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Where are you from? Los Angeles

What car do you drive?  Tesla Model 3

What's the longest trip you've taken in your EV?

I haven't hasn't as of yet taken any trips in my Tesla. Just found this page in and this application and I am trying my best to understand how it works. My biggest difficulty thus far has been trying to find a basic how-to. How to save the trips and bring them back how to register my Tesla for data gathering. How to change from kilometers to miles.

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There isn't really a basic how-to available, but feel free to ask for help on specific items on the forum, there are a lot of people willing to help!

For your questions:

  • To save and restore a trip - Plan your trip, then on the plan page click "Save Plan".  To reload that plan, go to the waypoint listing and click "Saved Plans", you should see your saved plan in that list.  You can edit the trip name there to something more easy to remember.  Clicking on that plan pulls it back up.
  • To register MyTesla - Go to "Show Settings > Show More Settings > Live Car Connection > MyTesla Login".  You'll be prompted to input your credentials and offered a choice of how to share your data.  If you select "36hr Background Sharing", we'll poll your car for 36 hours and reset that timer any time you open / log into ABRP.
  • To synchronize your settings - Register for ABRP under "Show Settings > Show More Settings > Synchronize Settings > ABRP Login", anywhere you log in you'll have access to the last set of settings you planned with, and all your saved plans.  We don't store your MyTesla credentials on our servers, though so you'll have to re-enter that on any device you want to see live data on.
  • Swapping units - "Show Settings > Show More Settings > Imperial | Metric" click on the imperial radio button to swap to Miles / Fahrenheit and other freedom units.

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Thanks so much for the response.  Just like anything else it will take time to fully understand how the software works in conjunction with the car.  A video tutorial would be helpful.  I am sure there are a number of people that give up on the software because it is not as intuitive as some iOs and Android apps.  I think sometimes us technology guys forget that a lot of people don't have the time or the desire to figure out the technology.  If the desire is to spurn user ship I think it would be beneficial to provide tools for new people, and those who are not as literate when it comes to technology.  My pain point came when I try to plan a trip an hour or two before leaving after I learned that the software existed. Because of the limited time I just gave up because I couldn't find what I needed in one place.

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the same for me: impossible to erase the wrong places, and the software added places I never asked to go...

Finally I got unable to go on neither to go back... that's frustrating, especially when it's not your language, because I'm french.

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Hi.  I love this app, but synchronization is not working for me.  I log in with my username (same as my login for this forum), and I don't see plans I created on another device.  I'm wondering if it has to do with cookies.  In my Tesla, there's a button for me to click, on the ABRP screen, to authorize the use of cookies, but nothing happens when I click it.  Tesla browser is now much better than it used to be, but maybe Tesla browser doesn't allow cookies.  (But synchronization also doesn't seem to work when I switch from a Macbook to a PC laptop.)  It sure would be nice if I could plan a complex route, and conveniently access it in my car's browser.  Also, when I send the next step of the route to the car, Tesla Navigation doesn't seem to realize that it's a Tesla Supercharger destination.  I'm thinking it would be better if it knew that.  Like, for making sure the battery is warmed up for charging.  But maybe on a long trip, the battery is ALWAYS warm enough, when you get to a Supercharger??  Maybe I don't really even need Tesla Navigation anymore.  Especially if I could access my pre-planned routes.  Please advise...

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My "Sync Problem" is not a problem anymore...  Not sure why it seemed like a problem before.  Now I see my plans on all sorts of devices - iPhone, Linux, Kindle, laptops.

This app makes no attempt to give you turn-by-turn directions, right?  That might be nice, but I can use the regular Tesla Nav for that. 

One thing that is great about this app is how you can configure it, with the efficiency, reference speed, top speed, etc.  Lots of flexibility.  I love the waypoints, the round-trip planning, how you can configure waypoints for how much charge you will start with, the charger power at the waypoint (so you know how long you need to stay there before proceeding with your trip). This way if you use destination/RV camping charging up to 100%, it takes it into account.  This is quite a fun and helpful app.  I donated a bit, and encourage others to do it too.

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I can't find my saved plans.  You say above, "To reload that plan, go to the waypoint listing and click "Saved Plans".  Where is waypoint listing?  I can't find it.

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Here is another question.  In Share options, there is an option to share to app with something called Share next Step.  Is next Step the name of an app?  Or is this something else?  How do you use it?

Thank you.

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On 5/18/2019 at 8:15 AM, johnalan.gibby@gmail.com said:

My "Sync Problem" is not a problem anymore...  Not sure why it seemed like a problem before.  Now I see my plans on all sorts of devices - iPhone, Linux, Kindle, laptops.

