Tesla HomeLink Not Working (This Worked For Me)

You can install HomeLink in your Tesla vehicle to control your new garage door opener. You can easily complete the setup procedure, and everything went smoothly. The LEDs blink and your Tesla declares your victory.

But what happens when you press the test button? The door never opens, even though everything appears to be in working order. this is what happened to me once, then I did some research on why is my tesla homelink not working.

Here I am sharing with you the problems behind this error and the possible solutions.

Let’s Get Started…!!!


The home link is compatible with some kinds of devices like garage openers, gates, etc., and not with others. It can handle the range of frequencies from 26MHz to 868 MHz and almost all the rolling codes that have been used by opener manufacturers, in the last 20 years.

In North America, the frequency that is most commonly used is 433.92MHz, and in Europe 868.3 MHZ

How To Fix Tesla HomeLink Not Working? 

Tesla HomeLink stops working may be because of a system error, being overloaded with more saved devices, or a driver error. You can update the software, reset the HomeLink or its position, and remove specific devices from the list. 

If you feel stuck, read this guide to find out the causes and fixes for this problem in your Tesla vehicle.

1. Device’s Location Malfunction

Your Tesla HomeLink may be causing problems due to device location issues. You can do a location reset to regain the appropriate operation. 

You can reset it by parking your Tesla vehicle close enough to a HomeLink device (a gate, garage door, etc.).

To access the HomeLink settings page you have to touch the HomeLink icon on the Controls screen. Once you have selected the device name you want to reset, from the menu select the “Reset Location” option.

2. Glitch in the System or stuck

The system may stop working if your Tesla HomeLink has a glitch or is stuck. As a result, the system did not work and you may face issues like the garage does not open; the mirrors no longer fold, and so on. 

To resolve this issue you have to reprogram your Tesla HomeLink. Follow the following steps to reprogram your HomeLink:

  • Park your Tesla vehicle while facing the device (you want to program with) on the front bumper.
  • Fully charge the battery before starting the programming procedure.
  • You have to tap on the icon in the control screen’s upper-right corner and select “Create HomeLink”.
  • After that hit “Enter” or “Add New HomeLink”. 
  • Choose the option you want to use from UR-Mode, D-Mode, and Standard Mode.
  • After selecting your mode you have to hit the “Set Mode” button.
  • Tap “Start” and to finish the process follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Click “Save” to finish your programming.

3. System Failure Or Firmware

Sometimes after updating or reprogramming your Tesla HomeLink icon misses or freezes. This is because the system may not be responding properly.

The problem can then be fixed by doing a straightforward 2-button reset, checking the software version, and updating the new software.

To update the software:

  • Select Controls > Software > Update Available on your vehicle touchscreen.
  • Simply, click the Software Update button to start the download.

To reset Your Tesla:

  • Hold the two scroll buttons on the steering wheel or yoke for approximately 10 seconds.
  • Restart your Tesla vehicle after the screen returns, and let the car restart.

4. Something Blocking the Sensor

Another reason for your Tesla HomeLink not working is any object blocking the sensor which weakens the signals. To check this you have to open the garage door and approach it as closely as you can. If at a close range, something affects it might interfere with the transmission.

You need to hit the HomeLink button before the opening of the door. The door may occasionally open at a very close distance from the outside but rarely from the inside. 

To solve that, you should check the door and remove any collected dust, debris, or spider webs. Make sure nothing is in the way of the opener.

5. Antenna Issue

Your antenna may have problems if nothing weakens the signal on your metal garage door. The fact that your antenna only functions at a very close range. 

The majority of garage openers feature a rather short (18-inch) wire antenna. Therefore, you need to pay close attention to the location of your antenna. 

To avoid the problem you have to position your Tesla near the door and check if the manual operation works. You can also try to rest the GPS location closer to your door.

Make sure that the antenna should be positioned straight down for the greatest results. Check whether there is any cut on the antenna or not.

6. Too Many Devices Saved

When you overload your Tesla HomeLink by connecting too many devices it will stop operating. To quickly solve the issue you have to remove the pointless devices from the list.

Follow the steps to delete the useless devices:

  • First, go to Controls.
  • Click the HomeLink icon there.
  • Then by clicking on the HomeLink Settings, you can pick the saved devices having a specific name that doesn’t seem to be of any value.
  • After selecting the Programmed option you have to press the Delete button.
  • Repeat the process to remove all other devices.

7. Remove the Recording and Restart

You can use this trick if your garage door won’t open. It is relevant, especially if the open button requires three to five presses before it opens. 

To fix it you have to restart the system and erase the current signal. Restarting might solve your problem. 

Additionally, you might have used all the remotes that the system will support. You must remove certain remote controls to better solve the problem.

8. Openers Light bulb

Sometimes your opener’s lightbulb maybe a cause of malfunctioning of Tesla Homelink. You need to look at what type of bulb you’re using before you accept it as a real cause.

Are you using LED bulb or CFL bulb?
Energy efficiency and life span of LED bulbs are much better than CFL bulbs. Yearly cost of LED bulb is also less than CFL.
No doubt LED bulbs are best in every aspect but they radiate frequencies which affect signals of garage door opener’s RF.

To confirm the issue, extract the bulb from the opener and install CFL bulb. If it work , the issue is resolved.
So you should use CFL bulb for proper functioning of Homelink.

Recommendations to Fix the Problem in the Future

You should be attentive when you are going to fix your Tesla HomeLink problem. It may be simple for you to attempt the solutions mentioned above. 

But, still, if nothing functions for you, it means that it’s time for you to get assistance from an expert or more professional person.

  1. Conscientiously check the remote batteries and if necessary replace them.
  2. Focus on the time-sensitive phase.
  3. Carefully read the manual book given to you with your vehicle.
  4. If you are helpless to solve your problem, try to contact the Tesla customer service center.

Final Thoughts

Till now, I have elaborated on the question that might disturb you “Why your Tesla HomeLink is not working”. The solutions that I have already discussed above in detail may comprise of: 

  1. Reset your Tesla system.
  2. Tesla HomeLink should be reprogrammed.
  3. Disconnect all the unwanted devices.
  4. Reset the HomeLink device.
  5. Change the damaged sensor with the new one.
  6.  Update your Tesla software.
  7. Restart your system after deleting the recording.
  8. Avoid using LED lights; instead, try to use CFL light bulbs.
  9. Contact your Tesla customer service center.

I hope the information provided to you in the above article is helpful in resolving the problems of your Tesla HomeLink. 

You can communicate with us if you have any facts relevant to the article. Your given information is important to us.

On how many devices can I open my Tesla HomeLink?

You can open your Tesla HomeLink on three devices at the same time.

How can I purchase my Tesla HomeLink?

To purchase your Tesla HomeLink you have to visit your nearby Tesla shop.

Can I install my Tesla HomeLink hardware by myself?

No, you must visit your nearby Tesla service center to install the hardware.

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