What is Valet Mode on Tesla Model S? How to Enable It, and Everything it Does
What is Valet Mode on Tesla Model S?
Valet Mode on Tesla Model S is a feature designed to provide additional security and safety when the car is entrusted to someone else. It places restrictions on the driver, limiting their access to certain features and settings, including acceleration, top speed, Autopilot, Full Self-Drive, Sentry Mode, Wifi, Bluetooth, voice commands, and purchases. It also hides personal information on the touchscreen and locks the glove box and front trunk. Valet Mode is available on Tesla models S, 3, X and Y and can be activated by selecting Valet Mode via the touchscreen or the Tesla mobile app.
How to enable Valet Mode on Tesla Model S
How Does Tesla Valet Mode Work
Step 1: Find out if Valet Mode is available on your Tesla model
Finding out if Valet Mode is available on your Tesla model is easy. First, you’ll want to check Tesla’s website for the list of models that currently have this feature. The models that currently support Valet Mode are Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y. If you’re unsure if your Tesla has Valet Mode, you can refer to your owner’s manual or contact Tesla for assistance.
To find out if Valet Mode is available on your specific Tesla, follow these steps:
1. Launch the Tesla app and go to Security > Valet Mode
2. Toggle the Valet Mode option to check if it is available.
3. If it is available, you will be prompted to enter a 4-digit pin to enable it.
4. Enter a pin and click submit to activate Valet Mode.
Once enabled, the car will limit its performance and certain features will be disabled to prevent the valet from driving the vehicle aggressively or accessing personal information. To exit Valet Mode, enter the 4-digit PIN you set when you enabled Valet Mode.
Step 2: Turn on Valet Mode
To turn on Valet Mode on a Tesla Model S, you can use the car or the mobile app. To do this from the car, go to the display screen and select your profile name. From the drop-down menu, select Valet Mode. You’ll need to enter a four-digit PIN, which will be required each time you want to turn on the Valet Mode. If you’re using the mobile app, go to the Security Settings, then select Valet Mode and toggle the option on. Make sure that the car is parked before you activate Valet Mode. The touchscreen will prompt you to create a 4-digit PIN that you will need to cancel Valet mode in the car.
Step 3: Program your PIN
To program your PIN for Valet Mode on a Tesla Model S, you will need to follow these steps:
Step 1: Touch the driver profile name/icon at the top of the display screen.
Step 2: Tap on the last option, Valet Mode, and it will ask you to set up a four-digit pin.
Step 3: Enter the four-digit pin that you want to use.
Step 4: If you have a PIN-to-drive enabled, enter it as well to activate the Valet mode.
Step 5: Click on your Driver Profile and select Valet Mode.
Step 6: If this is the first time you are using Valet Mode, you will need to set up a four-digit PIN.
Step 7: To reset the pin, you can either use the mobile app or insert your Tesla account credentials into the touchscreen.
Step 8: On the mobile app, click on Security & Drivers and select ‘Clear PIN’ under the Valet Mode option.
Step 9: When the PIN pad appears, enter your PIN or select “Enter your Tesla credentials”.
Step 10: Using your Tesla account email and password, you will be able to reset your PIN.
Step 11: If you use the Tesla PIN to Drive setting, you must enter this before creating your valet pin.
Step 12: Click on “Controls” and then “Safety” to turn on Speed Limit Mode.
Step 13: Toggle ON “Speed Limit Mode” and set a 4-Digit PIN and set the Maximum Speed.
Step 4: Return the vehicle
When you are ready to return your Tesla Model S after using Valet Mode, you can do so using one of the following methods:
Step #1. Go to the Controls screen on the central touchscreen.
Step #2. Choose the Valet Mode driver profile at the top.
Step #3. Enter your PIN.
Step #4. Valet Mode will be cancelled.
Alternatively, you can cancel Valet Mode from your Tesla app.
Step #1. Launch the Tesla app and go to Security > Valet Mode.
Step #2. Toggle the Valet Mode option to disable it.
Step #3. Enter your PIN and click Submit.
Your Valet Mode will now be disabled and you can return the vehicle.
Step 5: Use the touchscreen in your car
To use the touchscreen to enable valet mode on your Tesla Model S, follow these steps:
Step 1: Bring your Tesla Model S to a stop and put it in Park.
Step 2: Go to the Controls menu on the central touchscreen.
