Resetting the screen on your Tesla, also called restarting the touchscreen, is a way to refresh the software and potentially fix minor glitches or freezing issues. There’s one method that works for all Tesla models, and an optional method for older models (pre-January 2024).

Soft Restart (All Models):

Park the Car: Always ensure your Tesla is in Park and stationary before attempting a reset.

Hold Scroll Wheels: Locate the two scroll wheels on your steering wheel. Press and hold both scroll wheels simultaneously.

Wait for Black Screen: The touchscreen will go black, indicating the restart process has begun.

Wait for Reboot (30 seconds): Hold the wheels down for about 30 seconds and then release them. The Tesla logo should appear, followed by the touchscreen rebooting.

Optional for Pre-January 2024 Models: Instrument Cluster Reset

If your Tesla was manufactured before roughly January 2024 (Model S, X, 3, and Y), you can also reset the instrument cluster (the screen behind the steering wheel) if needed.

Park the Car: Similar to the touchscreen reset, make sure the car is parked.

Hold Steering Wheel Buttons: Press and hold the top two buttons on the steering wheel together. These buttons are typically used for voice commands and skipping tracks.

Hold for 15-30 seconds: Keep these buttons held down for 15-30 seconds, or until the instrument cluster screen turns black.

Wait for Reboot: After a few seconds, a Tesla logo should appear, followed by the instrument cluster restarting.

Important Notes:

  • Performing a soft reset is safe and won’t erase any data or settings in your Tesla.
  • If the touchscreen remains unresponsive after a soft reset, you can try a power cycle (refer to your Tesla’s manual for instructions).
  • Always consult your Tesla’s manual for specific instructions and any potential variations based on your model and software version.

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