The Tesla app is a reporting and management tool for Tesla products. It provides real-time information on the energy usage and load from your Tesla solar grid.
The app controls EV car models, the Tesla Powerwall, and other products.
The Tesla app cover these major areas:
In terms of energy consumption, the app enables users to view past energy production and consumption. In addition, users can view how much power their solar system generates within a set timeframe.
Click the "Energy" tab to set weekly or monthly time frames for energy consumption.
The app also comes with an intuitive interface that shows the impact of solar on the home's energy demand.
Note: The Tesla Powerwall is an energy storage unit. It is designed to save power from either an installed solar panel or the electric grid. Furthermore, it'll automatically release stored energy during power outages or when the solar output is low.
The Tesla app is accessible on Android and Apple smart devices. You can install the Tesla app via these simple steps:
You can only use a smartphone device to access the Tesla solar app. The app is compatible with most updated Android and iOS-powered devices. However, the app is compatible with desktop devices, such as laptops. Also, there are no web-based versions of the app.
Yes. With the Tesla app, users can access different systems. You can view the following systems and features on the app:
That said, app users can easily switch between each system to get real-time data and notifications.
You can access your Tesla account by inputting your login details on the app. You can also grant access to other users to use the app.
Here are the steps for adding a user to the Tesla Energy System:
Yes. The Tesla mobile app is completely free on both the Android and iOS Play Stores. You only need to find and download the app to start using the functions. Furthermore, there are no subscription fees for using the app.
Yes. The Tesla app has an energy monitoring function. You can access the function to monitor energy usage via these steps:
Step 1. Open and sign in to the Tesla App. At first glance, the home screen will show your energy consumption. More so, it'll show the solar output if you integrate a solar system.
Step 2. Select the "Energy" tab to view all energy consumption stats, including solar energy.
Step 3. Next, select the sun icon at the top of the screen to view the solar energy consumed.
Step 4. To get precise data, choose the timeframe tab at the bottom of the screen.
Step 5. Select the daily, weekly, or monthly option to view solar energy generated within that time frame.
Step 6. You can also get a copy of the data by clicking the "Download data" button.
Note: Users can also view energy consumption from the grid and the Powerwall on this page.
Yes. Tesla app users can customize and control the Powerwall. Users can control the system by choosing one of these control modes:
The self-powered mode is only available if you install a solar system. This option is designed to minimize energy consumption. Once activated, it automatically sends all excess solar energy during the day to the Powerwall. Once the charging is complete, this option sends excess energy to the grid.
The time-based control is suitable for users on a time-of-use electric utility plan. In this option, the Powerwall will only draw energy from the grid when energy rates are low. Also, it will power your home when electricity costs are highest.
Note: The time-of-use plan is a structure in which the electricity price may change based on the time of day. Electric utility companies in states like Florida and Texas offer this option.
The Storm Watch mode is an additional control mode in the Tesla Powerwall system. It automatically fast-charges the Powerwall when there's a notification of impending severe weather. Note that it only becomes active when there's a notification from the National Weather Service.
To enable the Storm Watch mode in your Tesla app, click on "Settings" and scroll down till you see "Storm Watch." Select it to enable the option.
Note: The Storm Watch does not interfere with other control modes on the Tesla Powerwall.
Vehicle charging during a power outage has two major functions. It regulates the EV's charging rate when the Powerwall is above the energy threshold. Furthermore, it completely stops charging the EV when the energy level falls below the threshold.
The Storm Watch mode is designed to maximize energy intake before a grid outage due to adverse weather conditions.
In simple terms, it is a background setting that only becomes active when the National Weather Service sends a notification about a severe weather event, such as a hurricane.
Once it receives the message, it will increase the charge rate of the Powerwall and charge it to the maximum limit. Furthermore, it will remain active until the weather ends.
Yes. The Storm Watch mode will pull power from the grid once it becomes active. It doesn't matter if you have a solar system installed or not. Since solar outputs are often low during severe weather events, it'll continue to draw energy from the grid.
Go Off-Grid Mode disconnects Powerwall users from the electric grid. Most users activate this option to determine if the Powerwall generates enough power to last during an outage. The Tesla app will then calculate how long you can stay off the grid.
Activating the Off-Grid mode requires two major phases: phone pairing and going off the grid. The first phase connects your phone to the system and sends real-time data to the device.
For the phone pairing phase, you can follow these simple steps:
To go off-grid, go to the home screen and select the Off-Grid" option.
That said, you'll also find the "Reconnect to the Grid" button on the home screen.
Yes. You can easily set up a utility rate plan with the Tesla app. Furthermore, you have the option to choose between an updated list of utility plans or to create a custom plan. The app stores recent utility rates and plans from electric utility companies in most states in the US.
To set up your utility plan from the list, follow these steps:
Note: Always confirm the current rates by contacting your utility company.
The next option is for those who want to create a custom rate plan.
If you choose the former option, input the rate pricing for each season. Furthermore, you can set an automatic "buy" or "sell" order. This means the system will sell or buy energy within the specified time frame. Users will buy energy from the grid at cheap rates while selling it to the grid during peak season (high demand).
For the time-of-use option, you must know the utility rates for these periods: peak, mid-peak, off-peak, and super-off-peak. Next, select "Rate period" to edit these periods. You can also add new periods if there's a change in the utility rate. There's also a separate setting for time-of-use options during weekends.
You can adjust the solar backup reserve via these simple steps:
Note: The backup reserve is the amount of energy reserved for grid outages. Despite setting the backup reserve, you can still access all the energy in the Powerwall during grid outages.
On the Tesla support page, a 20 percent backup reserve is recommended.
You can determine the amount of backup energy by moving the slider to the left. On the other hand, you can shift it to the right to allocate power for the time-based or self-powered mode.
The Tesla Electric is an additional feature on the app. It provides real-time data on grid electricity rates. Also, it automatically sells or buys energy from the grid, depending on the changing rates. As of April 2023, only users in Texas can access the feature.
“Charge with Ease” is also an additional feature on the Tesla solar app. Through the feature, users can schedule charging and also determine the charging speed of the Powerwall or car model.
Yes. The Tesla solar app controls and monitors all integrated Tesla systems, including electric cars, Tesla insurance, and the Powerwall. You can find these systems on the home screen.
Yes. You can reach out to the Tesla customer support team via chat and within the app. To contact the team via chat, you must provide your login details on the support website. Furthermore, choose the topic closest to the issue and submit the question.