Step 3: Tap the driver profile icon at the top of the screen.
Step 4: Select Valet Mode.
Step 5: If this is the first time you’re enabling Valet Mode, you’ll need to set up a four-digit PIN to access the mode.
Step 6: Once the PIN is set, Valet Mode will be activated.
Step 7: On the Tesla app, check under the Security & Drivers tab to see if Valet Mode is activated.
Step 8: To turn off Valet Mode, make sure the car is in Park, select the driver profile icon, select Valet Mode, and enter the same four-digit PIN you created when turning it on.
Step 9: To turn off Valet Mode from the app, go to Controls and disable it.
Step 6: Use the Tesla app
Using the Tesla app to enable Valet Mode on your Model S is easy and convenient. Here are the step-by-step instructions:
Step 1: Launch the Tesla app and go to Security > Valet Mode.
Step 2: Toggle the Valet Mode option to enable it.
Step 3: Enter a PIN (if this is the first time you’re enabling Valet Mode) and click Submit.
Step 4: Check the confirmation screen to make sure Valet Mode was successfully enabled.
Step 5: You can turn off Valet Mode by going to the app and navigating to Security > Valet Mode and toggle the option off or by going to your car and selecting your profile name, click “Valet Mode” and entering your 4-digit PIN.
That’s it! You have successfully enabled Valet Mode on your Tesla Model S using the Tesla app.
Step 7: Remotely using the Tesla app on your phone
Step-by-step instructions for using the Tesla app on your phone to enable Valet Mode:
1. Launch the Tesla app and go to Security > Valet Mode.
3. Enter a four-digit PIN and click Submit.
4. The Valet Mode is now activated on your Tesla.
5. To deactivate Valet Mode remotely using your phone, go to your 6. Tesla App and navigate to Security.
7. Then, toggle the valet mode option to disabled.
8. This will now turn off the valet mode remotely and switch the driver profile back to before you switched on the valet mode.
Step 8: Test Valet Mode reactions
Testing the reactions of Valet Mode on a Tesla Model S is a simple process. Here are the steps to follow:
Step 1: Make sure that your vehicle is in Park and the doors are closed.
Step 2: Go to the Controls menu on the central touchscreen and tap on the driver profile icon at the top of the screen.
Step 3: Select Valet Mode and enter a four-digit PIN when prompted. The PIN is only needed the first time when you enter Valet Mode.
Step 4: After entering the PIN, the screen will display that Valet Mode has been enabled. You can also use the mobile app to turn Valet Mode on and off, assuming the vehicle is parked, by clicking “Security” and then “Valet Mode”.
Step 5: The touchscreen will display the word Valet on the control panel, and the Valet driver profile will show selected on the touchscreen.
Step 6: Now you can test the features of Valet Mode. When Valet Mode is activated, the car cannot be driven, the glove box cannot be opened, the frunk and trunk cannot be accessed, and the exterior cameras cannot be viewed.
Step 7: To deactivate Valet Mode, either enter the PIN that was set up, or go to the Tesla app and disable Valet Mode from there.
By following these steps, you can effectively test the features and reactions of Valet Mode on your Tesla Model S.
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2. Identify EV models that are compatible with V2G technology.
3. Ensure that your EV has the necessary hardware for the feature to work. Tesla’s FSD hardware 4.0 is one option.
4. Download and install the appropriate V2G-compatible software updates.
5. Use the Tesla Energy App to preview the cabin camera feed and enable the Low, High, and Auto settings for the heated steering wheel.
6. Enable the Valet Mode for your EV, which will restrict what other drivers can do with it.
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8. Enjoy the benefits of V2G compatibility, such as the ability to take advantage of cheaper off-peak energy rates and benefit from the energy stored in the vehicle.
What are the things you can do in Valet Mode on Tesla Model S?
1. Restrict Speed and Power of Vehicle
If you are looking to restrict the speed and power of your Tesla Model S in Valet Mode, you can do so in a few easy steps. First, you will need to turn on the Speed Limit Mode from the Tesla touchscreen. Select Controls > Safety > Speed Limit Mode from the touchscreen and then drag the slider to the On position. Next, set a 4-digit PIN that you will use to enable and disable Speed Limit Mode. This PIN prevents anyone from accessing restricted features of the car. Finally, you will need to set a maximum speed limit and select the Chill Mode for acceleration. This will limit the car’s top speed to 70 mph and the acceleration speed to “Chill” mode. The driver’s display will show the higher limits greyed out. To turn off the Valet Mode, simply enter the 4-digit PIN. In addition to limiting speed and power, Valet Mode also locks the Front Trunk, Glovebox and disables Autopilot as well as hides and disables personal information.
