How to Enable Calendar on A Tesla | With Various Tips

Tesla Calendar is one of the many preloaded features of your smart car that make your driving life easier. Enable the Calendar, pair the car’s system with your Tesla app & mobile, and sync all your itineraries from different devices to simplify schedule management and driving experience.

Here are 5 tips to make your driving life easier with Tesla Calendar:

  • Enable Calendar on Tesla.
  • Use In-Calendar Call, Navigation, and Notes.
  • Sync Google Calendars.
  • Sync Calendar with iPhone & Android.
  • Import Contacts to Tesla.

This guide elaborates on each issue you’re likely to encounter so that driving is less of a chore and more fun.

1. Enable Calendar on Tesla

You may add and sync one or more calendars with your Tesla. However, you must first have the Tesla app synced with the car. If you haven’t already, download the app, sign in using the activated credentials, and turn on Calendar Sync.

You can view a synced calendar on the touchscreen. To do so, tap on the arrowhead icon at the bottom of the infotainment system. You’ll see the Calendar icon as the second option from the left, next to ‘Call.’ Tap on it, and your synced calendars will pop up. 

The pop-up will show ‘Enable Calendar Access’ if you don’t have one synced with the system. Thus, you have to allow the Tesla app to access your phone calendar or any other application you may currently use.

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While the Calendar feature and its integrated settings are exceptionally useful, Tesla somewhat complicates several processes for users’ safety, privacy, and data security.
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How To Enable Calendar on Tesla

Verify you have the latest Tesla app version. Ideally, your smartphone’s operating system should be its current version, too. If you use any specific calendar application, such as Google, iPhone, Samsung, or Android, update it to avoid inadvertent errors. 

Here are the steps to enable Calendar on Tesla:

  1. Sign in to the Tesla app on your phone.
  2. Tap on Settings (the gear symbol).
  3. Look for Calendar Sync.
  4. Tap to enable Calendar Sync.

However, don’t sign out from the app just yet. Check your Tesla’s touchscreen now. Tap on the arrowhead, choose the calendar icon and see if your phone’s schedule pops up. Your name, if used for your phone, or the smartphone model number will show up on the top right. You’ll find a filter option next to it on the far right.

The filter option is handy if you have multiple calendars synced with your Tesla. You can switch from any native phone app to Google Calendar or vice versa and toggle as and when necessary. However, all such apps should be synced with the system.

2. Use In-Calendar Call, Navigation, and Notes

After you sync at least one calendar with the system, the touchscreen pop-up will show you all available information. You’ll see the date on top, the scheduled times on the left column, the essential information in the middle column, and info icons on the right for notes. 

Tesla’s infotainment system shows you names, addresses, contact numbers, and notes, depending on the details you have in the calendar. If there’s an address for an appointment or scheduled meeting, Tesla shows you a navigation icon, and you can use its route selection. 

You can dial phone numbers directly from within the Calendar app on your Tesla’s touchscreen. If a meeting has a video conference link, such as Zoom, you can sign in to it using your credentials or the meeting id & password.

Tesla will show you alternative routes when you choose a destination on the Calendar app. However, you may not take any of its suggested routes. Tesla Model 3 can auto-navigate to addresses if your scheduled time is within two hours, even if you aren’t using navigation. 

Check out this Tesla Model 3 Calendar App Tutorial on YouTube.

3. Sync Google Calendars

The easiest and quickest way to sync Google Calendar with your Tesla is by using the same account or email address for both. Use your Google account or Gmail address for your phone and the Tesla app. Here are the steps to sync Google Calendar with Tesla.

  1. Go to your phone’s settings (Android or iPhone).
  2. Go to accounts and add the Gmail address or Google account details.
  3. Open Google Calendar on your phone and sign in using the exact details.
  4. Launch Tesla’s mobile app and use the same Gmail or Google details to sign in.

