A First Look at Tesla Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

A First Look at Tesla Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Tesla has launched the long-awaited two-factor authentication (2FA) for an added layer of security for its cars' connected services.

Previously, Tesla owners had an app that basically worked like a car key, allowing them to lock and open doors, check charging times, locate the vehicle, etc. 2FA adds an important layer of added security.

In August, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla was going to launch 2FA, as car users have been asking for it for a long time. In September, Teslascope/Twitter confirmed that this feature is already being tested. Now, 2FA has officially become available to all Tesla owners.

DÆrik/YouTube invites you to take a closer look at this and learn the nuances of how 2FA works for Tesla in real life.

The support page on Tesla's website, which explains how to set up this feature, states that any third-party authentication app can be used to provide passwords. But there is no mention of support for 2FA codes over less secure SMS.

"You must register at least one mobile device to enable multi-factor authentication for your Tesla Account. You will need your account credentials, a mobile device and a third-party authenticator app to complete the set-up process."

With Tesla's 2FA, owners can have up to two registered devices at the same time. Users can set up a backup password in case a device is lost, or contact Tesla.


Tesla cars are expensive, so it is very important to protect them in the best possible way. Despite the fact that electric cars from the California-based manufacturer are extremely difficult to steal, if not almost impossible, 2FA can prevent theft from an unwary owner.

H/T @Chad18945/Twitter

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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.

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