2. Disable Certain Features of the Car
Valet Mode on a Tesla Model S is a great way to ensure your car remains safe and secure while in the hands of someone else. When activated, Valet Mode restricts access to certain areas and features of the car, as well as limiting the car’s speed to 70 mph and reducing its acceleration speed. To further protect the car, Valet Mode also locks the front trunk (frunk) and glovebox, hides and disables personal information from the display screen, disables voice commands, prevents access to Autopilot and Smart Summon, does not allow the driver to connect their phone to the car, disables access to HomeLink, disables driver profiles, and disables Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Valet Mode can be deactivated from inside the car using a unique PIN code, or from the phone by disabling the connection to Bluetooth devices outside of the car. By using Valet Mode, you can be assured that your car remains safe and secure.
3. Block Access to Certain Areas of the Car
If you have a Tesla Model S, you can block access to certain areas of the car using Valet Mode. Valet Mode is designed to keep your car secure and limit access to certain features while you are away. To activate Valet Mode, follow these steps:
Step 1: Touch the driver profile name/icon at the top of the touchscreen.
Step 2: Tap on the last option, Valet Mode and it’ll ask you to set up a four-digit pin.
Step 3: Set up the pin.
Once Valet Mode has been activated, the following restrictions will be in place: acceleration and power are limited, with the top speed capped at 70mph; Autopilot is disabled; the glove box and front trunk are locked, driver profiles can’t be used or accessed; HomeLink can’t be used; PIN to Drive won’t be enabled; voice commands are disabled; Home and Work locations are locked and can’t be viewed; new WiFi and Bluetooth connections are disabled; access to the Calendar is prevented. To deactivate Valet Mode, you can do so from inside the car by either tapping on the profile icon/name where it says Valet and selecting the driver profile you want to activate or attempting to access any of the restricted areas of the car. The display will then ask for the pin you previously set up to activate the Valet mode. When you enter the pin, it will disable the valet mode and switch to the last driver profile that was previously active.
4. Turn Off the Dashcam
To turn off the dashcam feature in your Tesla Model S, you can use the following step-by-step instructions. First, open the vehicle’s touchscreen and tap the driver profile name/icon at the top. Next, select the last option, Valet Mode, and create a four-digit pin. Once the pin is set, you can enter it from inside the car when you want to turn off the Valet mode. Also, you can turn off Valet mode from the mobile app if you have it installed. To do this, open the app, select your Driver Profile, and select Valet Mode. Enter the four-digit pin you set up before to deactivate Valet mode. Lastly, remember to turn off the dashcam feature before entering Valet mode to ensure your privacy and security.
5. Turn Off Alerts When Car Door Opens
Valet Mode is an important feature on the Tesla Model S designed to protect your car and personal data while someone else is driving it. This mode prevents unauthorised access to your car’s features, including the ability to disable mobile app access, Homelink access, Bluetooth and Wifi settings as well as hiding and disabling personal information.
When Valet Mode is enabled, it also activates safety features such as limiting the top speed to 70mph (112 km per hour), limiting acceleration speed by placing the vehicle in Chill Mode, locking the Frunk and Glovebox and disabling Autopilot.
If you want to turn off alerts when your car door opens while the car is in Valet Mode, here’s what you need to do:
Step #1. From the Tesla app, touch the driver profile name/icon at the top of the display screen.
Step #2. Select “Valet Mode” from the list of options.
Step #3. Enter the 4-digit pin you previously set up to activate Valet mode.
Step #4. Select “Settings” from the menu.
Step #5. Scroll down to “Alert Settings” and toggle the “Car Door Open” option off.
That’s it – your car doors will no longer send alerts when opened in Valet Mode.