Your Google Calendar will sync with Tesla’s mobile app and car’s infotainment system. The only issue you may encounter with these steps is if you use separate login credentials for your Google Calendar and Tesla’s app. 

Can You Sync Any Google Calendar With a Tesla?

You can sync your Google Calendar with a Tesla instantaneously by using the same email address and password for both accounts. If you don’t use the same Google account for the Tesla app, add the email address to create a new profile for your car. 

You must create a new driver profile and grant it access to your Tesla. Unlike in the past, you don’t have to wait for Tesla to authenticate and authorize new accounts or profiles. You can add new accounts or profiles, and Tesla will facilitate the same almost immediately. 

Here’s a video showing how you can add an email address for a Tesla account:

Use your Google account or Gmail address while adding a new driver and granting the profile access to your car. Tesla will send a notification email to the address you provide and another for you to reset the password. Choose a password, and your Gmail address is now a Tesla ID.

Use this newly approved Gmail address to sign in to the Tesla app on your phone. Your smartphone is probably already paired with the car. Log in to the Tesla app with the new ID and password. Enable Calendar Sync using the steps mentioned earlier in this guide.

Pro Tip:

Tesla has changed the icons in the dock for easy access. This gives you the ability to create a summer and winter profile with your icons and buttons as the seasons change. That way you will have easy access to the heated steering wheel and seat option on the Model X for example. In the summertime, you might not need or want those buttons.

Check out all my Tesla Pro Tips

4. Sync Calendar With iPhone & Android

Both iOS and Android have native calendar apps. These native apps should get synced when you enable the Calendar through the Tesla app and if your phone is paired with the car’s system. However, you may encounter some glitches, depending on the phone and app. 

Tesla Calendar Sync for iPhone

The latest Tesla app version for iPhone is slightly different. You have to ensure that the Calendar Sync is enabled on the Tesla app for the iPhone native application to pair. 

Here’s the process to sync iPhone Calendar with Tesla:

  1. Open the Tesla app on your iPhone.
  2. Sign in if you haven’t already.
  3. Tap on your avatar in the upper right corner. 
  4. Scroll down to get Settings.
  5. Tap on the Settings icon (gear symbol).
  6. You’ll see the Calendar Sync option.
  7. Tap on the button to enable it.

If your iPhone and the Tesla app are already paired with the car, Calendar Sync will automatically connect the two interfaces and update per your selected settings. Ensure the mobile access option is turned on for your car’s system in the Safety & Security settings. 

Tesla Calendar Sync for Android

Your Google Calendar or a native phone application for Android, such as Samsung, should get automatically synced when you enable the feature on the Tesla app. The only instance when this may not happen is if your phone’s auto-sync feature is turned off. 

All contemporary Android phones have an auto-sync feature, which is essentially about data usage. The auto-sync feature isn’t turned on by default because smartphone manufacturers and Android take the standard approach of reducing or limiting data consumption. 

Here are the steps to ensure Tesla calendar sync for Android:

  1. Go to Settings on your Android smartphone.
  2. Look for Auto Sync* in your Account Settings.
  3. Enable the Auto Sync option.
  4. Your Android Calendar should sync with Tesla.

The auto-sync feature on Android is not placed identically among the settings options of all phones. Depending on the phone brand, model, and Android version, you may find this option in networks, data usage, or as a standalone setting, such as Accounts & Sync. 

Potential Calendar Sync Issues

You may experience a few issues while syncing your Tesla with a calendar app, be it Google, iPhone, Android, Samsung, Outlook, or other applications. All such auto sync and updates depend on the same set of prerequisites. 

Here’s a list of the common teething glitches: 

Potential IssuesNature of the Problem
Tesla App The mobile app isn’t on or you’re logged out.
Mobile AccessMobile access is turned off in your Tesla.
Cellular NetworkYour phone’s network signal strength is weak.
Internet Connectivity Your phone or car has poor internet speeds.
Bluetooth AccessCar or phone Bluetooth is off or not working.
Calendar Not UpdatingThe calendar’s update settings aren’t right.

