DRIVE Electric for Tesla

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About this app

DRIVE Electric for Tesla is the first smartwatch app for Wear OS to combine NFC, Bluetooth and internet access to communicate with the vehicle. This turns your watch into a fast and reliable key without having to carry the phone around.

Please read the FAQ section "Important Login Information" at to fully understand the steps needed for the new official API provided by Tesla.

Also read the section "Is my Wear OS smartwatch compatible?", before you purchase this app. Tizen OS is not supported!

- Officially approved partner with access to Tesla's new fleet API.
- Using the new command protocol for end-to-end encryption.
- The app will never see your credentials or proxy anything through any third-party server. This app communicates directly with Tesla's servers.
- Supports NFC, BLE and internet access. (#1)
- NFC: Pair the app as a key card and tap the b-pillar to lock/unlock & drive.
- BLE: Quickly lock/unlock vehicle, frunk, trunk and charge port.
- Tiles: Four different tiles for quick access to commands.
- Watch complication: Battery level/range.
- On Approach: Delay selected commands until you arrive at your vehicle. Useful when carrying groceries from the shop. (#2)

- Heat or cool your car before driving.
- Enable dog, camp or keep mode.
- Enable seat heaters/coolers & heated steering wheel.
- Vent windows or the panoramic roof.
- Check charging progress in real time.
- Start or stop charging, adjust charging amps.
- Schedule charging and climate to match your departure time.
- Open Homelink connected garage doors.
- Enable sentry, speed limit, valet or remote keyless driving.
- Enter compass view, map view or flash lights/honk horn to find your vehicle when parked. (#3)
- View, start or cancel vehicle software installation.
- Optional PIN code access for added security.
- And more...

- Open the Android phone app and follow the instructions given to sign in. Continue on the watch app to complete the log in.
- Once logged in on the watch app, scroll up & down to see more climate- and charging information.
- To access the app menu, scroll all the way up and tap the blue tab to open.
- Tap icons on the home screen to quickly send commands, or open the controls menu and tap any command.
- To enable the Tesla Key, go to BLE settings from the app menu. Follow the instructions on the watch to pair your key. This will also add the NFC feature.
- To use the NFC feature only - go to the Locks section of your vehicle UI and follow the instructions to add a new key card.

#1. Only models with built-in NFC & Bluetooth LE: (Model 3/Y & 2021 S/X onward). Legacy vehicles without NFC or BLE support will operate using the internet API only.

#2. Example: Tap the OnApproach symbol (walking man) to the right of the trunk command (or long-press the command in the grid layout), then tap ok to confirm. Within 10 minutes, as soon as you approach your vehicle, the trunk will open. Also see #1.

#3. In demo mode the vehicle is stationary and located in Oslo, Norway. Demo mode is for showcasing features and will not interact with a real vehicle.

This app is not affiliated with Tesla, Inc.

The car manufacturer can at any point render this app useless by alter, stopping access to, or by any other means restrict access to the APIs used by this app. No refund will be given. Keep your official phone app available at all times.

No credentials are stored in this app or otherwise shared with any 3rd party or the developer. Tokens returned from the phone app are stored locally in the encrypted key manager provided by the watch OS. If you choose to save your password for the Remote Start feature, you do so at your own risk.

It is strongly advisable to protect your app or watch with PIN-code access in case your watch gets stolen, as this app otherwise will give access to vital vehicle operations.

Please read and accept the disclaimer on the watch before use.
Updated on
May 14, 2024

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
App info and performance
No data collected
Learn more about how developers declare collection
Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted

Ratings and reviews

104 reviews
Omar Awan
February 20, 2024
This app is both a game-changer and a lifesaver. I can control my Tesla with my Pixel watch via wifi, Bluetooth and more importantly by NFC (tapping it against the door frame). I don't normally carry my key card, so this comes in especially handy if my phone dies or if I want to leave my phone in the car before a run. Most importantly, the support I got from Runar was great - he got me up and running in no time.
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Tracy Rieless
December 20, 2023
Originally only gave this 1 star because it wouldn't connect to my car. Runar emailed me and gave some suggestions to get it working. I ended up uninstalling it from both devices, removing the permissions and letting the token expire. I reinstalled the next day and everything seems to be working now so I updated this review rating. A little more difficult setup than i would have hoped for so I couldn't give it 5 stars but it all seems to be working now. Thanks for the support.
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December 18, 2023
Hi, I'm sorry to hear that. Please contact me on email. I'm sure we can figure this one out. Tesla is closing down their unofficial API and transitioning towards their new official FleetAPI. You might be one of the lucky ones. We are coding like crazy to meet these new requirements.
November 26, 2022
Very well done app, feature rich, and does a great job working around limitations of Tesla's API. My only complaint is that it puts an icon at the bottom of the screen on my watch face. There appears to be no way to reposition the icon or (ideally) remove it entirely. I would guess that icon is there for a reason because everything else is so well thought out here - but I'd prefer to get rid of it, or at least move it to a less obtrusive position on my watch face.
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November 26, 2022
Thx. Sadly this icon is an Android thing and not possible to remove as long as the Tesla Key is running in the background. If you turn off the Tesla Key it will disappear. It's rumoured that in Android 13 it will be possible to remove this notification. Hang in there... 😊

What's new

- Minor UI changes.
- Added Firebase performance monitoring.
- Faster network change detection.
- Minor bug fixes and improvements.