6. Turn Off Notifications When Car is Being Parked
If you have your Tesla in Valet Mode, you can turn off notifications to ensure your private information is protected. Here are the steps to do so:
1. Open the Tesla app.
2. Go to Security.
3. Select Valet Mode.
4. Enter your 4-digit PIN.
5. Select ‘Disable Notifications’.
6. Confirm that you want to disable notifications.
7. Exit Valet Mode.
This will turn off notifications so that no one can access your private information. Additionally, Valet Mode will disable certain features of the car, including voice commands, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, navigation, HomeLink, Smart Summon, Calendar, and the Upgrades section. It will also disable the ability to connect to Bluetooth devices outside the car, and limit the car’s speed to 70 mph. Make sure you remove any valuable items from the interior of the car before handing it over to the valet.
7. Disable the Ability to Remotely Access the Car
The purpose of disabling the ability to remotely access the car in Valet Mode on Tesla Model S is to limit the access of drivers to the vehicle’s personal settings and data. This safety feature is designed to protect the owner’s personal information and ensure that it is not accessed by unauthorized drivers or third parties. Valet Mode also limits the top speed to 70 MPH, acceleration speed, locks the front trunk, glovebox and autopilot, disables voice commands, Full Self Drive, Smart Summon, access to Homelink, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and the ability to add upgrades or make purchases. This is why it is important to turn on Valet Mode when giving access to other drivers, as it will ensure that their access is limited.
8. Change Notification Settings on Mobile App
To change notification settings on the Tesla Mobile App in Valet Mode, follow these steps:
1. Open the Tesla Mobile App and log in to your Tesla Account.
2. Go to the “Controls” tab.
3. Tap the “Valet Mode” toggle to turn it on.
4. Enter the four-digit PIN you created when you turned on Valet Mode.
5. Scroll down and tap the “Notification Settings” option.
6. Tap on the type of notification you want to be sent to you.
7. Select the type of notification you want to receive from the list of options.
8. Tap “Save” to confirm the changes.
Your notification settings in Valet Mode will now be changed.
9. Limit Access to Certain Apps
Valet Mode on the Tesla Model S provides an effective way to limit access to certain apps and features of the car when it is being used by someone else. To use Valet Mode, you will need to access the Tesla app, click “Controls”, then “Safety”, and toggle “Valet Mode” to the On position. You will then need to create a four-digit PIN that will be used to disable and enable Valet Mode.
Once Valet Mode is enabled, it will restrict the following functions: acceleration and power will be limited, with the top speed capped at 70 mph; Autopilot, HomeLink, Voice commands, WiFi and Bluetooth connections, Calendar access, and upgrades will be disabled; and the glove box and front trunk will be locked. This will ensure that your car is secure and that your personal information remains private while it is in the hands of another.
10. Change Password Settings for the Car
Changing the password settings for your Tesla car in Valet Mode is a simple process. Here are step-by-step instructions:
Step #1. Touch the driver profile name/icon at the top of the display screen.
Step #2. Tap on the last option, Valet Mode and it’ll ask you to set up a four-digit pin.
Step #3. Enter your current 4-digit pin or create a new one.
Step #4. Re-enter the 4-digit pin to confirm it.
Once done, your new 4-digit pin will be the password settings for your Tesla car in Valet Mode. In addition, Valet mode will limit the car’s top speed to 70MPH and 80kW of acceleration power, as well as disable Homelink, Bluetooth and Wifi settings, and the ability to disable mobile access to the car. It also hides your favorites, home, and work locations in navigation.
What is Valet Mode on Tesla Model S?
Valet Mode on Tesla Model S is a feature designed to provide additional security, safety, and privacy when a third party is handling the car. This feature was introduced in 2015 by Tesla through an over-the-air software update and is available on the Model S, 3, X and Y. When enabled, Valet Mode limits access to the vehicle and restricts drivers to basic driving functions by limiting top speed and placing the vehicle in Chill Mode for slower acceleration. Valet Mode also prevents access to personal information such as locations, driver profiles, calendars, and disables Autopilot, Full Self-Drive, Sentry Mode, Wifi, Bluetooth, voice commands, and purchases. To activate and deactivate Valet Mode, you can do it manually with your Tesla in Park or remotely using the Tesla mobile app.
How do I enable Valet Mode?
To enable Valet Mode on a Tesla vehicle, you can follow these step-by-step instructions. First, go to the touchscreen and tap the gear icon in the top-right corner to access the settings menu. Then, scroll down and select “Safety & Security.” Finally, scroll down again and select “Valet Mode.” This will prompt you with a 4-digit pin setup only the first time you’re enabling Valet Mode. Enter the pin and click Submit to confirm. Valet Mode is now activated on your Tesla and the touchscreen will display the word Valet. Alternatively, you can also activate Valet Mode remotely using the Tesla app. Just go to Security > Valet Mode > Toggle On to enable it. Make sure the vehicle is in park mode before you start.
