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Summon direction button location in app

Art VandeIay

Attractive Membrane
Jun 12, 2016
Elon’s left eyebrow
This may be one of the trivial threads around here...

But I was just wondering how does Tesla determine the position of the dumb Summon direction buttons within the app? I've seen them separated by the little car render (the forward button on the front of the car and reverse button on the back of the car), but in other cases the buttons are together in the back of the car.

I can't seem to determine if it's Model S/X 3/Y dependent, or country dependent, or car software version dependent, or phone brand/OS dependent, or app version dependent. :confused:


Back story: Since the day Tesla gave us dumb and smart Summon, my direction buttons on the app have always been, one on the front of the little car and one on the back, but a few days ago I installed software version 2020.16.2.1, and the Summon direction buttons moved together to the back of the render of my car. Same app version, same phone, same car, the only thing that changed was the software version of the car.

I must add that everything works exactly the same regardless of the position of the direction buttons, it's just an aesthetic change, but we all know that with Tesla, nothing is what it seems...

Where are your buttons positioned? :D


2010 Roadster Sport || 2013 S85 || 2017 X100D
Supporting Member
Jul 8, 2013
Silver Spring, MD
Model X, with the Apple app version 3.10.5 — both buttons are below (to the back) of the rendered car.


Nov 25, 2018
The Netherlands
MS 75D 11/2018 , Car version 2020.16.2.1, App version 3.10.5 and the buttons have always been at the rear of the car picture in the App.

Oh and BTW: here in NL it’s ‘dumb and dumb summon’. There’s nothing smart to it. Never worked and probably never will.
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Mar 10, 2016
2016 S75 refresh, latest app version on iPhone XS Max, latest car software version.

Buttons are and have always been above and below the car render.

Art VandeIay

Attractive Membrane
Jun 12, 2016
Elon’s left eyebrow
It's a failure to recognize Europe vs US setup. It happens from time to time in Europe, that you get the other screen (US) and you don't need to hold the buttons to move the car.


Seeing how varied the responses were for vehicles in the US and the Nederlands, and since you mentioned Europe... it got me thinking about the "Require Continuous Press" setting in the car's Summon menu.

So I got in my car and I clicked on Autopilot settings, then Customize Summon, and I saw that "Require Continuous Press" was set to "Yes", which I remember turning it off since I got the car. Opened the app on my phone, and there they were... back in their previous up and down location. The continuous press setting must have been resetted during the update to 2020.16.2.1.

Case closed.

Thanks everyone for your help!
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