Managing Keys

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Depending on market region and vehicle configuration, key fobs may not be available on all vehicles.

To display a list of all keys that can access your Model 3, touch Controls > Locks. An icon displays next to each key to indicate whether the key is a phone key, key card, or key fob (if available). Use this list to manage keys that have access to your Model 3.

Model 3 supports up to 19 keys. When you reach this limit, you must delete a key before adding a new one.

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You can use the same key for more than one Model 3. This prevents you from having to deal with multiple keys when you switch vehicles. If you customize the name of an authenticated key card or key fob on one Model 3 (by touching the pencil icon), any other Model 3 to which the key card is authenticated also displays the changed name.
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If you are leasing your vehicle, contact your leasing company to add or remove keys.

Adding Keys from the Touchscreen

If you have a key card or key fob that is already paired with your vehicle, you can pair a new key using the touchscreen.

  1. On the touchscreen, touch Controls > Locks > Keys > Add Key.
  2. Scan your new key card or key fob on the card reader located behind the cup holders on the top of the center console. After the new key card or key fob is recognized, remove it from the card reader.
  3. Scan your new key card on the card reader located on either wireless phone charger. When you hear a chime, the new key card is recognized.
  4. Scan a key card or key fob that has already been paired to the vehicle to confirm new key pairing.
  5. When complete, the key list includes the new key. Touch the associated pencil icon to customize the name of the key.

Adding Keys from the Mobile App

In the event that you don't have a working key card or key fob, you can add a new key using the Tesla mobile app.

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Only the owner of the vehicle is able to pair a new key using the mobile app.
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Pairing a key with the mobile app is supported with version 4.29.0 of the Tesla mobile app on vehicles with software versions 2022.40 or higher.
  1. While inside or near the vehicle, open the Tesla mobile app on your smartphone.
  2. In the mobile app, touch Security & Drivers, then touch Add Key Card.
  3. Scan your new key card or key fob on the card reader located behind the cup holders on the top of the center console.
  4. Scan your new key card on the card reader located on either wireless phone charger.
  5. When the key is paired successfully, the mobile app shows a confirmation message. Touch Done in the mobile app and remove the key card or key fob from the card reader.
  6. When complete, the key list on the touchscreen includes the new key. Touch the associated pencil icon to customize the name of the key.

Removing Keys

When you no longer want a key to access Model 3 (for example, you lost your phone or key card, etc.), follow these steps to remove it.

  1. On the touchscreen, touch Controls > Locks.
  2. In the key list, find the key that you would like to delete and touch its associated trash icon.
  3. When prompted, scan an authenticated key on the card reader to confirm the deletion. When complete, the key list no longer includes the deleted key.
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Model 3 requires at least one authenticated key card or key fob at all times. If only one key card remains on the key list, you cannot delete it.

Replacing Key cards

If you lose a key card, you can purchase replacement ones on the Tesla Shop. When ready to pair, simply follow the steps in #CONCEPT_NR5_33R_MCB. Remember to remove your old key cards from Controls > Locks > Keys for security purposes.