Solutions for Potential Calendar Sync Issues

You may have one or more potential issues hindering the auto-sync feature in your Tesla, whether you use the car or its mobile app. Address each of these probabilities to remedy the auto-sync problem. 

Tesla App

Don’t sign out from the Tesla app. The Tesla mobile app should run in the background on your phone for auto-sync to work in real-time. You may experience phone-specific issues caused by background processes or applications. 

According to Tesla’s prompt on its cars’ infotainment system, iPhone users should turn off the Background App Refresh feature for all other applications through Settings > General options. Doing this enhances the reliability of calendar updates. 

Mobile Access

Your mobile access to Tesla’s onboard system must be enabled at all times. If you’re using a different phone with its calendar synced with your Tesla, provide mobile access to that device. Tesla has multiple driver profiles. Toggle these based on your needs and the phones.

Here are the steps to enable Mobile Access:

  1. Tap on the car logo on the Tesla touchscreen.
  2. Select the Safety & Security option on the left column.
  3. Scroll down to the Mobile Access option. 
  4. Tap on Allow Mobile Access. 

Cellular Network

A cellular network’s signal strength at a specific place and time can influence auto-updates. If the LTE network or the mobile internet isn’t working properly, your Tesla Calendar app won’t receive real-time or scheduled updates. Unfortunately, network reception is beyond your control. 

Internet Connectivity

Teslas have integrated internet connectivity and cellular data. Both devices should have active internet connections and adequate data speeds for auto-sync to work seamlessly. You may switch your Tesla to a Wi-Fi hotspot or cellular data to solve this issue. 

Bluetooth Access

Check if your phone and Tesla’s Bluetooth are enabled. Your phone should be discoverable over Bluetooth. Already paired phones should connect automatically if both Bluetooths are on. Unpaired phones must be synced before the Calendar app can receive any updates. 

Calendar Not Updating

The Tesla Calendar app on your car’s infotainment system has three lines with as many dots on the top left. Tap on this icon to choose when you want the Calendar to show up on your screen, which is basically the frequency. 

There are 4 ‘Show Calendar’ options upon entry: never, morning, morning & evening, and always. This pop-up also shows the last update time of your car’s calendar. Select your preference, and the Calendar app will pop up on the touchscreen accordingly. 

Tesla Calendar app auto-updates should work in real-time and sync seamlessly, irrespective of the frequency you choose to have the interface pop up on the touchscreen. Hence, any update or sync failure is likely due to one of the other reasons explained in this guide. 

5. Import Contacts to Tesla

Tesla imports your contacts and recent calls automatically when you pair your phone using Bluetooth unless you turn off this function while connecting the two devices. You can disconnect an already paired device and add it afresh. The same steps apply to every new phone you add.

Here’s how To Import Contacts to Tesla.

  1. Tap on the Bluetooth icon (top right corner) on Tesla’s touchscreen.
  2. Turn the Bluetooth on, and ensure your phone is discoverable.
  3. If your phone’s Bluetooth is on, it will show up on the touchscreen.
  4. Add a new device for an unpaired phone and sync the two devices.
  5. See the Contacts and Recent Calls option as the devices pair. This feature is enabled by default. Don’t turn it off.
  6. Ensure you have enabled the Allow Mobile Access feature in Tesla.
  7. Verify if the auto-sync feature on your phone is enabled.
  8. Tesla should import your contacts and recent calls.

Here’s a video about pairing a phone and Tesla with the ‘import contacts’:

Key Takeaways

Tesla’s Calendar works flawlessly with all popular mobile, desktop, laptop, and tablet apps. You may encounter a few issues, as discussed in this guide.

Hopefully, the swift and straightforward remedies shared here will resolve the glitches for effortless schedule management and driving.


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