This app makes no attempt to give you turn-by-turn directions, right?  That might be nice, but I can use the regular Tesla Nav for that. 

One thing that is great about this app is how you can configure it, with the efficiency, reference speed, top speed, etc.  Lots of flexibility.  I love the waypoints, the round-trip planning, how you can configure waypoints for how much charge you will start with, the charger power at the waypoint (so you know how long you need to stay there before proceeding with your trip). This way if you use destination/RV camping charging up to 100%, it takes it into account.  This is quite a fun and helpful app.  I donated a bit, and encourage others to do it too.

No, though it's something we've thought about and may bring some attention back to again in the future.  At the moment there are a lot of good options for turn-by-turn navigation that we don't feel it needs to be a priority on improving for us (yet).  Glad you're finding it useful!

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I can't find my saved plans.  You say above, "To reload that plan, go to the waypoint listing and click "Saved Plans".  Where is waypoint listing?  I can't find it.

Here is another question.  In Share options, there is an option to share to app with something called Share next Step.  Is next Step the name of an app?  Or is this something else?  How do you use it?

Thank you.

You could call it the Plan Overlay perhaps, but the overlay on the map where you input the waypoints you wish to visit.  Right underneath that is the Saved Plans.

Share Next Step is for following a plan on a mobile device.  When you click "Share Next Step" it opens what's called a "geo" URL, which most map apps can read to take you directly to a location.  If you have a favorite map app on your phone it'll use that to get you to the next stop!

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On 4/5/2019 at 9:36 PM, Jason (ABRP) said:

There isn't really a basic how-to available, but feel free to ask for help on specific items on the forum, there are a lot of people willing to help!

For your questions:

  • To save and restore a trip - Plan your trip, then on the plan page click "Save Plan".  To reload that plan, go to the waypoint listing and click "Saved Plans", you should see your saved plan in that list.  You can edit the trip name there to something more easy to remember.  Clicking on that plan pulls it back up.
  • To register MyTesla - Go to "Show Settings > Show More Settings > Live Car Connection > MyTesla Login".  You'll be prompted to input your credentials and offered a choice of how to share your data.  If you select "36hr Background Sharing", we'll poll your car for 36 hours and reset that timer any time you open / log into ABRP.
  • To synchronize your settings - Register for ABRP under "Show Settings > Show More Settings > Synchronize Settings > ABRP Login", anywhere you log in you'll have access to the last set of settings you planned with, and all your saved plans.  We don't store your MyTesla credentials on our servers, though so you'll have to re-enter that on any device you want to see live data on.
  • Swapping units - "Show Settings > Show More Settings > Imperial | Metric" click on the imperial radio button to swap to Miles / Fahrenheit and other freedom units.

Do you have to log in using your ABRP user/pwd every time, to correctly see your saved plans (including the one you're currently driving on, when you stop the car for a while and come back)?  If so, that can be kind of a burden - Tesla browser does not seem to save any login info, so you have to type it in each time?  Maybe I can change to have much shorter  ABRP login info to make it quick and easy.  It does know/remember by Tesla login, but not the ABRP part.  It DOES seem to remember a bunch of saved plans, but I can't get it to remember the ones I want it to.  If I don't log in with ABRP credentials, there are saved plans there - and even if I delete them all, they keep coming back...  

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No, you should not have to re-login, ever. Does the ABRP login work correctly on a different browser (mobile or computer)? I looked at your account settings, and I cannot see anything wrong with them.

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3 hours ago, Bo (ABRP) said:

No, you should not have to re-login, ever. Does the ABRP login work correctly on a different browser (mobile or computer)? I looked at your account settings, and I cannot see anything wrong with them.

The saved credentials work fine on browsers other than my Tesla Model S browser.  I have been thinking that the in-car Tesla browser just doesn't allow cookies or something, so it's can't remember my credentials.  Am I wrong?  

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I'm also having problems with synching across devices, after creating a ABRP login, and logging in on a couple of different devices.  My problem is that I've created an ABRP login on my MacBook, and saved a route.  I've also logged in on my smartphone using my login and password.  However, although ABRP shows me as logged in on both devices, the phone does not show me as having any saved routes.  I can see the saved route on the MacBook, but not on the smartphone.  I'm wondering if this is simply an issue of the synching not occurring immediately, but only after some set period of time.  But how could I have successfully logged in on my smartphone without synching the login and password between the devices without cloud-based synching of that information?  

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On 4/5/2019 at 9:36 PM, Jason (ABRP) said:

There isn't really a basic how-to available, but feel free to ask for help on specific items on the forum, there are a lot of people willing to help!

