Shortcuts for Tesla

A collection of shortcuts to control and get information about your Tesla. These are especially useful when run from the home screen as widgets.

Setup and usage

These shortcuts use Tesla’s (unofficial) API to get information about your car and send commands to it. An access token is required for authentication when making these API requests, along with a specific car’s ID. This is initially generated using your Tesla login credentials.

I recommend creating a Tesla folder in Shortcuts to organize the Tesla shortcuts and show them on the home screen.

Configuration shortcuts

There are three “configuration” shortcuts required by each of the Tesla shortcuts. These shortcuts perform specific actions and are run within each of the Tesla shortcuts so they must be installed to work.

These configuration shortcuts are also used to set up Scriptable Widgets for Tesla. You only need to install them once to use these Tesla shortcuts or Scriptable widgets.

Tesla Settings

The Tesla Settings shortcut passes the access token needed by the shortcut in progress to perform requests. On its first run, the Tesla Settings shortcut prompts for your Tesla login credentials so it can generate required token information for your account. Your password is not saved at any point and is only used to create the token with Tesla’s API.

Once the token is generated, the access token information is saved to iCloud Drive for future use by these shortcuts. The Tesla Settings shortcut then only refers to the saved information and passes the token to the shortcut in progress so it can do so successfully. This keeps your token information safe as you don’t need to add it to the shortcut itself.

Access tokens expire after 45 days. Once it expires, the Tesla Settings shortcut automatically generates a new one using a refresh token—this was generated along with the access token. This avoids the need for you to enter your login credentials again. If there’s a problem with the access token and it doesn’t work, the shortcut falls back to generating new token information by prompting for your login credentials.

Tesla Car Select

Each shortcut needs the ID of the car to send the command to or get information about. The Tesla Car Select shortcut gets the ID of your Tesla and passes it to the shortcut in progress. If you have more than one Tesla associated with your account, the Tesla Car Select shortcut displays a list to select from.

Tesla Wake Car

Teslas go to sleep after a certain amount of time and need to be woken up before it can be interacted with. The Tesla Wake Car shortcut wakes the car before the chosen shortcut runs.

Tesla Battery Status

Get the charging status, battery level, and estimated range of your Tesla in miles and kilometers. Also gets the estimated charge time if the car is currently charging.

Tesla Security Status

Check if the doors are locked. Sentry Mode is armed or disarmed, and if either the frunk or trunk are open.

Tesla Flash Lights

Command your Tesla to flash its lights.

Tesla Honk Horn

Command your Tesla to honk its horn.

Tesla Frunk

Command your Tesla to open the frunk.

Tesla Actuate Trunk

Command your Tesla to open the trunk. If you have a car with a powered tailgate, this command also closes the trunk.

Tesla Sentry Mode

Command your Tesla to arm or disarm Sentry mode.

Tesla Charge Port

Command your Tesla to open or close its charge port.

Find My Tesla

Locate your Tesla and get directions to it.


My thanks to Tim Dorr for his unofficial Tesla API documentation.

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