Google Messages bug where some Tesla cars display old text even when new text comes in still under investigation

Tesla cars come with a system that allows owners to mirror phone calls and text messages from their phone to the car’s display panel. This way car owners can send or receive a text message without having to reach for their phones.

Using this function requires a Bluetooth connection between the phone and car. But for some time now, Google Messages users on various Android phones have been facing an issue with text messages on Tesla cars.


According to reports, some Tesla car owners have complained that whenever a new text message is received on Google Messages app, a random old message appears on the car display rather than the newly received text.

Furthermore, the old message displayed on the Tesla car comes from a totally different person and not the same person that sent the new message received in Google Messages on their smartphones.

Here are some reports for reference:


MS Raven used Pixel 2 and 5. Anytime a text message is received, a random old message is displayed in the car. Different person, time and day, sometimes a few years old. Why and how do you fix this? (Source)

Has anyone else been getting a text message from X person, but then the Tesla shows a completely different text from Y person? The Tesla has been showing/reading me text messages from a person I haven’t sent a text to in months. It’s very odd. (Source)

A bug report was opened on Google’s Issue Tracker where several Tesla owners have reported the same problem. And looking at the many reports that have been doing rounds for quite some time now, it seems this indeed is a widespread issue.

However, the best so far from the Issue Tracker has been Google asking for more details regarding this bug. To submit a bug report, one has to capture the details just after the issue occurs.

But since the bug appears when driving, capturing the report at the exact moment isn’t the easiest feat to achieve, something that may be hindering the process of fixing this bug.

Unfortunately, there is no workaround available at the moment that could temporarily fix this issue at least until a permanent solution arrives. Furthermore, not even the most recent Messages app update addresses the problem.

Either way, we hope Google looks further into the matter and fixes what seems like a connection problem between the Messages app on Android phones and Tesla cars.

That said, we will keep you updated on the further development of the Google Messages issue with Tesla cars as and when anything new comes to our notice.

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