For your questions:

  • To save and restore a trip - Plan your trip, then on the plan page click "Save Plan".  To reload that plan, go to the waypoint listing and click "Saved Plans", you should see your saved plan in that list.  You can edit the trip name there to something more easy to remember.  Clicking on that plan pulls it back up.
  • To register MyTesla - Go to "Show Settings > Show More Settings > Live Car Connection > MyTesla Login".  You'll be prompted to input your credentials and offered a choice of how to share your data.  If you select "36hr Background Sharing", we'll poll your car for 36 hours and reset that timer any time you open / log into ABRP.
  • To synchronize your settings - Register for ABRP under "Show Settings > Show More Settings > Synchronize Settings > ABRP Login", anywhere you log in you'll have access to the last set of settings you planned with, and all your saved plans.  We don't store your MyTesla credentials on our servers, though so you'll have to re-enter that on any device you want to see live data on.
  • Swapping units - "Show Settings > Show More Settings > Imperial | Metric" click on the imperial radio button to swap to Miles / Fahrenheit and other freedom units.

Hello.  I just joined and wondering if I can use abetterrouteplanner on my Tesla Model 3 SR+ as id does not have a browser?  I plan to do a trip from Toronto Canada to possibly Calgary Alberta.  Thanks for any input.

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You can always log into MyTesla through ABRP on your phone, and track your progress there.  You'll still get live updates, and have the added benefit of having it in addition to the standard map / driving display in the 3.

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9 minutes ago, Jason (ABRP) said:

You can always log into MyTesla through ABRP on your phone, and track your progress there.  You'll still get live updates, and have the added benefit of having it in addition to the standard map / driving display in the 3.

Thanks for the reply.

Would I just put the address of the next supercharger in the Nav on the M3 from the ABRP on my phone?

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Thanks.  I will give it a try in the future.  I assume you mean from ABRP, sign in to mytesla and share to my M3.  Does it just go to my M3 nav?

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Yes, that's correct.  I don't personally have a Model 3, but I believe that's correct, just inserts straight into the Nav. One thing I'm curious about is if it does the battery pre-condition when you're just navigating straight to a supercharger, and not navigating there as part of a Tesla-built route to another location.

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I haven’t used it yet as I’m planning on a driving trip in Sep or October.  I think the Nav on the M3 would precondition the battery if it requires a stop at a supercharger as part of your route where you are travelling.  I have had my M3 for 1 month.

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On 5/15/2019 at 2:00 PM, johnalan.gibby@gmail.com said:

Hi.  I love this app, but synchronization is not working for me.  I log in with my username (same as my login for this forum), and I don't see plans I created on another device.  I'm wondering if it has to do with cookies.  In my Tesla, there's a button for me to click, on the ABRP screen, to authorize the use of cookies, but nothing happens when I click it.  Tesla browser is now much better than it used to be, but maybe Tesla browser doesn't allow cookies.  (But synchronization also doesn't seem to work when I switch from a Macbook to a PC laptop.)  It sure would be nice if I could plan a complex route, and conveniently access it in my car's browser.  Also, when I send the next step of the route to the car, Tesla Navigation doesn't seem to realize that it's a Tesla Supercharger destination.  I'm thinking it would be better if it knew that.  Like, for making sure the battery is warmed up for charging.  But maybe on a long trip, the battery is ALWAYS warm enough, when you get to a Supercharger??  Maybe I don't really even need Tesla Navigation anymore.  Especially if I could access my pre-planned routes.  Please advise...

Wanted to mention - ABRP was not correctly "remembering" my ABRP login, on my Tesla browser; I had to re-enter my login info every time.  I seem to have fixed this problem, by correcting my saved Tesla browser "favorite" for ABRP.  I thought I had saved the ABRP web address as a favorite, but it turns out, what I had saved was the address of a particular plan/ID.  Somehow that was not working correctly.  I managed (not sure just how) to save as a favorite, just the plain ABRP address, abetterrouteplanner.com, and now it works; it remembers my ABRP login, and thus my saved plans, etc. without me having to log in again.  Yay!!

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3 hours ago, johnalan.gibby@gmail.com said:

Wanted to mention - ABRP was not correctly "remembering" my ABRP login, on my Tesla browser; I had to re-enter my login info every time.  I seem to have fixed this problem, by correcting my saved Tesla browser "favorite" for ABRP.  I thought I had saved the ABRP web address as a favorite, but it turns out, what I had saved was the address of a particular plan/ID.  Somehow that was not working correctly.  I managed (not sure just how) to save as a favorite, just the plain ABRP address, abetterrouteplanner.com, and now it works; it remembers my ABRP login, and thus my saved plans, etc. without me having to log in again.  Yay!!

Ah, interesting, I wonder if there's a bug hiding in there somewhere, where we restore from a plan link.  I've added it to our issue tracker and will investigate when I get some time.

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