How to Turn Off Your Tesla Manually

February 14, 2024
David Sunnyside

When you finish driving your Tesla and shift it into Park, it will automatically power off if it detects that you are no longer using the vehicle or carrying your authenticated phone key or fob. This is the default behavior of all Model S, Model X, and Model 3 cars. The HVAC system and screen will shut off immediately, while other systems gradually power down over 30 minutes of inactivity (provided that the media player is not active).

However, there are situations where it may be necessary to turn off your Tesla manually – for example, if you are performing maintenance on your car or storing it at home. This article will walk you through how to do so, as well as some important things to consider when doing so.

How to Turn Off Your Tesla

To turn off your Tesla manually, simply tap the Power Off button on the touchscreen under Service & Maintenance or go to Settings menu and then select Safety & Security. You will need to wait for two minutes without touching the screen(s), pedals, doors, or windows in order to ensure that the car has fully shutdown.

It is important to note that turning off your Tesla manually disables some of the battery-draining features like Sentry Mode, which monitors the vehicle’s environment and alerts you if anything unusual happens. As a result, it is recommended that you only perform this task as needed. For more tech tips, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter!

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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