Tesla 2021.44.25 Holiday Software Update Release Notes Leak Early: New UI, Light Show, and much more

Ahead of its planned release on Tuesday, the release notes for the 2021 edition of Tesla’s holiday software update has leaked early.

According to a copy of the release notes of 2021.44.25 shared by Teslascope, the update includes in number of new features that we have been hearing rumours about over the last few days and weeks, and others that are brand new.

Here is what we know:


Watch your Tesla dance to a choreographed light show any time of year. Open Toybox, tap Light Show and follow the instructions

Customizable App Launcher

Drag and drop your favorite apps to any position along the bottom menu bar for easy access. To customize your menu bar, hold any icon and then drag to reorder. To adjust controls such as heated seats and defrost, tap on the temperature or swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

Simplified Controls

The display has been simplified to focus on navigation, media and the most common primary controls.

  • For windshield wipers and status bar information, tap Controls
  • For charging controls tap Controls > Charging
  • For trip and odometer information tap Controls > Trips
  • For tire pressure information tap Controls > Service

Note: Activating the windshield wipers via the stalk will continue to display the wiper card

Blind spot camera

You can now automatically see a live camera view of your blind spot whenever you activate the turn signal. To enable, tap Controls > Autopilot > Automatic Blind Spot Camera

Edit Waypoints

Easily reorder or add multiple destinations to your route with updated arrival times. To add a stop, or edit a trip, initiate a navigation route, and tap the more options button on the turn list.


You can now watch TikTok from your touchscreon. To launch, tap the Theater icon from the bottom bar and select TikTok while your car is in park.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Jump into the original Sonic the Hedgehog! Speed by in a blur using the supersonic spin attack at high speed, dofy gravity around loop- the-loops and defeat Dr. Eggman as the fastest hedgehog of al time. Gotta Go Fast!

The Battle of Polytopia- Multiplayer Support

You can now play The Battle of Polytopia with friends using the new multiplayer mode.


Fill every square and enjoy this classic logic puzzle game, featuring five difficulty levels and a smart hint system for beginners.

Cold weather improvements

You can now precondition the cabin from the Tesla app when your battery is at a lower state of charge. Simply turn on the climate from your Tesla app and override the previous setting by tapping “Yes” on the confirmation pop-up window.

Note: to protect your car’s battery, climate will remain unavailable under extreme low charge scenarios. This feature requires the Tesla mobile app version 4.4.0 or later

Automatic Seat Heaters

First row seat heaters can now automatically regulate seat temperature based on the cabin environment and the climate control set temperature. To access seat heating controls, tap the temperature settings to bring up the HVAC panel.

Note: HVAC system must be in Auto to use automatic seat heating

Manage Dashcam Clips

Easily delete all dashcam video clips directly from the touchscreen by tapping Controls > Safety > Dashcam > Delete Dashcam Clips

Dark Mode

You can now change to a dark themed display. Tap Controls > Display > Appearance and select Dark.

Hide Map Details

Simplify your navigation app and hide map details by tapping the pin button on the map.

This is a developing story, stay tuned for updates.


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