a Tesla.

However, one big flaw of all-electric cars, let alone Tesla is the fact that almost everything is software controlled. This means that if the main screen in your car stops responding for whatever reason, you’re going to be massively limited in terms of functionality and might not even be able to drive the car. 

In this article, we’re taking a look at how you can reset your Tesla’s screen to get it working again in case your car gets stuck because of an unresponsive display.

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Resetting Tesla screens

The main screen in a Tesla is controlled by the car being on or off itself. This means that if there’s an issue with the screen, you’re most likely going to have to restart the entire car. 

The best way of doing this is to power cycle your car. Just follow these steps:

Step 1: Shift into Park.

Step 2: If the touchscreen is still responsive, head over to Controls, followed by Safety and then tap Power Off.

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Step 3: Wait for at least two minutes without interacting with the car. Don’t open the doors, touch the steering wheel, any buttons or the screen itself. 

Step 4: After two minutes, wake the car up by either pressing the brake pedal or opening a door and the screen should be back in working order again. 

In case your screen’s unresponsive and you can’t turn off the car, you can either leave the car with your phone key and key fob to turn it off or shift into park and don’t interact with the car for 30 minutes to power it off. Once it’s off, wait for a little while (at least two to five minutes) before waking it up again using either the brake pedal or opening a door.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: