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Tap Advanced 5 times to force car to check for latest software update [Update: debunked, not true]

r0xx0r

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Jul 9, 2016
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There is no such thing called “force update” on the user-end.

The update is being decided by the mothership. So if Tesla rolls it out for your configuration combination - you will be able to update. The new software has an update notification so even you are not on the wifi, you would know there is an update.

But sometimes, the update daemon hangs somewhere and doesn’t do his job. So tapping, clicking, or reboot your car will make it back.
 

Twiglett

Single pedal driver
Oct 3, 2014
2,737
2,663
Austin
I have noticed that when to go to the software screen it shows a little prompt that says its checking software version.
Wonder if I can see that on my wifi to validate that its actually checking something.
 

MorrisonHiker

S 100D 2021.4.15
Mar 8, 2015
9,437
8,588
Colorado
It does not work for me.

The update is checked for every time you switch to the software page from any other page. I think it's it ready for your VIN you'll get it when it checks, if not it will just say your software is up to date, no matter how many times you press advanced or switch to and from the software page.

We tried it on one S so far (currently on 32.12.7) and it didn't work. I'll try it on the other S this afternoon to see if it has any better luck.

Like you, I've noticed the check that is performed whenever going to the Software page.
 

ilyak

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Mar 16, 2019
604
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Walpole, NH
Let's take all the threads of this forum and merge them in 1 big one ! That will solve everything !
Not all of them, just the ones spreading the same piece of misinformation. Opening the Software screen triggers a software update check. This, in turn, triggers a software update if, and only if, your VIN is flagged for one. Pushing, moving, or holding the update slider is irrelevant.
 
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TyH2009

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Apr 12, 2019
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If you'd gone to the software screen without tapping anything, and update still would have shown up (or if you'd have waited for the next automatic check). The software is in a wide roll-out.
Why would you disagree with my post?

I was on WiFi last night, even toggled it on/off, went to the software page, and nothing. I just walked out and tried this and it worked.

Here I even took a video.

 
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ilyak

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Mar 16, 2019
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Walpole, NH
Why would you disagree with my post?

I was on WiFi last night, even toggled it on/off, went to the software page, and nothing. I just walked out and tried this and it worked.

Here I even took a video.


Your car was in the process of running an update check when you placed your finger on the button. You did not let the check finish first - when it finishes, it either displays a message saying your car is up-to-date or notifies you that an update is available. Your would have had the same result without touching the screen at all if you were to let the check finish.
 
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Occar

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Jun 20, 2019
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Why would you disagree with my post?

I was on WiFi last night, even toggled it on/off, went to the software page, and nothing. I just walked out and tried this and it worked.

Here I even took a video.


Correlation does not imply causation - Wikipedia

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ilyak

Member
Mar 16, 2019
604
712
Walpole, NH
Just went to the software tab on my M3, it then said checking for updates, then after about 30 sec it started to download it, nothing to press, thanks for the thread,
I think what's confusing people is the longer-than-usual update check times. When the VIN is not flagged for an update, the car goes from "checking for updates" to "your software is up-to-date" in a couple of seconds. The fact that status messages for update checks are new as of V10 is also not helping.
 

diplomat33

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Aug 3, 2017
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1. Have car connected to WIFI
2. Go to software and make sure advanced is selected.
3. Tap advanced 5 times. Wait about 10 seconds and car will search for updates.
4. Within 5 minutes you should have an alert to update to 2019.36.2.1

Sorry for bad video. It worked after about 10 seconds and I killed the video prior to showing it actually worked.

Enjoy.


You are not forcing the update. You are just tapping the advanced button at the same time as the car happens to be checking for an update. So if you happen to have an update ready, it will appear that you forced it but you did not. If there is no update ready, this method will not force the update.
 

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