Tesla Not Playing Music? Here’s What to Do


Tesla Not Playing Music? Here’s What to Do

Be it your regular daily commute or a long road trip, many of us like to listen to music in the car. The Tesla has an amazing dashboard that you can use to access and play music without needing to search for your phone or music player. So when your car doesn’t want to play music, it can be pretty frustrating.

Why is my Tesla not playing music? The three main reasons for a Tesla car’s inability to play music is that you do not have data signal in your particular location, you need to do a ‘screen only’ reboot, or you need a full system reboot. All of which are easy fixes.

If you want to play music in your Tesla, you have to make sure that everything is hooked up correctly and you have data signal in the top right corner. That includes the USB drive (if you are playing music files from a USB) as well as your music player (or phone). When your Tesla doesn’t want to play music, you can try a few different things to solve the issue.

How to Play Music in a Tesla

The Tesla has a lot of amazing features, and that extends to how it plays music. It has a fantastic audio system, and you can choose from different methods to input and play music while you drive. This means that if your Tesla doesn’t play music one way, you can try the other methods to see if they work.

  • The Tesla is a car, and so it can play FM radio, just like any other car. If you have a favorite local station, you can tune your radio to it and listen to the music you love.
  • Teslas also have streaming services built-in. You can choose from services like Slacker radio, TuneIn, and Spotify.
  • If you want to play music off of your phone, Tesla also has Bluetooth capabilities. You can turn on Bluetooth and play just any audio from your phone through the speakers of your Tesla.
  • You can also use a USB stick to play music in a Tesla. There are two USB ports in the car that you can use to connect your music.

Knowing how each method works can help you figure out what went wrong when the music stopped playing. You can also switch to another method temporarily if you can’t fix the problem at once.

Why Would Music Not Play?

Many things can happen that would make your music stop playing in your Tesla. If you haven’t had issues before, it can be jarring to hear silence when you should be listening to your favorite songs. Depending on the connection you use, there are different reasons you have no music.

The first method to try a quick fix is to do a ‘screen only’ reboot…To do this, simply hold both buttons on the steering wheel for 5 seconds. This can be done while driving if needed, as the screen will turn black and reboot, but the car will still drive. Please note: If you do this while driving, autopilot will not work while rebooting.

If the ‘screen only’ reboot does not work, try a quick full system reboot…To do this, you must be parked. Press and hold the brake pedal while pressing and holding both buttons on the steering wheel for 5 seconds. This will reboot the entire car.

If both of the reboots do not work, you’ll need to check your specific music playing method below.

If you’re using FM radio and music isn’t playing…Your car might be out of range from the station’s antenna. It could also be an issue with your car’s antenna or the radio itself.
If you’re using a streaming service and the music won’t play…Check your cell signal. Streaming services rely on data coverage, and your signal could have dropped without your knowledge. If you have limited data, you may have reached your monthly cap.
If you’re using Bluetooth to play music…The most common cause of this is that your phone stopped pairing with your car. Maybe you turned Bluetooth off on one or both devices. Make sure both devices have Bluetooth enabled and that the two are connected.
If you’re using a USB port to play music off of a USB drive…Something could have gotten in the USB port in your Tesla. If you’re using a new USB drive, it could be that the music didn’t transfer to it properly.

Cellular Through Car

If you play using one of the onboard streaming services, you need a cellular connection. That’s how your Tesla will be able to access your streaming service of choice and help you download music. When music doesn’t play, check your cell phone to see what the connection looks like.

  • Make sure your cell phone has a cell signal. If you don’t have any service or if your phone is searching, you may not be able to play music with a streaming service.
  • If your cell signal is strong, check the connection to your streaming service. Sometimes a service like Spotify might have momentarily lost signal.
  • You should also check to see if the streaming service is active. This can be especially important when you first switch to streaming or if it’s been a while since you last used it.

Streaming services allow you to play just about any song you can think of. You don’t need to download the songs ahead of time, but you do need to be online to listen. If you like streaming music, but your Tesla won’t do it, odds are something is up with your internet connection.

Bluetooth Connectivity

Perhaps you prefer playing music through Bluetooth, and you can’t seem to play your favorite songs. In this case, you need to check the Bluetooth connection between your phone and the Tesla. You may also need to check for potential interference of the connection.

  • Make sure your phone is powered on, and the battery is not low. If your phone dies, you will lose the connection and thus your music.
  • Head to settings and check your Bluetooth connection. You should see a device on that page that corresponds to your Tesla.
  • If the device isn’t connected, reconnect it. You can also turn off your Bluetooth on your phone. Wait a bit, and then turn it back on and see if the two devices reconnect.
  • While it’s rare, you may encounter some interference even if the Bluetooth connection is there. So make sure you aren’t using any unnecessary Bluetooth connections while you want to listen to music.

Bluetooth is a popular way to play music in the car, but it can be finicky. If you’re a fan of Bluetooth and your Tesla isn’t playing music, the best place to start is with your Bluetooth connection. Sometimes, all you need is a simple restart.

USB Flash Drive

If you want amazing audio quality in the car, the USB port is the way to go. However, there are a few problems that can crop up when trying to play music through the USB ports. Getting the USB port to work will give you the best sound, and, hopefully, it will solve your music playing needs.

  • Test each of the USB ports in your Tesla. It could be that one is working while the others aren’t.
  • If one or more ports aren’t working, reboot your car. Turn the car off, and wait a bit before you turn it back on.
  • You can also try to reconnect the USB drive to the port. To do this, unplug the drive and plug it back in.
  • Make sure there aren’t any connections that you don’t need. Excessive connections might interfere with your car’s ability to play music.
  • If you see a loading error, you should go back to your computer and reload the songs you want onto that USB drive.

The USB port is the perfect way to play music in your Tesla, but when it stops working, it can seem to be more frustrating than helpful. Luckily, you can try reconnecting the drive or reloading the songs to fix the issue. If that doesn’t seem to help, you can try the other fixes mentioned here.

Final Thoughts

After a long day, listening to your favorite artist on your drive home can be a great way to relax. So when your car doesn’t want to play music, check the connection between your car and music player. The solution might be simpler than you think.

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Greg

Hi, I'm Greg. My daily driver is a Tesla Model 3 Performance. I've learned a ton about Teslas from hands-on experience and this is the site where I share everything I've learned.

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