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Phone connectivity


Mar 11, 2020
OC California
My contacts from my iphone xr won’t link with the Tesla Model 3 system. Therefore the voice instruction “Call (name)” doesn’t work. (The recent calls do display.) What should I look to change in my contact list that might prevent the contacts from linking?
I already looked for phone entries that were not phone numbers.
Secondly, sometimes the Tesla system doesn’t pick up active calls when I enter the Tesla. When I close the door the connection shows on the Tesla screen but either I can’t be heard (the microphone is on) or the caller hears echoes of his own voice.


Moderator, Model 3, Tesla Energy Forums
Nov 28, 2018
Riverside Co. CA
once you sync the car with the phone via bluetooth, you have to go back into BOTH of them in the bluetooth menu and turn on contact sync. You have to turn it on in the car to sync contacts, and also go to the phone under settings -- bluetooth -- tesla model 3 and hit the "I" (information) button, then turn on "sync contacts".

I would recommend starting over, by removing the connection to the tesla from the phone AND removing the phone from the car. Note, syncing bluetooth for phone as key is completely separate from phone calls. Dont remove the strange bluetooth connections that you dont recognize or you will likely need to setup phone as key again.

Remove from both sides, set it up again, and once you set it up, go back in and turn on sync contacts as above.

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