What are the restrictions of Valet Mode?
When Valet Mode is enabled, a number of restrictions are placed on the vehicle in order to keep the driver’s personal items and information secure and private. These restrictions include the limiting of the car’s maximum speed to 70 mph, reduction of acceleration by 50 percent, disabling of autopilot, locking of the glove box and frunk, blocking of personal information from the display screen, disabling of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and navigation functionality, and disabling of voic commands. Additionally, HomeLink, driver profiles, the list of keys that can access the car, Smart Summon, calendar access, and Upgrades section in Controls > Upgrades are all disabled. For performance models, Ludicrous Mode is also unavailable.
How does Valet Mode work?
Valet Mode is a security feature from Tesla that can be used when handing over your vehicle to a valet. It limits the vehicle’s speed and acceleration power, locks the glove box and front trunk, and hides personal information on the touchscreen display. To enable Valet Mode, you must access the driver profile icon on the touchscreen display. Click on the driver profile icon and select the “Valet Mode” option. The first time you activate this mode, you will be required to create a 4-digit PIN. Once enabled, the display will indicate that Valet Mode is activated and will limit power, speed, and disable some functions of the navigation system.
Valet Mode is designed to enhance protections of the driver’s privacy, both in personal information and physical goods that may be stored in the vehicle. Disabling functions include Homelink access, Bluetooth and WiFi settings, driver profile information, and favorite saved locations such as home address. To disable Valet Mode, enter the 4-digit PIN you created when you enabled the mode.
What is the maximum acceleration power in Valet Mode?
Valet Mode is a driver profile setting on Tesla cars that restricts other drivers from accessing personal items and information, as well as limiting performance features such as acceleration and maximum speed. When activated, Tesla’s operating system will limit the car’s maximum speed to 70 mph, and reduce acceleration by capping it at 25 percent. This helps to prevent access to Tesla’s autopilot mode and other dangerous driving conditions.
Does Valet Mode require a pin code?
Yes, Valet Mode requires a pin code. This code is required to enable and deactivate the security features that alter the limitations of vehicle operation. The driver is prompted to enter a four-digit PIN the first time Valet Mode is enabled, which will be saved and will not require the valet driver to enter a PIN to start the car. The PIN can be entered from within the vehicle by tapping the profile name on the display screen, or from the mobile app by clicking ‘Security’ and then ‘Valet Mode.’ The PIN is also needed to deactivate Valet Mode, which can be done either from the vehicle or by using the mobile app.
What Tesla models have Valet Mode?
What Tesla models have Valet Mode? Valet Mode is an optional feature available on certain Tesla models, including the Model S, Model 3, Model X and Model Y. This advanced security feature allows owners to place restrictions on their vehicles when valeting, such as limiting the vehicle’s speed, reducing acceleration power, and hiding personal information on the touchscreen. With Tesla’s over-the-air software updates, all Tesla models now have access to the latest version of Valet Mode, ensuring maximum security for owners and their vehicles.
Does Valet Mode require a software update?
Yes, Valet Mode does require a software update. Tesla introduced the feature in 2015 via an over-the-air software update. This update is needed to activate the feature and ensure that all Tesla models have the most up-to-date version of Valet Mode. With the software update, Tesla owners can activate the feature and manage functions such as locking, unlocking, tracking, and activating the panic button via the Tesla smartphone app.
What are the Tesla mobile app features for Valet Mode?
Tesla mobile app features for Valet Mode allow you to activate and deactivate the mode remotely. You can also boost security by setting a 4-digit PIN to enable and disable Valet Mode. The app also blocks access to certain features, including HomeLink access, Bluetooth and WiFi settings, driver profile information, favorite saved locations (such as home and work addresses), past charging locations, and the ability to edit various settings. Additionally, the app blocks calendar data and phone contacts if the Bluetooth device is not near the car.
Does Valet Mode work with Autopilot features?
Yes, Valet Mode works with Autopilot features. When Valet Mode is activated, Autopilot and other advanced driving features such as Full Self-Driving, Sentry Mode, Smart Summon, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections are disabled. However, features such as Speed Limit Mode, Chill Mode, and HomeLink are still accessible.
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