With Tesla, you can now control your car with Apple Shortcuts

Apple Shortcuts just got a little more useful for Tesla owners.

In the latest version (4.24.0) of its mobile app for iOS, Tesla has introduced support for Apple Shortcuts. A quick reminder: Shortcuts is a free app that comes with the iPhone and iPad and allows you to set up time-saving settings for different actions (or even combine multiple actions into one shortcut). You can access it by tapping it or by speaking to Siri, Apple’s digital assistant.

Apple Tesla shortcuts

A total of 15 shortcuts are currently offered, but you can also create your own and chain several actions into one shortcut.
Credit: Stan Schroeder/Tesla/Apple

Now when you open Shortcuts, you’ll see a list of options you can set up for your Tesla. These shortcuts include the ability to lock and unlock your vehicle, begin vehicle preconditioning, engage or disengage Sentry and Dog modes, open and close the charge port, trunk and hood, and much more.


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Once you’ve set up a shortcut, you can just leave it there and access it by speaking to Siri, or you can add it (among other options) to the home screen for easier access.

Because shortcuts let you chain multiple actions into one, you can create more complex commands for your car. For example, I set up a shortcut that locks my Tesla, closes all windows and activates Sentry mode with just one tap. And if you want to go one step further, the Shortcuts app lets you create automations that allow you to run shortcuts when certain conditions are met, like when you arrive at a certain location or time of day.

To get this functionality, update your Tesla app on iOS to the latest version.

Chrissy Callahan

Chrissy Callahan is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Chrissy Callahan joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: ChrissyCallahan@worldtimetodays.com.

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