Apple Siri commands and iOS shortcuts for your Tesla

Last updated 30-Dec-2022

Siri commands and apple shortcuts can be used to get information from and control your Tesla. We talk you through the commands that natively work with Tesla app and how to create your own shortcuts.

Native siri commands via the Tesla app

To use the following commands you need to have the Tesla application installed on your phone and open in the background. If you don't, Siri will ask you to open it. Your phone typically also needs to be unlocked.

We've also found that if the car is asleep, Siri often won't wait long enough for the car to respond. But, it's a bit of fun and we thought you'd like to try for yourself.

We've found the following commands to work, they're all pretty self-explanatory:

  • Hey siri what is my cars charge?
  • Hey siri how much charge does my car have?
  • Hey siri What's left in my car's battery?
  • Hey Siri Do I need to charge my car?
  • Hey siri activate my cars audible signals (you will be asked to confirm)
  • Hey siri honk the horn (you will be asked to confirm)
  • Hey siri flash my cars headlights (you will be asked to confirm)
  • Hey siri lock my car
  • Hey siri unlock my car

If you have set only the driver's door to unlock, just say "Hey siri unlock my car door" a second time after the driver's door has unlocked.

A couple of other commands get a response, some examples below, but only to tell you to use the cars app.

A couple of troubleshooting tips, you need to have Siri & Search turned on in the settings (Settings -> Tesla). We've also found that older versions of the app and/or iphones don't have the use with Siri option.

Siri controlling summon is probably a step to far, but it would be cool if you could say "back a bit, a bit more.. keep coming..". One day maybe!!

Custom Apple iOS shortcuts

Tesla have made a number of changes over the years to the way the API and the car used to work. The two key changes are commands will now fail unless the car is awake, and the API token has a life span of only a few hours. As a consequence, the good old days of being able to easily make a iOS shortcut calling the Tesla API directly are no more.

The good news is we've encapsulated all the required tasks, coverting the refresh token to an API token, identifying the car ID if not supplied, waking the car and executing the command into a single secure web call to our servers.

You can find details of our Tesla Automation instructions which creates the URL, from which you can easily create a custom iOS shortcut. An iOS shortcut can called via Siri and/or added to an Apple watch extending the range of options you have in controlling the car. The video also talks you through the easy to follow steps. And best of all, it's free.

Using iOS accessibility features

Another tip you can consider is to assign some of the Tesla shortcuts via the accessibility features on later iPhones. To assign a shortcut visit Settings -> Accessibility -> Touch -> Backtap and assign the shortcut from there. Just be careful with what you assign as you would not want to unlock the car by accident, but opening the charge port could be useful.

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