Tesla Two Button Reset – The Exact Guide to Try!

In order to fix the internal system bug in Tesla, all drivers once in their life need the 2 buttons to reset or reboot. This provides the original system after deleting the added data and then setting it up.

Tesla two button reset is categorized into 4 unique methods that can be used based on the problem type. And these are:

  • Soft Reset
  • Hard Reset
  • Factory Reset
  • Power Cycle Reset

All of these resets have diverse ways that are suitable for special occasions only. If you are interested to know about the direction of each, scroll down and keep on reading!

Tesla Two Button Reset – The Exact Guide to Try!

Instruction To Tesla Two Button Reset

To know the right way to the Tesla 2 button reset, I’ll suggest first checking your series type (MS, MX, MY, & M3). After that, detach all the USB drives from the car. Now, do the following procedure based on reset type:

Soft Reset

  • Drive the car and shift into Auto Park mode (optional procedure).
  • Hold and long press the 2 scroll buttons on the steering wheel for up to 9 – 10 seconds.
  • The screen will go all black and then wait for 25 – 30 seconds.
  • Then, you’ll see the Tesla logo on the screen which indicates the screen to reset or reboot successfully.

Do The Soft Reset When These Happen

  • The touchscreen isn’t working.
  • Unusual behavior of Tesla.
  • The doors and windows not working.
  • Radio or A/C system not operating and other issues.

Note: Using the brake pedal when doing the soft reset is a fake claim which has no solid claim from the Tesla manual.

Power Rail or Hard Reset

  • Press The 2 scroll buttons at the same time and wait for the car to go off. It’ll automatically turn on.
  • Then, on the touchscreen, click on Controls > Safety > Power Off.
  • Again, click on the “Power Off” button.
  • Wait for 2 minutes before touching any parts inside the car.
  • Open the front trunk of the car using the Tesla app.
  • Lift the hood and locate the battery compartment.
  • Remove the top panel storage to reach the battery easily.
  • Pull out the lid of the battery.
  • Detach the 12V battery ground wire (negative terminal).
  • Take out the high-voltage loop plug.
  • Wait for around 5 – 6 minutes.
  • Reinsert the high-voltage loop plug back into its spot.
  • Reinsert the ground wire on the 12V battery. Close the lid.
  • Attach the top panel storage in the Tesla.
  • Close the hood and press it if needed.
  • Get inside your car after waiting for 2 – 3 minutes at least.

Do The Hard Reset When These Happen

Warning: Not recommended for frequent attempts as it may have adverse effects.

Factory Reset

  • Get inside the car and through the touchscreen open the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  • Hit the “Forget This Device.”
  • Click on the “OK.”
  • Open the HomeLink settings and press “Delete.” Again, click on “Delete” to confirm.
  • Press on Controls > Service > Factory Reset option.
  • Then, enter your Tesla Account Email Address and Password.
  • Click on the “Confirm” and then a warning prompt (Factory Reset) will pop on the screen.
  • Hit on the red “Reset” option.
  • Wait for 20 – 30 seconds (to see the colorful screen).

Do The Factory Reset When These Happen

  • Wanting to sell the car and not letting anyone get the previous information.
  • Tesla is stuck on one setting and not operating.
  • Tesla support is unable to help.

Warning: This kind of reset is only permissible when a serious issue occurs in the Tesla. Otherwise, avoid doing it.

Power Cycle Reset

  • Get inside the car and shift into Auto Park mode. Just make sure it is parked in a safe zone.
  • In the touchscreen, click on the Controls > Safety > Power Off option.
  • Again, click on the Power Off option and wait for the screen to go blank.
  • Let it be like this for 3 minutes. During that period, avoid touching any part so that the car can’t detect that the driver is inside.
  • Click on the brake pedal, or touchscreen, or open the driver door to wake it up.

Do The Power Cycle Reset When These Happen

  • Issue of all cameras.
  • GPS not working.
  • The audio system not working.
  • Glitch on the screen and other types of issues.

Note:  Only on the M3, the car can automatically power off after being parked for 15 minutes. It’s quite similar to the option called “Sleep Mode” which goes off nightly.

Tesla Soft Reset Vs Hard Reset

Soft ResetHard Reset
It restarts the instrument cluster, touchscreen, and vehicle system without deleting the data.This deletes all the data by cutting power from the computer system and again bringing the original data. 
This requires pressing the scroll buttons on the steering wheel only.It needs to press the scroll buttons, power off, and then disconnect & reinstall the battery’s ground wire.
The soft reset clears all the data stored in RAM.The hard reset clears all settings, functions, and data added by the owner.
It is safe for the vehicle to fix regular bugs.This is harsh for the vehicle.

Wrapping Up

After knowing the Tesla two button reset methods above, it’s time to try them based on your issue. Out of all the reset procedures, be careful when trying the factory and hard reset. 

And be sure to check the user manual if you find something fishy occurring on your screen while doing the given method. 

Hope this piece of information in the guide helps you to know the right stuff. See Ya!

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