Tesla 2023.2 Software Updates and Release Notes

Last updated 06-Feb-2023

Tesla 2023.2 software release including Apple Music, Auto Steering Wheel Heat, Bugs Introduced in release, Handwriting Keyboard, Mango TV, Navigation Voice Guidance, Sentry Mode Lighting, Speed Assist, WeChat Mini Programs, Bugfix, Extras.

Tesla issue a new significant software update or release to the cars typically every 4-6 weeks. For each of these significant releases there may be many permutations, but the release notes rarely change between these subversions. Rather than list the same content multiple times, we aggregate the release notes into a release family. You can select the more specific changes for a minor release by clicking on it's number although these are often just bug fixes.

For information on which versions are on specific models and years, see our Trending Tesla releases and statistics for more information.


Select the Release Family (which will include all sub versions) or enter the search term. You can also search for a version by entering its full number.


Software release: 2023.2

Including 2023.2.0.5, 2023.2.10, first seen around Jan-2023 and currently installed on ~ 24.56 % of cars.
Click on any version number for specific release notes.

2023.2 Apple Music

Apple Music

Stream over 100 million songs and 30,000 playlists ad-free. Listen to your entire library, discover more music, and tune into live radio stations. To access Apple Music, tap the Apple Music icon in the Application Launchers. scan the QR code with yout mobile device, and login with your Apple ID.

Note: A Premium Connectivity subscription is required to stream Apple Music over a cellular connection.

Some had hoped to see Dolby Atmos as part of this update however this does not appear to be the case, nor does the ability to download to the car like Tidal. It also doesn't even seem to buffer the next track. This might be a shuffle thing where the next track isn't chosen until the last one finishes, but unless you have a great cellular connection, this can cause a delay between tracks. You can also get the problem when you change connectivity type, ie WiFi to Premium Connectivity. A further gripe is it doesn’t seem to remember any ‘clean’ filters on playlists which may cause embarrassment, you need to apply the filter in the car.

The good however, it has shuffle!. The QR Code sign in is also very convenient, and much easier than a user name and password.

Now available in China

2023.2 Auto Steering Wheel Heat

Auto Steering Wheel Heat

Set your steering wheel heater to regulate its temperature automatically based on the climate control set temperature. To access steering wheel heating controls, tap the temperature settings to bring up the climate control panel.

Only certain steering wheels support the feature.

2023.2 Bugfix

Bugfix

Bugfix.

See Release Notes 2023.2 for the release notes family. We don't see the point in repeating the same content for every bugfix release.

2023.2 Bugs Introduced in release

Bugs Introduced in release

The following may be hardware or country specific

  • Parking Sensors and the replacement for USS is still not present. This is not technically a bug, more an omission, but Tesla have promised the Tesla Vision version of the parking sensors for a while, and it's still not here.
  • FSDb V11, another omission. This has been discussed for a while, and was promised as far back as Thanksgiving in 2022. There is some speculation that Tesla will follow the same pattern they followed for the 2022.44 release with a small initial release, and then a larger one with the same major release numbering (maybe 2023.2.10) that will contain more features.
  • The sentry mode changes are getting a lot of criticism. The previous single flash of the lights being replaced with up to a minute of pulsing lights is not liked by many.
  • Remote window closure from the app. We usually put additional features in an "Extras" category, but this is removing the ability. Currently thought to only be in the US.
  • Youtube resolution is limited to a lower resolution than previously. There are reports of convoluted workarounds, but these need to be done each time.

2023.2 Extras

Extras

  • Seat Heating Icons now show a greyed out line for each level not active.
  • Air suspension interface has been updated. Air suspension is only on Model X cars, And most Model S cars.
  • Cabin camera can now be previewed via the service menu. This has multiple benefits, you can check the camera is not obscured, or is completely obscured if you wish to do that, check on its coverage of you intend to rely on it when in Dog mode to check your animal, or ahead of a zoom or wechat call or other feature that makes use of the cabon camera.
  • Supercharger pricing is now visible via the map when looking for a suitable charger.

2023.2 Handwriting Keyboard

Handwriting Keyboard

Enter text by writing characters with your finger. To use handwriting recognition, tap the handwriting icon from the keyboard, then write characters in the blank input field.

Understood to be a China only feature.

2023.2 Mango TV

Mango TV

Mango TV is now available, allowing you to watch videos and livestreams from the center display while parked. To launch Mango TV, tap Application Launcher > Theater Mode > Mango TV

Understood to be a China only feature, and requires MCU2 or MCU3(Ryzen) based screens.

2023.2 Sentry Mode Lighting

Sentry Mode Lighting

When a threat is detected, Sentry Mode will softly pulse the headlights to indicate that your vehicle is recording video. The pulsing stops after 60 seconds or when the vehicle is unlocked.

This is a further change to sentry following a series of changes over recent releases to reduce the impact of sentry, especially due to false alarms.

Sentry releases tend to be country specific to begin with.

2023.2 Speed Assist

Speed Assist

Speed Assist now leverages your car's cameras to detect speed limit signs. This improves the accuracy of speed limit data on local roads and highways in select countries. Detected speed limit signs will be displayed in the driving visualization.

This feature has been available for a while in some countries, it's now thought to extend to Spain and Germany

The feature does not adjust the speed on all road types.

2023.2 WeChat Mini Programs

WeChat Mini Programs

A variety of services provided by WeChat Mini Programs.

To launch WeChat Mini Programs, tap Application Launcher > WeChat Mini Programs, then choose a Mini Programs from the list.

Understood to be a China only feature.

How to get the latest Tesla Software Update?

In a word, you can't force it yourself although you can help the car to download the update once it's been allocated to have an update. To do so, connect the car to wifi, and maybe even consider a wireless hotspot when in use. Car's not connected to wifi generally do not receive updates quickly.

You may find the car sticks at 50% for a while. We've seen reports that keeping the car awake will help speed past past this point as the car will try and sleep and halt the process. Even keeping the mobile phone app open may help to prevent the car sleeping.

Why do I not get some of the features or changes mentioned?

There are a number of reasons why a particular feature or change may not be included when your car upgrades. These include regional restrictions, hardware specific features, model specific updates and some changes are linked to software options purchased such as EAP or FSD. There are also times when software release notes are provided but only Tesla test engineers get the updates.

I thought I already had a listed feature?

Just as a feature may not land in every car, the feature may be mentioned in later releases when your car already has it. The release notes in the car are tuned to your car so, and while in general the car will only report a new feature once, that is not a rule that always holds true. Some websites say the feature is not available in your country whereas the reality is the feature has been there for some time

I'm on the FSD City Streets Beta

The FSD City Streets Beta is usually 2 to 3 releases behind the general software releases. This is normal.

Reboot after an update

Lot's of people have random issues after a software install, many of them curing themselves after a reboot. As a general rule, we'd suggest always doing a scroll wheel reboot after a software update, simply press the two steering wheel scroll wheels until the screen turns off and then let go. The screen will come back within a minute or so, depending on hardware. It's certainly worth doing this is you notice any unusual behaviour, but prevention is better than cure. There's a second reset option which is to change the car configuration slightly, either the language, or wheel type. This also causes the car to do a soft reset and this has returned missing features such as Tidal. Our Guide to rebooting your Tesla provides more details.

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